Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
Submission guidelines
Revised Oct. 23, 2014

Notice: Authors who have filed for copyright to submitted material should indicate their copyright in the heading of the article, the Journal does not hold any copyrights. However, unless otherwise agreed in advance, by submitting a manuscript to this Journal, you are granting permission to the Journal to license the material for full text republication and indexing by organizations with which the Journal has a licensing agreement. There are no royalties to be paid to any authors. Our goal is to provide the widest possible dissemination of this material to the world.

If you choose to copyright, you must become aware of the new regulations for electronic publishing. See the following information from the Library of Congress. You will be required to submit your work electronically. Although we do not hold any copyright, we have submitted all our files through Volume 16 to the Library of Congress.

Copyright Information

To submit a new manuscript to EJHS, send the following email to the Publisher:      publisher (at)ejhs.org
You will receive a spamarrest filter response, please respond to the instructions and your email address will be added to the list of verified addresses. This method is necessary due to the huge number of spam messages we receive. This is one of the hazards of being an open online format. Receipt of the paper will be acknowledged. If not acknowledged in a few days, please inquire. Spam filtering may be interfering.

The subject line of the message should be "New Submission"

The text of the message should be in the following format:

Any message to the editor should be placed here at the beginning. In particular, if this paper has been presented verbally, or as a poster at a meeting, this information should be provided here. If the paper is a thesis or dissertation, details of the approval by the school and the degree awarded should be included. If you request that the article not be licensed, please state that here.

Anything found between these two lines will be considered the title.
AUTHORS: (Comma separated list of authors)
Author, O., Second, A., Third, E.
comma, separated, key, words, fifteen, max.
Select a field of academic study from the list on our web page, or provide one you think is appropriate.

The text of the article or document to be published should be attached to this message. RTF format is best.

Review: Your scientific article will be submitted to at least two peer reviewers by the Senior Editor. Book reviews and general interest articles are reviewed by the Publisher, Senior Editor and/or Book Review Editor. Books submitted to EJHS for review should be sent to the Book Review Editor.

General guidelines: (Extracted in part from the guidelines of The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html)

The text of observational and experimental articles is usually (but not necessarily) divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. This so-called “IMRAD” structure is not an arbitrary publication format but rather a direct reflection of the process of scientific discovery. Long articles may need subheadings within some sections (especially Results and Discussion) to clarify their content. Other types of articles, such as case reports, reviews, and editorials, probably need to be formatted differently.

Text should be submitted in .rtf format. Tables should be submitted in electronic table format, not in Word text with tabs, etc.

The general requirements listed in the next section relate to reporting essential elements for all study designs. Authors are encouraged also to consult reporting guidelines relevant to their specific research design. A good source of reporting guidelines is the EQUATOR Network (http://www.equator-network.org/home/).

Title Page

The title page should have the following information:

1. Article title. Concise titles are easier to read than long, convoluted ones. Titles that are too short may, however, lack important information, such as study design (which is particularly important in identifying randomized, controlled trials). Authors should include all information in the title that will make electronic retrieval of the article both sensitive and specific.

2. Authors’ names and institutional affiliations. We publish each author’s highest academic degree(s).

3. The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.

4. Disclaimers, if any. To prevent potential conflicts of interest from being overlooked or misplaced, a statement of any potential conflicts of interest needs to be included.

5. Contact information for corresponding authors. The name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. The corresponding author should indicate clearly whether his or her e-mail address can be published.

6. The name and address of the author to whom requests for additional information should be addressed.

7. Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these.

8. The number of figures and tables. It is difficult for editorial staff and reviewers to determine whether the figures and tables that should have accompanied a manuscript were actually included unless the numbers of figures and tables are noted on the title page.

9. A list of keywords to be used on the electronic page.


Structured abstracts are preferred for original research and systematic reviews. They should be limited to 250 words if at all possible. The abstract should provide the context or background for the study and should state the study’s purpose, basic procedures (selection of study subjects or laboratory animals, observational and analytical methods), main findings (giving specific effect sizes and their statistical significance, if possible), principal conclusions, and funding sources. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations.

Because abstracts are the only substantive portion of the article indexed in many electronic databases, and the only portion many readers read, authors need to be careful that they accurately reflect the content of the article. Unfortunately, the information contained in many abstracts differs from that in the text. Please be careful to be accurate.


Provide a context or background for the study (that is, the nature of the problem and its significance). State the specific purpose or research objective of, or hypothesis tested by, the study or observation; the research objective is often more sharply focused when stated as a question. Both the main and secondary objectives should be clear, and any prespecified subgroup analyses should be described. Provide only directly pertinent references, and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.


The Methods section should include only information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was being written; all information obtained during the study belongs in the Results section.

Selection and Description of Participants

Describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Because the relevance of such variables as age and sex to the object of research is not always clear, authors should explain their use when they are included in a study report—for example, authors should explain why only participants of certain ages were included or why women were excluded. The guiding principle should be clarity about how and why a study was done in a particular way. When authors use such variables as race or ethnicity, they should define how they measured these variables and justify their relevance.

Technical Information

Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods (see below); provide references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well-known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give the reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.

Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.


Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. Do not repeat all the data in the tables or illustrations in the text; emphasize or summarize only the most important observations. Extra or supplementary materials and technical detail can be placed in an appendix where they will be accessible but will not interrupt the flow of the text.

When data are summarized in the Results section, give numeric results not only as derivatives (for example, percentages) but also as the absolute numbers from which the derivatives were calculated, and specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess supporting data. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. Avoid nontechnical uses of technical terms in statistics, such as “random” (which implies a randomizing device), “normal,” “significant,” “correlations,” and “sample.”

Where scientifically appropriate, analyses of the data by such variables as age and sex should be included.


Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them in the context of the totality of the best available evidence. Do not repeat in detail data or other information given in the Introduction or the Results section. For all studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by briefly summarizing the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice.

Link the conclusions with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not adequately supported by the data. In particular, avoid making statements on economic benefits and costs unless the manuscript includes the appropriate economic data and analyses. Avoid claiming priority or alluding to work that has not been completed. State new hypotheses when warranted, but label them clearly as such.

General Considerations Related to References

Although references to review articles can be an efficient way to guide readers to a body of literature, review articles do not always reflect original work accurately. Readers should therefore be provided with direct references to original research sources whenever possible.

Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press” or “forthcoming”; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” with written permission from the source.

Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.

Some but not all journals check the accuracy of all reference citations; thus, citation errors sometimes appear in the published version of articles. To minimize such errors, references should be verified using either an electronic bibliographic source, such as PubMed or print copies from original sources. Authors are responsible for checking that none of the references cite retracted articles except in the context of referring to the retraction.

For references to articles in this journal, we request the following format:
Doe, J., (YYYY,MM,DD). Title of Paper. Elect. J. Human Sexuality, V. #,  [WWW document] URL http://www.ejhs.org/volume#/xxxxxx.htm


Tables capture information concisely and display it efficiently; they also provide information at any desired level of detail and precision. Including data in tables rather than text frequently makes it possible to reduce the length of the text. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Use standart computer table format tools. Conversion to html does not handle tabs and spaces well. Give each column a short or an abbreviated heading. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain all nonstandard abbreviations in footnotes, and use the following symbols, in sequence:

*, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡, §§, ||||, ¶¶, etc.

Identify statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean.

Be sure that each table is cited in the text.

If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge that source fully.

Illustrations (Figures)

Figures should be submitted as photographic-quality digital prints (for example, JPEG or GIF) that will produce high-quality images on the Web. Color is permitted.

Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background.

Photographs of potentially identifiable people must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph.

Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the figure. Permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher except for documents in the public domain.

Abbreviations and Symbols

Use only standard abbreviations; use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement.

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