Journal of Sex Research

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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Sex Research (JSR) is a scholarly journal devoted to the publication of articles relevant to the variety of disciplines involved in the scientific study of sexuality. JSR is designed to stimulate research and promote an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse topics in contemporary sexual science. JSR publishes empirical reports, brief reports, theoretical essays, review articles, methodological articles, commentaries, and letters to the editor. We do not accept personal narratives or case reports. Each year we publish the Annual Review of Sex Research, and issue devoted to comprehensive reviews of current topics in sexual science. JSR actively seeks submissions from researchers outside of North America. JSR can be found by accessing the Taylor and Francis Publishing website at


Publication office: Taylor & Francis, Inc., 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, communication, and allied health.


Information for Contributors

Peer Review Policy

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referee. All peer review is double blind, and submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts. See the Manuscript Submission section below for additional anonymous peer review details. 

Manuscript Submission

JSR uses an online submission and review system, ScholarOne, through which authors submit manuscripts and track their progress up until acceptance for publication. Please log on to for information and instructions regarding registration and manuscript submission. Authors will enter pertinent information into the system and submit the following files: (a) cover letter file (see description below); (b) title page file that includes authors’ names, affiliations (institutional and departmental), and addresses, e-mail, fax, and phone numbers of the corresponding author, as well as 4-5 key words, and any acknowledgments. When uploading this file, select the ‘‘Title Page and Acknowledgments’’ File Designation from the drop-down menu; (c) main document file (Word format), including the abstract, all text, references, footnotes, and appendixes; (c) figures and tables, which should be submitted as separate files. Please do not submit PDF files. As part of the submission process, authors will also be asked to provide a suggested running head (an abbreviated title) that should not exceed 50 characters including spaces.

Because an anonymous peer review system is employed, please ensure that manuscripts have been properly blinded; author names and affiliations and acknowledgments should not appear anywhere in the main document file. Author names and affiliations are entered in a separate section in the online system for submission of manuscripts. 

The cover letter should include the following information: (a) a description of the ethical review process employed by the authors; (b) a statement that the manuscript has not been published and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. If the data has been published in some form elsewhere, the authors should indicate how the content of the submitted manuscript provides new information not available in previously published articles written by the authors.

Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a table or figure or to reprint quotations from one source exceeding the limits of fair use. Authors should write to both the author(s) and the publishers of such material to request nonexclusive world rights in all languages for use in the article and in future editions of it. 

All inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and submission should be sent to preparation/submission should be sent to the Editor.

Manuscript Style

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th. ed.). Prior to submission, please review the APA submission guidelines carefully. Manuscripts that do not conform to APA guidelines may be returned to the author(s).

Although there is no maximum word length, a typical article accepted for publication will not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, including references and any tables/figures. The title should consist of 30 or fewer words and should identify the major variables investigated in the research. An abstract of 200 or fewer words is required for all papers submitted.

Guidelines and free tutorials on APA style can be found at This website also contains guidelines on the use of unbiased language and terms related to gender and sexual orientation; see

More detailed information about Manuscript Style can be found on the journal’s website at:

Language Editing Services

For authors who would like assistance with English editing and proof-reading their manuscripts before submitting an article to The Journal of Sex Research, a list of companies that provide language editing services can found at:   


Journal of Sex Research Editorial Board


Cynthia A. Graham, PhD, C. Psychol.

Editor, Journal of Sex Research

Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Department of Psychology, Room 44/3016
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
Shackleton Building (B44)
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton



Associate Editors:

Christian Grov, Ph.D.

  City University of New York-Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, New York, NY    

Osmo Kontula, Ph.D.

Population Research Institute, Helsinki, Finland  

Lucia O'Sullivan, Ph.D.

  University of New Brunswick, Canada

Zoe D. Peterson, Ph.D.

University of Missouri- St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri  

Margaret Rosario, Ph.D.

City University of New York - City College and Graduate Center, New York, NY

John Wincze, Ph.D.

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island


Annual Review of Sex Research Editor:

Sari van Anders, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Consulting Editors:

Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Anthony F. Bogaert, Ph.D.

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Arjan E.R. Bos, Ph.D.

Open University, The Netherlands

Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D.

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Lori A. Brotto, Ph.D.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  James Cantor, Ph.D. 

  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Heather Cecil, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Meredith Chivers, Ph.D.

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Aaron H. Devor, Ph.D.

University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Lisa M. Diamond, Ph.D

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Michelle Drouin, Ph.D.

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Shari L. Dworkin, Ph.D.

University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Anke Ehrhardt, Ph.D.

Columbia University, New York, NY

Terri D. Fisher, Ph.D

Ohio State University at Mansfield, Mansfield, Ohio

Miriam K. Forbes, PhD

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dennis Fortenberry, M.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Gert Martin Hald, Ph.D

University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Devon Hensel, Ph.D. (Statistical Consultant)            

Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN

Debra Herbenick, Ph.D

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D

University of California at Davis

Jenny A. Higgins, Ph.D.

University of Madison-Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Terry Humphreys, Ph.D.

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D.

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Amy Lykins, Ph.D.

University of New England, Australia

Kristen P. Mark, Ph.D.

      University of Kentucky, Kentucky

Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Ph.D.

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Canada

Marita P. McCabe, Ph.D.

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Elizabeth M. Morgan, Ph.D.

Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Charlene Muehlenhard, Ph.D.

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Pedro Nobre, Ph.D.

Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Spencer B. Olmstead, Ph.D.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Anthony Paik, Ph.D.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA

Richard Parker, Ph.D.

Columbia University, New York, NY

Jay P. Paul, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco, California

Samuel L. Perry, Ph.D.

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Juliet Richters, Ph.D.

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

David L. Rowland, Ph.D.

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

John Sakaluk, Ph.D. (Statistical Consultant)

University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

Theo Sandfort, Ph.D.

New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York

Michael Seto, Ph.D.

Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Ottawa, Canada

Robyn L. Shepardson, Ph.D.

VA Center for Integrated Healthcare, Syracuse, NY

Alexsandar Štulhofer, Ph.D.

University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Bente Traeen, Ph.D.

University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

Virginia J. Vitzthum, Ph.D.

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

L. Monique Ward, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Laura Widman, Ph.D.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Brian J. Willoughby, Ph.D.

Bringham Young University, Provo, UT


Table of Contents and Details

To view articles published online ahead of print (iFirst), see 

For a complete list of previous articles and the table of contents to the Journal of Sex Research, please visit the following link.  

For more details on the Journal of Sex Research, including information on obtaining a free sample copy, online subscriptions, and non-member pricing, please visit the Taylor and Francis Group website. 


Member Online Access 

SSSS members receive online access to the Journal of Sex Research as a benefit of membership. New online access vouchers will be e-mailed to members in late December Be sure to check your e-mail so your access can continue uninterrupted. If your voucher does not arrive by January or if you experience any difficulties with your new voucher, please contact directly. 


Information for Reviewers

Individuals who are interested in becoming a reviewer for The Journal of Sex Research should email the Editor for more information.








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