QED Submission Guidelines


Submissions accepted for consideration:

1). Original Research Manuscripts, 10,000 word maximum (including endnotes), Chicago Manual of Style, endnote-style citations only;

2). Original Article-Length Non-Academic Essays, 5,000 word maximum.


Submissions are accepted only in MS-Word format. Upon creating an account, you will be asked to enter information about yourself and your article. There should be no identifying information [i.e. the name(s), affiliation(s) of the author(s)] in the document itself for purposes of blind review. Upload files containing all tables and figures as supplemental materials. Retain both print and electronic copies of your work to guard against loss in transit. A confirmation note will be sent immediately after the submission is received. Illustrated submission instructions available.

BOOK REVIEWS: Standard Book Reviews for QED should be 800–1,200 words although, depending on the book being reviewed, they may be shorter or longer. Book reviewers should discuss the length of the review with the Book Review Editor before writing. Reviews should be accessibly written with an audience in mind that is comprised of academics, activists, and artists interested in GLBTQ issues. Inquiries should be sent to: Karma R. Chávez, Book Review Editor.

FILM REVIEWS: Please review these instructions before submission. Contact Bernadette Marie Calafell with any questions at Bernadette.Calafell@du.edu.

Editorial Policy

All manuscripts submitted for publication must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration by any other publication. All contributions will be peer reviewed by QED Editorial Board members and external reviewers. Response time is typically three months from date of submission. Contributions are accepted on a rolling basis. Authors must be willing to respond to reviewers’ comments, make revisions, and review page proofs in a timely manner. A tentative schedule will be provided at time of submission acceptance.

Manuscript Preparation

QED follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., and uses endnote-style citations. Refer to the to the QED Style Sheet to prepare your manuscript for submission.

QED Style Sheet


Images and derivative materials

  • It is the author’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication.
  • Images must be submitted as supplementary, clearly-labeled files at time of submission.
  • All images must be minimum 300 dpi at planned publication size.
  • Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images.
  • We cannot publish such materials without an accompanying signed permissions letter.

Publishing Agreements

Pieces accepted for publication must be accompanied by a signed publishing agreement before the piece can go to print.
QED Article Publishing Agreement
QED Essay Publishing Agreement
QED Interviewer Publishing Agreement
QED Interviewee Publishing Agreement
QED Book and Event Review Publishing Agreement

Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The MSU Press journals program bases our ethics practices on those suggested by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE). For a summary of our core principles, see this document. Learn more at publicationethics.org.