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Fashion Studies Submission Guidelines

Who We Are                                         

One thing we know for certain is that fashion studies’ strength lies in its ability to engage with other disciplines. From pop culture to archeology, as the first open access journal in fashion academia we welcome innovative work that invokes a critical study of fashion. We encourage multi-media submissions and are excited about diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. We want to help nurture fashion as a fun, creative field of study; therefore, we encourage forward thinking, cutting edge submissions.

Who You Are

If you are interested in submitting your work to us, then you are eligible! We are excited to see what you have in mind. We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students, minorities, activists, feminists and independent scholars. You can submit to us as an individual, partnership or group. However, we do not accept any submissions that include discriminatory, racist, sexist or otherwise hateful language or imagery.


All submissions should be sent in online to our e-mail address, fashionstudies@ryerson.ca. Please make sure to include the issue number and submission format in your e-mail title (i.e. Issue 1, Sound Art).


At Fashion Studies, we believe that there are multiple ways to understand and share knowledge. More importantly, we know that we don’t know everything about how to disseminate academic work; we’re still learning, and we promise to get better and better. Because of this, we currently invite three submission formats: academic papers, creative works and interviews. As a mixed media focused publication, a combination of these are also always welcomed. If you have a submission that you feel does not fit these formats, feel free to contact us! We promise to work together to help move your submission forward through the process.

Our handy checklist includes important details on how submissions to FS should be formatted. Read it below.


The first section of Fashion Studies will be made up of academic papers. All papers should be between 5000-7000 words, inclusive of references. As mentioned above, traditional papers may also be supplemented with the use of mixed media. When possible, please submit your papers as Word documents.

Creative Work

The second section of the journal will be comprised of creative work. Creative pieces should be accompanied by a 1000-1500 word introduction, explaining your work and situating it within fashion theory. Creative writing, sound art, videos and paintings are just some examples of what would be appropriate for this section! When possible, please submit creative work as Word documents.


Finally, the last section of Fashion Studies will be focused on interviews. These should be accompanied by a 1000-1500 word introduction, situating the interview within fashion studies and its relevance to the field. As our journal is mixed media focused, feel free to use text, video, audio and/or photographs when conducting an interview. When possible, please submit interviews as Word documents.

Fashion Studies Peer Review Process


The first thing you should know: Fashion Studies accepts submissions based on a double-blind review process. All stages of the submission process will be conducted online, initially over e-mail and then through an online portal on the journal website. We will match submissions and reviewers according to your topic, medium and methodology. In doing so, we hope to ensure a fair and effective review process. We want to create a trustworthy, safe space for you to access comments and feedback, in the hopes of eventually publishing your work!

Potential Outcomes

There are three potential outcomes to the peer review process:

  1. Accepted

  2. Rejected

  3. Conditional

In some cases, a submission may be accepted immediately (hooray!). This means that little to no reviews are needed and that the work can no longer be published anywhere else. Alternatively, a submission may be rejected; this means it no longer has any affiliation with the journal and will not be published in that issue. Finally, (and most commonly) a submission may be marked as conditional. In this case, revisions are needed in order for the work to be accepted. This is no big deal; it just means that you get to decide whether or not to proceed with the process. Once updated, the submission will be reviewed again! This will continue until the piece is either accepted or rejected.


Stage 1

All submissions will be sent in over e-mail to fashionstudies@ryerson.ca. They will then be reviewed by our editorial assistant. Selected submissions will be forwarded to the co-editors of the journal for final approval before moving on to Stage 2. Creators will be notified of results.

Stage 2

Scholarly and creative academics will review submissions according to the matching process conducted by the editorial team. Submissions will be allocated two reviewers each in order to strengthen the process. Once complete, reviewers will send the editorial assistant their recommendation on how to proceed. The editorial assistant will notify all those who submitted on the status of their work.

Stage 3

Creators will have been given the results of their review process, and will proceed accordingly. Stage 3 will continue until a submission is accepted or rejected for that issue. Contracts will be sent out to accepted submission creators.

Stage 4

Once all submissions are finalized, they will be sent back to the editorial team for final review. The editorial team will send back any changes to creators for approval; however, edits made at this point are at the discretion of the editorial team due to time constraints surrounding publication.

Stage 5

Finalized submissions will be posted online for viewing by the editorial team. Creators will not be contacted in regards to any formatting changes needed due to time constraints surrounding publication. Co-editors will publish the issue!

Fashion Studies Checklist

Some things in life are hard; submitting to Fashion Studies shouldn’t be. Working with us should be fun! Below is a checklist for anyone interested in sharing their work with FS. We want to make the submission process as straightforward as possible. Please read this list over before submitting your work over e-mail to fashionstudies@ryerson.ca; submissions that do not follow these guidelines will unfortunately not be considered. We don’t want to waste your time!

So, please:

  • Read our submission guidelines

  • Read the current issue’s CFS

  • Submit your work over e-mail to fashionstudies@ryerson.ca

  • Include the issue number and submission format in your e-mail title (i.e. Issue 1, Sound Art)

As well, please include along with your submission:

  • A 200 to 250 word abstract

  • 5 key words

  • A 100 to 150 word personal biography

  • A Works Cited list and appropriate in-text citations

  • The secured rights for any images/figures/graphs included

Here are our general formatting suggestions. We prefer:

  • MLA citation style

  • Canadian English spelling

  • Double spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font

  • 1” margins

  • Your last name on the top left of the page

  • The page number on the top right of the page

  • Bolded headings

  • Em dashes

  • Oxford commas

  • Images and image citations placed in text

Lastly, you must have:

  • The secured rights for any images/figures/graphs included

And there you have it! We are so excited to be challenged, educated and inspired by your work.