Journal: Call for Participation

The Graduate Journal of Food Studies (GJFS) seeks submissions on a rolling basis on formats ranging from long-form research articles, short-form commentary, and book/media reviews. As a peer-reviewed graduate journal run by—and for—graduate students, we aim to publish original, critical, and timely content. 

Our definition of food-related research spans multiple, diverse disciplines including, but not limited to: anthropology, history, sociology, geography, cultural studies, gender studies, economics, art, politics, pedagogy, nutrition, life sciences, philosophy, communications/media, area studies, rural studies, literature, and religion.  Perhaps more important than disciplinary affiliation are the myriad theoretical and epistemological frameworks that one can approach food research and, as such, we equally champion quantitative, qualitative, and practice-based methodologies.  

We welcome submissions from graduate students at various stages in their academic career, including students who may be new to the process of academic publishing. We invite scholars from diverse geographic perspectives, with special attention to the Global South and/or voices outside of English-speaking regions. 

Lastly, at a time when universities are questioning institutional structures and violences, GJFS is committed to thinking through anti-oppressive scholarship and publishing pieces that challenge the status quo. This can include topics and/or approaches that center BIPOC, feminist, or LGBTQIA+ perspectives, or it can also include voices of equity-seeking groups or communities under threat. As an organization based in North America, we at GJFS hold ourselves especially accountable to communities seeking equity, which means centering Black and indigenous perspectives. We see food studies and scholarship as tools to challenge anti-Blackness and colonialism in North America and abroad. 

Graduate students are encouraged to submit one of three formats:

  • Research articles: longform papers (4,000-7,500 words) featuring original arguments. Research articles examine food related issues in a critical manner, posing a clear and compelling thesis that is well structured and supported. Research articles undergo peer review. 
  • Food Stuff pieces: short form writing (750-1500 words) meant for timely and/or reflexive ideas. These may take the form of field notes, archival reports, commentaries, interviews, creative writing and photo essays. These typically have a strong visual element and are not subject to peer-review. Examples of Food Stuff pieces can be found here.
  • Book Reviews & Media Reviews: short pieces (800-1000 words) that summarize and analyze a newly released book/media. If you would like to suggest a recent title, contact our Book Reviews Editor at GJFSreviews[at]gmail[dot]com to express your interest.

Consult our style guidelines for details about the submission process. Please submit your pieces for consideration to the editorial team at GJFSsubmissions[at]gmail[dot]com. We assess submissions on a rolling basis and publish pieces as they become ready. 

Contact Us

Our editorial team takes seriously a pedagogical mandate to work with contributors through what is often their first publication. Our foremost commitment is to you, our peers, in making the graduate student community more robust by fostering supportive environments for quality feedback. Should you have any concerns regarding the editorial process, please email the editorial team GJFSeditor[at]gmail[dot]com with your questions.