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Violence and Gender

Editor-in-Chief: Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD

ISSN: 2326-7836 • Published Quarterly • Online ISSN: 2326-7852

Current Volume: 1

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  • Manuscript Submissions

    Instructions for Authors

    Violence and Gender is the international forum for the critical examination of biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, racial, ethnic, and cultural factors as they relate to the gender of perpetrators of violence. Through peer-reviewed research, roundtable discussions, case studies, and other original content, Violence and Gender explores the difficult issues that are vital to threat assessment and prevention of the epidemic of violence.


    Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract. Prior abstract publications should be described in the form of a footnote to the manuscript title. Published manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.  In addition, the author(s) explicitly assign(s) any copyrighted ownership he/she (they) may have in such manuscript to the Journal.  By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the author(s) agree(s) to these conditions.
    Manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vio  Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.


    All authors, including the co-authors, should be responsible for a significant part of the manuscript.  All authors and co-authors should have taken part in writing the manuscript, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content.   Any author whose name appears on a paper assumes responsibility and accountability for the results.


    It is the Journal’s policy that only ONE corresponding author is listed on a paper.  This designation should be determined at the time of submission.  Additions to corresponding authors are not permitted after acceptance or in page proofs.


    All submissions to Violence and Gender are subject to peer review.  Upon submission of a manuscript, the authors are encouraged to suggest suitable referees, but must provide accurate email addresses for all such individuals.




    Article Type

    Maximum Word Limit*

    Abstract Word Limit
















    Case Studies






    Short Reports


















    *These limits relate to the text of the manuscript; word limits do NOT include the abstract, figure and/or
    table legends, acknowledgments, disclosures, or references.

    • All text submissions must be provided in Word.  Do not submit PDFs of the manuscript or any text files.  Submissions containing PDFs of text files will be returned without review.

    • All manuscript pages should be double spaced.

    • Include a title page that contains:

    — The full title of the manuscript
    — All contributing authors’ full names
    — All contributing author’s complete affiliations
    — A short title of no more than 50 characters, including spaces
    — At least three keywords

    • Supply an abstract as the second page of text.

    After the abstract, the text should be constructed as follows:

    • Text:  Organize the text as follows: Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgments; Disclosure; and References.  At the first usage of a term, spell out the term and then provide the  abbreviation or acronym in parentheses. Thereafter, use the abbreviation/acronym alone.

    • Acknowledgments: The author should acknowledge only those people and institutions that have made significant contributions to the study.

    • Disclosure Statement:  Immediately following the Acknowledgments  section,  include  a  section  entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.” In this portion of the paper, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.   If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”

    • References: The references should be cited in the text using the name/date system. The reference list at the end of the paper should be double-spaced and organized alphabetically by name and year. List only the first three authors followed by "et al." For accepted papers not yet published, cite the journal and add "in press."  If references to personal communications or unpublished data are used, cite them parenthetically in the text, not in the references. Sources for personal communications must provide written approval at the time of submission. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. References should be presented as shown below:

    Journal example: Chamallas M, Wriggins JB. (2011). The measure of injury: Race, gender, and tort law. J Psych Law. 39, 1-10.

    Book example: Niehoff D. (2002).  The Biology of Violence.  (The Free Press, New York, NY.)
    Chapter in a Book example:  Niehoff D. (2002). From wilderness to lab bench:  Animal models of aggression. In The Biology of Violence. D Niehoff, ed. (The Free Press, New York, NY) pp. 54-78.

    Bulletin:  Babiak P, Folino J, Hancock J, et al.  Pscyhopathy: An important  Forensic Concept for the 21st century. The Law Enforcement Bulletin: Psychopathy.  July 2012;3–8.


    All references in text should be cited alphabetically, within year, by authors and dates. (e.g. Some behavior is so brutal, or irrational or so far beyond experience and comprehension that everyone would agree that it is not simply misguided but blatantly pathogical. (Niehoff 2002; Smith, 2009).

    • Correspondence address: After the references, provide the name, address, and e-mail of the person to whom all correspondence should be directed.  This information will be included at the end of the references in the final published version of the article.


    Submit table(s), each with its own title, as a separate file from the text of the manuscript. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Table legends and/or footnotes should be double-spaced.


    Prepare a separate list of figure legends, double-spaced, at the end of the manuscript file.

    Please follow these guidelines for submitting figures.

    • Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
    • Line illustrations should be submitted at a minimum of 900 dpi.
    • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
    • Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale—not RGB.
    • Save as either TIFF or EPS files.
    • Color art must be saved as CYMK—not RGB.
    • PowerPoint and Excel files cannot be accepted.


    The cost of printing figures in color must be subsidized by the author(s).  Cost estimates are available from the Publisher upon request.


    Upon acceptance of any manuscript, all authors will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to complete our online Copyright Agreement form.  It is critical to ensure the accuracy of ALL authors’ email addresses when uploading submissions to Manuscript Central to ensure the proper delivery of all email communications.

    The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to ensure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright.


    Failure by all authors to submit this form will result in a delay in publication.



    If applicable, it is incumbent upon the author(s) to obtain release statements of permission to reproduce any identifiable images of individuals.  The submitting author should provide written confirmation of this critical information.  Acceptable forms of consent statements are emails or letters.  The Journal does not provide a generic patient release form.

    The written consent must contain specific information about the individuals's name, age, and if pertinent, conservatorship -- as well as stated permission -- granting the Journal the rights to publish the photograph within its pages (which includes the name of the Journal and article title). 

    The Publisher is not responsible for the publication of any identifiable images or photos.


    Figures, tables, and text taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher, granting permission for reproduction  Include written permission from authors to cite unpublished data or papers still in press.


    Once a paper is accepted, changes in authorship are NOT permitted under any circumstance.

    Page proofs will be sent to the (one) corresponding author as designated when the manuscript was uploaded to Manuscript Central.  It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to share the page proofs with co-authors and to coordinate all authors’ corrections into one proof.  The Publisher will not accept corrections from multiple authors.

    Changes in authorship in page proofs are NOT permitted under any circumstance.


    Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected proofs to the Publisher.  Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.



    Violence and Gender is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY  10801.  Tel: 914-740-2100; Fax:  914-740-2108; Email: info@liebertpub.com; Website:  www.liebertpub.com

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    NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Self-Archiving Policy

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a "blue" publisher (as defined by Sherpa), as we allow self-archiving of post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF.

    In assigning Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. copyright, the author retains the right to deposit such a 'post-print' on their own website, or on their institution's intranet, or within the Institutional Repository of their institution or company of employment, on the following condition, and with the following acknowledgement:

    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

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