Call for Submissions (Revised)


Special issue: Mastered and Phdished: Reflections of Women of Color in Higher Education 


Due to the pandemic, the Call for Submissions has been extended until AUGUST 30, 2020 (by midnight EST).


The Journal of Colorism Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. The journal is accessible at JOCS Online and via the ProQuest and EBSCO databases.

JOCS is currently accepting essays, articles, film/movie reviews, and book reviews for a special thematic issue, Mastered and Phdished: Reflections of Women of Color in Higher Education for publication. We are interested in well-crafted submissions that focus on graduate student experiences, administrative, faculty and other staff experiences. It is through these submissions that we hope to bring awareness, courage, empowerment, healing, solidary, and best practices in navigating graduate education, administrative, teaching and other staff roles in higher education. We are particularly interested in well-crafted submissions that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Mentoring
  • Faculty of Color
  • Adjunct Faculty Experiences
  • Administration
  • Classroom Milieu
  • Mental Health
  • Thesis and Dissertation Challenges and Successes
  • Historically Black Institutions (HBCU) Graduate Experiences
  • Predominately White Institutions (PWI) Graduate Experiences
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS) Graduate Experiences
  • Navigating Sisterhood and Friendships
  • Conference Presentations
  • Research
  • Research and Communities of Color
  • Publications
  • Promotions/Tenure
  • Professional Development
  • Motherhood/ Parenting
  • Balancing Family
  • Personal, Academic and Career Goals
  • Non-Traditional Student Experiences
  • Non-Traditional Career Path Experiences
  • Disparate Treatment
  • Distance Learning/Online Degree & Certificate Programs
  • Program/Curriculum/Course Development
  • Business Degree Programs
  • Department Diversity
  • Teaching Experiences
  • Self-love and Respect
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Identity
  • Colorism
  • Power
  • Conflict
  • Respect
  • Ethics
  • Racism/Bias/Discrimination/ Prejudice
  • Student Loans
  • Purpose/Passion
  • Writing

Journal Access

To submit manuscripts for review, please register at JOCS. (you will be required to create a username and password).

 Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use from copyright holders for reproducing tables and figures.
  • Submissions to JOCS are subject to an initial internal review.
  • Submissions considered for potential publication will be reviewed using a double-blind peer review process.
  • Submissions that do not follow author guidelines will not be considered for publication.
  • Submissions will follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
  • Submissions should be single-spaced, using 1 inch margins for the top, bottom and sides of every page, 12-pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages. Lines should be left justified and words should not be divided at the end of a line.
  • Submissions (including abstract, main text, notes, references, and tables) should not exceed 25 pages.

 Author Biographies

Submissions should include author biographies not to exceed five single spaced lines and may include links to personal websites.

We are looking forward to your submissions. If you have any questions, please contact JOCS at


In Spirit and in Truth,

Dr. Nubian Sun, LCSW
Guest Editor
Journal of Colorism Studies

ISSN: 2329-3187