Lateral is a peer-reviewed, open access journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Lateral is currently published on a semiannual basis, fall and spring. This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge.

Submission Guidelines for Authors

Lateral accepts submissions on any topic related to the field or practice of cultural studies within historical and/or contemporary contexts. Strong submissions situate their considerations of cultural practices, critical theories, and/or pedagogies within established and emerging conversations on racism, capitalism, sexuality, gender, ability, and colonialism. In addition to finished academic papers, the editors also welcome contributions that engage or have the potential to engage the multimedia and interactive aspects of the open-access, web-based platform.

Lateral does not accept submissions that are previously published or under consideration at other journals. Once submitted, manuscripts may not be submitted to other journals without notifying the Lateral editors first.

Articles should be between 4000 and 9500 words in length and prepared according to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style using endnotes. Submissions are only accepted electronically through our submission form. After completing the form, you will be asked to send a Microsoft Word compatible document to the editors at In order to facilitate double-blind peer review, identifiable information such as authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts.

Review by the editors is completed within two months of receipt of manuscripts, and articles sent for peer review are returned with comments within approximately six months from receipt of manuscript. Articles are usually published within three months of being accepted.

All articles published in Lateral are distributed under a Creative Commons license; authors retain copyright over their works and are free to self-archive or deposit submitted, accepted, or published versions of them. The journal currently uses a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. Under the terms of this license, users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. The license of each article is indicated on the article page and in article metadata.

Book Reviews

Lateral publishes ongoing reviews of books relevant to the field of cultural studies. Reviews are approximately 1000 words in length. Prospective reviewers should contact Book Review Editor Robert Carley at for more information about available books, writing reviews, or to suggest a book for review.

Special Sections and Issues

Lateral also publishes timely and incisive special sections and special issues organized and edited by guest editors. To inquire, please contact editors at