Lateral is a peer-reviewed, open access journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Lateral is currently published on a semiannual basis, fall and spring.

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.

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 peer review, identifiable information such as authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts. Lateral does not accept submissions that are under consideration at other journals, and one submitted, articles may not be submitted to other journals without notifying the Lateral editors.

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. A current list of books available for review can be found here.

Special Issues

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