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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.


All submitting authors are required to complete their submissions using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.

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  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
table legends, acknowledgments, disclosures, or references.

Pivotal Papers: Pivotal Papers explore seminal or cutting-edge research in the field of violence by examining the neurobiological factors and influences of violence and other matters pertinent to the study of how gender intersects with violence. Authors will select an important paper in the literature to analyze, critique, or present an opposing viewpoint. Limit word count, including references, to 1500 words. Figure 1 of the manuscript should be the first page of the paper being discussed, with permission from the publisher to reproduce this content in this journal. This manuscript category is by invitation only. Please express your interest in authoring a Pivotal Paper submission by contacting Managing Editor Karen Cloud Hansen ( to describe your intended project.

  • 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.
  • NOTE:  Supplemental Information, if provided, will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)


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.



Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research:  Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research

Documented review and approval from a formally constituted review board (Institutional Review Board or Ethics committee) should be required for all studies involving people, medical records, and human tissues. For those investigators who do not have access to formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement from the committee should be required. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If not possible, an institutional review board must decide if this is ethically acceptable. This information should be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and a sentence declaring adherence should be included in the acknowledgment section of the manuscript.

Animal experiments should require full compliance with local, national, ethical, and regulatory principles, and local licensing arrangements.

Definitions of Scientific Misconduct

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers generally follows the guidelines and rules regarding scientific misconduct put forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

Scientific misconduct and violation of publishing ethics vary and can be intentionally or unintentionally perpetrated. Some examples of misconduct and violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scientific Misconduct: Fabrication, falsification, concealment, deceptive reporting, or misrepresentation of any data constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  •  Authorship Disputes: Deliberate misrepresentation of a scientist’s contribution to the published work, or purposefully omitting the contributions of a scientist.

  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: Improper use of scholarly exchange and activity may constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.

  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.

  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research:
    Including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biologic, or chemical materials constitutes misconduct.

  • Conflict of Interest:  Nondisclosure of any conflicts, direct or indirect, to the Journal which prevents you from being unbiased constitutes misconduct.
  • Deliberate misrepresentation: of qualifications, experience, or research accomplishments to advance the research program, to obtain external funding, or for other professional advancement constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Plagiarism: Purposely claiming another’s work or idea as your own constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.

  • Simultaneous Submission:  Submitting a paper to more than one publication at the same time constitutes misconduct.

Responding to Allegations of Possible Misconduct

The Publisher is committed to helping protect the integrity of the public scientific record by sharing reasonable concerns with authorities who are in the position to conduct an appropriate investigation into an allegation.  As such, all allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal who in turn will review the circumstances, possibly in consultation with associate editors and/or members of the editorial board. Initial fact-finding will usually include a request to all the involved parties to state their case and explain the circumstances in writing. In questions of research misconduct centering on methods or technical issues, the Editor-In-Chief may confidentially consult experts who are blinded to the identity of the individuals, or if the allegation is against an editor, an outside expert. The Editor-In-Chief will arrive at a conclusion as to whether there is enough reasonable evidence that the possibility of misconduct occurred.

When allegations concern authors, the peer review and publication process for the manuscript in question will cease while the process described herein is researched. The investigation will be taken to completion even if the authors withdraw their paper.  In the case of allegations against reviewers or editors, they will be replaced in the review process while the matter is investigated.

Editors or reviewers who are found to have engaged in scientific misconduct will be removed from further association with the Journal, and reported to their institution.

If an inquiry concludes there is a reasonable possibility of misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief will retract the paper from the Journal and the scientific record.  If the paper is still under peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will withdraw the paper from consideration to the Journal.

All allegations will be kept confidential.


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.



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