Signs (journal)

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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Women's studies
Language English
Edited by Suzanna Danuta Walters
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0097-9740 (print)
1545-6943 (web)
LCCN 75649469
OCLC no. 223703061
JSTOR 00979740

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society is a peer-reviewed feminist academic journal. It was established in 1975 by Catharine R. Stimpson, and is published quarterly by the University of Chicago Press.


Signs publishes essays examining women's and men's lives around the globe from both historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as theoretical and critical articles addressing processes of racialization, sexualization, and gendering.[1] In 2015, Signs launched the "Feminist Public Intellectuals Project," which seeks to engage feminist theorizing with pressing political and social problems via three open-access, online-first initiatives: "Short Takes," "Currents," and "Ask a Feminist." Given the fragmentation of feminist activism and the persistent negative freighting of the moniker “feminist,” the "Feminist Public Intellectuals Project" seeks to genuinely reimagine what role a journal can play in provoking activism.[2]


From 1975-1980, the founding editor-in-chief of Signs was Catharine R. Stimpson (Barnard College). From 1980-1985, the editor-in-chief was Barbara C. Gelpi (Stanford University). From 1985-1990, the editor-in-chief was Jean Fox O'Barr (Duke University). She was succeeded from 1990-1995 by Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres and Barbara Laslett (University of Minnesota). From 1995-2000, the editors-in-chief were Carolyn Allen and Judith A. Howard (University of Washington), they were replaced in 2000 by Sandra Harding and Kathryn Norberg (University of California, Los Angeles), they served until 2005 when they were replaced by Mary Hawkesworth (Rutgers University). Since 2015, Suzanna Danuta Walters (Northeastern University) has been editor-in-chief.[3] The journal was called "prestigious" in a French review article of women's studies in America.[4]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2015 impact factor of 1.347, ranking it 8th out of 40 journals in the category "Women's Studies".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hawkesworth, M (2011). "Signs 2005–2015: Reflections on the Nature and Global Reach of Interdisciplinary Feminist Knowledge Production". Signs. 36 (3): 511–519. doi:10.1086/657513. JSTOR full/10.1086/657513. 
  2. ^ "Feminist Public Intellectuals Project". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Signs: Editorial board". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Schwartz, Paula (2002). ""Women's Studies, Gender Studies": Le contexte américain". Vingtième Siècle. Revue d'histoire. 75: 15–20. doi:10.2307/3771854. JSTOR 3771854. 
  5. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Women's Studies". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016.  Pdf.

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