Current Call for Submissions - December 2022 Issue, Themed Issue:

Popular Music and The Working Class

The Journal of Working-Class Studies seeks submissions that explore popular music and class from a global perspective. We invite papers that consider (but are not limited to) the following questions: How is popular music (and its audiences, artists and others) classed? Does social class have an impact on the types of music created and consumed? How do popular music artists navigate their way through classed structures – are there now less opportunities for working-class artists to break through the class ceiling? How have working-class people engaged with popular music (as fans or artists)?

Submissions should explore topics that actively involve and serve the interests of working-class people. We welcome submissions that promote critical discussions of the relationships among class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality. We also welcome interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and disciplinary explorations of working-class experience as well as creative works.

We endeavour to publish timely, as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2022.

Send submissions and inquiries to 



The Journal of Working-Class Studies invites submissions that contribute significant knowledge to our understanding of who the global working class(es) are and have been, as well as what it means to ‘study’ class, conceptually and as a socio-economic reality. We are especially keen to publish work that explores how class intersects with other vectors of identity and experience, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship status.

All scholarly submissions are peer reviewed.

We also invite artists to submit short comics or excerpts of longer works.

Word count

Submissions should be between 4-6000 words (or its multimedia equivalent), not including the bibliography and other references. This length is to allow ease of access for researchers, students and general public readers, however we are happy to consider longer submissions as appropriate. Please include an abstract, keywords and author bio with your submission.

Referencing style, formatting and copyright

Please submit submissions as Word files. We prefer the use of 12 point, Times New Roman font, with footnotes rather than endnotes.

The house style is APA, which includes in-text referencing of author, year and page/s used. For websites please include author’s name (if known), Url and date accessed. For further examples see the APA 7th referencing guide.

Please hyphenate working-class when used as an adjective. Numerals less than ten should be written as words. We recommend the use of the Oxford comma for clarity.

Authors retain the copyright for their original material submitted, and they are also responsible for acknowledging, and where necessary, gaining permission, for copyright material used that is owned by other people. For further guidance on this please contact the journal editors.

Book Reviews

The Journal of Working-Class Studies reviews books that feature working-class people, communities, culture, history, politics, and/or experience as a crucial component of their scholarly or artistic vision. The book review editor will consider all proposals based on their appropriateness and relevance to the journal’s aims.

Authors and editors who would like to submit a book to be considered for review may send a copy to:

Dr. Christie Launius, Kansas State University, 3 Leasure Hall, 1128 N. 17th St. Manhattan, KS 66506, USA.

The book review editor also commissions reviews for the journal.  If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for the journal, please send an email stating your interest, as well as a brief description of your qualifications to:

Guidelines for book reviews are as follows:

  • 1,000 words for reviews of single books.
  • 1300-1500 words for ‘cluster’ reviews, or reviews of multiple thematically connected works.

In your review, please clearly state how:

  • The book makes a significant contribution the field of Working-Class Studies.
  • What the book has to offer on its own, or how its arguments and insights bring something necessary or ‘new’ to the conversation(s) it is looking to enter.

Submission and review timelines

The Journal of Working-Class Studies is published twice a year. We endeavour to have submissions made to the journal sent to peer review in a timely manner, but we are also aware that peer review work, and any subsequent revision, needs to be managed around other commitments. If articles cannot be revised within the required timeline, please let us know and we will work to help find room in subsequent issues. However we ask that authors do not submit work to the journal that is currently being considered elsewhere.

Special Issue Proposals
We also welcome proposals to guest edit special issues around a set theme, topic, etc.
Please send a 500 word proposal to that includes the following information:
1) the scope of the proposed special issue;
2) the qualifications of the guest editor(s);
3) an overview of relevant existing research; and
4) the anticipated timeline (which needs to fit in with the current timing of issues – June or December.
Also please indicate whether you anticipate a mixture of peer-reviewed submissions or creative/other works.

Where to send submissions

Please send all submissions, as Word documents, to

Authors are responsible for the copyright of all submissions – please do not send work that is currently under consideration elsewhere or has been previously published (without first seeking permission to do so).

Articles not accepted

Not all articles submitted for consideration to the Journal of Working Class-Studies will be accepted for publication. There are a variety of reasons for this, including most importantly, each submission’s scope and place in the field. Please read the About section of our website for details of the discipline, as well as past issues. We are eager to expand the field but also to maintain our focus on working class experiences and issues, ensuring quality through the peer review process.