International Journal of Transgenderism Call for Papers: Special Issue

Nonbinary and Genderqueer Genders

International Journal of Transgenderism

Some people have a gender that is neither male nor female and may identify as both male and female at one time, as different genders at different times, as no gender at all, or may dispute the very idea of two genders.

The most often heard umbrella terms for such genders are nonbinary or genderqueer genders. These gender identities outside of the binary of female and male are increasingly being recognized in social, legal, medical, and psychological discourses along with the emerging presence and advocacy of people who identify as nonbinary or genderqueer.

Population-based studies show a small percentage—but sizable in terms of numbers—of people who identify as nonbinary. While such genders have always been in existence worldwide, they remain marginalized and as such are at risk of victimization and of minority stress as a result of social nonacceptance and discrimination.

This Special Issue of International Journal of Transgenderism looks to bring together those currently exploring and researching the nonbinary phenomenon as it relates to health, well-being, and/or other experiences.

We seek articles from a broad spectrum of disciplines (e.g., psychology, endocrinology, surgery, sociology, law) that promote evidence-based practice regarding people who identify as nonbinary or genderqueer, in an effort to contribute to improving clinical standards and continued cultural change toward acceptance of this group of people.

Submission Instructions

Joz Motmans, Timo O. Nieder, and Walter Pierre Bouman invite empirical (qualitative and quantitative) or review papers (maximum 6,000 words), commentaries, and opinion pieces on the subject of nonbinary and genderqueer genders.

Commentaries and opinion pieces will be reviewed only by the editors, while articles will also be sent for external peer review.

The deadline for abstract submissions is June 15, 2017.

The complete manuscripts are due by January 15, 2018.

Examples of invited topics include (but are not limited to):

  • sociological barriers that inhibit understanding of nonbinary people;
  • legal conceptualization of gender nonbinary;
  • demographic characteristics and determinants of nonbinary people;
  • impact of access to appropriate health care (or lack of this) for nonbinary people;
  • various types of endocrinological and/or surgical treatments nonbinary people may seek;
  • changing language use for nonbinary people;
  • determinants of health for nonbinary people considering intersectionality.

Informal inquiries and abstract submissions should be directed to Prof. Joz Motmans, Dr. Timo Nieder, and Dr. Walter Pierre Bouman.

Please visit the journal's homepage to access the full Instructions for Authors.

Final manuscripts are to be submitted through the Journal's Manuscript Central webpage in any standard format, including Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, or PDF.

Manuscripts should be typed using double spacing and one-inch margins.

Editorial information

  • Editor-in-Chief: Walter Pierre Bouman, MD, National Centre for Transgender Health, Nottingham, UK ( uk)
  • Guest Editor: Joz Motmans, PhD, Centre for Research on Culture and Gender at Ghent University, Belgium (Joz.Motmans@uzgent. be)
  • Guest Editor: Timo O. Nieder, PhD, Institute of Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany (