THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies

Diederik F. Janssen, editor
ISSN 1931-9045 (Print) 1872-4329 (Online)   (Hard copy discontinues as of 2014)
Peer reviewed
Current volume: 8 (2014)
Abstracting & Indexing Databases: CSA (Sociological Abstracts, Priority); EBSCOhost (Child Development & Adolescent Studies; Current Abstracts; SocINDEX; SocINDEX with Full Text; TOC Premier; Women’s Studies International); MetaPress; OCLC (Sociological Abstracts, Priority); ProQuest (GenderWatch); Cabell’s Directories; Google Scholar

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Purpose and Scope

THYMOS is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to providing an interdisciplinary forum for the critical discussion of boyhood and the dissemination of current research and reflections on boys’ lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of teachers and scholars, researchers and health-care practitioners, and policy-makers. The mission of the journal is to bring together contributions from and initiate dialogue between perspectives ranging from medical and legal practice, ethnographic inquiry, philosophical reflection, to curriculum design and policy-making. The topics of the journal will include boys and schooling, boys and feminism, parenting boys, son-father relations and the effect on boys of the missing father, boyhood subcultures and sexualities, physical and emotional abuse of boys, portrayal of boys in the media, boys in sports, and the folklore and myths of boyhood. THYMOS is committed to being international in scope and will solicit manuscripts from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, developmental psychology, sexology, psychoanalytic studies, ethnography and ethnology, history and historiography, cultural studies, literature, philosophy, pedagogy, and clinical and community health-care practice.

Manuscript preparation

THYMOS publishes regular articles (7,500 to 8,500 words) and brief reports (2,500 to 3,000 words). Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). Formatting instructions and instructions on the preparation of abstracts, text with designated headers (A-level through C-level), references, tables, and figures appear in the Manual. All copy must be double-spaced. For online help please visit

Abstract and keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 120 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


References should be listed in alphabetic order (also double-spaced). Each listed reference should be cited in the text and each text citation should be listed in the References. No spaces between authors’ initials. Basic formats are as follows:

Journal article: Janssen, D.F. (2007). BOY – Linguistic anthropological notes. THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 1(1), 43-67.

Article in an Internet-only journal: Gordon, R. (2004, June 15). The men among us. Retrieved October 15, 2006, from

Book: Lee, T. (2007). A new path at midlife: Transformative relationship & story for men. Harriman, TN: Men’s Studies Press.

Book chapter: Pleck, J.H. (1995). The gender role strain paradigm: An update. In R.F. Levant & W.S. Pollack (Eds.), A new psychology of men (pp. 11-32). New York: Basic Books.

Dissertation abstracted in DAI: Davis, F. (1987). Antecedents and consequents of gender role conflict: An empirical test of sex role strain analysis (Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 1987). Dissertation Abstracts International, 48(11), 3443.


High-quality printouts (300 dpi) are needed for all figures. The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

Review Procedure

THYMOS uses a masked review process. Authors are asked to include all identifying information in the cover letter, including the manuscript title, the authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses. The first page of the manuscript should include only the article’s title, abstract, and keywords. Footnotes containing information that would reveal the authors’ identity and/or affiliation should be removed. Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the author’s identity.


When an article has been accepted, authors are required to obtain and provide to the editor all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including, for example, photographs of people.

Publication Policy

Our policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications. Our policy also prohibits publication of a manuscript that has already been published in whole or substantial part elsewhere. Authors of manuscripts describing research using human participants are required to comply with APA ethical standards in the treatment of human participants. Upon acceptance of a manuscript authors must sign and return a copyright agreement.


Submit manuscripts only as electronic files (.rtf or .doc file) via Please visit our Style Checklist page for details.