Journal of the Latino Research Center

Border-Lines is an interdisciplinary and intersectional academic journal dedicated to the dissemination of research on Chicana/o-Latina/o cultural, political and social issues. Border-Lines is a refereed journal that seeks to publish scholarly articles drawn from a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, education, geography, human health, literary and cultural studies, political science, social work and sociology. Articles, poetry, prose and testimonials are accepted in English and in Spanish in APA style formatting and approximately 150 pages in length.

New Border-Lines Volume XIII now available!

Border-Lines XIII book jacket"Turning North"

It feels like volume XIII, inspired by the direction of the white North, is haunted by the year 2020. The research reports, artwork, testimonios, autohistorias and book review in this volume were all brought together during a global pandemic. Through this volume, we acknowledge that this has been a moment of trauma, confusion and fear that isn’t about leaving seeds behind to rot or freeze in the snow rather it is about discomfort and growth.

The cover image tells the story, doesn’t it? The image, created by artist René H. Arceo, expertly and empathetically embraces the spirt of this volume in that it curates intersectional research with the Latina/o/x community towards a different focus. Because mi gente, this year we have connected through new communication technologies but not embodied at birthday parties, graduations that were worked so hard for, holiday and new year events sin familia, Zoom weddings and yes, even those mornings remotely eating pan dulce chillando con abuelita (who for many of us is no longer here). This new way of connecting has me (as the editor) thinking about icy mountains, ancestors, the past, elder wisdom and everything we and I have lost — and where to go from here and how? By focusing on the direction of the North and current global events, this volume contains a special forum edited by Dr. Leandra Hernández on “Latinx Health Communication.” This special forum features scholars and practitioners in Communication, Gender Studies and Health Equity contexts. Beginning at the micro-level and flowing outward to analyses of macro-level discourses, experiences and processes, this forum brings the issues of Latinx health front and center for our community. Finalmente, the wisdom of the North tells us to get up because our ancestors are here, they never left, so let’s take a moment guided by this volume to honor our trauma and pain and move towards a healing vision. Truly, this volume is about those memories of love from the people, planet and soul moving, teaching and being a part of our everyday lives — now. Without this stage in the process, how will we know when to emerge from this chilling season of reflection and soul preparation and move into the light with strength? Let’s grow together.

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Call for submissions

Call for written submissions

Given our current political and sociocultural context, this special forum seeks to illuminate contemporary concerns for the Jotería community in the following contexts. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather is meant to initiate conversations:

  • Jotería visual arts
  • Jotería poetry
  • Jotería speculative fiction
  • Transgender Jotería studies
  • Testimonios of Jotería in everyday life
  • Pláticas/Interviews with Jotería in everyday life
  • Jotería myth, mythology and monstrosity
  • Jotería activism and social movement rhetoric
  • Jotería critique (short essays or research reports)
  • Jotería film, television, or media
  • Jotería spirituality
  • Jotería health
  • Queer ecology
  • Decolonial/Indigenous theory and methodology
  • Joteria-historías

Manuscripts should adhere to APA style and should be a maximum of 5,000 words.

Submission guidelines

  • Include title page with author(s) name, title and affiliations, acknowledgments, abstract of 150 words or less and five keywords.
  • Author(s) short biography not exceeding 200 words plus contact information.
  • The cover letter should confirm manuscript content is original and unpublished work, not under consideration for any other journal at the time and conflict of interest statement.
  • Manuscripts are accepted in English or Spanish; maximum of 5,000 words, plus bibliography. Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word, double-spaced in 12-point type, Times New Roman, APA Style formatting.
  • Creative writing pieces are invited for review. Essays and short stories should not exceed 1,000 words; poems may also be submitted for review. Book reviews on publications related to Chicana/o—Latina/o cultural, political and social issues will be considered for publication and should not exceed 1,500 in length.
  • Graphs and images must be submitted as independent files in .EPS or .TIFF format. Images should be 300 dpi/ppi and a minimum of 1200 pixels wide (4 inches).
  • Please include a second copy of your manuscript with blocked author information.

Please note: Student submissions are considered for submission.

The submission online portal for Border-Lines Journal Vol. XVI 2023 Special Edition will become available Fall 2022. For any questions please email the Latino Research Center.

Publications by the Latino Research Center


Manuscripts in progress

  • Chavez, L. Alcantar, C. Lucero, J.E., Zarazua, J.D., & Recinos, M (in preparation). The Latinx College-Going and Persistence Imperative: A Review of the K-16 Educational Engagement Literature. Journal of Latinos and Education.
  • Walsh, B., Mitchell, S., Batz, R., Aguirre, M., Lucero, J.E., Lee, A.M., Edwards, A.L., & Zeh, D. (in preparation). Familial roles and support of historically underrepresented doctoral students. Family Relations.

Non-peer reviewed (invited papers, reports and book chapters)

  • Finnegan, J., Alcantar, C., Lucero, J.E., Crowther, D., Weist, L., Dagda, R., Usinger, J., & Ewing-Taylor, J. (In press). Youth Participatory Action Research to Engage High School Students in Community Dissemination of Public Health Research Findings. In R. Martin Reardon & Jack Leonard (eds.), Volume VIII: School-University-Community Collaboration for Civic Education and Engagement in the Democratic Project. Charlotte, NC: IAP.