LRC Publications

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. Submissions can be emailed to the Latino Research Center.

New Border-Lines Volume XII now available!

Border-Lines XII book jacket“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

Looking at the cover of Border-Lines: Journal of the Latino Research Center Volume XII, we cannot imagine a more expressive image to communicate the collected works included in this volume. For many within the Latina/o/x community within the United States and throughout the world, we KNOW that our children, our families and our people are being held in cages. In the shadows and in legal limbo. Family Separation Detention Centers, as an example, cite widespread physical, mental, public health, sexual abuses and continued medical assaults like forced sterilization. It feels like they are trying to bury our dreams and opportunities. Indeed, it feels like our intersectional Latina/o/x communities are under assault in the streets, in our professions and certainly, in our schools and places of higher education. This cover image was created by artist Nerina Canzi and it has inspired, pushed and challenged us throughout this editorial process, like seeds freshly placed in rocky or sandy soil. We watered this volume with a focus on education and social justice, and we tended it night and day with an activist spirit knowing that this volume is a response to this political moment we find ourselves in. Like the miracle of life, our commitment, care and respect for these children, women and families sprouted green shoots. They didn’t know we were seeds. We grow when confronted with adversity. Within this volume, we offer a sustained discussion of the social science method of testimonio across multiple research reports and poetry, as well as cutting-edge research on Latina/o/x experiences in academia and the current political climate in the United States and across the world. Like the image on the cover of this volume, we offer our community a rainbow blessing from the eastern horizon; sun shining like corn hugging on the stalk. Yellow growing, new beginnings, hope emerging from the husk—¿Nos entiendes?

Border-Lines Volumes List

Call for submissions: Border-Lines Vol. XIII

The Latino Research Center invites you to submit your qualifications for publication for volume XIII of Border-Lines, the 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. Volume XIII will be published in 2021 with the broad theme of reflection. Reflection on the past Border-Lines volumes’ contributions and the current times we face as Latinx/Hispanic/Indigenous community of color.

Call for artists

The Latino Research Center invites you to submit your qualifications (two-to-three portfolio pieces) for a cover art commission and art for publication within journal pages for volume XIII of Border-Lines. Artist proposals should include design ideas that incorporate elements that conjure images of reflection.

Submission requirements

  • Artists must be 18 or older and local to the Northern Nevada area
  • Submit two-to-three pieces out of portfolio in .jpeg or .tif format
  • Submit brief artist biography

Upon review of artist submissions, selected artist will be commissioned to create a piece specifically for the journal publication. If selected, artwork compensation will be between $500 - $750.

Submission deadline: November 16, 2020
Artist selected: December 14, 2020
Commissioned artwork: February – April 2021
Publication: August 2021

Send questions and submissions to the Latino Research Center email.

Call for written submissions

Written submissions are invited for the volume XIII of Border-Lines. The topic is based on the broad idea of reflection. Articles, poetry, prose and testimonios are all considered.

Submission guidelines

  • Include title page with author(s) name, title, affiliations, acknowledgments and 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; 4,000-6,000 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 words 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 1,200 pixels wide (4 inches).
  • Please include a second copy of your manuscript with blocked author information.

A Border-Lines special forum on Latinx health communication

Border-Lines Vol. XIII will include a special forum on Latinx health communication. We are soliciting submissions in the following categories: poetry, performative writing, critical review and research essays, creative works, testimonio and more. Given the current political, sociocultural and health context, this special forum seeks to illuminate contemporary Latinx health concerns in the following contexts. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather is meant to initiate conversations:

  • Latinx transgender health concerns
  • Latinx LGBTQ+ health
  • Latinx migrant health and border issues
  • Latinx health inequities, particularly in the time of COVID-19
  • The monstrosity of COVID-19 for Latinx communities
  • Relationships among Latinx health, constituencies and politics
  • Latinx health activism
  • Latinx identity and health
  • Latinx spirituality and health

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

Please Note: Student submissions are considered for submission.

Deadline and details

  • Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2020
  • Decisions will be made in March
  • Accepted manuscript revisions due in May
  • Special forum published in August/September 2021

Email questions and submissions to Latino Research Center.

Subject line should read" “Latinx Health Communication Special Forum Submission” or “Border-Lines Vol. XIII Submission.”