About the Journal

Aims and Scope

The Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies (BATS) publishes timely research focused on identifiable and pragmatic social, cultural, and political issues of relevance to transgender people, both at the individual and collective level. The journal welcomes research from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, and from all contextual areas. However, research that is focussed on biomedical aspects of clinical practice with transgender patients is not appropriate for BATS; for such research, we refer prospective authors to the International Journal of Transgender Health and Transgender Health. The journal will consider biomedical and/or health research with primarily social, cultural, and/or political implications (e.g., health communication, health and human rights, public health policy, etc.).

BATS is committed to publishing research oriented toward the identification, analysis, and, ultimately, improvement of the material conditions of transgender life. To that end, published articles should clearly address both academic and nonacademic publics, and they should clearly present both the theoretical and the practical implications drawn from the research. Moreover, articles should be written in widely accessible language, free of field-specific jargon and unnecessarily technical language.

Peer Review

BATS uses a double-blind peer review process. This means that the reviewers of a submission will at no point in the review process be made aware of who authored the submission. Likewise, the author(s) of a submission will at no point in time be made aware of who reviewed the submission.

Open Access Policy

BATS is an open access journal. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of articles in this journal, or use them for any other lawful purpose. Authors retain the full rights to their work published in BATS and they may freely make their papers available as they see fit. The journal has no article processing charges and no article submission fees.

Copyright and Permissions

Unless otherwise stated, all content published in BATS is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (by-nc-nd). This license allows anyone to copy and distribute the article for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution is given. For details of the rights authors grant users of their work, see the “human-readable summary” of the license.


The Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies is published by Northwestern University Libraries on behalf of the Center for Applied Transgender Studies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. To learn more about the Center, visit https://www.appliedtransstudies.org/