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Edited by Hilary Francis, Nick Grant and William Booth

Format: Open Access journal
ISSN: 2399-4606

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About the journal

Radical Americas Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal that explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas, engaging fully with the cross-currents of activism which connect North, Central and South America along with the Caribbean.

The journal’s definition of radicalism is broad: taking inspiration from the words of José Martí, radicalism is here presented as any action or interpretation which ‘goes to the roots’. All scholarship which takes a radical approach is welcomed, even if it is not concerned with the study of radical activism per se, and any work which provides a truly systemic critique of existing structures of power, or challenges conventional interpretations of the past, will find a home at the Radical Americas Journal.

Despite disciplinary divides, scholarship on all regions of the Americas has recently been characterised by a preoccupation with culture and cultural analysis. This domination has come at the expense of interpretations which favour economic or social factors, though there are some
signs that the impact of the global financial crisis has begun to reverse that trend. The position of this journal is that a holistic critique can never truly be achieved by isolating a single variable. For that reason the journal is particularly interested in work that fully integrates different facets of human experience, including economic, social, political and cultural factors.

The Radical Americas Journal welcomes new submissions from early career and established scholars worldwide. The journal will consider work in a number of different formats: in addition to peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Western Hemisphere radicalism, the journal runs a variety of regular features, including opinion pieces, photo essays, reviews and archival notes.

UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.

About the editors

Hilary Francis (Editor) is a Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a historian of Nicaragua and US-Nicaraguan relations. Her current research project, funded by the British Academy and the Eccles Centre at the British Library, explores US officials’ promotion of pesticide use in Nicaragua between 1945 and 1980.

Nick Grant (Editor) is a Lecturer in American History at the University of East Anglia. His research engages with the fields of African American, diaspora and black international history. His first monograph, ‘We Shall Win Our Freedoms Together’: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960, is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press.

William Booth (Editor) is an historian of Latin America, focusing on Mexico and the left. His is currently working on studies of Langston Hughes' time in Mexico and of the Mexican Marxist left's view of fascism during the early Cold War. His next project is a brief history of the Latin American left between 1945 and 1959.

Mark Seddon (Reviews Editor) completed his PhD in history at the University of Sheffield in 2014 and the resulting thesis was awarded the 2015 Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His work offers a synthesis of economic and diplomatic history by emphasising the effects of global capitalism and agency of private enterprise within international relations.


Dr William Booth, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Hilary Francis, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK
Dr Nicholas Grant, University of East Anglia, UK

Editorial board members

Prof. Omar Acha, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prof. Robin Blackburn, Essex University, UK
Prof. Jonathan Brown, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Dr. Julia Buxton, University of Bradford, UK
Prof. Mike Davis, University of California, Riverside, USA
Prof. Michael Denning, Yale University, USA
Dr. Kate Dossett, University of Leeds, UK
Dr. Paolo Drinot, UCL, UK
Prof. James Dunkerley, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Prof. John Gladhill, University of Manchester, UK
Prof. Francisco Gonzalez, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Prof. Van Gosse, Franklin and Marshall College, USA
Prof. Greg Grandin, NYU, USA
Dr. Daniela Grollova-Spenser, CIESAS, Mexico
Prof. Simon Hall, University of Leeds, UK
Prof. Andrew Hemingway, UCL, UK
Prof. Gilbert Joseph, Yale University, USA
Prof. Liam Kennedy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr. George Lewis, University of Leicester, UK
Prof. Maxine Molyneux, UCL, UK
Prof. Jose Moya, Columbia University, USA
Prof. Christopher Phelps, University of Nottingham, UK
Dr. Kate Quinn, UCL, UK
Prof. Andrew Ross, NYU, USA
Prof. Doug Rossinow, Metropolitan State University, USA
Prof. Bill Schwartz, Queen Mary University of London, USA
Prof. Stephen Shapiro, University of Warwick, UK
Ms. Camika Vallejo, Chilean Chamber of Deputies, UK
Prof. Alan Wald, University of Michigan, USA
Prof. Micahel Zeuske, University of Cologne, Germany
Prof. Eric Zolov, Stony Brook University (SUNY), USA

How to submit

All submissions to the journal should be made via the journals submission system, at ucl.jams.pub

Manuscripts should be formatted according to journals author guidelines. Submission enquiries should be sent to the Editors by email to editors@radicalamericasjournal.org. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review. The journal runs a continuous publication model – articles are published in the journal as and when they are ready.

Preparing your manuscript

The journal operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit the manuscript as:

  1. The complete manuscript not blinded, as a word file (.doc/.docx, etc.) and;
  2. An anonymous PDF version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review (anonymisation includes references to authors, acknowledgements, self references, and any electronic author identification., etc.) Manuscripts may be returned before peer review if manuscripts are not sufficiently blinded.
    Preparing your manuscript

It is the responsibility of the author to ensure adherence to the style guide. Please note that editors will not undertake any extensive formatting to this extent, and anything not adhering to the guidelines might be returned for revision. Before submitting to the journal, all authors must have read and agreed to the journal’s editorial policy


Title page (unblinded version)
Include the full title, the full names of contributing authors including their institutions/affiliation and address, and their institutional email address (including ORCiD ID’s). The corresponding author should also be identified.

Present the abstract as an overview of your article (up to 250 words), giving a summary of the contents and major themes. (Note that this will ultimately be used by search engines, and it will form part of the meta-data that will be seen first by people searching your article.)

Please list up to 10 keyword terms that accurately reflect the article.

Main body of text

List of abbreviations
If any abbreviations have been used, please define and list them accordingly under this heading.

Use endnotes rather than footnotes for any additional notes and information. These appear at the end of the main text, before References. All notes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed.

The Acknowledgements page mentions everyone whose contribution to the work you wish to recognise.

A full references list should contain all the sources cited in the text and notes and any other important titles that you think should be included. It should aim to provide a useful and concise reference guide to works relevant to the subject of your book.

Declarations and conflict of interests

  • Consent from all authors for publication and their contributions
  • Clearly declare any possible conflicts of interest, including but not limited to financial and non-financial competing interests. Where there are no conflicts of interests or competing interests, authors must clearly declare this under the same heading. For further information, please refer to the journal’s Editorial Policy.
  • Ethics or institutional review board approval of research statement (where applicable).
  • Consent for publication (where applicable).

Article types

Original research article
Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature.

Review article
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.

Book review
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book.

Book reviews are generally by invite only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book's contributions to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journals audience (please refer to the journals aims and scope).

Special issues

Radical Americas welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field.

All general enquiries should be sent to the Editors at: editors@radicalamericasjournal.org