Editorial Board


D J Williams, Criminology, Idaho State University

Emily E. Prior, Sociology, Center for Positive Sexuality


Jeremy N. Thomas, Sociology, Idaho State University

Associate Editor

Brad Sagarin, Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Production Editors:

Karen Sabbah, California State University, Northridge

James R. Fleckenstein, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Editorial Board:

Aleah Poncini, Didel Institute for Scientific Research and Development

Audrey R. Giles, Anthropology and Leisure Science, University of Ottawa

Breanne Fahs, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

Dan Copulsky, Center for Positive Sexuality

Dave Holmes, Forensic Nursing, University of California Irvine

Jennifer A. Vencill, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

D. Joye Swan, Psychology, Woodbury University

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Sociology, California State University Northridge

Richard Sprott, Executive Director for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

R. Todd Hartle, Biology and Education, Irvine, California

William B. Strean, Leadership and Physical Education, University of Alberta

Zaedryn Rook, Writing and Editing, Oakland, California

Specialized Consultants:

Deneen L. Hernandez, FBI National Forensics Laboratory

Jay Wiseman, Author and Educator

JPS Vol 1, Issue 3 correction!

Please be aware that the page numbers for the articles originally published in Journal of Positive Sexuality, Volume 1, Issue 3 (November 2016) were incorrect! We have reformatted the articles to the correct page numbers and uploaded the new PDF documents to reflect this. Please accept our apologies for this error. Please use the corrected page numbers in citations.

Manuscripts being accepted for review


Journal of Positive Sexuality is now accepting articles for the July issue. Please have your original manuscript to us no later than May 30 for review.

We are also publishing a special issue in November, in coordination with CARAS and NCSF, to include longer manuscripts. Please check our submission guidelines. Longer manuscripts for this issue should be submitted no later than August 1 for review.

The Journal of Positive Sexuality is an online peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on all aspects of positive sexuality as described in the Center for Positive Sexuality purpose statement. The journal is multidisciplinary and is designed to be accessible and beneficial to a large and diverse readership, including academics, policymakers, clinicians, educators, and students.

Volume 2, Issue 1 of JPS now available!

Volume 2, Issue 1 of Journal of Positive Sexuality is now live! Read new articles on asexual polyamory, the effects of sex-negative sex education, and learn about sex-positive feminist pornography. Also, in this issue, a special reflection on the inaugural volume of JPS, written by founding co-editors DJ Williams and Emily Prior.

Please consider submitting your unpublished work. Our amazing Editorial Board is waiting to see new, innovative, interesting, sex positive research. The next publication date is July, so you still have time to submit your manuscripts for Issue 2.

Do you have longer original research that fits our positive sexuality guidelines? Submit your work no later than August for a special issue featuring longer articles.

Read our Submission Guidelines and submit your work! Submissions are taken year-round with no specific deadlines, unless specified for particular issues.


NCSF and CPS Partner on Journal of Positive Sexuality

Non-Profit Outreach Education and Research Organization
 Center for Positive Sexuality is
Pleased to Partner on Journal with National Coalition for Sexual Freedom!

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2016) – On the heels of celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Journal of Positive Sexuality launched in February 2015, the Center for Positive Sexuality teams up with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a known champion of sexual freedoms and privacy rights for all adults engaging in safe, sane, consensual behaviors. With similar visions, but slightly different audiences, the two groups’ messages of sex positivity, consent, education, and acceptance can be shared more broadly.
Center for Positive Sexuality Director of Research Dr. DJ Williams reports, “With this sponsorship the Journal will reach a wider audience and acquire more submissions to publish. This will also improve our research as we’ll have an outlet to promote our studies and surveys. Partnering with NCSF makes sense. They have a broad audience who share similar interests.”

Established in 2007, the Center for Positive Sexuality received 501c3 Non-Profit status in 2013 and has been presenting educational panels to local colleges, universities, and professionals debunking myths and replacing them with truths and lived experiences on range of issues such as kink/BDSM, non-monogamy, sex and aging, sex and disability, gender spectrum, and others.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was formed in 1997 by a small group led by Susan Wright under the auspices of the New York SM Activists. The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior. Today, NCSF has over 50 Coalition Partners made up of groups and businesses who serve BDSM, swing and polyamory practitioners. Over the years, NCSF has formed alliances with other organizations that defend sexual freedom rights: Free Speech Coalition, the ACLU, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance, among others.

In its first year of publication, the open-access Journal of Positive Sexuality published three issues with a total of 12 articles, reaching over 30 countries worldwide.
The Journal of Positive Sexuality is free to access and download, and is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and easy to read (articles are no longer than 8 pages) all from a sex positive lens.

CPS Research Affiliates Hard at Work

What have our Research Affiliates been up to? Check out their more recent publications and find out!

What Do(n’t) American Undergraduate Social Work Students Learn About Sex? A Content Analysis of Sex Positivity and Diversity in Five Popular HBSE Textbooks Critical Social Work, 2016

From Purple Roots to Dark, Sexy, and Diverse: The Past, Present, and Future of Deviant Leisure Leisure Matters: The Present and Future of Leisure Studies, 2016

Getting Off on Sex Research: A Methodological Commentary on the Sexual Desires of Sex Researchers Sexualities, 2016

Leisure Functioning and Offender Rehabilitation: A Correlational Exploration into Factors Affecting Successful Re-entry International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology , 2015

Evangelical Elites’ Anti-Homosexuality Narratives as a Resistance Strategy Against Attribution Effects Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2015

Activating College Men to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Qualitative Evaluation NASPA: Journal about Women in Higher Education, 2015

Art as Mode and Medium: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching and Learning about Self-Reflexivity and Artistic Expression in Qualitative Research International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 2015

JPS Call for Papers

Please consider submitting your unpublished work. Our amazing Editorial Board is waiting to see new, innovative, interesting, sex positive research. Volume II, Issue 1 is scheduled for February 2016. If you would like your manuscript considered for this issue, please submit your work no later than January 15, 2016.

Read our Submission Guidelines and submit your work!

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JPS Vol I Issue 3 now available!

The last issue of 2015 features amazing articles from researchers at Idaho State University, Northern Illinois University, University of Alabama, Old Dominion University, Sam Houston State University, and College of the Canyons.

Topics covered in this issue include BDSM as an orientation, leisure science as it applies to BDSM practice, comparisons between BDSM and extreme rituals, sexual activity and older adults, and challenging dehumanization in US sex offender policy.

As always, these articles are available free of charge and in easy, downloadable PDFs.

Visit http://journalofpositivesexuality.org to read these and other articles.

If You’re Against Sex Work You’re a Bigot

Beautifully written article by Connor Habib: http://www.thestranger.com/features/feature/2015/06/24/22436683/if-youre-against-sex-work-youre-a-bigot

As a follow up I recommend reading Responding to Academic Critiques of Sex Work by our Research Affiliate Dr. Jeremy Thomas: http://journalofpositivesexuality.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Responding-to-Academic-Critiques-of-Sex-Work-Thomas.pdf

New Issue Journal of Positive Sexuality Now Live!

We hope you enjoy the June 2015 issue of Journal of Positive Sexuality. This issue features articles from Kathryn Coleman, MA, M. Candace Christensen, PhD and Stephanie M. Hoover, PhD, and D J Williams, PhD.

Articles cover topics on the need for a social deconstruction and re-humanization of sexuality, working with survivors of sexual violence from a sex-positive perspective, and the need for openness among editors and reviewers in social work to publish research on BDSM.

If you have an original short manuscript you would like to submit for review, please see the Submission Guidelines.