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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, can be reached via email at

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41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Journal of Appalachian Studies

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The Journal of Appalachian Studies (JAS) is a refereed, multidisciplinary publication which seeks to provide a written forum for quality scholarship on Appalachian history, culture, and society. The official journal of the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), the JAS is published twice per year by the University of Illinois Press for the ASA with support from Marshall University. The Journal of Appalachian Studies supersedes earlier publications of the Appalachian Studies Association, including Proceedings and the Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association (JASA).

Proceedings was the first publication of the Appalachian Studies Conference, and included collections of papers presented at the annual conferences. In 1989, the name was changed to the Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association, and the journal began publishing articles, studies, and book reviews in addition to conference papers. The name was again changed to the Journal of Appalachian Studies in the early 1990s when the ASA office relocated to the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. The current headquarters has been managing publication of the JAS since 2001 when the ASA relocated to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

By providing a venue for pieces regarding all aspects of Appalachia, the JAS is one way in which the ASA fulfills its mission. Membership in the Association includes a subscription to the journal. Articles, essays, and studies included in the JAS come from a wide array of disciplines. Anyone can submit work to the JAS for publication consideration, but all submissions must follow the journal’s submissions guidelines.


The Journal of Appalachian Studies seeks articles based on original empirical research, including applied research, as well as literary criticism and reflections on conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in Appalachian studies. Given the Journal’s broad readership, we encourage consideration of the wider implications of each study. Submissions must be written in a style that can be understood by non-specialists.

We will consider rigorous scholarship from scholars, teachers, activists, and others whose work focuses on the Appalachian region. The current editor invites scholarship which compares the Appalachian region to other regions in the world and places the region in a critical, global context. All submissions are expected to demonstrate an understanding of relevant Appalachian Studies literature.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the JAS online manuscript submission portal. Click here for additional information.


Author Guidelines
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Manuscript Review Guidelines
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Book Review Guidelines
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Media Review Guidelines
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Reviewer Interest Form
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Online Institutional Repository Policy


Preprints and Postprints

Contributors may post preprints (contributions not yet accepted for publication) and postprints (contributions accepted for publication—after revisions have been completed) to personal websites until the final PDF versions are available from press.


Authors may submit final PDF versions of their contributions to an online institutional repository once those versions become available. Submissions must include one of the following notations.

For contributions published prior to 2014:

Published as “[insert complete title here].” Journal of Appalachian Studies [insert volume number] ([insert issue number]). © [year] by the Appalachian Studies Association.

For contributions published beginning in 2014:

Published as “[insert complete title here].” Journal of Appalachian Studies [insert volume number] ([insert issue number]). © [year] by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

PDFs will also be issued to contributors for the following purposes:

  • promotion and tenure
  • special workshops conducted by the author
  • other requests evaluated on an individual basis

PDFs of book and media reviews may be issued to publishers/producers of reviewed material for posting on their organizational website one year after the review was published. Review PDFs must include a link directing users to the journal’s UIP sales page.

All PDFs will include a statement of copyright and a provision that the articles or reviews will not be photocopied, distributed, or used for purposes other than the terms agreed to by the journal.

Reprint Requests

Requests to reprint material published prior to 2014 should be directed to:

Journal of Appalachian Studies
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Requests to reprint material published beginning in 2014 should be directed to the University of Illinois Press, using the form on their website, or by writing to:

The University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Library/Institutional Subscriptions

The University of Illinois Press now handles subscriptions to the Journal of Appalachian Studies. Libraries and other institutions wishing to subscribe to the journal should visit

Back Issues

Back issues of the Journal of Appalachian Studies and the Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association are available for purchase. Please click here for additional information.

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