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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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Manuscript Submissions

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.

Submission Guidelines

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JAS online manuscript submission portal. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. Authors should include an abstract and brief bio statement (not more than twenty words) for each contributor. Sample bio: Linda Spatig is a professor of educational leadership at Marshall University and associate editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

JAS uses a double-blind peer review process. Authors should prepare their manuscripts in a way that does not reveal their identity to reviewers. Please do not include your name or affiliation on the manuscript and make sure that tables and figures do not contain any related identifiers. References to work previously undertaken by the author(s) should be written in third person (avoid phrases such as “as we have shown before”). Acknowledgements and references to funding sources should be omitted from the initial submission. Please ensure that document properties are also anonymized (see “Ensuring a Blind Review” on the submission checklist for detailed instructions).

Authors should verify that: the submission has not been previously published and that it is not before another journal for consideration (if so, an explanation should be provided to the editor); the submission file is in Microsoft Word format (or a file type compatible with MS Word); where available, URLs for the references have been provided; the text is double-spaced and uses a twelve point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end of the manuscript.

Roundtables and other compendiums by multiple authors should be submitted as a single document.

Submitted manuscripts need not adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines. However, manuscripts that are accepted for publication must be adapted to the Journal’s style.

Word Count limits

Articles should be between 5,000 - 7,000 words (approximately 20 to 25 pages) including notes, citations, and references.

Teaching/Research/Community Notes should not exceed 4,000 words (approximately 12-15 pages) including notes, citations, and references.

Manuscripts that significantly exceed the above word count limits should be discussed with the editor prior to submission and may need to be shortened before they can be accepted for publication.

Please follow the links below to begin the submission process. Your manuscript will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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