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Call for Papers for a 'Journal of Appalachian Studies' Forum On Economic Development in Appalachia

The Journal of Appalachian Studies announces a special two-year forum on sustainable economic development in Appalachia, starting with the journal’s Spring 2016 (Vol 22, No 1) issue and ending with the Fall 2017 (Vol 23, No 2) issue.

We invite the submission of manuscripts dealing with practices relevant to sustainable economic development in Appalachian communities. We will consider a wide-range of scholarship from a variety of disciplines and applied fields. Manuscripts focusing on economic development theory, empirical and/or applied research, or narrative essays on development issues will be welcome. We also seek research, which compares Appalachia to other regions in the world.

Scholars are encouraged to submit papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Tourism and development

  • Infrastructure

  • Education, labor, capital, and development

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Local food movements

  • Local currency

  • Environmental capital and sustainable development

  • Taxes and development

  • Vision-building

  • Healthcare and its effects on development

  • The Commons

  • Cooperatives, non-profits, employee-owned business

  • Out- and In- migration and development

  • Social capital, trust, politics, and development

  • Broadband and technology

  • Funding community and economic development

  • Place-based development

  • Downtown development

  • Land ownership

  • Gender and development

  • The creative class in Appalachia

  • Public participation methods

  • Globalization

  • Privatization and neoliberalism

  • Credit, access to capital

  • Social change, policy and movements

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication for the Spring 2016 issue is July 1, 2015. The deadline for the Fall 2016 issue is February 1, 2016; the Spring 2017 deadline is July 1, 2016; and the Fall 2017 issue deadline is February 1, 2017.

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. To get started, and view manuscript submission guidelines, visit the Journal's submission page. Questions about the forum and/or the review process should be directed to the Journal’s Editor, Shaunna Scott, at or to the Forum’s Special Editor, Will Hatcher, at

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