Journal of Appalachian Studies

Editor: Rebecca Scott


Current Volume: 29 (2023)
Issued biannually: Spring and Fall
ISSN: 1082-7161
eISSN: 2328-8612


The Journal of Appalachian Studies (JAS) is a refereed, multidisciplinary journal published on behalf of the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) with support from Marshall University. It is the official journal of the ASA, a multi-disciplinary organization for scholars, teachers, activists, and others whose work focuses on the Appalachian region. The Journal of Appalachian Studies supersedes earlier publications of the ASA, including Proceedings of the Annual Appalachian Studies Conference and the Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association. The journal publishes articles of interest to scholars pertaining to Appalachia, especially but not limited to culture, ethnographic research, health, literature, land use, and indigenous groups.

We have covered the Journal of Appalachian Studies as part of our podcast series, The UPside. Please check out our conversation with UIP acquisitions editor Alison Syring and JAS editor Shaunna Scott: Click Here


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Meet the Staff

Rebecca Scott, associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri, began her editorship of the Journal of Appalachian Studies in February, 2020. She has published several articles on coal mining, culture, and environmental issues, and is the author of Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields (Minnesota 2010).

Associate Editor:
Christopher Leadingham is a doctoral student in the history department at the University of Kentucky.

Managing Editor:
Mary K. Thomas is the Executive Director of the Appalachian Studies Association headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Assistant Managing Editor:
Ann E. Bryant, is the Office Manager of the Appalachian Studies Association headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Book Review Editor:
Carson Benn, with the University of Kentucky.

Books to be considered for review in the Journal of Appalachian Studies should be sent to:

Carson Benn,
Journal of Appalachian Studies Book Review Editor
624 Maxwelton Ct
Lexington, KY 40508

Media Review Editor:
Gene Hyde is Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Editorial Board
Chad Berry: History, Berea College
Dwight Billings: Sociology, University of Kentucky
Martha Billips: Literature/Women’s and Mountain Literary Traditions, Transylvania University
Alison Buck: Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University
Richard J. Callahan, Jr.: History, Religion, Folklore, and Folklife, University of Missouri
Rebecca Adkins Fletcher: Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University
Wilburn Hayden: Social Work, York University (Ontario)
Thomas Alan Holmes: Literature/Popular Culture, East Tennessee State University
James Maples, Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University
Richard P. Mulcahy: History and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
Ted Olson: Appalachian Studies/Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies Program, East Tennessee State University
Douglas Reichert Powell: English, Columbia College, Chicago
Erin Presley: Appalachian Literature, Eastern Kentucky University
Mary Beth Pudup: Geography, University of California, Santa Cruz
Gloria G Raheja: Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Shaunna L. Scott, Sociology, University of Kentucky
Anna Rachel Terman: Sociology, Ohio University
Karen Tice: Education and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky
Barry Whittemore: History and Religion, University of North Georgia
Susan Williams: Education Coordinator, Highlander Research and Education Center
International Board of Advisors
Lászlo Kulcsár: Rural Sociology, Gödölló University, Hungary
Margaret Mackay: Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Alessandro Portelli: English Studies, University of Rome, Italy
Gerald Preher: Southern Literature and Gender Issues, Institut Catholique de Lille and Université d'Angers
Carmen Rueda Ramos, American Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Bruce Tucker: History, University of Windsor, Canada
Michael Ward, Education, Gender, and Social Inequality, Swansea University, Wales

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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:

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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 the Journal of Appalachian Studies | One John Marshall Drive | Huntington, WV 25755 |304-696-2904|

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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 must be submitted to the journal’s online manuscript submission portal. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process.

The journal 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); URLs for the references have been provided when appropriate; the text is double-spaced and uses a twelve point font; all illustrations, figures, and tables have been placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end of the manuscript. You will be asked to insert image location callouts and submit high resolution files if your manuscript is accepted for publication.

Authors will be asked to provide an abstract and brief bio statement (not more than thirty words) for each contributor at the time of submission. Sample bio: Christopher Leadingham is a PhD candidate in the history department at the University of Kentucky and is the associate editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

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

Submitted manuscripts must adhere to the formatting and stylistic requirements outlined below. Manuscripts are accepted pending editorial revision. Authors should expect to work with the editorial staff to prepare the document for copyediting and publication.

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 counts should be discussed with the editor before submission; some may need to be shortened before they are 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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