Journal of Appalachian Studies

Editor: Rebecca Scott


Current Volume: 30 (2024)
Issued biannually: Spring and Fall
ISSN: 1082-7161
eISSN: 2328-8612


The Journal of Appalachian Studies (JAS) is a refereed, multidisciplinary journal published by the University of Illinois Press 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.

ISSN: 1082-7161 | eISSN: 2328-8612


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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 (University of Minnesota Press 2010).

Associate Editor:

Meredith McCarroll was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University, and later earned a Masters from Simmons College and a PhD from University of Tennessee. She is author of Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film (2018) and co-editor of Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. She lives now in Portland, Maine, where she writes and teaches writing.

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 E. Benn, with Lincoln Memorial University.

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

Carson E. Benn
Journal of Appalachian Studies Book Review Editor
104 Concannon Ln
Avery Hall, Room 204
Harrogate, TN 37752

Media Review Editor:

Matthew Ryan Sparks is a Doctoral student in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel.

Board of Editors

  • Chad Berry: History, Berea College
  • Dwight Billings: Sociology, University of Kentucky
  • Martha Billips: Literature/Women’s and Mountain Literary Traditions, Transylvania University
  • Wesley R. Bishop: History, Jacksonville State University (Alabama)
  • Alison Buck: Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Richard J. Callahan, Jr.: History, Religion, Folklore, and Folklife, Gonzaga University
  • Cicero M. Fain, III: African American & Black Appalachian History, Marshall University
  • 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
  • Christopher L. Leadingham: History, University of Kentucky
  • 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
  • Edwina Pendarvis: professor emeritus, College of Education and Human Services, Marshall 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 Goodwin 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
  • Jacqueline Yahn: Education, Ohio University

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
  • Michael Ward: Education, Gender, and Social Inequality, Swansea University, Wales

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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.


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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.

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Peer Review Process:

1. Manuscripts are assigned an editor; normally the main journal editor is assigned, or in the case of a special issue, the main journal editor is assigned as well as the themed issue editor(s).

2. Initial editorial review to ensure that the manuscript is anonymous, suitable for the journal, and ready for peer review; at this point articles might be returned to the author for further preparation.

3. If the article is ready, the editor uses the reviewer database to assign reviewers, or adds additional reviewers to the database as needed. All papers are reviewed by externalreviewers.

4. When reviews are back, the editor makes a decision and may decline the article, send the article out for major revision, or ask for minor revisions.

5. In the case of major revisions, the reviewers are asked to review the resubmission.

6. With at least two positive reviews the article is accepted, often with minor revisions requested before publication.

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