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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, and Christopher Leadingham, Office Manager, can be reached via email at and, respectively.

Telephone: (304) 696-2904
Fax: (304) 696-6221
Mailing Address:
    Appalachian Studies Association
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755

40th ASA Annual Conference

EXTREME Appalachia!

March 9-12, 2017

Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, Virginia

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Journal Submissions

The Journal of Appalachian Studies is a refereed, multi-disciplinary publication which seeks to provide a written forum for quality scholarship on Appalachian history, culture, and society. We are interested in 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

Submissions should be double-spaced and numbered in Times New Roman, 12 point font.

Please follow the word count limits below:

  • Articles: should be between 5,000 - 7,000 words including notes, citations, and references.
  • Conference Papers: a maximum of 4,000 words including notes, citations, and references.
  • Teaching, Community, and Research Notes: a maximum of 4,000 words including notes, citations, and references.

Submitted manuscripts need not follow the Journal’s format for references, notes, etc.; however, once accepted for publication, manuscripts must be reformatted according to the Journal’s specifications.

Manuscript Style Guidelines PDF (203K) | DOC (60K)

How to Submit

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JAS online manuscript submission portal managed by the University of Illinois Press. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process.

Submitters should include an abstract and brief bio statement for each author. Sample bio: Linda Spatig is a professor of educational leadership at Marshall University and associate editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies. To begin, click on the link below to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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Manuscript Review

JAS uses a blind review system, so do not include your name or affiliation on the manuscript. The submission portal will have specific fields for this information.

Please direct questions to Mary K. Thomas (Managing Editor, JAS) or Christopher Leadingham (Assistant Managing Editor, JAS) by email at or by phone at (304) 696-2904.

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