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Author Guidelines

Submissions to the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education (JFCSE) must not have been published previously and cannot be under consideration by another publication while under review by JFCSE. E-mail notification that a manuscript has been received takes two to three weeks. The Associate editor performs an initial screening before a manuscript is sent out for peer review. At least two reviewers evaluate each manuscript on the basis of the type of manuscript, its content (especially its significance to FCS education), literature review, and writing style (clearly written, scholarly, organized, APA 7th edition).

Categories of Manuscripts Accepted by the JFCSE

Research. This is original research conducted by the authors including original research, literature reviews, conceptual and theoretical essays. Papers representing alternative modes of inquiry are encouraged. Manuscripts undergo a blind review process with at least two reviewers. (3500-4000 word limit)

Promising Practices. These manuscripts focus on future actions for FCS education practitioners. They are sent out for peer review. (2500-3000 word limit)

Conceptual Papers. Manuscripts submitted in this category should integrate literature, “offer an integrated framework, provide value-added, and highlight directions for future inquiry” (Gilson & Goldberg, 2015). These papers should provide novel ideas and insights in a “coherent and compelling way” (Journal of Consumer Research, 2023) Jaakkola (2020) provides a nice overview of four approaches to the preparation of conceptual articles. (4000 word limit)

Book Reviews. Individuals are invited to write a summary and critique of books selected by the editors. These are reviewed by the editors. (750 word limit)

Preparation of Manuscript for Review

  • Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition to prepare the manuscript and the guidelines described below.
  • Submit the manuscript to the JFCSE website.
  • Indicate in a separate cover letter if the manuscript is being submitted as research, promising practices, or book review. Include title, word count (excluding abstract and references, address, school affiliation, phone, and email). A statement on human subjects review/approval is required for research.
  • Use the journal formatting guidelines below in Microsoft Word.



Running Head

Abbreviated title according to APA 7th edition guidelines.


1” all around, .5” header/footer.


All caps, centered.


No title, paragraph indented 0.5” from left and right margin, first line indented, italicized, maximum 150 words. Authors should include two to four keywords.


Double spaced, first line indent (1” margins), Times New Roman 12 pt.


First line indent, no heading before.

Block Quotes

Double space throughout, paragraph indented 0.5” from left and right margin. Quotes over 40 or more words should be block- indented.

Numbered List

Indented 0.5” from left, 0.5” from number, use number list.


Indented 0.5” from left, 0.5” from bullet, use bullet list.

Tables/Figures/ Footnotes

Include only if crucial to clarify the manuscript. All figures should be in the text as .gif or jpg files. Footnotes are discouraged. Use APA 7th.


Use APA 7th edition, hanging indent, italicized titles, set single space

About the Author(s)

Please put this information on a separate page. Use heading, first line indent, biographical information about the author should include degrees, rank, and administrative title. Write out the state name without abbreviations.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The copy of the article uploaded for review is devoid of identifying information.


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