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Author Guidelines

The following guidelines should be followed when submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Human Science and Extension. Manuscripts must not be under review by another journal or previously published.

Manuscript Types

The following manuscript word limits and review approaches apply:

  • Original Research: Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.
  • Brief Reports: Maximum of 9 pages. Peer-reviewed.
  • Practice and Pedagogy: Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.
  • Theory: Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.
  • Emerging Scholarship: Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.
  • To the Point: Maximum of 1 page. Editorial Board reviewed.
  • Book and Media Reviews: Maximum of 4 pages. Editorial Board reviewed.

Tables, charts, figures, and graphs are counted in the maximum page limits. However, the abstract and references are not counted in the page limits.

Formatting Guidelines

Font, Line Spacing, Margin, and Header

Manuscripts must be submitted in American English in Microsoft Word format.  All manuscripts must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font with line spacing of 1.15 and 1-inch margins on all four sides.  Each page should have a header containing a running head and page number.  Paragraphs are not indented; instead, use 12-pt line spacing between paragraphs.

Blinding

Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information regarding the authors of the paper, acknowledgements, project funders, institutional affiliations, or author notes. This information should appear on the Title Page only.  It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that any information throughout the remaining manuscript that could identify the authors, their institutions, and study locations or participant groups is masked to ensure a blind, peer review.  For example, the original sentence, “Mississippi State University Extension professionals participated in the study” should be blinded as “[STATE] Extension professionals participated in the study” for manuscript submission. 

Also remove identifying information embedded by Microsoft Word. Under the File tab, select "Info" and then "Check for Issues" and "Inspect Document." Be sure the boxes for "Document Properties and Personal Information" and "Custom XML Data" are checked, but the box for "Headers, Footers, and Watermarks" is not checked. Then click "Inspect." Select the "Remove All" button to remove embedded information.  

When a manuscript has been accepted for publication, masked/blinded information will be inserted by the authors at that time.

Title Page

The complete name, email address, institutional affiliation, and brief bios (2-3 lines) for all authors should be included on the title page. Acknowledgements and any other author notes should be placed on the title page. The title page should be uploaded separately.

Abstract

An abstract is required at the time a manuscript is submitted. The abstract is limited to 200 words. Include a maximum of 8 key words at the bottom of the page. The abstract should be uploaded separately.

Tables, Charts, Figures, and Graphs

Tables, charts, figures, and graphs should be embedded within the text (not placed at the end of the manuscript). Thus, they do count toward the page limits. Tables should present data that are too complex to describe in the text; they should not simply repeat information in the text.  Included figures must be camera-ready.  All text and lines must be crisp and clear (not blurry).

References

All in-text citations and references must be formatted according to the 7th edition Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). If a citation in the text would identify any of the authors, use Xs to replace author names (XXXX, publication year) and put that reference at the bottom of the Reference list with no additional information.

Manuscripts that do not follow these formatting requirements will be returned to the author for revision prior to peer review. 

Additional Items Required for Submission

Cover Letter

Please upload a cover letter that:

  • Identifies manuscript type and content area;
  • Describes ethical guidelines followed, including whether IRB approval was received (if applicable);
  • States that manuscript has not been previously published and is not under consideration by another publication;
  • Lists other publications by current authors using the same data, methods, or sample (if applicable);
  • Provides evidence that permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources;
  • States that manuscript has been reviewed and approved by all authors as well as any other responsible authorities; and
  • Lists contact information for corresponding author.

Use of Copyrighted Material

Authors are responsible for determining if any material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights. If such a determination is made, authors are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and must submit evidence of this permission along with the manuscript.

Submission Procedures

The cover letter, title page, abstract, and manuscript should be uploaded individually in Microsoft Word format (4 total files for all submissions, other than "To the Point" submissions which have no abstract). The corresponding author will be notified upon receipt of submission. There are no fees associated with submission or publication.

Review Process

Submissions are accepted continually and will undergo a blind, peer-reviewed process. An initial screening will be conducted to ensure the manuscript fits the journal aims and scope; meets formatting requirements; and presents analyses, results, and conclusions appropriately. If these criteria are not met, the manuscript will be returned to the corresponding author with next steps. However, if all criteria are met, the manuscript will be assigned to an Associate Editor in the appropriate content area. The Associate Editor will send the manuscript to at least two reviewers with relevant expertise. 

After the peer review process is completed, authors will receive a decision regarding publication (e.g., accept, revise, reject). Authors will have a maximum of twelve months to return a revised version of the manuscript that is responsive to reviewer concerns. After this time, the manuscript file will be closed, and any revised submission will be treated as a new submission.

When a manuscript is accepted and fully prepared for publication, authors will have at least 2 business days to review the final version prior to online posting.

Permission

After an article is accepted and prior to actual publication, all authors must submit a signed publication agreement giving MSU permission to publish their articles.

Privacy Statement

The data collected from registered and nonregistered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. Basic personal information, such as name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation, is collected from registered users. This information is collected to make communication possible for the editorial process and to provide notification about new publications. Any communications (e.g., via e-mail or website) will be archived.

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Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

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