JFCS Themes

Themes and Deadlines

The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences editorial team appreciates that fellow colleagues are engaged with
scholarship that does not fall within identified themes, yet their research interests are very germane to the profession, and to AAFCS members. At any time, you are invited to submit papers that reflect your current FCS research initiative and that fit within FCS and the Body of Knowledge. The Editor maintains the right to place the accepted paper in the most appropriate issue.

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Debra Bass at dbass@aafcs.org

Vol. 111, Issue 1    Winter 2019
Manuscripts due:  June 1, 2018
Community/Civic Engagement

Local, national, and international issues in the public domain are barriers to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Issues in the public domain (education, equity, poverty, food security, homelessness, immigration, safety, water and air quality, transportation and mobility, sustainability, etc.) are not solely the responsibility of elected and appointed public officials and employees. Though some officials avoid input, others are seeking informed input from stakeholders via many media—forums, requests for comment, training, polls, participation in action groups, etc. What innovative efforts have FCS professionals participated in, provided leadership for, prepared students and community members for, that foster democracy/shared governance?  This is a time to share what works (or hasn’t worked) in your classroom/school, community, action group—we can all learn and make a difference.

Vol. 111, Issue 2    Spring 2019
Manuscripts due:  September 3, 2018
Cultivating Social and Emotional Competence for Healthy Relationships (2018 Conference Theme)

The JFCS Editorial team invites participants from the AAFCS 2018 Conference in Atlanta, GA, and other FCS professionals, to submit papers on the research track topics of the conference. (Conference attendance not required to submit manuscripts.) This issue seeks to help professionals expand their knowledge in order to address current and emerging social and emotional issues related to all family and consumer sciences content areas and practice settings.  Consider best practices, research-based strategies, and effective tools and resources used to build social and emotional skills that contribute to healthy relationships. How does family and consumer sciences contribute to meeting basic human needs (physiological needs plus safety, love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization)?

The following are suggested topics: 

Helping Build Healthy Relationships Communication skill development; negotiation and conflict resolution; identification and management of toxic relationships; trends and emerging issues in marriage and divorce; effective parenting programs and models; dating violence; ways to reduce child neglect and abuse; caregiver roles and relationships; victim advocacy and prevention; family violence; multi-generational relationships; healthy school/campus/workplace relationships; impact of finances on relationships; relationship between eating disorders and emotions

Tackling Social and Emotional Wellness Emotional intelligence; bullying; social psychology of clothing; mindfulness; character education; importance of self-care; stress management/healthy work/life balance; resiliency and overcoming obstacles; stigma surrounding mental illness; impact of mental illness on individuals, families, and communities; impact of body image on social and emotional health; social and emotional healthy among aging populations; design of personal living spaces to promote social and emotional well-being; effect of color on mind and mood; emotionally healthy homes; financial implications of maintaining mental health or managing mental illness; financial stress. 

Vol. 111, Issue 3    Summer 2019
Manuscripts due:  January 4, 2019
Shifting Paradigms in FCS Professional Practice

Thinking evolves as practice and research progress and societal units alter and advance their thinking. What is FCS doing and how is what they are doing changing per these paradigms: teaching and learning; consumption and production; simple and complex; success and failure; spending and investing; work and play; morality and ethics; change and stability; privacy and disclosure; inclusion and exclusion; expendable and sustainable; security and insecurity; discomfort and comfort; connected and disconnected.  There may be other paradigms in your professional sphere to share. These have purposively been presented with and rather than to, recognizing the direction of the shift may be related to context. What shift(s) can be shared to inform FCS?

Vol. 111, Issue 4    Fall 2019
Manuscripts due:  April 4, 2019
Technology Is Changing Everyday Life

New technologies vary in their penetration into everyday living—some by choice of the consumer and household (to have/not to purchase a smart appliance; a keypad door entry); others by actions of the marketplace (remote monitoring of vital signs, self-check-in for your flight). Self-driving cars, 3-D printers, drones, automated robots, monitoring/tracking devices and systems, gene splicing—to name a few, are available and altering daily life. What choices are people making?  How is well-being improved? What are the issues—privacy, cost, personal and family time, freedom of choice, loss or gain of skills, gap of the haves and have-nots, need for policies?  How is FCS providing the voices of the individual and families as we experience evolution and revolution of technologies?


New JFCS Legacy Series

Contribute to the recording of the profession’s history

Do you know a living FCS professional who could be considered a legacy builder?
Are you interested in researching the legacy of someone and writing an article
for publication in the JFCS?

In the Winter 2013 (Vol. 105, 1) issue of the JFCS, the first installment of the JFCS Legacy
Series was published; it featured Elizabeth G. “Bess” Haley. It was well-received and the
editors would like to line-up several more installments of the series. Interested in
researching/interviewing/writing about the legacy builders or know someone who should be
profiled in a future issue? Please send an email to Managing Editor Debra Bass at
dbass@aafcs.org.