JFCS Themes

Upcoming 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

JFCS Themes for 2020 - Scholarship in the Second Century of FCS

The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences intends to publish review articles throughout the 2020 volume year that focus on FCS and related scholarship produced during approximately the past 10 years (2009- 2019). The general purpose of each review is to synthesize FCS scholarship that has been produced during this time related to a content area.  Read more here.

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

Special Theme Issue:  The Pandemic and FCS

The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences can be an outlet for research, commentary, and practical solutions generated by FCS professionals during this pandemic. We intend to dedicate at least one journal issue to this topic, most likely in early 2021.

A variety of articles are welcome:

  • Scholarship articles
  • Practice and Strategy pieces
  • Reflections (opinions)


To submit:

  • Email a paragraph describing your idea for pre-approval to Editor Scott Hall  at sshall@bsu.edu
  • Once approved, review the Submission Guidelines and submit no later than July 15, 2020
  • Peer review fee is waived for pandemic related submissions received before July 15.


Read full Call for Submissions for this special issue here.