About the Journal

Aims and Scope

Journal of Human Sciences and Extension is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal focused on disseminating knowledge and information to academicians, educators, and practitioners. Topics addressed include human development (e.g., early care and education, youth development); family studies; agricultural education; leadership development; extension; health and wellness; apparel, textiles, and merchandising; nutrition and dietetics; family resource management; and program and staff development, planning, and evaluation. The journal seeks to bridge research and practice; thus, all manuscripts must give attention to practical implications of the work. The journal is sponsored by the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University.

Types of Articles Published

Several types of articles in the content areas listed above will be considered appropriate for the journal. Additionally, from time to time, the journal may publish a special issue on a specific topic. The Editorial Board may also directly invite individuals to submit a manuscript.

Original Research

Traditional-style manuscripts that include a discussion of research literature, methods, and results of quantitative and/or qualitative empirical research studies or program/policy evaluations. (Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.)

Brief Reports

Shorter manuscripts that focus on results of research or evaluation studies, programs, or pedagogy but still discuss relevant literature and methods used. (Maximum of 9 pages. Peer-reviewed.)

Practice and Pedagogy

Manuscripts that describe and discuss processes and outcomes of formal and informal teaching and learning in classrooms, organizations, and non-traditional settings. (Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.)


Strong, creative, and cutting-edge manuscripts describing emerging theory and including an application component. (Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.)

Emerging Scholarship

Manuscripts from graduate students and individuals who have earned their terminal degrees within the past year. (Maximum of 20 pages. Peer-reviewed.)

To the Point

Snapshots of research, practice, tools, programs, or pedagogy. (Maximum of 1 page. Editorial Team reviewed.)

Book and Media Reviews

Critical analyses of books, audiovisual materials, curricula, software and websites. (Maximum of 4 pages. Editorial Team reviewed.)

Frequency of Publication

Articles accepted for publication after the review process will be published online incrementally. Three times a year, articles will be combined into a full issue for online publication. Use the "Follow" link to subscribe to notifications for when a new issue is published.


ISSN 2325-5226

Submission Procedures

Submissions to Journal of Human Sciences and Extension will require a cover letter, abstract, keywords, and manuscript. There are no fees associated with submission or publication.

Review Process

Submissions are accepted continually and undergo a double-blind, peer-reviewed process. The peer review process averages approximately 3 months. After the process is complete, authors will receive a decision regarding publication. See Review Process for more information.

Open Access Policy and Creative Commons License

Journal of Human Sciences and Extension is a fully open-access journal, meaning that all works published in the journal are freely available to read, download, copy, print, and share/transmit. Please note that, while Journal of Human Sciences and Extension is an open access publication, the journal is published under a Creative Commons license that stipulates the following:


You must give proper credit (attribution) when using, sharing, or reporting information, ideas, or results published in the journal.

Non-Commercial Use

You may not use the journal or any work published in the journal for commercial purposes.

No Derivative Works

You may not alter, transform, or build upon any work published in the journal.

To see the terms of our Creative Commons license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode.

All articles are published online in PDF format and will be assigned a DOI number.

Publication Agreement

Journal of Human Sciences and Extension requires all authors to sign an agreement prior to online posting of a manuscript accepted for publication. Only original signatures are accepted (i.e., no digital signatures allowed). The agreement provides information related to license, copyright, attribution, publication, and representations and warranties (see Policies for more information).


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