Journal of Human Services

Guidelines for Authors

Journal of Human Services is a national refereed journal. Manuscripts judged by the editors to fall within the range of interest of the journal will be submitted to reviewers without the names and identifying information of the authors. The principal audiences of the Journal are human service faculty members, administrators, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students. Sample areas of interest include teaching methods, models of internships, faculty development, career paths of graduates, credentialing, accreditation, models of undergraduate and graduate study, clinical issues in human service treatment, and supervision of human service practitioners.

Diversity and Social Justice Statement

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles focus on the three dimensions of cultural competence: self-awareness, knowledge of others, and actions/skills. The human services profession requires these principles to enable equitable access, representation, opportunities, and meaningful participation of socially diverse people in any process.

The Journal of Human Services values DEI and seeks multicultural and social justice competent (MSJC) authors, reviewers, and editors who can acknowledge their assumptions, worldviews, values, beliefs, and biases as members of privileged and marginalized groups. We encourage authors and the whole human services community of scholars and professionals to include the principles and innovative approaches of DEI and MSJCs in their work in the field and scholarly endeavors in this Journal and beyond.

Journal of Human Services publishes three types of submissions: 1) articles, 2) brief notes, and 3) critical reviews of instructional materials and scholarly books of interest to human service educators.

Directions for each type of submission include the following:

1. Research and Conceptual Articles. Manuscripts for articles should not exceed twenty-five (25) typed pages. The page limit includes all pages of the manuscript excluding the title page (i.e., abstract, reference pages, tables, and graphs). Manuscripts may not exceed this page limit. Following the title page, include an abstract of not more than 150 words. This statement should express the central idea of the article in non-technical language and should appear on a page separate from the text.

2. Brief Notes. Submissions appropriate for this format include brief reports of program innovations, curriculum design, or helping interventions. Manuscripts should not exceed four (4) double-spaced typed pages. Submissions should contain a brief review of literature to present background and rationale for the topic. It is recommended that implications occupy at least half of the brief note. A 50-word capsule statement should accompany the note.

3. Critical Reviews. Journal of Human Services accepts reviews of textbooks, other instructional materials, and scholarly books of interest to human service educators and practitioners. Materials reviewed should have been published no more than two (2) years ago or may have a release date in the near future (within six (6) months). Manuscripts should not exceed three (3) typed pages unless two or more related books are included in one review in which case manuscripts should not exceed five (5) typed pages.

The following instructions apply to all three types of submissions:

1. Manuscripts should be well organized and present the idea in a clear and concise manner. Use headings and subheadings to guide the reader. Avoid the use of jargon and sexist terminology.

2. Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point type with margins of at least one inch on all four sides. All materials should be double spaced including references, all lines of tables, and extensive quotations.

3. All material should conform to the style of the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

4. Avoid footnotes wherever possible.

5. Tables should be kept to a minimum. Include only essential data and combine tables whenever possible. Each table should be on a separate sheet of paper following the reference section of the article. Final placement of tables is at the discretion of the editors.

6. Figures (graphs, illustrations) must be supplied in electronic format and must be in black and white with a minimum of gray shading. Use of submitted figures or a re-rendering of the figures for clarity is at the discretion of the editors.

7. Two (2) copies of the manuscript must be electronically submitted (Microsoft Word or text file versions only).The first  version should include, on a separate page, the title of the article, the names of the authors, their professional titles, and their institutional affiliations.  The second version must be free of any identifying information.  Articles’ titles and headings should be as short as possible.

8. Check all references for completeness; make sure all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa.

9. Manuscripts are edited for consistency of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In some cases, portions of manuscripts may be reworded for conciseness or clarity of expression.

10. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that they represent original work and are not under review by another publication.

NOTE: All manuscripts must meet the specifications detailed above or they will be returned to the authors before review for publication.

The deadline for submissions is August 15 of each year. Journal will be published in the Spring.

Send two (2) electronic Microsoft Word or text file versions of the manuscript, one with and one without identifying information, as well as inquiries concerning the publication via e-mail to:

Lead Editor: Dr. Christian Williams, LMHC
Associate Editor:  
Editorial Assistant:  
E-mail the editor:  Dr. Christian Williams, LMHC ([email protected])