### About the Journal
_The Georgia Social Studies Journal_ is a peer-reviewed, online quarterly journal dedicated to a wide array of topics that benefit elementary and secondary social studies teachers and teacher educators. As a forum for discussing social studies education, _The Georgia Social Studies Journal_ welcomes submissions from researchers, scholars, and practitioners animated by the ideas, perspectives, and methods that lead to quality social studies teaching and learning. Articles published generally fall into one of two categories. One category focuses on pedagogical strategies and techniques in social studies classrooms. The second category focuses on research studies and essays that provide perspectives on topics of value to social studies teachers and teacher educators.
### History of the Journal
First published in 1969, the _Georgia Social Science Journal_ served Georgia's social studies teachers by providing practical applications and research for classroom practice. Along with the _Journal of Social Science Research_, which focused primarily on research in social studies education, the _Georgia Social Science Journal_ was a product of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies and edited by faculty at the University of Georgia until 1993\. Recently reconstituted, the renamed _Georgia Social Studies Journal_ seeks to honor the tradition of the original journal by engaging social studies teachers and teacher educators in the best classroom practices and research available. To that end, the journal has shifted from print to an electronic format, which will provide social studies educators with the best tools available in an interactive fashion.
### Open Access Policy
_The Georgia Social Studies Journal_ is an open access journal. Our goal is to disseminate research in order to further the exchange of knowledge and foster dialogue about social studies education.
#### Editorial Statement
A distinguishing feature of The Georgia Social Studies Journal is our commitment to cultivating scholarship in social studies education. We see this work happening as a collaborative effort between editors, reviewers, and authors. Therefore, we commit ourselves as an editorial team to assist in the production and generation of knowledge by working alongside authors in order to further the practice and understanding of social studies education.
* Interim Executive Editor – [Brandon Butler](mailto:email@example.com)
* Associate Editor – [Alexander Cuenca](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
* [General inquiries](mailto:GSSJ@uga.edu)
#### Submission Guidelines
Teachers, researchers, and scholars are encouraged to submit their work to one of four sections: pedagogies, research, essays, and reviews.
Manuscripts are welcomed that describe effective classroom practices and successful social studies lessons/pedagogies from elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Lessons that make interdisciplinary connections are also encouraged. Manuscripts should follow a narrative design with connection to the larger literature on teaching social studies. Submitted manuscripts should be no longer than 4000 words, excluding references. Additionally, authors are encouraged to include lesson plans and materials as separate attachments. Authors should send inquiries to [Brandon Butler](mailto:email@example.com).
Original qualitative and quantitative research studies on practices or policies related to social studies education and/or teacher education are encouraged. Manuscripts from researchers and practitioners are welcomed. Submitted manuscripts should be no longer than 6000 words, excluding references. Authors should send inquiries to Alexander Cuenca (firstname.lastname@example.org). Essays – Manuscripts are welcomed that examine perspectives, ideas, and concepts in social studies education and teacher education research. Authors are encouraged to respond and reply to previously published essays in The Georgia Social Studies Journal. Essays should be no longer than 3000 words, excluding references. Authors should send inquiries to [Alexander Cuenca](mailto:email@example.com).
Manuscripts are welcome that review texts relevant to social studies teachers and/or teacher educators. Reviews can include recently published scholarly work, social studies trade books, or other forms of pedagogical materials. Submitted manuscripts should be no longer than 2500 words, excluding references. Authors should send inquiries to [Brandon Butler](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).
All manuscripts should follow section guidelines regarding length. Authors should follow Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition in preparing the manuscript. Additionally, authors should include an abstract between 100-150 words.
If needed, authors should use endnotes rather than footnotes. Additionally, all tables, figures, and illustrations should be included in the manuscript following the references.
#### Review Process
Authors should use the manuscript submission process for all submissions. Section editors will complete an initial screening of all manuscripts, either moving the manuscript forward for review or returning the manuscript to the author for further revision. With our editorial philosophy, we believe in the collaborative nature of knowledge creation. Therefore, manuscripts returned to authors will be accompanied by suggestions for improving the work prior to resubmission. Authors encouraged to revise and resubmit their initial submission are asked to resubmit within two months. This initial screening will take approximately two weeks, with the section editor contacting authors about the initial screening decision.
Once past the initial screening process, manuscripts will be sent to two reviewers for feedback. Every effort will be made to complete the blind review process within four to six weeks. Reviewers will have four options (Accept, Minor Revisions Needed, Major Revisions Needed, and Revise and Resubmit) and are expected to provide quality feedback that will assist the author in the betterment of the manuscript. Again, due to our desire to work alongside authors in the dissemination of knowledge, no manuscript will be rejected outright after a first review; instead our goal is to find the value in all work submitted to the _Georgia Social Studies Journal_.
Authors will be contacted by the journal editor approximately two to three months following the initial manuscript submission with a publication decision. Authors are expected to resubmit manuscripts in need of revision within two months. Resubmissions will be reviewed by the original reviewers within four weeks and a final decision on publication will be made by the editor.
_The Georgia Social Studies Journal_ is published quarterly, however authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts throughout the year. Once published in the journal, authors are asked – though not required – to serve as reviewers for other manuscript submissions. Each reviewer will be asked to review no more than two submissions per year.
#### Call for Thematic Issues
Individuals interested in guest editing a thematic issue should contact the editor, [Brandon Butler](mailto:email@example.com). Thematic issues can be scheduled as a Summer or Winter issue.
#### Copyright Notice
Copyright for manuscripts are retained by the author(s), however, first publication rights are granted to _The Georgia Social Studies Journal_. Published articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to include copyrighted material in any article or review submitted for publication in _The Georgia Social Studies Journal_; with copyright permission provided to the editorial staff at the time manuscripts are submitted. Submitted manuscripts should be original work. Please do not submit material to other publishers while your manuscript is under consideration for publications.
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