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Georgia Social Studies Journal

The Georgia Social Studies Journal is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to foster critical discussion of teaching and learning in PK-16 social studies. We understand social studies to include various disciplinary strands (history, economics, geography, political science) as well as social education (learning about self in relation to others in communities large and small). We are particularly interested in work that acknowledges and examines the interplay of contexts (discursive, socio-cultural, political, structural) as they shape possibilities for powerful social studies learning for all students. We are also always enthusiastic about empirical work focusing on the younger grades! We invite three types of submissions: Inquiries, Reflections, and Tools. See below for descriptions of these three.

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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. 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.



Submission Guidelines


Systematic, intentional and empirical research into a question of interest to GSSJ readers. Thoughtful, coherent studies into teaching and learning that have both practical and theoretical import. (Approximately 5000-6500 words)


Thoughtful narratives about one’s experience and understanding of current issues in social studies education research, practice and policy. Some recognition of ongoing scholarly and public conversations pertaining to the issue is expected, but these pieces are meant to emphasize lived, personal experience that are provoking in their telling. Occasionally, editors will invite responses to reflections accepted for publication in order to initiate dialogue. (Approximately 3000-4000 words)


Reviews of specific tools for research and practice, including lesson plans, texts, online sources, museum sites, etc. We request that authors provide rich description of the tool as well as how they have implemented it in their work. (Approximately 2000-2500 words)

General Guidelines

All submissions should be formatted in strict adherence to APA 6th edition (e.g., page number, margins, line spacing, font size). In addition to the main body of the text, we request that authors include an abstract of 150 words or less, 3-5 key words, and that tables and figures be embedded in the body of the text to facilitate review. Authors should submit one blinded document with a separate cover page that includes names and contact information of all authors.

Review Process

Authors should email submissions (document and cover page) to one of the two editors. Editors will work together to complete an initial screening of all manuscripts, either moving the manuscript forward for review or returning the manuscript to the author with feedback regarding its suitability for the journal. This initial screening will take approximately two weeks, with the editors 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 Reject) and are expected to provide quality feedback that will assist the author in the betterment of the manuscript.

Authors will be contacted by the journal editors approximately two to three months following the initial manuscript submission with a publication decision. Authors are expected to resubmit manuscripts invited for revision within two months. Every effort will be made to see that the original reviewers conduct the review of resubmissions. Publication decisions will be made within two weeks of returned reviews and authors will be notified.

The Georgia Social Studies Journal is published three times annually, 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.

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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