The Iowa Journal of the Social Studies is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal that provides an outlet for research, best practices, curriculum work, and media reviews in social studies education.

Author Guidelines

Submissions from all social studies disciplines as well as from interdisciplinary perspectives are eligible for publication. Each submission will be refereed using a double-blind peer review process. All submissions should be formatted in Microsoft Word and submitted via email to the editor (jason-harshman@uiowa.edu).

Manuscripts should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding the abstract, references, and endnotes. Articles submitted for the “Teacher Feature” and “Resource Review” sections may be 1,000 to 3,000 words.

The “Teacher Feature” is a shorter article on a classroom lesson or project, or an event held in the classroom, school, or community.
The “Resource Reviews” are for books, films, or a themed collection of digital resources (as opposed to just one website).


Each issue of IJSS will include work relevant to social studies researchers and educators in K-12 and higher education.

Editor: Jason Harshman, Assistant Professor–Social Studies and Global Education, University of Iowa

Editorial Board

Bruce Fehn, Professor Emeritus–Social Studies Education, University of Iowa

Gregory Hamot, Professor–Social Studies Education, University of Iowa

Gary Neuzill, Social Studies Teacher, West High School, Iowa City Community School District

Katy Swalwell, Assistant Professor–Social Studies Education, Iowa State University

Benjamin VanVleet, Doctoral Student–Social Studies Education, University of Iowa

Dean Vespermann, Visiting Professor of Education, Luther College

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