NATEFACS is a national organization of teacher educators whose purpose is to improve and strengthen teacher education in family and consumer sciences.

Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Purpose: The purpose of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education (JFCSE) is to facilitate communication among members of the family and consumer sciences education professional community. JFCSE publishes original research and other manuscripts such as literature reviews, conceptual and theoretical essays, position papers, book reviews, and reports of innovative practices. JFCSE encourages submission of research papers representing alternative modes of inquiry. Authors should include a strong implications section for family and consumer sciences education. Papers should not have been published nor be under consideration for publication by another journal. Authors do not need to be NATEFACS members.
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Editorial Board

Nicole A. Graves

PhD, Assistant Professor Family and Consumer Sciences Education College of Education and Human Sciences

South Dakota State University, Box 507 Brookings, SD 57007 (605) 688-6484

Nancy Shepherd
Past President

PhD, Assistant Professor Program Coordinator Family and Consumer Sciences, School of Human Sciences

Texas Southern University,3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004 (713) 313-7011

Lorna Browne
Journal Editor

PhD, Secondary Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

2612 McKenzie Road Ellicott City, MD 21042 410-465-4946

Paula J. Tripp Ph.D., CFCS

Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program

Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK


Lola N. Shipp

Project Facilitator/Instructional Coach Career and Technical Education

Clark County School District 3950 S. Pecos-McLeod, Rm. 236 Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

Editorial Guidelines

Guidelines for Submission (2020)

The Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education (JFCSE) publishes original research, literature reviews, conceptual and theoretical essays, and position papers and reports of innovative practice in all areas of education for individual and family life. All manuscripts should include implications for family and consumer sciences (FSC) educators and researchers.

The JFCSE is published as articles become available (once or twice annually) by the Teacher Education affiliate of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

Submissions must not have been published previously and cannot be under consideration by another publication while under review by JFCSE. E-mail notification that a manuscript has been received takes two to three weeks. The Associate editor performs an initial screening before a manuscript is sent out for peer review. At least two reviewers evaluate each manuscript on the basis of the type of manuscript, its content (especially its significance to FCS education), literature review, and writing style (clearly written, scholarly, organized, APA 7th edition).

Categories of Manuscripts Accepted by the JFCSE

1. Research. This is original research conducted by the authors including original research, literature reviews, conceptual and theoretical essays. Papers representing alternative modes of inquiry are encouraged. Manuscripts undergo a blind review process with at least two reviewers. (3500-4000 word limit)

2.Promising Practices. These manuscripts focus on future actions for FCS education practitioners. They are sent out for peer review. (2500-3000 word limit)

3. Book Reviews. Individuals are invited to write a summary and critique of books selected by the editors. These are reviewed by the editors. (750 word limit)


Preparation of Manuscript for Review

  • Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition to prepare the manuscript and the guidelines described below..
  • Submit all manuscripts using this e-mail address:
  • Indicate in a separate cover letter if the manuscript is being submitted as research, promising practices, or book review. Include title, word count (excluding abstract and references, address, school affiliation, phone, and email). A statement on human subjects review/approval is required for research.
  • Use the journal formatting guidelines below in Microsoft Word.
Section Format
Running Head Abbreviated title according to APA 7th edition guidelines
Margins 1” all around, .5” header/footer
Title All caps, centered
Abstract No title, paragraph indented 0.5” from left and right margin, first line indented, italicized, maximum 150 words
Body Double spaced, first line indent (1” margins), Times New Roman 12 pt.
Introduction First line indent, no heading before
Block Quotes Double space throughout, paragraph indented 0.5” from left and right margin *Quotes over 40 or more words should be block indented
Numbered List Indented 0.5” from left, 0.5” from number, use no. list
Bullets Indented 0.5” from left, 0.5” from bullet, use bullet list
Tables/Figures/ Footnotes Include only if crucial to clarify manuscript. All figures should be in the text as .gif or jpg files. Footnotes are discouraged. Use APA 7th.
References Use APA 7th edition, hanging indent, italicized titles, set single space
About the Author(s) Please put this information on a separate page. Use heading, first line indent, biographical information about the author should include degrees, rank, and administrative title. Write out the state name without abbreviations.
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