The Journal of Veterans Studies (ISSN 2470-4768) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. The goals of the journal are to sustain international research in veterans studies, facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations, and narrow gaps between cultures, institutions, experiences, knowledge, and understanding.
We understand veterans studies as a multi-faceted, scholarly investigation of military veterans and their families. Topics within that investigation could include but are not limited to, combat exposure, reintegration challenges, and the complex systems and institutions (VA) that shape the veteran experience. Veterans studies, by its very nature, may analyze experiences closely tied to military studies, but the emphasis of veterans studies is the “veteran experience,” i.e., what happens after the service member departs the armed forces.
The work of veterans studies can be found in such fields as Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Student Affairs (among many others). Additionally, it can be seen in and out of formal education: by current members of the military, leaders of nonprofits, artists, activists, and students taking courses in veterans studies. Such research and work can take multiple forms. The journal is open to multimodal submissions in a variety of formats The Journal of Veterans Studies is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
In November 2016, we established the Journal of Veterans Studies (JVS). JVS’ mission was to narrow the gaps between veteran and civilian cultures, experiences, and institutions. Our logo, which featured a book adorned with images of a rifle and a pen, represented how we would accomplish this mission during our formative years—by collaborating with an international and interdisciplinary scholarly community to write the underrepresented voices of veterans and their families into our academic and historic records.
Now, a mere three years later, JVS has published nearly 80 original peer-reviewed articles and reviews, in effect recognizing countless stories belonging to veteran communities. While it is clear that awareness to the veteran experience has grown with JVS, it is important that we do not stop here. We must continue growing.
Our new logo is a red poppy developed by graphic designer Vassilissa Semouchkina. During World War I, Canadian soldier John McCrane wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” and described red poppies as the first flowers to grow on the graves of soldiers who died in war. Inspired by McCrane’s poem, university professor and YMCA Overseas War Secretaries volunteer Moina Michael, featured the poppy in her 1918 poem “We Shall Keep the Faith” and campaigned to have it adopted as America’s national symbol of remembrance. In 1920, The American Legion adopted the red poppy as a commemorative symbol, and before long, the poppy's symbolic use expanded across veterans’ groups in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
With National Poppy Day approaching on May 24th, JVS draws upon the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance, community, and expansion to remind us—as an international group of veterans and scholars—to continue growing together until our mission is complete.
Posted on 10 May 2019More Announcements