Focus and Scope
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. It is free to submit to and publish within the journal; we accept multimodal submissions in a variety of formats.
While it is free to read the journal and write for the journal, your membership dues to the Veterans Studies Association ensure the journal's survival. Please consider becoming a member of the Veterans Studies Association or donating what you can.
Our acceptance rate* is 69%
*Rate based upon data from 01/01/2019 to present; this number includes desk-reject submissions, e.g., not all submissions sent out for peer review.
The journal is published online throughout the year. Articles are published as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making content publicly available. General issues are cultivated article by article.
Requests for special issues are welcomed. Interested guest editors should contact the editor. Additionally, calls for papers for special collections occur regularly. Special collections of articles are published as stand-alone, special issues of the journal.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. The dates each manuscript was submitted and accepted on are published on the PDF version.
Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.
The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.