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Types of Manuscripts Preferred and Not Preferred by the Journal of Technology in Human Services


In general, manuscripts in areas where research exists should build on previous research and present something new.  For new or cutting edge area, qualitative research is preferred.  However, sometimes personal accounts of experiences with a technology that suggest a future research agenda are published. Click here for information on manuscripts about distance education.

Articles (12-18 pages, double spaced)

Brief Reports (7-12 pages, double spaced excluding tables and references)

Applications Reviews of Interactive Software/Hardware Tools

Software reviews contains evaluations of software relevant to the human services. Reviews are usually 4-8 double-spaced, typed pages.  Vendors with software to review should email Dick Schoech.  Software received for review will be posted on the HUSITA mailing list (listserv) and a reviewer sought.  Check the JTHS software review guidelines for details.  

Book reviews

Book reviews provides critiques of current books relevant to human service information technology. Although priority will be given to books emphasizing human service technology, relevant books with more general content will also be considered. Reviews are usually 4-8 double-spaced, typed pages. Books received for review will be given to the JTHS book review editor who will solicit a reviewer and manage the review process.  Check the JTHS book review guidelines for details.  

Web Site Reviews

JTHS publishes reviews of web sites.  Reviews are usually 4-8 double-spaced, typed pages.  Email the Web Site Review Editors with suggestions for any site you would like to review.  Check the Web review guidelines for details.  

Not Preferred Manuscripts

Manuscripts Not Preferred

Manuscripts on Distance Education and Online Learning

Manuscripts concerning two way video via TVs and cameras in a classroom setting are rarely reviewed.  Most articles published in JTHS will concern web-based distance education technologies or tools researched in several courses with large samples and formal research designs.  JTHS acknowledges that small exploratory studies are sometimes important for very new DE technologies appearing on the market, e.g., video conferencing type classrooms via webcams. These descriptive studies of new technologies should provide a lessons learned section and describe the future research needed.  JTHS will also publish articles describing potentially important future teaching techniques and tools, e.g., tablets and smartphones with front facing cameras, gamification, virtual worlds, virtual reality, social media, artificial intelligence, etc.  These futuristic articles should include a research agenda specifying the next steps needed to move the field forward.