Journal of Human Services

Special Interdisciplinary Issue


Call for Contributions to the
Special Interdisciplinary Issue:

Populations in the moment: Human services needs and responses 

We are excited to announce an opportunity for members of the interdisciplinary professional communities comprising human services to contribute to a special issue of the Journal of Human Services focusing on needs experienced by diverse and historically underserved populations across the United States – and in particular, needs which have been heightened or more fully uncovered by the recent Covid-19 crisis and by the current Black Lives Matter moment..

Researchers, faculty, administrators, and practitioners in human services, psychology, social work, counseling, criminal justice, medicine and health, education, and associated fields are invited to contribute.

Please see below for specifics about our call for submissions to the special issue focusing on population needs and responses heightened or uncovered in the context of Covid-19 and in the current Black Lives Matter moment.

About Human Services

The field of Human Services is uniquely defined as a discipline focusing on meeting human needs through prevention, intervention, and advocacy to improving the overall quality of life of vulnerable populations. The Human Services field promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing the quality of direct services, and by improving accessibility, accountability, and coordination among various disciplines in services delivery.

Successful submissions for this special issue will privilege interdisciplinary perspectives to the field of human services as practiced in the United States.

Interdisciplinary Practices

Although human services is a distinct field, this special issue will comprise the perspectives of various disciplines and professions which work together with consumers, patients, clients, families, children or other constituencies to construct systematic, efficient, and effective approaches to care within the scope of human services’ mission to meet human needs through prevention, intervention, and advocacy to improve the overall quality of life for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and social justice movements of Black Lives Matter.

This special issue will highlight wide-ranging roles of professionals who meet the needs of vulnerable populations– including human services workers, health and medical staff, psychologists, social workers and counselors, criminal justice and public safety staff, governmental experts and non-profits agencies, faith-based programs, etc. within the scope of human services.

About the Journal of Human Services

JHE is published annually and is the leading source for the latest research in the profession. The special issue will be devoted exclusively to populations in the context of Covid-19 and the current Black Lives Matter moment. While interdisciplinary, the principal audiences of the JHE are faculty members and researchers, administrators, practitioners, and human service undergraduate and graduate students. Content includes policy, clinical issues, treatment and service design and provision, training and supervision in the human services, and career and professional issues.

Successful submissions for this special issue will be a good fit with the JHE’s mission. Authors are encouraged to read past articles in the Journal of Human Services to better understand what types of articles make the strongest contributions.

Special Issue

In this special issue of the Journal of Human Services, we seek submissions that highlight the range of needs experienced by diverse and historically underserved populations across the United States – and in particular, needs which have been heightened or more fully uncovered by the recent Covid-19 crisis and by the current Black Lives Matter moment. The editors are interested in manuscripts concerning educational, human service, health, mental health, social service, criminal justice, public safety, housing, food, and other socio-economic insecurities and environmental demands – including submissions discussing population needs and concerns as well as papers showcasing creative programs, structural innovations, and sustainable approaches to improve human services across professional disciplines at this moment.

Authors may focus on recent original research, replication of research, reviews of research, education in various professions serving human service demands, or essays on theoretical, theory-to-practice, organizational, and professional issues. We value studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. For this special issue, we are especially interested in submissions discussing groups from under-represented and under-served populations, including: populations of color; women and individuals of various genders and sexualities; those defined by geography; immigrant, refugee and undocumented groups; and historically marginalized communities.

Guest Editors for the Special Issue: Kaprea Johnson, Department of Counseling Virginia Commonwealth University & Alan M. "Woody" Schwitzer, Licensed Psychologist and Professor of Counseling, Old Dominion University


The recent Covid-19 crisis has disrupted lives and has the potential to widen existing pre-Covid disparities in health, education, socio-economics, and other social determinants of wellness. These disparities have been further pushed to the forefront by the current Black Lives Matter moment. These include, as examples, inequality in medical and health outcomes, unequal access to education, food insecurity, poor housing quality and unstable housing, under- and unemployment, discrimination, adverse childhood experiences, limited access to quality education, lower parental health literacy and family care, and similar social problems.

How to submit a manuscript for review for publication in the special issue

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the 2020 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. Conceptual and research manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, including references and tables. Please submit by April 1, 2021.

The following instructions apply to all submissions:

1. Manuscripts should be well organized and present the idea in a clear and concise manner. Use headings and subheadings to guide the reader. Avoid the use of jargon and sexist terminology.
2. Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point type with margins of at least one inch on all four sides. All materials should be double spaced including references.
3. Avoid footnotes wherever possible.
4. Tables should be kept to a minimum. Include only essential data and combine tables whenever possible. Final placement of tables is at the discretion of the editors.
5. Figures (graphs, illustrations) must be supplied in electronic format and must be in black and white with a minimum of gray shading. Use of submitted figures or a re-rendering of the figures for clarity is at the discretion of the editors.
6. Two (2) copies of the manuscript must be electronically submitted (Microsoft Word or text file versions only) to [email protected]. The first version should include, on a separate page, the title of the article, the names of the authors, their professional titles, and their institutional affiliations. The second version must be free of any identifying information. Articles’ titles and headings should be as short as possible. Please identify your email as a special topics submission in the subject line.
7. Check all references for completeness; make sure all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa. Please include doi numbers when relevant.
8. Manuscripts are edited for consistency of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In some cases, portions of manuscripts may be reworded for conciseness or clarity of expression.
9. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that they represent original work and are not under review by another publication.

NOTE: All manuscripts must meet the specifications detailed above or they will be returned to the authors before review for publication.

Send two (2) electronic Microsoft Word or text file versions of the manuscript, one with and one without identifying information, as well as inquiries concerning the publication via e-mail to:

Journal of Human Services (JHS)
[email protected]