Professional and Alumni

Call for Papers

Call for Papers
for publication in


the journal of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society


Topic:  International Issues: Discussion, Theories, Research

Guest Editor: Dr. Elizabeth B. Goldsmith, Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL USA

Objectives: This theme issue will stimulate international thought and collaboration. It will present state-of-the-art scholarly articles about what is happening with families and communities around the globe and possible future directions for improving the quality of everyday life. This issue serves as a gathering point, an inspiration for aspiring and established leaders in home economics/family and consumer sciences/human ecology/human sciences (hereafter human sciences) and all the specializations. 

Overview: As an applied social science, human sciences seeks to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities worldwide. The goal of this special theme issue is to bring together the best scholarship in Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the South Pacific. Cross-national collaborations are encouraged as we seek to describe not only the problems but the solutions to improving the quality of everyday life. Authors are asked to focus on strengths, ideas, and programs that work. In the interest of progress in the field, it is worthwhile to combine in a single issue the best of research and theoretical thinking about environmental issues, consumerism, education, and resource and relationship management. Each article will conclude with implications for future directions and an explanation of how the findings reported can be helpful to other nations. How can we embrace our differences and learn from each other? Understanding the world context is more readily achieved when we come together and share our current thoughts and discoveries.   

Discussion:  The collection of articles is intended to provide educators, researchers, theorists, and citizens a rich understanding of global issues. Settings include education, extension, industry, commerce, government, and civil society (NGOs, CSOs): all the realms in which human scientists work and serve. A variety of articles are sought. The subjects are open but may include theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and research-based essays that utilize narrative, critical, qualitative, quantitative/experimental, and mixed approaches. In all articles, a review of the pertinent literature, description of the country and population, and thoughtful analyses are expected. 

Information and Deadlines: Kappa Omicron Nu Forum is a refereed publication outlet for both members and nonmembers. This issue will be an online publication; articles will go through the blind review process. Here are dates to remember: 

  1. An email stating your intention to submit an article to Dr. Goldsmith at Put on the subject line: intention to submit article. In the message, state the names of the authors, their affiliations, and the title or subject of the proposed article.
  2. Before sending refer to the "Guidelines for Authors." Manuscripts should be submitted two ways:

(a)    Electronically to Dr. Goldsmith by attachment in Word. Put on the subject line: manuscript for KON Forum.

(b)   Electronically to Dr. Mitstifer with submission review fee of $25 sent by mail to Dr. Mitstifer.

The "Guidelines for Authors" can be found at or contact:

Dr. Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Editor, 1749 Hamilton Road, Suite 106, Okemos, MI 48864. Telephone: (517) 351-8335 email

An introductory article by the Guest Editor will explore the challenges and the opportunities that exist in international collaborations in instruction, service, and research.