Submission Guidelines for Family Relations

Family Relations
Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies

Published on behalf of the National Council on Family Relations

Editor: Jason D. Hans, Ph.D., CFLE
Print ISSN: 0197-6664
Online ISSN: 1741-3729
Issues per Volume: Five times a year

Author Guidelines

Family Relations publishes applied articles that are original, innovative and interdisciplinary and that focus on diverse families and family issues. Audiences include educators in academic and community settings, researchers with an applied or evaluation focus, family practitioners, and family policy specialists. Appropriate articles include empirically-based applied research, educational philosophies or practices, critical syntheses of relevant substantive areas, program evaluations, curriculum development and assessment, issues in the discipline, professional development, and basic research with clearly articulated implications for practice and policy.

GENERAL: Manuscripts must be submitted online. For complete detailed instructions on uploading your manuscript, please visit the Family Relations online submission site and log on. If you need assistance select "get help". Once logged on select author center, and then select "submit a new manuscript." If you do not have a user ID, click the "create an account" icon and follow the online instructions. Any major word processing software may be used, and both DOS-based and Macintosh operating systems are acceptable. Authors with no Internet connection should contact the Editorial Office. The author checklists must be completed during the submission process. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication, and papers will not be passed to the Publisher unless copyright has been assigned. A link to the appropriate copyright form can be found online during the submission process. However, authors should not submit a copyright form until their manuscript has been accepted for publication.

Complete instructions for preparing and submitting manuscripts online are provided at the submission site. There also is an online tutorial available at Scholar One Online Users Guide (PDF).

If you need further assistance, please email the editorial office.

In addition, it is vital that manuscripts submitted online are prepared for blind review. A processing fee ($25 for NCFR members, $35 for nonmembers) also will be collected at the time of submission.

Please note that all submissions are prescreened for suitability. Papers that fail to comply with manuscript preparation guidelines may occasionally be rejected without peer review at the discretion of the Editor, particularly in cases where the paper is a brief report, does not comply with APA style guidelines, or clearly falls outside the scope of the journal.