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About the Journal of Marriage and Family

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The Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), published by the National Council on Family Relations, has been the leading research journal in the family field for more than 70 years and is consistently the most highly cited journal in family science. JMF features original research and theory using the variety of methods reflective of the full range of social sciences, including quantitative, qualitative, and multi-method designs; research interpretation; integrative review; reports on methodological and statistical advances; and critical discussion concerning all aspects of marriage, other forms of close relationships, and families. The Journal also publishes brief reports.

Contributors to JMF come from diverse fields, including anthropology, demography, economics, history, psychology, and sociology, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as human development and family science.

JMF is published in February, April, June, August, and October of each year. Each issue averages 284 pages in length. Its worldwide circulation is more than 6,200 copies. It receives more than 700 submissions annually, of which approximately 15 percent are published following one or more revisions. Eighty percent of all reviews are completed within six to eight weeks of manuscript receipt. Publication lags vary, but average five to nine months following acceptance.

Articles published in JMF are indexed in the Family Studies Database, SocAbstracts, PsychInfo, the Social Sciences Index, Education, Exceptional Child Education Abstracts, Book Review Index, Abstracts for Social Workers, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Guide to Reviews of Books from and about Hispanic America.

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The Journal of Marriage and Family is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

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The February 2017 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF) is open to the public in the Wiley Online Library.

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