NCFR Report, NCFR's quarterly member magazine, is filled with research-based information about key family topics.

Report is also an opportunity for submission of articles — research- or practice-based — to the Family Focus section, and can be a useful resource for faculty and family educators.

Editor: Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE

The views expressed in NCFR Report may not represent the views of the entire NCFR organization.

Call for Authors

Spring 2024 Issue: Today's Fathers

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023; Final articles due July 15, 2023

The state of scholarship on fatherhood was last addressed in the 2009 spring Family Focus issue. Prominent NCFR members and scholars in the family field highlighted the stereotypic history and mythologizing of fathers, the institutional and cultural barriers to involved fatherhood, and efforts to expand the vision of fathering as well as fatherhood scholarship. NCFR members can read these articles here: (login required).

Over 14 years later, how far have we come? The purpose of the spring 2024 Family Focus is to share what advances have been made, and what gaps still exist, in research, practice, and policies related to fathers. What is the state of research and theorizing on today’s fathers? How have policies encouraged and/or hindered the role of fathers in children’s lives? What evidence-based intervention and outreach strategies have been found to support fathers? Note, the pluralization of “fathers” is intended to call attention to the diversification of the modern father that is no longer limited to just the “traditional, married, father.” Authors are encouraged to critically assess how fathers vary in age, ability, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, national origin, or immigration status.

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online at by May 15, 2023. All authors will be notified by May 22, 2023 of proposal acceptance. Complete articles are due July 15, 2023. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions.


Author Guidelines

Please review our revised Author Guidelines

Family Focus Author Guidelines (PDF)


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