NCFR Report is NCFR's quarterly member magazine. It provides updates and information on the work of NCFR and its members.

The Family Focus section of NCFR Report invites article submission on key family topics — research- or practice-based — to serve as a resource for faculty and family educators.

Family Focus Editor: Joyce Serido, Ph.D.

See below for author guidelines.

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

Call for Authors

Summer 2025 Issue: Methods and Measures in Family Science

Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2024

Interactions among individual family members are embedded in diverse social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Yet historical measures and methods may not reflect interactions within and across families who have been historically marginalized. Understanding family relationships and interactions considering these intricacies demands innovation in the ways Family Scientists define family well-being and in the exploration of how family structures, processes, and relationships influence well-being.

Articles are sought that examine a wide range of methods and measures to deepen the scientific understanding of family functioning and well-being. Articles are welcomed that critique existing methods and measures, provide innovative designs and promising new approaches, and adapt tools and techniques from other disciplines to the study of family functioning and well-being.

Articles should include information about previous use and validity, including limitations, considerations for use in different settings and different samples, and suitability for use across family contexts. Articles should also include insights and recommendations for application.

Example topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Ways to combine different kinds of studies
  • Conceptual models and/or ideas for distinguishing and measuring family processes
  • Protocols for identifying and engaging participants
  • Flexible or adaptable methods of data collection and consent

Prospective authors should submit their proposals by August 15, 2024, at All authors will be notified by August 22, 2024, and articles are due October 15, 2024. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions.


Upcoming Themes

Fall 2025: Power, Privilege, and Difference: Lived Experiences of Changing Families and Societies

Winter 2025: Teaching Family Science: In the Classroom and Beyond

Spring 2026: Social Media and Technology Influences on Family Functioning

Summer 2026: Work Flexibility and Volatility Influencing Family Life

Proposal Submission Deadline

Fall 2025: December 2024

Winter 2025: February 2025

Spring 2026: May 2025

Summer 2026: August 2025


Author Guidelines

NCFR Member Groups are invited to submit articles to NCFR Report. Articles should be 700 words or less and pertain to matters related to their Section's or Focus Group's work, such as conference sessions, awards, member spotlights, or other member programs and activities. Review submissions with your Section or Focus Group leadership prior to submission. New programs or initiatives (such as fundraising) should be brought to the attention of Ginnie O’Neill before inclusion in an article for NCFR Report

Authors wishing to submit a research- or practice-based article for Family Focus on a specific family topic must review our revised Author Guidelines below:

Family Focus Author Guidelines (PDF)


A Member Forum

NCFR Report is a quarterly magazine for members designed to encourage member-to-member dialogue, to inform colleagues about our research, and to discuss research application for practitioners and policy professionals. Through Report, NCFR also builds our community by reporting on people, events, and organizational news.

Unlike the content of our scholarly journals, the articles in NCFR Report have not been peer-reviewed. In the spirit of open debate and academic freedom, NCFR Report is a member forum for exchanging ideas. The opinions or findings expressed are those of the author(s), which may or may not represent the official position of NCFR as an organization nor the prevailing scientific consensus on the topic.