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

Winter 2022 Issue: Behind the Scenes

Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2022; Final articles due July 1, 2022

When we watch a movie, show, or performance, what we see is the finished product – the end result of a lot of work and preparation. What was involved behind the scenes to get to the final product is often shared afterwards in the special features or documentaries. In Family Science, the finished product may be a peer-reviewed publication summarizing the research findings, a report describing an intervention’s outputs and outcomes, a course evaluation reflecting student feedback, or a legislative bill intended to support families. Seldom, however, do we learn about the inputs and processes that led to the successful development and execution of a research project, program, course, or introduction of a bill.

The purpose of the winter 2022 issue of Family Focus is to share with readers what happens behind the scenes to advance Family Science scholarship, programs, and pedagogy. For example:

  • How was the research study and methodology conceptualized?
  • What informed the design, implementation, and evaluation of an intervention program?
  • What went into creating an engaging, learning experience for students when developing a course?
  • What was involved in working with legislatures to inform and advance family policy?

Submitted articles should clearly articulate the application of research, theory, and best practices used to inform the process. This is an opportunity to share with readers what we seldom get to see in the final product of Family Science research, practice, education, and policy – what happens behind the scenes?

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online at by May 1, 2022. All authors will be notified by May 9, 2022, and articles are due July 1, 2022. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions.


Author Guidelines

Please review our revised Author Guidelines

Family Focus Author Guidelines (PDF)


A Member Forum

NCFR Report is a quarterly magazine for members designed to encourage memberto-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.