Call for Papers: Mid-Decade Special Issue on Theory and Methods

Journal of Marriage and Family


Abstract Submission: July 1, 2022
Manuscript Submission: March 15, 2023
Proposed Publication Date: Early 2025

The Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF) invites abstracts for its 2025 special issue on Theory and Methods. This will be the fourth mid-decade special issue on Theory and Methods published by the journal. Consult Volume 77, Issue 1 (January 2015) for the most recent previous example, which may be found online here:

The special issue will focus on theoretical and methodological advances in family research. Potential topics include theoretical frameworks, conceptualization, design, sampling, measurement, and analysis.  

Abstracts are due July 1, 2022. Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment to [email protected] with a subject of “Mid-decade special issue on Theory and Methods.” The abstract should be one single spaced page, with standard 11- or 12-point font and 1-inch margins. The 1-page limit does not include references. The abstract should include sufficient background that the contribution and relevance of the manuscript are clear, keeping in mind that the goal of the proposed paper should not be a review of the literature. Instead, the objective should be to provide a solution to a common problem or to instruct the field on an innovative approach to research, either in terms of conceptualization or analysis. Illustrations of the approach with examples are welcome.

The JMF Editorial Team will make decisions on submitted abstracts by September 15, 2022. Invited authors will be asked to submit full papers by a submission deadline of March 15, 2023. Submissions will undergo a peer review process like regular submissions to the journal.

JMF, published by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), has been the leading research journal in the family field for more than 75 years and is consistently the most highly cited journal in Family Science.