Call for Papers: Understanding Contemporary Family Issues in South Korea

The Journal of Comparative Family Studies (JCFS) invites manuscripts for a special issue to be published in 2021. The theme of issue is ‘Understanding Contemporary Family Issues in South Korea.’

The purpose of this special issue is to explore contemporary family issues in South Korea using the two major national datasets: Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KloSA) and Panel Study on Korean Children (PSKC). The special issue aims to honor the first special session offered by the Korean Families Focus Group at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference. Therefore, authors are welcome to use additional Korean national data sets if needed, but the priority will be given to those who use KlosA and/or PSKC as their main data sets of analyses.

This special issue also aims to provide a timely opportunity to develop strong evidence-based family policies and practice to strengthen healthy families in South Korea. Therefore, authors must explicitly and concretely discuss how the data can contribute to develop family policies and practice to promote the diversity in contemporary families in relation to family structures, forms, relationships, (in)equalities, cultures, and other pertinent issues in South Korea.

Submission Details:
To determine whether your manuscript is relevant for publication in the special issue, please send a 250 word abstract of the perspective manuscript you intend to submit. Indicate a provisional title, research questions, methodology, findings, and implications for family policy and practice in South Korea. Authors also must provide affiliation and degree information. It is required that at least one author per manuscript must be a Ph.D. holder.

Please note that all manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind peer review process and not all the abstracts and the final manuscripts submitted will be accepted. Final manuscripts should be limited to a maximum of 28 pages in length. The JCFS referencing style must be followed.


  • Submission deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2020
  • Notification on the acceptability of abstract: July 15, 2020
  • Submission deadline for full manuscripts: Nov, 1, 2020
  • Final submission of revised texts: April 1, 2021
  • Publication Date: Dec, 1, 2021

Proposals and submissions should be emailed to the Guest Editors: Woosang Hwang, and Soyoung Lee.