The Journal of Family Research has been the leading scientific journal in the field of family studies in the German-speaking countries for the last three decades. It is edited by the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb) and published “open access” by University of Bamberg Press.
The Journal of Family Research publishes cutting-edge research that provides new insights on the manifold aspects of family life in all regions and countries of the world. Disciplines commonly represented in the journal include sociology, (social) demography, psychology, and others in which family and population are common topics. The journal publishes original research articles. Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods contributions are welcome.
The Journal of Family Research targets, among others, researchers and other professionals engaged in family-related issues: sociologists, demographers, psychologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars, social workers, professionals in political consulting and NGOs, and decision-makers in politics and public welfare.
The Journal of Family Research is published three times a year, in April, in September, and in December. All articles are available “open access” at no cost from the Archive on this website, as well as from the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR).
The Journal of Family Research is covered by several abstracting and indexing services, such as Clarivate's Web of Science. See here for a complete list of indexing services.
Key words: Family; family studies; family research; family life, intimate relationships, life courses
Brief history of the Journal of Family Research
Founded as “Zeitschrift für Familienforschung” in 1989.
Edited by the State Institute for Early Childhood and Family Research in Munich, Germany (1989-1993); since 1994, edited by the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg, Germany.
Published by the State Institute for Early Childhood and Family Research in Munich, Germany (1989-1993); by the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg, Germany (1994-1997); by Leske + Budrich (1998-2003); by Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (2004-2005); by Verlag Barbara Budrich (2006-2019); by University of Bamberg Press (since 2020).
Title changes: “Zeitschrift für Familienforschung” (1989-2002), “Zeitschrift für Familienforschung | Journal of Family Research“ (2003-2019), “Journal of Family Research” (since 2020).
Editors-in-chief (chronological order): Wassilios Fthenakis (1989-1993), Laszlo Vaskovics (1994-2002), Hans-Peter Blossfeld (2003-2012), Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (since 2012).
Editors (alphabetical order): Hans-Peter Blossfeld (2012-2017), Anette Fasang (since 2016), Wolfgang Glatzer (1994-2002), François Höpflinger (1994-2008), Johannes Huinink (2008-2016), Michaela Kreyenfeld (2007-2019), Ilona Ostner (1994-2016), Birgit Pfau-Effinger (since 2016), Matthias Pollmann-Schult (since 2017), Norbert Schneider (1994-2021), Florian Schulz (since 2020), Eric Widmer (2016-2017), Ulrike Zartler (since 2017).
Managing directors: Marcel Raab (deputy; since 2021), Florian Schulz (since 2019).
Managing editor: Kurt P. Bierschock (2001-2020).
Editorial assistants: Angelika Liebig (2001-2019), Judith Mallandain (since 2019).