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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. Authors should disclose any prior posting, publication or distribution of all or part of the manuscript in an acknowledgement section on the separate title page.
  • The corresponding author certifies to be authorized by all of the co-authors to submit the manuscript in its presented form.
  • The article, or any part thereof, does not violate any existing original or derivative copyright.
  • All personal identifiers are removed from the text and the properties to ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review.
  • Authors do include a statement about any potential or perceived conflicts of interest in an acknowledgement section on the separate title page.
  • Authors of empirical articles do understand and agree to give a mandatory data availability statement and to obligatory share replication code upon acceptance of the article.

Author Guidelines


The Journal of Family Research uses ORCID iDs. When submitting an article, all authors must enter their ORCID iD in the author profile. If you do not have an ORCID iD yet, please register here:


Please prepare and format the manuscript according to the guidelines below and submit it via the submission system. The contents of the manuscript should fit the journal's scope. The manuscript must not be under review, accepted for publication, or published elsewhere (please consult our preprint policy in case of doubt).


We welcome articles of various lengths but usually around 8,000 words (incl. figures, tables and appendices, excl. references). Shorter manuscripts are welcome. Please contact the Editorial Office should you wish to publish a longer text. Supporting material which is not essential for inclusion in the main text of the manuscript can be made available as supplementary content.

File Format

Manuscripts should either be in the Microsoft DOCX- format (please do not submit DOC-files), or in the free ODT-format (e.g. LibreOffice). Do not submit PDFs.

Important! Removal of personal identifiers from the manuscript

Every effort should be made to prevent that authors and reviewers are able to identify each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review), who should check if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties: The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

Main Text

The manuscript should be formatted as plain as possible, for example use standard margins, 1.5 line-spacing, 12 pt font, may use italics but no underlining (with the exception of URLs). All illustrations, figures und tables should be placed at an appropriate position in the text.

Figures and Tables

Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively in the text as Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2 etc. and they should be titled properly. Please include figures and tables at the correct location in the main document for peer review. Make sure that the references in the text to the figures and tables are correct. When a manuscript is accepted for publication in the journal, images should be supplied as separate files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). For tables and simple diagrams and charts, the version generated in MS Office or LibreOffice/OpenOffice suffices. Line art should be submitted as vector-based, separate .eps files with a resolution of 600 dpi. Figures and tables can be submitted in color.

Page Numbering

All pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively.

Structure of the Manuscript

The text should be structured as follows:

Separate (!) title page

Please prepare a separate title page, containing the title, all authors and their affiliation(s) as well as their contact details and ORCID iDs.

If you wish to include acknowledgments, include them on the title page. This section may include supporting grants, presentations, and so forth.

Title page of the manuscript (p. 1)

Please provide a clear and concise title for your manuscript, remove authors' names and all other possible identifiers.

Abstract and key words (p. 2)

Each manuscript must include a structured abstract of about 200 - 225 words, in the following format:

  • Objective (1 sentence): Describe the main question of the paper.
  • Background (2-3 sentences): Briefly locate the study in the research context.
  • Method (2-3 sentences): Briefly describe the sample (size, population, type), design, measures, and analytical approach.
  • Results (2-3 sentences): Summarize main findings of the study.
  • Conclusion (1 sentence): Briefly state the main message of the paper.

Authors must further supply at least 3 keywords that are not part of the title of the manuscript.

Please note that, upon acceptance, the abstract and key words are needed in German language, too. You will be asked to provide both before your manuscript will eventually accepted. The Editorial Office may provide support, if the author does not speak German.

Introduction (starting o p. 3)

This should cover the main research question and the motives for that question. This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.

Main Body of Manuscript

The main body of a manuscript should include the main components of the research, including theoretical framework, methodology, data, and analyses. It should contain sufficient details so that all procedures can be followed and, if possible, repeated. It can be divided into subsections if necessary.

Again: make sure that all possible identifiers to the author have been removed, including the data from the document's properties.


Acknowledgments should be placed on the title page and must include a note on possible conflicts of interest as well as a statement about the availability of data and code used in the mansucript.

Citation and reference guidelines

Upon acceptance, authors need to supply their citations and their references according to our guidelines. Please note that the manuscript will be returned to the authors if these guidelines were not applied correctly throughout the manuscript.

Information in German

Upon acceptance, authors need to supply the title, abstract and key words of the article in German language. German speaking authors will be asked to provide this information. Authors, who do not have a sound background in German writing, may receive help from the Editorial Office upon request.

Language Policy

The Editors will only consider papers for publication that are written in advanced English. It will be the sole responsibility of the authors to ensure high linguistic quality. For meeting this end, authors whose first language is not English will be asked to have their papers language-edited by a native speaker with a sound background in the social sciences at the authors’ expenses. Successful performance of language editing does not guarantee by itself that the paper will be published, but is meant as a means of improving the intelligibility of its academic content for editors, peer reviewers, and the readership of the Journal.

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