- Instructions for Authors
- Journal of Family Violence
- Editorial procedure
- Manuscript Submission
- Article Types
- Publication Policies
- Manuscript Style
- Supplementary Information (SI)
- DOES SPRINGER PROVIDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT?
- Research Data Policy
- Springer Open Choice
- Links and downloads
- Open access publishing
Instructions for Authors
Journal of Family Violence
The Journal of Family Violence (JOFV) is a peer-reviewed publication committed to the
dissemination of rigorous research on preventing, ending, and ameliorating all forms of family
violence. JOFV welcomes scholarly articles related to the broad categories of child abuse and
maltreatment, dating violence, domestic and partner violence, and elder abuse. Within these
categories, JOFV emphasizes research on physical, psychological, and sexual violence as well as
homicides that occur in families. Studies on families in all their various forms and diversities are
All submitted manuscripts submitted to JOFV should reflect research and scholarship that has
been conducted in an ethical manner. Please see “Springer’s Guide: Publishing Ethics for
Journals” for detailed guidance: http://www.springer.com/gp/partners/society-zoneissues/
Manuscripts, in American English, should be submitted to the Editor's Office via the journal's
web-based online manuscript submission and peer-review
Double-blind peer review
This journal follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Authors are therefore requested to submit:
- A blinded manuscript without any author names and affiliations in the text or on the title page. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should be avoided.
- A separate title page, containing title, all author names, affiliations, and the contact information of the corresponding author. Any acknowledgements, disclosures, or funding information should also be included on this page.
Manuscripts should comply with APA Style Manual (6th edition) standards. All manuscripts will
undergo masked peer review. An electronic version of the manuscript should be submitted to
https://www.editorialmanager.com/jofv/default.aspx. Authors are required to register for an
online account at this web address prior to manuscript submission.
The online system offers easy, straightforward log-in and submission; supports a wide range of
submission file formats, such as Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and LaTeX for manuscripts; TIFF,
GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript for figures (artwork); eliminates the need to submit
manuscripts as hard-copy printouts, disks, and/or e-mail attachments; enables real-time
tracking of manuscript status by author; and provides help should authors experience any
Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and other such general topics can be
sent to the Editor-In-Chief, Dr. Rebecca J. Macy:
Dr. Rebecca J. Macy
L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Social Work
325 Pittsboro Street CB #3550
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
JOFV publishes full-length articles that describe studies using rigorous quantitative, qualitative,
and/or mixed methods involving the collection and analysis of primary data and/or the analysis
of secondary data. Additionally, rigorous systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and theoretical
analyses are welcome, as well as letters to the editor and brief reports. To help advance
scientific understandings of family violence, JOFV is especially interested in research using
transdisciplinary perspectives and innovative research methods. Because family violence is a
global problem requiring solutions from diverse disciplinary perspectives, JOFV strongly
encourages submissions from scholars worldwide from all disciplines and backgrounds.
Full-length articles reporting on the collection and analysis of primary data and/or the analysis
of secondary data should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, inclusive of title page, abstract,
text, references, tables, figures, and footnotes.
Authors may wish to share limited, though nonetheless important, findings and lessons-learned
from the field, from practice, and from research, even when such results do not warrant a fulllength
article. Accordingly, JOFV welcomes the presentation of such results in the form of brief
reports. Brief reports should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages, inclusive of title page,
abstract, text, references, tables, figures, and footnotes. At submission, authors should indicate
that their manuscript is a brief report in their cover letter to the editor.
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
JOFV welcomes rigorous systematic reviews and meta-analyses. These manuscripts should not
exceed 40 double-spaced pages, inclusive of title page, abstract, text, references, tables,
figures, and footnotes. All reviewed articles should be cited in the reference list with an asterisk
preceding the first author’s name (e.g., *Watson, K. K, & Ellison, E.,…).
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are brief articles that respond to content published in JOFV. These pieces
should promote beneficial and thoughtful discussions of JOFV content, as well as of important
issues in the family violence field broadly. Such letters are typically brief (i.e., no more than 10
pages in length and often less). When commenting on a published JOFV article, such letters
should be submitted in a timely manner (i.e., soon after the article appears in online first or in
print). See Johnson and Green’s (2006) article on writing Letters to the Editor for guidance:
To help advance scholarly inquiry and research in the family violence field, JOFV welcomes proposals for special articles, such as commentaries and editorials, at any time. Proposals for special articles should comprise topics related to substantive and/or methodological issues of interest to JOFV readers. In addition, such proposals should focus on emerging, innovative, and/or highly novel topics in the field of family violence.
Proposals for special manuscripts should include the manuscript’s (a) goals, (b) content and foci, (c) structure (e.g., proposed page length), and (d), timeline (e.g., plans for the timing of the manuscript’s submission). Proposal should also clearly indicate the evidence and/or theory on which the manuscript will be based. Proposals should be no more than one page in length, including contact information of corresponding author, as well as names and affiliations of any additional authors.
Submit proposals for special articles to the Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Rebecca Macy
(email@example.com). The Editor will review all proposals, and as appropriate, invite authors to submit full manuscripts for further consideration. Special articles should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, inclusive of title page, abstract, text, references, tables, figures, and footnotes. Once submitted to JOFV, such manuscripts may undergo peer review, and opportunities for revisions will be provided as necessary. Given the number of manuscripts and proposals received by the journal, not all proposals can be invited for a full submission.
Authors are encouraged to submit full-length articles, briefs, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses that describe rigorous research and provide adequate information about study methods. Definitions of and standards for rigor vary across study approaches, epistemologies, designs, and methods. Rather than promoting one set of methods or standards, JOFV will seek to publish scholarship that carefully and thoughtfully attends to consideration of rigor using the framework and methods that are most relevant for the study and research questions at hand. The following information offer guidelines for conducting and reporting on rigorous studies with randomized designs, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses.
Studies with Randomized Designs
Authors are strongly encouraged to use CONSORT Statement guidelines when describing the methods and findings of a study using a randomized design. Information on the CONSORT Statement is available here: http://www.consort-statement.org/. This website also provides additional resources on conducting rigorous randomized research.
Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses
Authors are strongly encouraged to follow guidelines for conducting and authoring rigorous systematic reviews, such as those provided by the Cochrane Collaboration (see:
http://methods.cochrane.org/sites/default/files/public/uploads/Cochrane%20MECIR_Standard s%20FINAL%20booklet_web_version.pdf). Authors should report the guidelines followed for their review, as well as any deviations made from the guidelines used.
Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication.
The necessary forms for this transfer can be found on the journal website and on the journal's Editorial Manager log-in page.
Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.
Manuscripts must comply with the APA Style Manual (6th edition) standards. All manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman 12 pt. font with 1” page margins on each side, a page header at ½", and left alignment with .5” first line indents. Number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals and the title page as page 1. Include a running head on all pages that is less than 40 characters (including spaces) in length.
Manuscripts should be checked for content and style before submission (must follow APA style; have correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; be accurate and consistent in the citation of figures, tables, and references; etc.), or the submission will be returned before external reviews.
If a manuscript is accepted following peer review, page proofs are sent to the designated author for proofreading and checking. Typographical errors are corrected. However, authors' alterations to text are not allowed at that time.
All manuscripts should be comprised of four primary sections in the following order: Title Page, Abstract, Text, and References. When tables and/or figures are provided, these should appear after the reference list.
A title page should be uploaded as the first page of the manuscript and should include only the title of the article. Do not include authors’ names, affiliations, or other identifying names, since the manuscripts undergo masked review.
On the second page of the submission, provide a structured abstract of no more than 250 words that is headed by the word Abstract. The abstract should be one paragraph, flush left, and left aligned, divided into four sections with the following headings: Purpose, Method, Results, and Conclusions. Set headings in bold text. Do not include in-text citations unless the study constitutes an extension or replication of someone’s prior work.
Purpose: Clearly and concisely state the topic under study. Show how the study contributes novel information to existing literature. Provide the manuscript aim(s), research question(s), and/or hypothesis/ hypotheses. Methods: Briefly note the study sample and sampling methods, study design, data collection methods, measures used, and data analysis procedures. Results: Provide a summary of findings. Conclusions: Describe the most significant study outcomes and their practice, research, and/or policy implications.
Provide a list of 4−8 key words directly below the abstract. Key words should represent the content of the manuscript as they are used for indexing purposes.
The text should begin on a new page following the abstract and key words, headed by the article title. Adhere to the following:
Headings and subheadings should be used to organize manuscript content and follow APA Style Manual 6th edition guidelines. Headings range from a Level 1 heading to a Level 5. They should not be preceded by numbers or letters. They are as follows:
Level 1: Centered, Boldface, Title Case Heading
Level 2: Flush Left, Boldface, Title Case Heading
Level 3: Indented (½"), boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. The first sentence then begins immediately after the heading.
Level 4: Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
Level 5: Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
In-text citations should each correspond to a citation in the manuscript reference list, and each reference list citation should have at least one citation in the text. At minimum, each in-text citation should include author name(s) and publication year. Where there are six or more authors, only the first author’s name is given in the text in parentheses, followed by et al., unless there are more than two references with the same author surname and same year. In this case, list as many others as needed (usually no more than two or three) to indicate to which reference you are referring followed by et al. Refer to the APA Style Manual (6th edition) for additional information on in-text citation formatting.
Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals and referred to by number in the text at least once. Each table should appear on a separate page and have a concise, descriptive title. Essential supplementary information may be included in a brief note after the table. In addition, provide an indication of approximately where the table should be placed within the manuscript. This indicator should be placed at a natural break in the text (e.g., between paragraphs or between sections) after the corresponding in-text citation of the table.
Photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals and cited in numerical order in the text. Photographs should be high-contrast and drawings should be dark, sharp, and clear. Artwork for each figure should be provided on a separate page. Each figure should have an accompanying title and/or caption. Essential supplementary information may be included in a brief note after the figure. In addition, provide an indication of approximately where the figure should be placed within the manuscript. This indicator should be placed at a natural break in the text (e.g., between paragraphs or between sections) after the corresponding in-text citation of the figure.
Additional Style Specifications
With quotations of 40 or more words, do not use quotation marks. Set off the quotation in Block style format indented ½". Also, do not use quotation marks to set off emphasizes words or phrases, or in the usage of so-called terminology.
Always spell out acronyms the first time used, for example, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Thereafter, use the acronym.
Use the Arabic symbol with numbers 10 and above (12, 50, etc.); numbers in the abstract of the paper or in a graphical display within the paper; numbers that precede a unit of measurement (5-mg dose; 10.54 cm); numbers that represent statistical or mathematical functions, fractions or decimal quantities, percentages, and ratios; and numbers that represent time, dates, ages, scores, and exact sums of money. When beginning a sentence or when using a number below 10, spell it out. To make numbers plural, add 's' with no apostrophe (e.g., the 1990s). Use combinations of written and Arabic numerals for back-to-back modifiers (six 4-point scales).
Use italics for book titles, the introduction of new terms and labels (the first time only), statistical symbols (t-test, p values), and journal names and volume numbers in reference lists. Italics should not be used for emphasis.
Journal Article - Elements Needed: Author's surname and initials of first and middle name (if given). (Year of publication). Title of article. Publication information which includes: Journal title and volume number (italicized), the inclusive page numbers, and the digital object identifier (DOI) if one is assigned.
Periodicals with Three to Seven Authors
Georgesen, J. C., Harris, M. J., Milich, R., & Young, J. (1999). “Just teasing…”: Personality effects on perceptions and life narratives of childhood teasing. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25(10), 1254-1267.
• Periodical with More than Seven Authors (cite first six authors, three ellipsis points, and final author. If seven authors, list all seven).
Kaukiainen, A., Bjorkqvist, K., Lagerspetz, K., Osterman, K., Salmivalli, D, Rothberg, S., ... Jones, K. (1999). The relationships between social intelligence, empathy, and three types of aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 25(2), 81-89.
Book - Elements needed: Book authors or editors, date of publication, book title, city and state in which publisher is located, and name of publishing company.
Elkind, D. (1978). The child's reality: Three developmental themes. Hoboken, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Contribution to a Book – Elements needed: Author's surname and initials of first and middle name (if given), date of publication. Title of article or chapter. “In” book author or editors “(Eds.)”, book title (“pp.” page numbers), city and state in which publisher is located, and name of publishing company.
Duckworth, J. C., & Levitt, E. E. (1994). Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2. In D. J. Keyser & R. C. Sweetland (Eds.), Test critiques: Vol. 10 (pp. 424- 428). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.
Acronyms should always be spelled out the first time used. For example, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI); posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Thereafter, use the acronym.
In the text, double space after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence; however, single space the references, after colons, commas, semicolons, periods that separate sentences or parts of a reference citation, and after the periods of the initials of personal names (e.g., Zellner, J. A.). Do not space after internal periods in abbreviations (e.g., a.m., i.e., e.g.).
Use the Arabic symbol with numbers 10 and above (12, 50, etc.); numbers in the abstract of the paper or in a graphical display within the paper, numbers that precede a unit of measurement (5-mg dose; 10.54 cm); numbers that represent statistical or mathematical functions, fractions or decimal quantities, percentages, and ratios; numbers that represent time, dates, ages, scores, exact sums of money. When beginning a sentence or when using a number below 10, spell it out. To make plurals out of numbers, add 's' with no apostrophe (e.g., the 1990s). Use combinations of written and Arabic numerals for back-to-back modifiers (six 4-point scales).
Previous editions of the APA manual have used underlining for headings, book and journal titles, statistical symbols, etc. However, the 6th Edition requires use of italics. Use italics for titles of books, introduction of new terms and labels (the first time only), statistical symbols (t test, p ‹ .05), and journal name and volume numbers in reference lists. Italics should not be used for mere emphasis.
Headings and Subheadings (pp. 111-115 in 5th Ed. of APA Manual)
Headings range from a Level 1 heading to a Level 5. They should not be preceded by numbers or letters. They are as follows:
Centered Title Case Heading (Level 1 Heading)
Flush Left, Boldface, Title Case Heading (Level 2 Heading)
• Indented (½"), boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (Level 3 Heading) The first sentence then begins immediately after the heading.
• Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (Level 4 Heading)
• Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (Level 5 Heading)
Indented (½"), boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (Level 3 Heading) The first sentence then begins immediately after the heading.
Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (Level 4 Heading)
Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (Level 5 Heading)
• Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals and cited in numerical order in the text. Photographs should be high-contrast and drawings should be dark, sharp, and clear. Artwork for each figure should be provided on a separate page. Each figure should have an accompanying caption. The captions for illustrations should be listed on a separate page.
• Tables should be numbered (with Roman numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes (indicated by superscript lower−case letters) below the table.
• If there are tables and/or figures, they must be referred to in text (e.g., see Table 1). In addition, you should provide an indication of approximately where the table/figure should be placed within the manuscript. This indicator should be placed at a natural break in the text (e.g., between paragraphs or between sections) after the corresponding in-text citation of the table/figure.
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Supplementary Information (SI)
Springer accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.
Before submitting research datasets as Supplementary Information, authors should read the journal’s Research data policy. We encourage research data to be archived in data repositories wherever possible.
- Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.
- Please include in each file the following information: article title, journal name, author names; affiliation and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
- To accommodate user downloads, please keep in mind that larger-sized files may require very long download times and that some users may experience other problems during downloading.
Audio, Video, and Animations
- Aspect ratio: 16:9 or 4:3
- Maximum file size: 25 GB
- Minimum video duration: 1 sec
- Supported file formats: avi, wmv, mp4, mov, m2p, mp2, mpg, mpeg, flv, mxf, mts, m4v, 3gp
Text and Presentations
- Submit your material in PDF format; .doc or .ppt files are not suitable for long-term viability.
- A collection of figures may also be combined in a PDF file.
- Spreadsheets should be submitted as .csv or .xlsx files (MS Excel).
- Specialized format such as .pdb (chemical), .wrl (VRML), .nb (Mathematica notebook), and .tex can also be supplied.
Collecting Multiple Files
- It is possible to collect multiple files in a .zip or .gz file.
- If supplying any supplementary material, the text must make specific mention of the material as a citation, similar to that of figures and tables.
- Refer to the supplementary files as “Online Resource”, e.g., "... as shown in the animation (Online Resource 3)", “... additional data are given in Online Resource 4”.
- Name the files consecutively, e.g. “ESM_3.mpg”, “ESM_4.pdf”.
- For each supplementary material, please supply a concise caption describing the content of the file.
Processing of supplementary files
- Supplementary Information (SI) will be published as received from the author without any conversion, editing, or reformatting.
In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your supplementary files, please make sure that
- The manuscript contains a descriptive caption for each supplementary material
- Video files do not contain anything that flashes more than three times per second (so that users prone to seizures caused by such effects are not put at risk)
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Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style. This may not be sufficient if English is not your native language and substantial editing would be required. In that case, you may want to have your manuscript edited by a native speaker prior to submission. A clear and concise language will help editors and reviewers concentrate on the scientific content of your paper and thus smooth the peer review process.
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Research Data Policy
The journal encourages authors, where possible and applicable, to deposit data that support the findings of their research in a public repository. Authors and editors who do not have a preferred repository should consult Springer Nature’s list of repositories and research data policy.
General repositories - for all types of research data - such as figshare and Dryad may also be used.
Datasets that are assigned digital object identifiers (DOIs) by a data repository may be cited in the reference list. Data citations should include the minimum information recommended by DataCite: authors, title, publisher (repository name), identifier.
Authors who need help understanding our data sharing policies, help finding a suitable data repository, or help organising and sharing research data can access our Author Support portal for additional guidance.
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