Guidelines for Proposing Special Issues

To help advance scholarly inquiry and research in the family violence field, the Journal of Family Violence (JOFV) welcomes proposals for special issues at any time. Proposals for special issues should comprise topics related to substantive and/or methodological issues of interest to JOFV readers. In addition, proposals for special issues focusing on emerging, innovative, and/or highly novel topics in the field of family violence are especially welcomed.

The Editor-in-Chief will consider proposals for either a special issue (e.g., comprised of 8–10 articles) or a special section (e.g., comprised of 4–5 articles). Each special issue/section will have one or more guest editors who, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief, will lead efforts to solicit manuscripts, recruit peer reviewers, and make editorial decisions. Proposals should include the issue’s/section’s (a) goals, (b) structure (e.g., number of articles, article types), and (c), timeline (e.g., schedules for manuscript solicitation, review process). Proposals should be no more than one page in length.

Submit proposals for special articles to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Rebecca J. Macy ( The editor will review all proposals, and as appropriate, invite guest editors to begin planning the special issue. Given the number of manuscripts and proposals received by the journal, not all proposals can be invited into the planning stage.