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Journal of Family Violence

Journal of Family Violence

Editor: Rebecca J. Macy

ISSN: 0885-7482 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-2851 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10896

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Journal of Family Violence 

Manuscripts, in American English, should be submitted to the Editor's Office via the journal's web-based online manuscript submission and peer-review system:

Manuscript Submission 

Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and other such general topics can be sent to the Editor’s editorial assistants:
Dr. Robert Geffner, Ph.D., ABN, ABPP
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Alliant International University
10065 Old Grove Road
San Diego, CA 92131
Editorial Assistants: Amber K. Ulrich and Sarah Nicholson: journals@alliant.edu
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 submission difficulties.
Manuscripts should be checked for content and style before submitting (must follow latest version of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual; correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; accuracy and consistency in the citation of figures, tables, and references; stylistic uniformity of entries in the References section; etc.), or the editorial assistants will return the manuscripts before outside reviews. Page proofs are sent to the designated author for proofreading and checking. Typographical errors are corrected; authors' alterations are not allowed.

Publication Policies 

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.

Manuscript Style 

The entire manuscript should adhere to APA 6th edition standards including: Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1” all around page margins, with a page header at ½" and entire manuscript should be double spaced, left aligned with .5” first line indents. Quotations, references, figure-caption list, and tables must also adhere to APA 6th edition guidelines. With quotations of 40 or more words, DO NOT use quotation marks. Set off the quotation in Block style format indented ½". Number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals, with the title page being page 1 and include a running head on all pages. The suggested running head should be less than 40 characters (including spaces) and should comprise the article title or an abbreviated version thereof
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 author's name or author's affiliation or other identifying names since the manuscripts undergo anonymous reviews. An abstract is to be provided, and should be no more than 150 words. Abstract should be flush left and left-aligned. A list of 4−8 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
List references alphabetically at the end of the paper and refer to them in the text by name and year in parentheses. Where there are six or more authors, only the first author’s name is given in the text, 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 which reference you are referring to followed by et al.


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.
APA Tips
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.
Page Charges
The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedule are sent with proofs.


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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.
Springer Nature provides a research data policy support service for authors and editors, which can be contacted at researchdata@springernature.com.
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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    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 violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, and homicides that occur in families. Studies on families in all their various forms and diversities are welcome.


    JOFV publishes studies using quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods involving the collection of primary data. Rigorous systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and theoretical analyses are also welcome. 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.

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