Guidelines for Authors
The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) is the official publication of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Its purpose, expressed by the mission statement, is "To be the premier journal in the family and consumer sciences profession and to embody the mission of AAFCS." As such, the JFCS publishes peer-reviewed articles and practical information that promotes the well-being of individuals; strong, resilient, and sustainable families; and supportive communities. The JFCS is published four times per year: January, April, September, and November. The most recent acceptance rate (June 2009) is 60%.
A list of themes for each issue is published in the November issue each year and is posted on the AAFCS Web site. Authors who are submitting for a specific theme issue should identify that issue in their cover letter. (Submitting for a specific theme is not required.)
Contributions of original research/evaluation, practice, and strategies for success related to the five cross-cutting themes in the updated body of knowledge are encouraged: 1) wellness; 2) resource development and sustainability; 3) global interdependence; 4) capacity building; and 5) appropriate use of technology. See Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences 102(2), 7-13.
1. Scholarship section (Peer Reviewed) 2,500-word limit. ($45 review fee required.)
The following manuscripts with a basic or applied focus are sought: original research, program evaluation, issue papers, or theory or philosophical papers. Manuscripts should include:
2. Practice (May be Peer Reviewed) 750-1,000 word limit.
Invited manuscripts for Practice are usually not peer reviewed. A maximum of two illustrations (tables, figures, or drawings) may be included. No review fee required.
3. Strategies for Success (Two types of manuscripts will be accepted)
4. Reviews of New Books (Not Peer Reviewed) 500-word limit. Books should relate to family and consumer sciences and should be recent titles. Their primary intent should not be course texts. (No review fee required.)
5. Reflections (Not Peer Reviewed) 500-word limit. Readers are invited to respond and share their perspectives to previous articles or issues within FCS. (No review fee required.)
6. Did You Know?. . . 40-word limit. News briefs, "factoids," or research findings that impact the lives of individuals, families, and communities served by FCS professionals. (No review fee required.)
7. Features (Invited) 800–3,500 words
Features are in-depth, rigorous presentations of breakthrough thinking and applications in FCS, and typically are based on the theme of each issue. Features may also be theory and philosophy papers. To determine potential interest in a topic, prepare a two or three page summary answering the following questions. 1) What is the central message of the proposed manuscript? 2) What is new, useful, and important about the idea? 3) What are the real-world implications? 3) What research supports the logic in the proposed manuscript? 4) What academic, professional, or personal experience will be drawn upon to make the argument convincing? Submit summary electronically to the editor. (No review fee required.)
8. JFCS Legacy Series (1500-3000 words). Modified peer review. No fee required.
Authors Page—for all submissions
Abstract (for Scholarship section only)
Tables, Figures, and Illustrations,
MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION (for all manuscripts)
All items except the payment of review fee can be submitted electronically via E-mail. Submit the entire article in one document that includes the authors’ page, main article references, abstract, figures and tables (Word/Rich Text). If certain graphics/illustrations (PowerPoint, etc.) cannot easily be embedded in the main article file, they can be in a separate document. Submit the cover letter as a separate document. All submissions must include an authors' page (see above).
The cover letter should include the article title, its category, focus, and relevance to JFCS (including the cross-cutting themes, if applicable), with a statement on human subject review/approval and other appropriate elements. Note the cover letter section in APA Manual, 6th Edition Section 8.03 for details. Identify one author who will handle correspondence regarding the manuscript. Provide a complete address, telephone numbers (work, home, and cellular), fax number, and e-mail address for this author. Identify the article title, its category, focus, and relevance to JFCS and the field of family and consumer sciences.
SEND all submissions via email to Debra Bass, Managing Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND a $40 processing and review fee (if applicable) made payable to AAFCS as soon as possible after submitting the manuscript for Scholarship or Strategies for Success manuscripts for peer review. Processing of manuscripts cannot begin until the fee is received.
MAIL the $40 review fee along with a copy of the Author’s page to the Managing Editor:
Debra Bass, Managing Editor
Authors will receive in 2-3 weeks a notification of receipt of the manuscript. A formal acknowledgment/copyright transfer letter will be emailed to authors upon receipt of the Review Fee (if required.) Authors will be instructed to print out the letter, sign it and mail it back to the Managing Editor.
Before a manuscript is sent out for peer review (if required), an initial screening is performed. This may result in the manuscript being returned to the author(s) if relevance is not clear, guidelines are not met, if it is incomplete or if the editors believe that further work or development is necessary before it is sent out for peer-review. Manuscripts undergo a blind review process. Manuscripts are accepted at the discretion of the Journal editors. If plagiarism is suspected, the author will be contacted.
Manuscripts submitted for consideration
or published elsewhere may not be submitted to or published
by JFCS. Theses and dissertations published
in hard copy, microfiche, and/or electronic formats are not
considered to be previously published. Manuscripts developed
from theses and dissertations regardless of the publication
format are eligible for submission to the JFCS
if not submitted to another journal. Manuscripts are considered
with the understanding that they have not been published previously
in print or electronic format and are not under consideration
by another publication or electronic medium. Findings previously
presented in an oral report or in an abstract in conjunction
with a scientific or professional conference may be submitted
for consideration. Copies of possibly duplicative materials
that have been previously published or are being considered
elsewhere must be provided at the time of manuscript submission
and may preclude consideration by theJFCS.