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Years of publication

Number of issues per year
Number of articles per issue

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Approximately 9

Type of writing published

Research papers

Type of writers published

Structure of each publication

Scholars, educators, and experts

Individuals and institutions
Editorial article and research papers
Ending Homelessness: A Grand Challenge for Transforming

Special issue during the year

Practice & Policy for 2016 and Adoption Competency and

Trauma-Informed Practices With Adoptive Families for 2017.
No requirement, but the section of implication for practice

Structure of each article

has to provide pensive details for practice or policy.
No more than 22 pages, 1-inch margins, double-spaced
Requirement for publishing

paragraphs, 12-point Time New Roman font, a cover letter


with authors contact information, a cover page with authors

name, position title and abstract, references in APA format.
Information about submission requirements for writers,

Features on the journals

subscription information for readers, and the introduction of
the editorial board.
Impact factor
0.758 (in 2016)
Families in Society was published in 1920 by Mary Richmond, a pioneer of the social work
profession. It has had four various titlesThe Family (1920-1946), The Journal of Social
Casework (1947-1949), Social Casework (1950-1989), and Families in Society (1990-present).
The present publisher is the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (AFSC), which was
formed in 1998. A long history makes this journal a well-known and reliable source in the field
of social work. It is one of the top journals in the field of social work in English, having an
impact factor of 0.758 in 2015 (AFSC, n.d.). Also, various journal titles have represented

different core values in that period. For example, The Family means that social workers focused
on problems in a family; however, Families in Society means that they concentrate on not only
issues in a family but also an interacting with the society where they live.
The journal is published by quarterly, in other words, each volume has four issues (AFSC,
n.d.). The number of articles in each issue varies, but each issue usually has nine articles or so
(AFSC, n.d.). Because Families in Society is a famous journal, many individuals who are
interested in this field are more likely to submit their essays to this journal. In order to ensure the
quality of the article and the journal, members of the editorial board have to review each essay
carefully. As a result, this procedure needs a lot of time. Most articles are written by scholars and
educators, but certain experts may submit their essay as a practice note. Because studying
challenges and providing further suggestions are one of the main works of scholars and
educators, most experts as a service provider may not have sufficient time to do research works.
However, they are able to share their practical experiences through an article in this journal to
The primary purpose of the journal is to discuss and analyze the influences of social changes
to families and the communities where they live (AFSC, n.d.). That is, all articles in this journal
discuss family members, the improving practice based on benefit approach, and advocating
social policies. In other words, AFSC only accepts an article which relates to those topics, if not,
it may be rejected to be published.
Although Families in Society had accepted book reviews from 2007 to 2013, it only accepts
research papers now (AFSC, n.d.). The editorial board thinks that the main goal of this journal is
to spread advanced knowledge and provide critical examination, thus, book reviews may not
give readers further understanding in their fields. Families in Society has over 15,000

subscriptions. More than 75 percent of audiences are from service agencies and libraries in
institutions, and about 20 percent of readers are from other countries in the world (AFSC, n.d.).
Considering the benefits and the subscription price, this journal may not give a significant effect
to individuals because this journal does not provide the single topic articles to those people;
however, this journal can give excellent sources to service agencies and educational institutions
because they may have multiple purposes in the fields. People can find all information about the
journals goals, mission, and vision on the website, and they can find subscription methods on
the website if they want to know any article from this journal as well.
Although each issue of this journal has differences on the table of contents, in general, each
issue has one editorial article, at least eight research papers which include the issues of family,
practice, and policy. According to the feature of this journal, research papers are the largest group
in each issue, and most editorial articles are the two- or three-page essay, which means that one
of the members of the editorial board has to write a short article for each issue (AFSC, n.d.).
Families in Society has a special issue each year, for example, Ending Homelessness: A
Grand Challenge for Transforming Practice & Policy (AFSC, n.d.) is a special issue in 2016 and
Adoption Competency and Trauma-Informed Practices With Adoptive Families (AFSC, n.d.)
is a special issue in 2017. Those topics which meet the special issue will be collected and
published in an issue of the journal in that year. Each special issue may reflect a severe problem
at that time. Take the topic, Adoption Competency and Trauma-Informed Practices With
Adoptive Families (AFSC, n.d.) as an example, the editorial board mentions that adoption
policies and services are not able to solve problems in our society.
Families in Society does not mention any part should be included in an article, yet the
editorial board emphasizes the importance of the section of Implication for practice (AFSC,

n.d.). As a journal which focuses on improving current issues and developing further knowledge,
each paper does not only discuss problems but also provides a proper solution for practice.
Therefore, any article which is published in this journal will tell others what the problem is and
how to solve this issue in a reasonable way.
All articles which are published have to meet some requirements such as page limitation (no
more than 22 pages), format (1-inch margins, double-spaced paragraphs, and 12-point Times
New Roman font), a cover letter (including authors contact information), a cover page
(including name, position title, and the institution), a page of the essay title and abstract (no more
than 120 words), and the reference format should follow the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition [APA] (AFSC, n.d.). Due to maintaining a
high quality of the journal and the publishing to the field of social science, citations and
references in articles are required to follow the APA format. Also, a separated cover page from an
article is required for the blinded and peer-review process because those editors may not be
influenced by the writers personal information during reviewing (AFSC, n.d.). Thus, those
requirements make articles in this journal reliable. All writers can find the submission
requirements on the journals website, and those requirements can give those writers a guideline
to help them writing articles in a correct way.
As a student of the department of social work who is interested in family-related issues,
Families in Society is an important journal that I can gather different kinds of issues about not
only related to family system but also interaction with society. Because a problem with a family
is not only caused by family members but it might be influenced by social obstructions such as
oppression, prejudice, or discrimination. This journal focuses on both practice and policy
perspectives to improve families to overcome their problems. Also, published articles and special

issues are able to help me understand what is the main issues recently. Besides, if I would like to
earn more academic reputation or provide a creative thought in this field, I can understand the
criteria of submission and the format for writing essays. As a result, the information I found
above can make me successful in my job preparation in this field and an article submission to the

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