Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

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Edited By: Fred P. Piercy

Impact Factor: 2.048

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 10/39 (Family Studies); 43/111 (Psychology Clinical)

Online ISSN: 1752-0606

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors
The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy is published in accordance with the purposes of the sponsoring organization, the American Association for Marrriage and Family Therapy, in January, April, July, and October to advance the professional understanding of marital and family functioning and the most effective psychotherapeutic treatment of couple and family distress. Toward that end, the Journal publishes articles on research, theory, clinical practice, and training in marital and family therapy.

Articles are selected on the basis of appropriateness, clarity, significance, timeliness, and contribution to the field of marital and family therapy. Papers published in the Journal are selected from papers submitted directly to the JMFT editor. Authors need not be members of the AAMFT. No remuneration is paid for accepted manuscripts.

Business Matters
Subscriptions are handled by AAMFT’s business office. Inquiries should be addressed to: JMFT, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061. Phone: 703-838-9808, email:


Evaluation of Manuscripts
Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not being considered simultaneously for publication elsewhere. The right to reject any manuscript or return it to the author for format, style, or other revisions before accepting it for publication is reserved by the editor.

Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Please visit and, if you do not already have an account and password, click on Create Account on the upper right side of the screen. You will then be guided through the submission process by following stepby-step instructions.

The Editorial Office acknowledges receipt of the manuscripts and reaches a decision concerning publication as quickly as possible.
If a manuscript is accepted, page proofs will be sent to authors and must be returned within 48 hours. Changes at that point will be limited to the correcting of printing errors, spelling, dates, and grammar. Substantive changes such as adding phrases, sentences, and paragraphs are not permitted.

Format for Manuscripts
Please refer to the current issue of the journal for examples of the format and style elements described below. Manuscripts should be formatted for 8 1/2 x 11' paper with 1 inch margins on all sides. The entire manuscript, including footnotes, references, and quoted materials should be double-spaced. Total manuscript length, including references, tables, and figures, should not ordinarily exceed 30 pages using a 12-pt. font. Abstract should not exceed 120 words. Manuscripts should be ordered as follows:

Title Page. The title page should give the title of the article and each author’s name along with his or her primary (current) professional affiliation. Underneath a short dividing line at the bottom of the page please provide: (1) A sentence about each author that includes author’s name, highest earned degree, current professional or departmental affiliation, and location; (2) Any changes in affiliation subsequent to the time of the study; (3) previous presentations of the paper, grants, or thanks and acknowledgments; (4) contact information including name of author, complete mailing address, and e-mail if desired.

Abstracts. A separate page should give an abstract of not more than 120 words, describing the paper’s topic, method, and conclusions or implications. All words in the abstract must be italicized.

Text. Following the introduction, papers should be divided into appropriate sections with headings. First-order headings should be centered on a separate line, bold, all caps. Second-order headings should be placed on a separate line, begin with the left margin, and be completely italicized. Third-order headings should begin on the same line with the first sentence of the section, be indented five spaces, have only the first word capitalized, end with a period, and be italicized.

References. Citations and references should follow APA style. Citations should be given in the text by enclosing in parentheses the surname of the author(s) and the year of the publication. The page numbers are included when a direct quote is used. Example: (Caldera, 2000, p. 156). References for all citations should be typed, double-spaced, and listed alphabetically beginning on a separate sheet following the text. References should be in hanging indent format. Journal and book titles are italicized. Page numbers must be included for book chapters. The guide for style related to citations and references is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). This guide can be obtained from the Order Department, American Psychological Association, PO Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090.

Notes should be typed, double-spaced, and numbered consecutively on a separate sheet following the references. Notes should be used rarely.

Figures (Tables, Charts, Graphs). Figures of all kinds should be kept to a minimum. Each figure should be given on a separate sheet. The desired location of figures in the text should be noted, and figures should be numbered appropriately so that they correspond to mention of them in the text.

Style. The style of the Journal calls for formal usage. Contractions, slang, and abbreviations should be omitted, except in cases of direct quotation or when usage is specifically demanded by the context and set forth in quotation marks. All submitted manuscripts are subject to editing. Articles not in the specified format above will be returned to authors for revision.
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Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.