Juvenile and Family Court Journal

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Edited By: Mari Kay Bickett, NCJFCJ Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Sickmund, Managing Editor, Judge Maurice Portley, Editor, and Professor Douglas E. Abrams, Associate Editor.

Impact Factor: 0.161

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 122/139 (Law)

Online ISSN: 1755-6988

Author Guidelines

The Juvenile and Family Court Journal is a peer-reviewed quarterly, published since 1949 by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Articles of interest to the membership, which includes juvenile and family court judges, court administrators, probation workers, and others in the field of juvenile justice, will be considered.

Manuscript Guidelines

  1. Only previously unpublished material will be considered. The Journal has a sole submission policy; please do not submit articles under consideration by another publisher. 
  2. Manuscript length should be no more than 30 typed, double-spaced pages, including a 100-word abstract (required), any tables, notes and references.
  3. Please follow style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th or 5th ed.) or the Bluebook.
  4. A very brief biography of each author, including addresses, is requested.
  5. Submissions can be sent via hard copy or e-mail to the address below.
  6. Review process may take up to ten weeks.

Please submit manuscripts to:

Melissa Sickmund
Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice
Research Division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
3700 S. Water St., Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

If you have any questions about these requirements, or would like to order a sample copy of the Journal, please call (412) 246-0824, or e-mail msickmund@ncjfcj.org

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