Families, Relationships and Societies

An international journal of research and debate

Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) is a vibrant social science journal advancing scholarship and debates in the field of families and relationships. It explores family life, relationships and generational issues across the life course. Bringing together a range of social science perspectives, with a strong policy and practice focus, it is also strongly informed by sociological theory and the latest methodological approaches. The title encompasses the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures. Read more

Impact Factor: 0.759                          Frequency: February, May, August and November

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David Morgan Prize 
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Aims and scope

Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) is a vibrant social science journal advancing scholarship and debates in the field of families and relationships. It explores family life, relationships and generational issues across the life course. Bringing together a range of social science perspectives, with a strong policy and practice focus, it is also strongly informed by sociological theory and the latest methodological approaches. The title encompasses the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures.

International and comprehensive in scope, FRS covers a range of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues, from large-scale trends, processes of social change and social inequality to the intricacies of family practices. It welcomes scholarship based on theoretical, qualitative or quantitative analysis. High-quality research and scholarship is accepted across a wide range of issues. Examples include family policy, changing relationships between personal life, work and employment, shifting meanings of parenting, issues of care and intimacy, the emergence of digital friendship, shifts in transnational sexual relationships, effects of globalising and individualising forces and the expansion of alternative ways of doing family. Encouraging methodological innovation, and seeking to present work on all stages of the life course, the journal welcomes explorations of relationships and families in all their different guises and across different societies.

Articles and contributions are drawn from a number of disciplines and subject areas including sociology, social policy, social work, childhood studies, demography, youth studies, family studies, gender studies, ageing and gerontology, health and social care, education, psychology, social history, sociolegal studies, politics, criminology and psychosocial studies.

The applied focus of the journal embraces a diverse global field and encourage a critical engagement with policy and practice developments and issues within and across welfare regimes.

The Open Space section of the journal offers a unique opportunity to consider facets of family lives, relationships and societies from unexpected and novel (including non-academic) perspectives. The Open Space section is included in special and themed issues of the journal only, so do look out for future calls. These calls will offer and encourage dialogue with a broader community than usually found in academic journals and enable alternative perspectives and insights to be shared. Contributions to this section usually range between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Further guidance will be provided as particular calls are made. For further details please contact the Open Space editor Tina Miller (tamiller@brookes.ac.uk).

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Journal metrics

Impact Factor and rankings

2020 Impact Factor: 0.759 (2yr), 1.084 (5yr)
Ranked 43rd out of 47 in Family Studies

2020 Scopus Cite Score: 1.4

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Abstracting and indexing 

Families, Relationships and Societies is abstracted in:

  • Journal Citation Reports, Social Science Edition
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection
  • ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Scopus
  • Social Care Online

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David Morgan Prize 

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of FRS, the journal will be launching a prize to recognise outstanding contributions made to the journal.

The prize is created in memory of David Morgan, former president of the British Sociological Association (BSA), and past member of the FRS editorial team.

Announcing the 2021 winners of the David Morgan Prize 

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural David Morgan Prize winners are Kaveri Qureshi and Zubaida Metlo for their article 'A British South Asian Muslim relational negotiation of divorce: uncoupling beyond the couple'. To celebrate the authors' achievement, their prize-winning article will be made free to access until 30 April. 

Read the winning article

We would also like to give an honourable mention to the following articles, which are free to access throughout January 2022. 

Displaying parenthood, (un)doing gender: parental leave, daycare, and working time adjustments in Sweden and the UK
Gayle Kaufman and Anne Grönlund

Representations of 'Progressive Fatherhood’ in Postcolonial Zimbabwe: Binaries, Ambivalences and Ambiguities
Sarah Jane Mitchell

Mothering practices across three generations of Chinese women: from liberated woman, virtuous wife and good mother, to intensive full-time mother
Xin Guo

Prize

A prize of £100 worth of Policy Press/Bristol University Press books will be awarded to the winner. The paper will be made freely available for a period of three months and promoted widely.

Eligibility

The winning paper will be selected by the FRS Editorial Panel who will draw up an initial shortlist from articles published (or due to be published) in the current year.

The authors of the shortlisted papers are asked whether they would like to be considered for the prize ahead of final nomination. Contributions to the journal from editorial board members are excluded from the article prize selection process.

Assessment criteria 

A panel involving Editorial Board members will judge the applications on the written material provided. The assessment criteria are:

  • Published (or due to be published) in the current year.
  • Research papers only
  • Originality: a novel contribution to the field of families and relationships
  • Significance: the work is likely to exert influence within its field of study
  • Demonstrates rigorous social science methods and theory: uses compelling evidence to argue its case

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Testimonials

"Families, Relationships, and Societies fills an important niche, providing a forum as dynamic as families themselves to enhance our understanding of the vitality and complexity of relationships today."
Jessica L. Collett, University of Notre Dame, USA

"Across the world, family practices and ways of ‘doing’ family are undergoing profound changes. This welcome addition to the field will open up new avenues for international scholarship; counter the stereotype that 'family is primarily about parenting’; and challenge us to think critically about the changing relationship between families and the state. It is also refreshing — and timely — to see older people placed centre stage in these considerations."
Professor Miriam Bernard, Emeritus Professor of Social Gerontology, Keele University, UK

Contact us

Editorial office
frs-editorial@bristol.ac.uk

Editor-in-Chief
Esther Dermott: Esther.Dermott@bristol.ac.uk

Co-Editors
Isabella Crespi: isabella.crespi@unimc.it
Manik Deepak-Gopinath: manik.deepak-gopinath@open.ac.uk
Sara Eldén: sara.elden@soc.lu.se
Elena Moore: elena.moore@uct.ac.za

Open access, subscriptions and free trials:
Policy Press: bup-journals@bristol.ac.uk

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Read our instructions for authors for guidance on how to prepare your submissions. The instructions include the following: 

What we're looking for
How to submit an article
Copyright
Style
References
English language editing service
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
How to maximise the impact of your article
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Visit our journal author toolkit for resources and advice to support you through the publication process and beyond.

What we’re looking for

Academic articles should not be longer than 8,000 words, including abstract (150 words maximum), notes, tables, figures and references. The journal provides a forum for dialogue between research, policy and practice in the field of families and relationships across the life course. It is underpinned by sociological understandings of the fluid, complex and diverse nature of contemporary relationships, seen in varied social, cultural and historical contexts. While rooted in sociological theory and methods, submissions to Families, Relationships and Societies come from subject areas across the social sciences and related life course disciplines and from policy and practice communities. Papers are expected to have relevance to academic, policy and practitioner audiences, enabling a wide range of perspectives to be brought together in one place to foster innovation and development within disciplines and advance interdisciplinary research and practice.

Open Space: Information on how to submit an Open Space contribution

The Open Space section of the journal Families, Relationships and Societies offers a unique opportunity to consider facets of family lives, relationships and societies from unexpected and novel (including non-academic) perspectives. The Open Space section is included in special and themed issues of the journal only, so do look out for future calls. These calls will offer and encourage dialogue with a broader community than usually found in academic journals and enable alternative perspectives and insights to be shared. Contributions to this section usually range between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Further guidance will be provided as particular calls are made. For further details please contact the Open Space editor Tina Miller (tamiller@brookes.ac.uk).

Please follow the instructions below on how to submit your Open Space article to Editorial Manager. Open Space submissions do not carry abstracts. Contact the Editorial Assistant (frs-editorial@bristol.ac.uk) if you require any assistance.

Special issue guest editors will be responsible for supplying the whole issue of a journal, including Open Space articles that fit the theme of the special issue, if they wish to include these.  Support from the Open Space editors will be provided if guest editors struggle to find Open Space pieces.

All articles are refereed to assess their suitability for publication.

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How to submit an article

Editorial Manager

All submissions should be made online at the Families, Relationships and Societies Editorial Manager website: http://www.editorialmanager.com/frs/default.aspx, in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.

Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.

Preparing your anonymised manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

  1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 150 words), up to five key words/short phrases and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.
     
  2. A fully anonymised manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgements, funding details or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). References to the author's own work should be anonymised as follows: 'Author's own, [year]'. Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.
     
  3. If you have any figures and tables please upload them as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. 


All authors should comply with the Bristol University Press/Policy Press ethical guidelines.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted non-anonymised manuscript

  1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 150 words), up to five key words and the word count.

The non-anonymised final manuscript including:

  1. Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: 'This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].'
  2. Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state 'The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest' if there are none. Find out more about declaring conflicts of interest in the Bristol University Press/ Policy Press Ethical Guidelines.
  3. Acknowledgements: acknowledge those who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.
  4. Figures and tables: should be included as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. For advice about less common file formats please contact dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk.
  5. Supplemental data: We recommend that any supplemental data are hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and are cited as a reference in the article.

Editorial review process

All submissions will be subject to double anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field.

The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. The final decision on publication rests with the editors. 

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Copyright and permissions

Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Policy Press as publisher of Families, Relationships and Societies. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The copyright assignment agreement can be read here.

Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Policy Press.

General information on rights and permissions can be found here: http://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/rights-and-permissions.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in Families, Relationships and Societies please email Policy Press: pp-info@bristol.ac.uk. For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.

Please also read our Journals editorial policies.

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Style

  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article, before the references. Please do not embed notes in the text.
  • Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).

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References

Download the Endnote output style for Bristol University Press and Policy Press Journals.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press use a custom version of the Harvard system of referencing:

  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets.
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text.
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics.
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference.
  • Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.

Example of book reference:
Dorling, D. (2010) Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.

Example of journal reference:
Warin, P. (2012) 'Non-demand for Social Rights: A new challenge for social action in France', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(1): 41-53.

Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Levitas, R. (2011) 'Utopia Calling: Eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond', in A. Minujin and S. Nandy (eds), Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action, Bristol, Policy Press. pp. 449-73.

Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse? https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/.

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Management Board

Esther Dermott, Editor-in-Chief: University of Bristol, UK
Isabella Crespi, Co-Editor; The University of Macerata, Italy
Manik Deepak-Gopinath, Co-Editor; Open University, UK
Sara Eldén, Co-Editor; Lund University, Sweden
Elena Moore, Co-Editor; University of Cape Town, South Africa
Lynn Jamieson, Editor at large; University of Edinburgh, UK

Kathryn Almack, Associate Editor; University of Nottingham, UK
Harriet Churchill, Associate Editor; University of Sheffield, UK
Charlotte Faircloth, Associate Editor; University College London, UK
Mastoureh Fathi, Associate Editor; University College Cork, Ireland
Tom Fletcher, Associate Editor, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Patricia Hamilton, Associate Editor; University College London, UK
Tina Miller, Associate Editor; Oxford Brookes University, UK
Helen Norman, Associate Editor; University of Leeds, UK
Guanyu Jason Ran, Associate Editor; Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Julie Walsh, Associate Editor; University of Sheffield, UK
Junko Yamashita, Associate Editor; University of Bristol, UK

Kristoffer Chelsom Vogt, European Regional Editor; University of Bergen, Norway
France Winddance TwineNorth American Regional Editor; University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Bren Neale, Consulting Editor; University of Leeds, UK
Tess Ridge, Consulting Editor; University of Bath, UK
Anna Gupta, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Stephen Hicks, University of Manchester, UK
Sarah Irwin, University of Leeds, UK
Julia Mortimer, Publisher; Bristol University Press and Policy Press, UK 

International Editorial Advisory Board

Jessica Hung-Chieh Chang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh, UK
Barbara Fawcett, University of Birmingham, UK
Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Daniela Grunow, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Florencia HerreraDiego Portales University, Chile 
An-Magritt Jensen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Sibel Kalaycioglu, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Travis Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Eva Lloyd, University of East London, UK
Kate Morris, University of Sheffield, UK
Tulsi Patel, University of Delhi, India
Lars Plantin, Malmö University, Sweden
Pia Schober, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany

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