Philosophy of Journal of Family Strengths

For more information, please see Journal of Family Strengths Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Family Strengths provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

General Submission Rules

Journal of Family Strengths charges no submission fee or article processing fee.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in a journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a dissertation or working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Family Strengths, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process of Journal of Family Strengths. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Family Strengths, please contact the editors.

Author(s) must accept full responsibility for the content of their submitted works. Articles submitted must be the original work of the Author(s), and must not have been previously published; nor can they be pending review elsewhere, nor planned to be submitted for review elsewhere, until this Journal’s editorial decision process is complete. By submitting your work, you represent and warrant that the work meets all the above stipulations.

Further in regard to originality: intentional plagiarism, including re-publication of one’s own work with only minor modifications, is not tolerated by Journal of Family Strengths. When plagiarism is detected by peer reviewers or journal editorial staff, whether before, during or after the publication process, the article will be rejected, and further action may be taken, to include notification of any institutions and funding agencies connected with the authors and the research discussed.

In the case of minor, evidently unintentional infractions, authors will be contacted by editorial staff and asked to make the necessary corrections to text and add appropriate attributions and references to sources before the article can be accepted.

Formatting Requirements

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect or RTF files that can be converted to PDF. See the Style Guide for details.

Rights for Authors and DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Journal of Family Strengths all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center, requires credit to DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center as copyright holder (e.g., DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center © 2016).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial, the published source is acknowledged with a citation, and a link is provided to the original work in JFS;
  • Posting of the article on the Internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment and provided that the published source is acknowledged with a citation and a link is provided to the original work in JFS; and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author provided that the published source is acknowledged with a citation and a link is provided to the original work in JFS

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

The failure of Journal of Family Strengths to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Journal of Family Strengths and the author(s) regarding submission of the article.

Uploading to PubMed Central

Authors who publish articles that arise from any NIH funding are responsible for uploading their final peer-reviewed manuscripts to the PubMed Central archive when they are accepted for publication into the journal, after the final copy edited version has been approved. It's fairly easy and we can help you with it if you have any problems. Here are some quick instructions:

    Upload your manuscript to PubMed Central
  1. Go to the "NIH Manuscript Submission System" at http://nihms.nih.gov/db/sub.cgi and log in. There are several options for different kinds of authors but you will probably need to create an account using "myNCBI."
  2. Enter in your contact information and click "Submit New Manuscript." Enter in the journal, article, authors' names, grant information, etc.
  3. Upload your manuscript file(s). The system will generate a receipt summarizing the information you entered and merging your files into one viewable document. Check and confirm your documents. You will receive an NIHMSID number. This is your temporary ID number until you finish the entire process and receive your permanent PMC ID number.
  4. Approve the PDF
  5. PubMed Central will convert your files to PDF. You will receive an email asking you to approve the PDF and indicate a date for the manuscript to be made publicly available in PubMed Central.
  6. Approve web version
  7. PubMed Central will convert your files to an XML web version. Review and approve it.
  8. For more help:

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