About our Journal

Aim and scope

For almost three decades, the Zeitschrift für Familienforschung | Journal of Family Research has been publishing original research on theoretical, empirical and methodological issues with regard to all aspects and stages of living in families and intimate relationships over the life course as well as the interrelations between family  and society.

It is the Journal’s aim to encourage and promote interdisciplinary discussion on all family-related research issues, critical assessment of the current state of the art, and innovative approaches on investigating family life.

Readership/target groups

Researchers and other professionals engaged in family-related issues: sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars, social workers, professionals in political consulting and NGOs, and decision-makers in politics and public welfare.

Language policy

Since 2005, the Journal is bilingual, publishing articles in either the German or the English language. Editorials, titles, abstracts, and keywords of the research papers are provided in both languages. Starting in 2019, the Journal will publish English articles only; papers in German language will no longer be accepted.

Frequency and modes of publication

The Journal is published three times a year (April, September, December). Both regular and special issues are available in print and online via the publisher’s website. 24 months after initial publication, full-text search and downloading can be accessed free of charge via the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR).


The Journal is published under the sponsorship of the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb).

Bibliographical data

Publisher: Barbara Budrich Publishers | Verlag Barbara Budrich, Opladen, Berlin & Toronto

ISSN (print) 1437-2940 ǀ ISSN (online) 2196-2154

Impact factor (2015): 0.382

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking 2015: 38/43 (Family Studies)

Abstracting and Indexing Services

These Abstracting and Indexing services have been made available for retrieving information on the Journal’s content by providing metadata and abstracts: Web of Science/SSCI (Thomson Reuters), ProQuest/CSA, Scopus (Else­vier)/SCImago, and GESIS: Solis – Sozialwissenschaftliches Literatur­informationssystem.