About the “Journal of Family Research”

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

From 2019 onwards, the Journal of Family Research publishes articles in English only.

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, Opladen, Berlin & Toronto

ISSN (print) 1437-2940

ISSN (online) 2196-2154

Impact factor (2017): 0.189

Current process times

Submission – acceptance: approx. 6.5 months

Acceptance – publication: approx. 3 months

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: Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science, SSCI, Clarivate Analytics) CNKI, CNPeReading, Crossref, EBSCO, GBIGenios, GESIS, Google Scholar, IBR-Online, IBZOnline, NSD, ProQuest Politics Collection, ProQuest Sociology Collection, ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection, PSYNDEX, PubPsych, scholars-e-library, SCImago, SSOAR, Ulrichsweb.