Families, Relationships & Societies

An International Journal of Research & Debate

  • Editors

    Lynn Jamieson, University of Edinburgh (Editor in Chief)

    Mary Holmes, University of Edinburgh (Co-Editor)
    Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh (Co-Editor)

  • Frequency

    Three issues per annum: March, July and November

  • ISSN

    2046-7435 (print)

    2046-7443 (online)

  • Impact Factor 

    2016 IF: 0.362 (2yr)
    37th out of 43 in Family Studies

  • CiteScore

    2016 CiteScore: 0.57

Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) is a social science journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the growing field of families and relationships across the life course. It explores family life, relationships and generational issues from interdisciplinary, social science perspectives, whilst maintaining a solid grounding in sociological theory and methods and a strong policy and practice focus. The title 'Families, Relationships and Societies' 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 the complexities of time, space, mobility and social change, to debates around family forms, practices and resources, intergenerational care and support, intimacy, individualisation, inter-dependency, identity, gender and generation. Encouraging methodological innovation, a life course perspective and dynamic approaches, the journal transcends traditional boundaries that typically focus on one life course stage, one configuration of families or relationships, or one society.

Articles and contributions are drawn from disciplines and subject areas across the social sciences and related lifecourse disciplines, for example, 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, socio-legal studies, politics, criminology, and psycho-social 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. 


Open Space

Co-editors: Esther Dermott and Tina Miller

Open Space is a unique feature within the journal which provides an opportunity for debates across domains. It provides a dynamic space for critical engagement with contemporary debates, policy and practice initiatives, empirical research and recent publications in the fields of families, relationships and societies. This dialogic section will draw together different viewpoints on a topic, bringing authors into conversation with one another and providing up-to-date perspectives on local and global contexts.


What people are saying about Families, Relationships and Societies

"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

"Relate welcomes the forthcoming launch of Families, Relationships and Societies. Relationship formation, functioning and dissolution are central events in people’s lives, and it is crucial that we advance our understanding of changes. We expect this journal to be of great use to policy makers, and to practice-based organisations like ours." Baroness Claire Tyler, CEO, Relate

"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, Director, Centre for Social Gerontology, Keele University and President, the British Society of Gerontology

"Intimate relations - within or outside the family institution - are characterized by dramatic changes as well as by a surprising continuity. This makes the area a hot topic for both research and politics and a foundation for the renewed interest in family research and politics. The new journal Families, Relationships and Societies is a most welcome venue for all of us interested in how 'we do, or could do,' intimate relations and families. " Karin Widerberg, University of Oslo, Norway

"This timely journal will provide an essential locus for work on contemporary family relationships. At last there is the space to create a critical mass of work in this important field." Carol Smart, Professor of Sociology, The Morgan Centre, University of Manchester, UK


Abstracting and indexing

Families, Relationships and Societies is abstracted in Social Science Citation Index, Scopus and Social Care Online.

Management Board

Lynn Jamieson
 (Editor in Chief), University of Edinburgh, UK
Mary Holmes (Co-Editor), University of Edinburgh, UK
Alison Koslowski (Co-Editor), University of Edinburgh, UK

Esther Dermott (Open Space Editor), University of Bristol, UK
Tina Miller (Open Space Editor), Oxford Brookes University, UK 
David Morgan (Special Issues Editor), University of Manchester, UK
Brid Featherstone (Associate Editor), University of Huddersfield, UK
Sarah Irwin (Associate Editor), University of Leeds, UK
Tracey Reynolds (Associate Editor), University of Greenwich, UK
Bren Neale (Chair of the Board and Associate Editor), University of Leeds, UK
Jacqui Gabb (EAB Liaison), Open University, UK
Julia Mortimer (Publisher), Policy Press, UK
International Editorial Advisory Board
Katherine Allen, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, USA
Vivienne Bozalek, University Western Cape, South Africa
Deborah Brennan, University of New South Wales, Australia
Anita Chan, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh, UK
Gudny Bjork Eydal, University of Iceland
Barbara Fawcett, University of Birmingham, UK
Lluis Flaquer, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Daniela Grunow, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
An-Magritt Jensen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Sibel Kalaycioglu, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Eva Lloyd, University of East London, UK
Jane Millar, Bath University, UK
Kate Morris, University of Nottingham, UK
Ann Phoenix, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, London, UK
Pia Schober, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany
Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jane Waldfogel, University of Columbia, USA
France Winddance Twine, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Eric Widmer, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Please direct editorial enquiries to: frs@ed.ac.uk

What are we looking for?
How to Submit
English Language Editing Service
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
Policy on Special Issues
How to maximise the impact of your article (PDF)
Contact Us


What we’re looking for
Academic articles should not be longer than 8000 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 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 will be drawn 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.
All articles are refereed to assess their suitability for publication.
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How to Submit
All submissions should be made online at the Families, Relationships and Societies Editorial Manager website: http://frs.edmgr.com, 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.

Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file. All submissions will be subject to 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. Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors. 

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.
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Copyright & 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://policypress.co.uk/rights-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.
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  • 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. 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).
  • Further guidance may be found in the Policy Press editorial guidelines
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A custom version of the Harvard system of referencing is used:
  • 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. Do not include dates of access to websites
  • Spell out all acronyms in 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, 449–73
Example of website reference
House of Commons Debates, 2010, Work and pensions (CSR), Hansard, 4 November, col 337WH, 
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English Language Editing Service
Policy Press collaborates with Enago to provide Academic English editing and translation services to help authors get their manuscript submission-ready. A special 20% discount is available for all Policy Press authors. Find out more at: https://www.enago.com/policypress/.
Policy on Special Issues 
We are currently committed in terms of special issues up to 2018 and have therefore decided to suspend acceptance of special issues proposals for the immediate future. 

The Journal will, of course, continue to be ready to consider individual submissions of papers and we will announce the resumption of special issues when this becomes possible.

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Contact Us
If you have queries regarding the submission process, please email the Families, Relationships and Societies office for assistance: frs@ed.ac.uk
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