Families in Society welcomes feedback and diverse content from its readers.
Contact the editor if interested in submitting any of the below subject matter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor
Readers are encouraged to voice their opinions in support of, or to counter, arguments presented by their peers within the pages of the journal. Letters to the editor must be signed with contact information, including an e-mail address. All letters will be verified prior to publication.
FIS reserves the right to edit letters for length, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Only letters that are relevant, timely, and concise will be considered for publication. Letters will be published on a space-available basis.
Periodically, Families in Society will ask a reader to prepare a response to previous content that is more extensive than the letter format allows. As with letters to the editor, FIS reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Please contact the editor before preparing an Op-Ed piece.
FIS invites literary formats other than the standard manuscript that readily capture the humanistic qualities of practice. Such formats might include brief commentaries, reports of experiences, reflections on practice, personal essays, narratives, and critical discussions.
When the conventional manuscript format is not appropriate, or when an author wishes to produce a piece that is subjective in tone and content, FIS publishes "Occasional Essays." These pieces may or may not be processed using the peer-review system. Please contact the editor if you are interested in having an essay considered for publication. Recent titles in this series include:
- “Mourning the unfound: How we can help” (Occasional Essays), Beder, 2002, July–Aug: 400-403.
- "New identities for the new century" (Occasional Essays), Freud, 2001, July–Aug: 335-344.
Writers at Work
"Writing a dissertation: Lessons learned" (Writers at Work), Riebschleger, 2001, Nov–Dec: 579-582.
"Reading and Reviewing Research: Tips for the informed consumer" (Writers at Work), Fischer, 2000, March/April: 211-213.
"Research and practice do not make perfect ... writing" (Writers at Work), Sherman, 1999, Jan/Feb: 91-93.
These articles reflect the writing process as it relates to the preparation of material for journals such as Families in Society, and for other professional venues, including dissertation development. Please query the editor before submitting a "Writers at Work" article. Recent examples:
Research collaboration with community organizations: A case example, (Field Notes), Smith, 2003, Jan-Mar: 75–79.
Zero degrees of separation, (Field Notes), Malekoff, 2002, Mar-Apr: 125–126.
Family support and community guiding, (Field Notes), Nahom, Richardson, Romer, & Porter, 2000, Nov-Dec: 627–631.
Items appearing as Field Notes recount the experiences of our readers "in-the-field," and typically are written in the first person narrative. Field Notes sections serve as a forum for social workers where they can briefly share and comment on their experiences as practitioners, clinicians, and/or administrators. This may include new perspectives or critical commentaries on practice, innovative programs and policies, work with diverse client groups, and other related approaches to social work practice. We invite all readers to share their experiences. The pieces may range between 4 to 14 double-spaced pages. Please query the editor to discuss intended submissions. Recent examples: