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Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Michigan Family Review (MFR), a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication founded by the Michigan Council on Family Relations (MiCFR) in 1995, focuses on professional application and scholarly inquiry. Membership in the Council is not a prerequisite for publication nor is Michigan residency or appointment. MFR solicits manuscripts that provide analyses of critical issues facing families; program descriptions and information related to education, counseling, or other family services (e.g., health, legal, social services); theory and research; or other topics that focus on implications for family professionals.

1. Manuscripts should not be submitted to other journals while under review by MFR. Only previously unpublished manuscripts should be submitted; occasionally reprints or abridgements may be invited.

2. Authors should submit an electronic copy of the manuscript as a Word document. Maximum length is 20 to 25 double-spaced pages of text in 12 point Times New Roman font (not including title page, end notes, references and figures). Longer articles may sometimes be considered.

3. Margins should not be less than one inch. All copy, including quotations, footnotes, and references should be double-spaced.

4. Authors should follow the editorial style specifications for punctuation, headings, footnotes, citations, references, quotations, tables, figures, etc., of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2009).

5. The title page should include title, author's name, institutional affiliation, and running head for publication. Because articles are submitted to blind review, only the title of the article should appear on the first page of the manuscript prepared for review. A separate document with just the complete title page should be submitted as well. Follow APA Manual for information about running head and author note.

6. Follow the page order and numbering instructions in the APA Manual. For review purposes, lines may be numbered and page-headers may be used. If so, they should include the first two or three words of the title, but not the name of the author.

7. Include an abstract of 100 to 150 words on a separate page. Below the abstract list 3 to 6 key words by which the paper may be indexed.

8. Footnotes generally should not be used.

9. Keep tables and figures to a minimum. If accepted for publication, figures must be professionally prepared .jpeg, .tif, or .pdf files. Follow APA manual for titles, format, etc.

10. Manuscripts submitted for consideration will be reviewed by two reviewers and the editors. Invited articles will be reviewed by the editors.

11. If accepted, authors will be asked to electronically submit the final manuscript as a Word document and may receive further instructions regarding preparing of manuscript for publication. Articles may be copy edited to accommodate space and format requirements.

12. For acknowledgment of manuscript, include the e-mail address of the corresponding author.

Submission Guideline Summary

1. Use APA 6th edition manuscript preparation guidelines

2. Submit a document containing the complete manuscript prepared for blind review (no author names included)

3. Submit the complete title page including author name(s) and affliation(s) as a separate document

Send Submissions To:

Dr. Heather Dillaway