A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers
Jaipaul Roopnarine, editor
ISSN: 1537-6680 (Print)  1933-026X (Online)
Peer reviewed
Current volume: 12 (2014)
Editorial board
Abstracting & Indexing Databases: CSA (PsycINFO, Social Services Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts); EBSCOhost (many packages); E-psyche; Gale (many packages); H.W. Wilson (many packages); MetaPress; OCLC; ProQuest (many packages incl. GenderWatch)
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Scope Fathering invites submissions of scholarly articles about fathers and families as well as about practice and outreach with fathers. The journal publishes original empirical (quantitative and/or qualitative) and theoretical papers as well as practice-oriented articles and analytic literature reviews. The journal considers scholarly submissions especially in the disciplines of psychology, human development, family studies, sociology, social work, demography, anthropology, and social history.
Manuscript preparation Fathering publishes regular articles (7,500 to 8,500 words) and brief reports (2,500 to 3,000 words). Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). Formatting instructions and instructions on the preparation of abstracts, text with designated headers (A-level through C-level), references, tables, and figures appear in the Manual. All copy must be double-spaced. For online help please visit http://www.apastyle.org.
Writing your paper
  • Please write clearly and concisely, stating your objectives clearly and defining your terms. Your arguments should be substantiated with well-reasoned supporting evidence.
  • For all manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.
  • Please bear in mind that the journal has an international readership and thus national or local terminology and information should be defined and contextualized.
  • In writing your paper, you are encouraged to review articles in the area you are addressing which have been previously published in the journal, and where you feel appropriate, to reference them. This will enhance context, coherence, and continuity for our readers.
Abstract and keywords All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 120 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.
References References should be listed in alphabetic order (also double-spaced), using the hanging indent style. Each listed reference should be cited in the text, and each text citation should be listed in the References. Basic formats are as follows:Journal article: Bradford, K., & Hawkins, A. J. (2006). Learning competent fathering: A longitudinal analysis of marital intimacy and fathering. Fathering, 4(3), 215-234.Journal article with available DOI (Digital Object Identifier): Weitzer, R., & Kubrin, C. E. (2009). Misogyny in Rap Music: A Content Analysis of Prevalence and Meanings. Men and Masculinities, 12 (1), 3-29. doi:10.1177/1097184X08327696Article in an Internet-only journal: Gordon, R. (2004, June 15). The men among us. Library Journal.com. Retrieved October 15, 2006, from http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA423789.htmlBook: Lee, T. (2007). A new path at midlife: Transformative relationship & story for men.Harriman, TN: Men’s Studies Press.Chapter in a book: Pleck, J. H. (1995). The gender role strain paradigm: An update. In R. F. Levant & W. S. Pollack (Eds.), A new psychology of men (pp. 11-32). New York: Basic Books.Dissertation: Davis, F. (1987). Antecedents and consequents of gender role conflict: An empirical test of sex role strain analysis (Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 987). Dissertation Abstracts International, 48(11), 3443.
Figures Graphic files are accepted if supplied as Tiff files (.tiff). High-quality printouts (300 dpi) are needed for all figures. The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing
Review Procedure Fathering uses a blinded review process. Authors are asked to include all identifying information in the cover letter, including the manuscript title, the authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses. The first page of the manuscript should include only the article’s title, abstract, and keywords. Footnotes containing information that would reveal the authors’ identity and/or affiliation should be removed. Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the author’s identity.
Permissions When an article has been accepted, authors are required to obtain and provide to the editor all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including, for example, photographs of people.
Publication Policy Our policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications. Our policy also prohibits publication of a manuscript that has already been published in whole or substantial part elsewhere. Authors of manuscripts describing research using human participants are required to comply with APA ethical standards in the treatment of human participants. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors must sign and return a copyright agreement.

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