The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI)
A refereed e-journal designed to integrate, apply, and transmit knowledge about issues of current interest in family and consumer sciences
Guidelines for submitting manuscripts
Authors are asked to follow the guidelines below to ensure their submissions will be accepted for review:
- Manuscripts for feature articles and applied research articles should be approximately 3,000 words, although longer articles are accepted when appropriate.
- Manuscripts for comprehensive reviews may be as long as needed, within reason.
- Manuscripts for program articles should be approximately 1,500 words, although longer articles are accepted when appropriate. A program article is an article describing a unique, successful, or promising Extension program. Program articles chosen for publication will generally answer the following questions.
- What is the program?
- What is its purpose?
- How does it achieve that purpose?
- How many people has it served?
- What made the program a success (or why does it promise to be a successful program)?
- What are the impacts?
- After reading the article,
- Will other Extension educators want to emulate it?
- Will the intended audience want to attend?
- Will legislators want to fund it?
- Does the program show the value of Extension to the public?
- Manuscripts are blind reviewed. Therefore, there should be no mention of institution, state, authors' names or other identifiers anywhere in the manuscript. If your article is accepted for publication, these can be inserted, along with any acknowledgments, when you are doing your 'page proofs'. Examples.
- Articles for Perspectives should be approximately 1,000 words, although longer articles are accepted when appropriate. An article for Perspectives is a non-refereed, opinion article that should be thought-provoking, controversial, or of general interest.
- Manuscripts should be in block style (no indents or tabs). Information in columns must be put in a table format.
- The Chicago Manual of Style is preferred for style. Click here for a quick guide to style.
- Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically, either as an MS-Word compatible or HTML e-mail attachment.
- Original submissions: One cover page should be attached to the original and include the title of the article, author's name, official title and affiliation, office contact information (addresses, phone and fax numbers, electronic-mail addresses), and the date of submission.
- Authors should submit with the manuscript a brief abstract (not to exceed 150 words) and suggested key words for use in indexing. Also, please indicate the type of manuscript submitted, such as feature article, applied research article, etc.
- Also, a signed and dated license agreement should be mailed or faxed to the editor at this time. Word version of license agreement.
- Three or more professionals in the appropriate subject matter area will be asked to review manuscripts. The review process is masked.
- Revised submissions: After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be contacted by the editor and asked to make any appropriate revisions suggested by the reviewers. After revision, the manuscript should be resubmitted as an MS-Word compatible or HTML attachment. The date originally submitted and the revision date should be included on the cover sheet.
- Manuscripts submitted to FFCI should contain only non-previously published material and should not be under consideration by other publications, unless special permission is granted by the editor.
- It is the author's responsibility to obtain any necessary written permission for use of copyrighted material contained within the article.
- Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all citations, references, and bibliographies.
- Authors are responsible for specifying approval by an institutional ethics committee for research involving human subjects, if applicable.
- Send manuscripts to:
Carolyn L. Bird, Editor-in-Chief, FFCI
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27695-7606
919-513-7793; fax: 919-515-3483