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Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
Journal of Family Life
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Journal of Family Life


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This is an introduction to the online, peer-reviewed, academic Journal of Family Life, published at Emory University, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

This is an introduction to the online, peer-reviewed, academic Journal of Family Life, published at Emory University, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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  • 1. A multimedia, peer-reviewed online journal
  • 2. Journal of Family Life was created to continue the path-breaking work of the Emory Center on Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL), which is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
    The journal is only online at
    It is scholarly and sophisticated, offering general-interest articles and creative works dealing with how modern families (with an emphasis on the American family) make and transmit meaning in their lives through story, myth, ritual and celebration.
  • 3. Unlike traditional academic journals, Journal of Family Life does not publish issues and editions. Rather, content is added to the journal Web site as it is ready for publication. 
    The newest material may be found on the journal's homepage
    Archived content can easily be found if you browse by
    subject area (such as memory),
    content type (such as poem or research article),
    contributor (author),
    or date (when it was published) 
  • 4. The journal, based at Emory University, is interdisciplinary.
    • Editors consider submissions from any field or perspective that helps us understand the lives of modern families.
    • 5. Submissions can be text-based or image-based, including video and audio.
    • 6. Traditional scholarship is complemented by relevant creative works of fiction.
    • 7. The journal is free and available to anyone through the internet.
    • 8. The editor is Emory University Professor of Psychology Marshall Duke.
    • 9. Managing editor is Elizabeth Kurylo.
  • Here is an example of a photo essay
  • 10. The editorial board includes:
    Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D.Author, Associate Professor, and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media University of Denver
    Nicole Cooley, Ph.D.Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translationand Associate Professor of EnglishQueens College, City University of New York
    Barbara Fiese, Ph.D.The Pampered Chef Ltd., Endowed Chair in Family ResiliencyProfessor and Director, Family Resilience CenterUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
    Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D.Associate Professor of sociomedical science Mailman School of Public HealthCo-Director, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral StudiesColumbia University
    Karyn Lacy, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Center for Afro-American and African StudiesUniversity of Michigan
    Ralph LaRossa, Ph.D.Professor, Department of SociologyGeorgia State University
    Ann Marie Leshkowich, Ph.D.Associate Professor of AnthropologyDepartment of Sociology and AnthropologyCollege of the Holy Cross
    Sarah Collyer McPhee, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Art HistoryEmory University
    Steven Mintz, Ph.D.Director, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching CenterColumbia University
    Walter Reed, Ph.D.William R. Kenan University Professor and Director of Graduate Institute for Liberal ArtsEmory University
    Will Ransom, Ph.DMary L. Emerson Professor of Piano and head of the piano facultyEmory University
  • 11. As of this week, have received more than 50 submissions
    We have published 28:
    • 10 essays
    • 12. 5 poems
    • 13. 4 photo essays
    • 14. 3 research articles
    • 15. 4 audio files, including lectures and an original song
    • 16. 1 film
    • 17. 1 book excerpt
    Topics covered to date include Alzheimer’s, adolescence, marriage, memory, narratives, death, work, resilience, recession, identity, home and mother.
    Recently, we decided to begin reviewing books on family life and already have two in hand, including one called “The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Fathers, Breadwinning Moms, andShared Parenting are Transforming the American Family.”
  • 18. Our web analysis shows that we’ve received visitors from 37 countries, primarily the United States, Australia and Germany.
    In the past month, we’ve had more than 3,100 page views from more than 850 unique visitors.
    • Many come to us through social networking sites, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
    • 19. Most arrive directly (by typing in, through Google and Bing searches and through Emory’s homepage, where several of our submissions have been publicized
    • 20. We’ve also had visitors arrive by clicking on ads we placed online (150 came to us through a call for submission ad we placed on the website of the Association for Psychological Science
  • If you use any social networking sites, please look for us. 
    Journal of Family Life (you can become a fan and get content updates.) We have nearly 100 fans.
    familyjournal (you can follow the journal and get content updates)
  • 21. Call for submissions
    Submission guidelines are at
    We accept photo essays, research papers, essays, poetry, music, video and short films.
    We seek submissions from all disciplines including psychology, sociology, family studies, religious studies, theology, anthropology, literature, cultural studies, history, women’s studies, political science, art, journalism, science, business.
  • 22. Thanks to those who helped bring the journal to life
    University library staff, especially Erika Farr, Sarah Toton, Lisa Macklin, Connie Moon Sehat and Martin Halbert.
    The team at Resonance, who designed and created the journal Web site: Michael Baxter, Kathleen Turaski, Chris Doherty and Paul McKibben.
    MARIAL graduate fellow Donna Mote, who graciously shared her insights from creating an online journal called Practical Matters for the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory.
    Bradd Shore, whose vision of this journal started us on this journey more than a year ago.
    Marshall Duke, whose enthusiasm for this journal kept me going when the next step appeared insurmountable.
    Donna Day, whose curiosity and support mean the world to me.
    Jan Gleason and Nicole Anderson, who helped me with the journal’s marketing strategy.
  • 23. Questions?