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Print ISSN: 1044-3894 | Electronic ISSN: 1945-1350

Families in Society is one of the most enduring and highly regarded scholarly publications on family- and community-centered social work. The journal, published by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, has a long-standing focus on person-centered, asset-based approaches to practice and policy. This emphasis on translational research supports the social change impact the Alliance is working toward to benefit America's families and their neighborhoods.

Families in Society, with an impact factor of 0.758, is the top-ranked independent (non-commercially published) journal in the field and is ranked 25/41 in the cohort covering social work/social service/child welfare.1 The journal is one of five that routinely comprises the “core of the social work journal network” with exemplary information on social work education and research.2

The journal focuses on the broad array of issues that relate to the capabilities of individuals, families, and communities, including consideration of the various biopsychosocial, economic, and cultural factors that affect functioning and well-being.

The research and implications featured in the print and electronic journal are further available via live online presentations, continuing education courses, social media, special topic supplements, and more.

Now in its 98th year, Families in Society was founded by social casework pioneer Mary Richmond in 1920. The journal has had four titles:

  • The Family (1920-1946)
  • The Journal of Social Casework (1947-1949)
  • Social Casework (1950-1989)
  • Families in Society (1990 to present)

General Information

Readership. Approximately 15,000-plus, based on a pass-a-long average of at least seven readers per issue. More than 75% of the circulation comes from institutions, including service agencies and educational libraries. Approximately 20% of the paid subscriptions are from international sources with readers in all corners of the globe. The journal has wide-ranging content and appeals to practitioners, educators, and allied professionals.

Online Services and Content. The comprehensive article database is hosted with Pinnacle. This collection has more than 1,500 articles, essays, editorials, and other content published since 1996. Additionally, there is information for online ordering, author guidelines, copyright and permissions forms, publisher resources, advertising rate card, and general information. 

Subscriptions. Institution and individual subscriptions are available for United States, Canada, and international readers. U.S. rates for 1-year bundled print/online: Institution $315; Individual $145. Canada rates: add $30/year. International rates: add $55/year. Additional rates available. Back volumes add 20% above current rates. All rates are in U.S. funds.

Claims. Subscriber requests for replacement of copies must arrive within 3 months (U.S. and Canada) or 6 months (international) of publication. Claims can be made via email.

Abstracts and Indices. Abstracts and articles from 1996 to present are available through Families in Society Online. Families in Society is abstracted and indexed in: Alcohol and Alcohol Science Problems Database (ETOH), Book Review Index, Chicago Psychoanalytic Literature Index, Current Contents, EBSCO Publishing Databases, Expanded Academic Index, Hospital Literature Index, Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature, Psychological Abstracts, PsycINFO, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Sage Family Studies Abstracts, Social Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Index, Social Work Abstracts, CSA/Sociological Abstracts. In Europe: Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts, Studies on Women Abstracts, Social Care Online.

Copyright and Copying. Families in Society content is subject to copyright, database protection, and other publisher rights under the laws of the U.S. Permission is granted to quote from this journal in professional works with the customary acknowledgment of the source. Beyond use permitted by §107 and §108 of the U.S. Copyright Law, recompiling, publication, or republication of content, in any form, may be done only with specific permission from the publisher via the Copyright Clearance Center. Copying for general distribution, for advertising or promotional purposes, for creating new collective works, or for resale is permitted only under specific license from the publisher. No material from Families in Society may be used for service bureau redistribution or document delivery services.

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Contracts, insertion orders, and any printed advertising materials should be sent to Info@FamiliesInSociety.org or the address below:

Director of Editorial Services
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National Operations Center
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Milwaukee, WI 53203.

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Publisher. Families in Society is published quarterly by the Alliance. (Each volume spans January–December.) Editorial office and publisher address: National Operations Center, 648 N. Plankinton Ave., Suite 425, Milwaukee, WI 53203; USA. Nonprofit periodicals postage paid at Milwaukee, WI, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: send address changes to the above address.

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1 Thomson Reuters. (2015). 2015 Journal Citation Reports® Social Sciences Edition.

2 Sellers, S.L., et al. (2006). Perceptions of Professional Social Work Journals: Findings From a National Survey, Journal of Social Work Education.
Baker, D.R. (1992). A structural analysis of the social work journal network, Journal of Social Service Research.
Furr, L.A. (1995). The relative influence of social work journals: Impact factors vs. core influence, Journal of Social Work Education.

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