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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Law & Family Studies (JLFS) is an interdisciplinary journal addessing a broad range of empirical and doctrinal topics concerning families, juveniles, family relationships, and the law, that are relevant to public policy.  JLFS is published twice a year, and membership is determined by a summer writing competition.



Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Monologues and Commentary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

JLFS makes every effort to conform to the following editing sources: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010) and The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed. 2003).  The JLFS Board of Editors strives to maintain the text of published articles in its original format by editing only for accuracy and, where necessary, clarity.  Views expressed herein are to be attributed to their authors and not to JLFS, its editors, the S.J. Quinney College of Law, or the University of Utah.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



JLFS is published twice a year.  All subscriptions begin January 1 and expire on December 31.  For subscriptions, renewals, or cancelations of JLFS, please send notice and/or payment to Journal of Law & Family Studies, Attn: Angela Turnbow, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 332 S 1400 E Rm. 101, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730.


Prices:   $25.00 per volume per year; United States and possessions

            $30.00 per volume per year; foreign (postage included)


To subscribe to more than one copy of JLFS, send notice of the number of copies requested along with payment.  Please note that renewal payment must be received in advance before any issues are sent out to a subscriber.  If you work with a subscription agency, send notice and payment to that agency and it will contact us regarding the status of your subscription.


Back Issues and Reprints

Single issues and back issues are available from William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1285 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14209-1987; telephone (800) 828-7571; e-mail: Reprints are available from Joe Christensen, Inc., 1540 Adams Street, Lincoln, NE 68521; telephone (800) 228-5030; e-mail:




Journal of Law & Family Studies (ISSN 1529-398X). In addition to the rights to copy that are granted by law, the owner of the copyright of each article published, except as expressly otherwise noted, grants permission for copies of that article to be made and used for educational purposes by nonprofit educational institutions, provided that the author and journal are identified, that proper notice of copyright is affixed to each copy of the article, and that copies are distributed at or below cost.