Australian Journal of Family Law
The Australian Journal of Family Law is a leading forum for the discussion of important issues in family law, which includes a broad range of matters beyond the 'core' areas of family law of marriage, divorce, parenting and property disputes, family dispute resolution and family violence.
The term 'family' will be broadly interpreted to include formal and informal relationships outside marriage.
The Journal publishes independently refereed articles, reports, recent legislation, recent cases and book reviews of relevance to the practice and development of family law in Australia; it also examines key international developments.
The intended audience includes not only persons whose work and practice revolves around the Family Courts of Australia and Western Australia, but also persons working in areas regulated by state law. This includes adoption, child welfare, artificial conception and the rights of family members upon death. The emphasis of the Journal is on the practice and development of the law; however, a broad interdisciplinary approach is encouraged. Contributions are invited from members of the judiciary, legal practitioners, academics, psychologists and behavioural scientists.
Authors are expected to follow the style guidelines of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
While the Journal does not adhere to a strict word limit, articles would normally be in the range of 8-10,000 words, though longer or shorter pieces may be accepted where appropriate for the topic. Submissions should contain footnotes not endnotes
An abstract of 100-150 words must be included.
Graphics, tables, graphs and diagrams should be kept to a minimum. They should be in greyscale; no more than 10cm in width; of high resolution; font is to be Times New Roman, no more than 10pt; must not contain footnotes. Graphics not complying with these requirements will not be published.
All contributions to the Australian Journal of Family Law are subject to peer review.
By submitting a manuscript for publication in the Australian Journal of Family Law, the contributor licenses LexisNexis to publish the manuscript, as approved by the Editorial Board following the peer review process, in the Australian Journal of Family Law and in other publications in print or electronic form with due attribution.
By submitting a manuscript for publication in the Australian Journal of Family Law, the contributor warrants that the manuscript is an original work, has not been published before, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere, including online publications.
How to Submit
All submissions must be made via the 'Submit an Article' portal on this website. Submissions sent via email will not be accepted.
Submit in Word format only. PDF files or links to external sites are not accepted.
Submissions must be in a 'ready to publish' state, not in draft form. If accepted for publication, authors will have the opportunity to review proofs of their edited work before it is published.
No fees are charged for manuscript processing.
Dr Adiva Sifris, Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University
Judge Anna Parker, Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
Dr Felicity Bell, Senior Lecturer, UNSW
Dr Rachel Carson, Senior Research Fellow and Executive Manager, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Dr Michelle Fernando, Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia
Dr Lisa Young, Professor of Law, Murdoch University
Justice Tom Altobelli, Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
Grant Riethmuller, Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
Professor Bruce Smyth, Australian National University