About the Journal


Articles accepted for publication should connect systemic, social construction, postmodern, and/or queer theoretical principles and applications of theory with relevance to the practice of relational/systemic therapy, family advocacy, social justice, and/or public health. Articles are representative of the work of practitioners in New England, and we highly encourage student papers. They can include:

  • Traditional research papers
  • Reflections on incorporating theory into practice
  • Reflections on the development of the therapist and therapeutic relationship
  • Case studies
  • Exploration of contemporary issues

Most importantly, articles should present innovations for practice and new developments, and also provide practical information that trains current and future practitioners. 

Style Guide

All submissions should be written following the standard style guideline of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition. Articles should be no more than 3500 words or 15 pages, and be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, with a reference page. Articles must include an abstract of no more than 300 words, written on a separate page, that summarize and provide the purpose for the Article. 


Articles submitted should be written with anti-racist, anti-sectarian, and anti-sexist rhetoric, except by way of fair illustration. 

Submission Process

The NEJRSP encourages article submission from all members of the family therapy, family policy, and mental health community. Please ensure, prior to submission, that the article is assessed for appropriate use of grammar, spelling, and bias-free language.

Articles can be submitted through our website. Your article should include a title page, complete with the name(s), contributing author(s), and affiliations. For each author, please include a fifty-word biography, a high-res image (a JPG or PDF file that can be uploaded separately on the site), and email addresses by which the editorial team can correspond with you. Please include email addresses as a footnote on the title page. 

The second page of your submission should be the 300-word abstract. Please also include the word count of the document and three to five key words as a footnote on this page. The keywords should capture the primary topics of your article. 

Articles must be submitted in American English and written in formal language, which excludes contractions, slang, and abbreviations, except in cases of direct quotation. All endnotes should be referenced by number and gathered at the end of the article. 

We highly encourage the inclusion of images, tables, and charts with the submission of articles. Please ensure that the images are high-resolution, and are either JPG or PNG files.

Editorial Process

Following submission of your article, the editorial team will review your abstract and content of your paper to ensure that the article meets the scope of the journal. Should the article be accepted to be reviewed, a member of the editorial team will collaborate with the author to make initial improvements to the article; recommendations include literary style, connection to the scope of the journal, punctuation, coherence, standard usage of terms, and bias-free language. It is the responsibility of the author to do as much of this work as possible prior to submission. Authors will also be invited to present their material as a continuing education presentation through the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST).

Representation of Research Participants

Please ensure that you are not including confidential or trade-sensitive information in your submissions. When describing socio-cultural identities of persons and families in an article, authors are asked to seek consent and advice from said persons and families about appropriate language so that they are represented in a manner that is compatible with their preferences and values.