Journal Questions and Answers for Authors


Questions and Answers for Author 

A primary purpose of the Journal of Financial Therapy is to provide a forum to study the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, economic, and integrative aspects of financial health. The journal bridges the empirical and clinical work typically conducted by financial planning and marriage and family therapy researchers into an integrative disciplinary forum for sharing models, theories, ideas, strategies, and counseling approaches. The following questions and answers are provided to help address some of the issues faced by new authors.


Are all manuscripts are subject to blind peer review?

Yes; the journal uses a double-blind peer review process. All identifying marks (e.g., names, addresses, sample sources) are either removed or hidden to ensure that an author’s identity is not revealed to the reviewers.
What role do reviewers and associate editors play in the publication decision?

Reviewers are responsible for determining if a manuscript will be of importance to the JFT readers. Reviewers, in consultation with the editor and associate editors, determine if a paper will be published. Reviewers are asked to pay close attention to the following criteria:
  • The general grammar use and writing skill of the author(s)
  • The development of a clear purpose
  • The appropriateness of literature reviewed
  • Note: Given the clinical focus of the journal, long and exhaustive reviews of literature are discouraged; instead, authors should focus on the method and intervention techniques used in clinical and experimental studies. Research based on survey data should have a very strong practitioner focused discussion.
  • The methodology used
  • The validity and reliability of findings
  • The relevance of findings
  • The usefulness of findings for practitioners
  • What role does the editor play in the publication process?
The Journal of Financial Therapy utilizes an editor and associate editor process for evaluating manuscripts. That is, the editor works with content specific associate editors, who, in turn, choose appropriate reviewers for manuscripts. As such, the editor’s role is to facilitate a dialog between and among reviewers and authors and to monitor the timeliness of the review process. The editor and associate editors are also available to counsel authors on the process of manuscript submission, review, and publication.
Who will edit the manuscript for grammatical errors?

Basic editing for grammar, readability, and style are the sole responsibility of the author(s). The editor will provide feedback to authors, but will generally not make grammatical corrections. Authors who need this type of assistance should contact the editor for the name of graduate students who may be willing to assist in manuscript preparation.
Are invited articles used?

Occasionally, yes; however, all articles, papers, and manuscripts are subject to blind peer review.
Are there page restrictions or other limitations?

No; it should be noted, however, that reviewers and readers prefer shorter well written manuscripts to those that are overly wordy.
How often is the JFT published?

JFT is an open access publication which means that papers are published on a regular basis but not on a preset schedule. Since there are no obligatory printing and mailing routines, a volume may have one or more issues in any given year.
Are JFT articles archived? 
Contents of JFT are archived online through New Prairie Press.
What is JFT's ISSN? 
The Journal of Financial Therapy International Standard Serial Number is: ISSN 1945-7774 
Online ISSN: 1944-9771