About the Journal

Focus and Scope


Within the theoretical-empirical reference macro-framework, represented by family education and parenting support, since its establishment, RIEF dedicates ample room to the following, key topics:

the  multicultural, and intercultural, dimension of the family; Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services, and school, as places of family education, and parenting support; the role of educators and teachers in promoting family education, and in listening to parents; teenagers within the family; families, today: new configurations, and new needs; homogenitorial families; vulnerable families; adoptive families; extended/blended/reconstituted families; the different kinds of traumas that can affect families; the family facing disability, and Special Educational Needs; the family facing bullying; the family facing sexuality issues; the role of grandparents in family dynamics; the role of the father, and of the mother, today; the management and role of emotions, and affections, between parents and children.


The Italian Journal of Family Education (Rivista Italiana di Educazione Familiare – RIEF) aims to promote rigorous thinking on educational and pedagogical matters, linked to family as an institution. RIEF intends to be a place of critical reflection on the forces and the contextual changes that shape family, and all its subjects, investigating and reflecting on family education, family pedagogical and relational models, parenting practices, and parenting support. These issues are addressed from a multidisciplinary point of view, essentially in a pedagogical perspective, but also taking into account the historical, psychological, philosophical, political, and epistemological dimensions. All this with the main purpose of promoting inquiry and critical reflection on the family, with the aim to identifying and accepting its multiple configurations; to understand their dynamics in depth, without reducing their physiological complexity; to respond to parents’ and children’s need, today; to nourish the pedagogical debate on parenting support and family education with ever new and stimulating food for thought, through the publication of scientifically rigorous papers, coming from academic scholars, but also from experts every day working on the field, in various capacities, with families.

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the Editors / Board of Directors and by the members of the Editorial Boards. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two reviewers. The peer review process is double-blind, whereby both referees and authors are kept anonymous. If the reviews are positive, but the manuscript requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to submit the revised version

Publication decisions by the Editors / Board of Directors are final.

Publication Frequency

The journal will be published two times per year.

Article Processing Charges (APC)

RIEF does not ask for articles and submissions processing charges APC.

Indexing and abstracting

RIEF has been indexed in the following databases::

  • ACNP – Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici
  • BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • EZB – Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek – Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg
  • GOOGLE Scholar
  • JournalTOCs – Journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) 
  • JURN
  • NewJour – Electronic Journals & Newsletters, University of Georgetown
  • PLEIADI – Portale per la Letteratura scientifica Elettronica Italiana su Archivi aperti e Depositi Istituzionali
  • Searchteam
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory