Vanier Institute Submission Guidelines

The Vanier Institute of the Family invites readers to submit for consideration articles that relate to families in Canada, family life and/or family experiences.

The Vanier Institute cannot guarantee posting of all submitted articles; however, all submissions will be viewed for consideration. The Institute reserves the right to edit content for clarity, content and length. Writers will have final approval of an edited copy prior to posting.

The Vanier Institute retains final decision rights over headlines, subheadings and format to:

  • Optimize search results and maximize reach
  • Ensure consistency with the values, vision and mission of the Vanier Institute of the Family as a research and education organization
  • Ensure relevance, reach and rigour in all matters concerning families and family life in Canada through its social publications and social media blog

Procedure for submitting an article for consideration

  • Interested contributors should first send an outline of their article idea to It should include:
    • A brief abstract
    • Proposed length
    • Key ideas and references
  • Receipt of submission outlines will be acknowledged and contributors will be contacted if their article should be submitted. The Vanier Institute will make the final decision to post or not post any and all submissions.

Factors considered when accepting an article for posting

  • Articles submitted to the Vanier Institute must be original works written in Canadian English or French. Content must be created and owned by the author. Breaking copyright rules is not permitted, including copying and pasting excerpts from other sites without permission and attribution.
  • Any content that is offensive and likely to expose an individual or a group of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability is prohibited.

Comments and dialogue

  • Every effort will be made to include readers’ stories, perspectives, knowledge and experiences as they pertain to families and family experience. Contributions may challenge, inspire and inform. Articles may prompt discussion and reader engagement and, as such, may be commented upon by other readers.

Promoting and sharing blog posts

  • The Vanier Institute may include article information in its social media postings (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) as it deems appropriate. Contributors are encouraged to promote their published contributions through their own social media.

Writing style and language guidelines

  • Since our readership is diverse, ranging from high-school students to topic experts, it is important to use accessible language and to avoid jargon and acronyms when possible. Clearly explain any technical terms.
  • Make use of quotes, anecdotes and/or real-life examples to help illustrate points.
  • Cite all studies or sources referenced.
  • The Vanier Institute is a research and education organization and not policy-prescriptive. All of its publications reflect this focus. Do not advocate or make policy/program recommendations in your article. Please avoid words such as “governments,” “need to,” “should,” “must” and so forth.
  • The Vanier Institute encourages the use of positive, strength-based language that fully embraces the diversity of all family types, acknowledging that families (like society at large) are always changing. Rather than framing family experiences and circumstances as “problems/crises to be solved,” the Institute discusses them as “realities to understand.”
  • The Vanier Institute’s understanding of family emphasizes the primary functions and activities of families, that is, families are what families do. (See the Vanier Institute definition of the family for more details.) Avoid “deficit language” that focuses on negativity, fear and blame (e.g., what is “wrong” with families, family “problems” and so forth).

Article themes for consideration

  • New research and perspectives on families that encompass themes pertaining to family and society, family diversity, family formation, family roles and responsibilities, and family well-being are best suited for consideration.
  • Topic subcategories include, but are not limited to, contemporary family trends, family finance, families and the economy, education and learning, health, mental health, parenting, child care, caregiving, eldercare, family law, ecology and the environment, housing, food and nutrition, urban/suburban/rural families, employment and labour, family violence, unpaid labour, gender, retirement, family formation, fertility, immigration, LGBTTQ+, marriage, divorce, demographics, generations and so forth.


Articles should be between 400 and 2,500 words in length.


An article byline and a 40-word biographical statement (1 to 2 lines) about the author(s) at the end of the article will be required, including the name of the affiliated organization and accreditation(s), if any.

Contact information (address, email and telephone) is required for each submission; however, contact information will not be published.

Any visual accompaniments that may enhance the proposed article are welcome. Please indicate original source and any relevant copyright information.

Vanier Institute copyright/reprint policies

By submitting your contribution to the Vanier Institute, you grant the Institute full copyright once the article has been accepted for posting.


If you have any questions, please contact