FAQ

What is the Work and Family Researchers Network?

The Work and Family Researchers Network (formerly the Sloan Work and Family Research Network), is an international membership organization of interdisciplinary work and family researchers. The WFRN also welcomes the participation of policy makers and practitioners as it seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of work and family issues among the community of global stakeholders.

What was the (former) Sloan Work and Family Research Network?

For 14 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network served a global community as the premier online destination for information and resources about work and family. The Sloan Network housed a virtual library of research and reference information including the Work and Family Encyclopedia, the Glossary, a “Who’s Who” database of work and family leaders, and a Literature Database of citations and annotations. The Sloan Network’s virtual presence allowed individuals across various disciplines to connect to the work and family global community. The Sloan Network closed in February 2012.

Why did the Network change?

Funding from the Sloan Foundation allowed the Sloan Network to provide all its resources to users free of charge since it began operating in 1997. Since Foundation funding ended in 2010, the Sloan Network has transitioned to the Work and Family Researchers Network. The new and enhanced Work and Family Researchers Network will continue the efforts of the original Network and the legacy established by the Sloan Foundation.

When did this change occur?

Sloan Network funding concluded in October 2010, at which time transition funding was obtained to develop the new Work and Family Researchers Network. The Sloan Network website closed in February 2012.

What are the key differences between the old Network and the new Network?

First, the Network has relocated to the University of Pennsylvania. Jerry A. Jacobs is the Executive Officer. Judi Casey, Director of the former Sloan Network at Boston College, served as Director of WFRN through 2014. 

Second, the new website offers an open access web platform showcasing the Work and Family Commons, a global, interdisciplinary work and family subject matter repository, as well as a community-driven News Feed, and Events calendar among other features.

Third, our new name is the Work and Family Researchers Network. To acknowledge the strength of our members and the community-driven nature of our new website, we have changed the word “Research” to “Researchers.”

Finally, the Network has transformed from a staff-driven enterprise to a member-driven one. The membership organization takes a leadership role in managing and populating the new WFRN website with content of interest to the interdisciplinary work and family research community. Members contribute dues and provide the manpower for biennial conferences that will generate revenue for sustainability.

What is the WFRN Calendar of Events?

The events calendar allows members and interested visitors to stay informed about the important activities taking place in the global work and family academic community. You can post information about your events, see when calls for papers are due, and learn about conferences, workshops, events or meetings.

How do I post an event to the Calendar?

To add your scheduled event to our Calendar, click here.

I am posting a call for papers today with a deadline in 3 months. How should I post this to the Calendar?

If you are posting an event, such as a Call for Papers, with a timeline of several weeks/months, it is suggested that you post the event twice.  First, post an announcement of the event with today’s date.  Second, post the deadline of the event.

Why should I attend a WFRN conference?

The  most recent WFRN conference, the 2016 conference, was a terrific, exciting event, held right in the nation's capital, right at the height of the presidential election season on June 23-25, 2016.  About 650 work and family researchers from around the world (40+ countries) attended this event.  WFRN President Phyllis Moen and the conference program committee worked hard to achieve four goals - that the conference be Informative, Interesting, and Interactive, as well as Fun! On the day before the conference (Wednesday, June 22) a Congressional Education and Policy Day was held on Capitol Hill, and the first day of the conference (Thursday, June 23) featured Practitioner Day, a program within the program of particular interest to practitioners as well as researchers interested in engaging with practitioners.  There was time for Special Interest Groups to convene, and an array of special workshops including a Mentoring Workshop and Idea Incubators. 

The 2012 (inaugural) and 2014 conferences were also a huge success!   The next conference will be held on June 21-23, 2018 at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information about this event, click here.

Who attends the WFRN bienniel conferences?

Attendees at previous conferences have included the global community of work and family academics and scholars, such as faculty, staff, students, teachers, and researchers. Policy advocates, policy makers, practitioners, journalists, and interested others were also in attendance. 

When is the next WFRN conference, and where will it be held?

The next WFRN conference will be held on June 21-23, 2018 at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. , with a pre-conference workshop day on June 20More information is available here.

What is the WFRN conference registration fee?

Conference registration fees (in US dollars) for the 2016 WFRN conference are noted below.  The fees for the next conference in 2018 have not yet been set.

General (non-member) registration  $500
Member registration                        $300
Student registration                         $100

If you are presenting at a WFRN conference, you must be a member. You do not have to be a member to attend a conference. However, WFRN members receive a discounted conference rate.

How do I register for the WFRN conference?

Registration for the 2018 WFRN conference is not yet open.  Please check back in fall 2017.

Do I have to be a WFRN member to present at the WFRN conference?

Yes, if you are presenting at the conference you must be a WFRN member.

Can you provide some travel information for the next WFRN bienniel conference?

The next WFRN conference will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more information about the hotel and travel for the June 21-23, 2018 conference.

I was unable to attend the 2016 conference, but would like to view the presentations. Is that possible?

We are encouraging attendees to deposit their conference presentations in the Work and Family Commons.  Go to Browse by Document Type and select "conference paper or presentation" and sort by date. Select 2016 from the left side green bar, Narrow Results By Date.

How can I present at the WFRN bienniel conference?

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 WFRN conference is November 1, 2017.  More information about the Call for Papers for the 2018 conference is available here.

 

What is the Early Career Fellowship Program?

The Early Career Fellowship Program (formerly the Early Career Scholars Program) provides mentoring for the next generation of work and family scholars by supporting recent doctoral recipients’ efforts to advance their research, teaching, and long-term career prospects.

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 Early Career Fellowship program.  Candidates must have received their doctorate in 2015 or later, and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Applications are not restricted on the basis of location.

All scholars selected are required to attend the WFRN conference to be held June 21-23, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  Participants receive support to defer travel expenses. At that conference, special events will be targeted to serve their interests, such as networking opportunities with senior scholars and other career development activities. In addition, they will be connected with one another in periodic encounters beyond the conference, designed to facilitate collaboration, peer-mentorship, guidance on teaching, and development of research programs.

Questions about the program can be addressed to program director, Stephen Sweet

Can I apply for the Early Career Fellowship Program?

Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 Early Career Fellowship program.  Candidates for the program must have received their doctorate in 2015 or later, and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Applications are not restricted on the basis of location.

More information about the Early Career Fellowship program is here. Questions about the program can be addressed to program director, Stephen Sweet. 



How do I create a login?

Anyone can explore the WFRN website without a login.  To create an account, click here. You need a login to pay your membership dues, post news items and calendar listings or to submit materials to the repository. Accounts are free and are available both to WFRN members and non-members. 

I am having trouble with my login. Can you help me?

Your login is your email address. If you forget your password, click on the tab on the login page for resetting your password.  Change your password is the 3rd tab under User account.

If your email changes, contact us.

I can't find what I'm looking for on your site. Can you help me?

Start by using the Search box on the top right of the website to search for your search term.  If that doesn't provide the information that you are looking for, please try FAQ, the Sitemap or A to Z.  Or you can contact us for help.

I requested a login, but your system has not sent me a password. Why the wait? Is there a problem?

Your request for a login must be approved by our site administrator.  We take this step to ensure that we are not giving logins to spammers.  Usually, we approve requests within 24 hours, but it can take longer if your request is sent during the weekend or a holiday.  Also, you might want to check your trash/junk/spam folder.  In some cases, the email with your one time password will go there instead of to your inbox.

I am having trouble paying my membership dues. I am expecting a screen so I can submit information, but it does not appear.

This is a common problem.  Your computer is probably configured to block a pop-up window.  You may notice a warning about blocked pop-up windows near the top of your computer screen.  You might want to disable this feature for this transaction or try again using a different internet browser.

I am trying to activate my account and entered a new password. I get a message that there is an error with my password but it meets your criteria.

You are probably getting this error message,  "Your password must contain at least 6 characters. It should include numbers, punctuation, and both upper and lowercase letters."   

It is likely that your computer is configured to block a pop-up window.  You may notice a warning about blocked pop-up windows near the top of your computer screen.  You might want to disable this feature for this transaction or try again using a different browser.

I tried to create a login account, but received an error message that my Biography could not exceed 1000 words. My bio is only 200 words. What is the problem?

Although there are only 200 words in your Biography, there is probably code in the text that you can't see. This code takes up space and contributes to your word count.  This can happen if you copy and paste your bio from another source such as a personal webpage.  You might want to use Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac) to strip the bio of code.  Or you could type in the text and this will resolve the problem.  If you need help, contact us.

I have a login, but now want to add my bio and picture. How do I do that?

First, you will need to be logged in.  After you are logged in, click on the login button (top right) again.  This will take you to "My Account." Click on the edit tab (next to view), then click on the Personal Profile tab (underneath view) and you should see (scroll down) the fields to add the bio and picture.  One tip, if you are copying the bio text from a website (not a word doc), strip it first using Notepad to get rid of any word garbage.

Who can or should become a member?

WFRN is open to anyone interested in work and family research. While membership is geared toward the global community of work and family academics and scholars—including faculty, staff, students, teachers, and researchers—policy makers, practitioners, journalists and interested others are encouraged to get involved.

What are the benefits of membership?

There are many benefits for members of the Work and Family Researchers Network.

Members enjoy:

More information available here.

Do I have to become a member to access the WFC or other features?

No. The Work and Family Commons, the open access repository, as well as the News Feed, Events Calendar, and Sloan Network Archive, among other features, are all available for free to members and non-members.  However, you must have a login to post material to the site.  To create an account, follow the steps here.

What are the membership categories and dues?

For information about WFRN’s membership categories and dues, click here.

How can I join and pay my dues?

To pay your WFRN membership dues, please link to our membership portal here.

Information about WFRN membership categories and membership dues levels can be found here.

To pay by check or purchase order, please contact us at the email address below to make the necessary arrangements.  (If you live outside the United States, you must pay by credit card.)

Email: workandfamily@sas.upenn.edu

Phone: 215.898.5605

Nancy Permsap, Work and Family Researchers Network

What are Founding or Sponsoring members? Can I still become one?

Founding and Sponsoring members are work and family scholars, academics, practitioners, policy makers, and other interested individuals who made a 3-year commitment to join WFRN in the first year of operation (dues year 2012). Founding and Sponsoring memberships were available for this first year (2012) only.

In 2013, a new membership category of Sustaining Member was created for $245/year.

Are organizational memberships available?

Yes. We welcome both corporate (for-profit) and non-profit Organizational Partners with an interest in supporting work and family research. Click here for details.

What are the dates of the membership year? When will my membership expire? What if I join mid-year?

Membership is based on the calendar year. Dues will be collected in the fall of each year for the following calendar year (January 1 – December 31). 

All memberships will renew at the same time.

Memberships are not transferable.

When were WFRN elections held?

Elections for new WFRN Officers (President and Vice-President) and 1 new Executive Committee Member were held from January 23 - February 3, 2017.  A list of current officers is available here, and all members of the Executive Committee are listed here.

Results of previous elections are available here.

What is a Sustaining Member?

You can become a Sustaining Member for $245/year.

Founding and Sponsoring Memberships were offered only for 2012.

As a Sustaining Member, you can demonstrate your support and commitment to WFRN. 

Sustaining Members receive the following benefits:

  • Featured on website, WFRN materials, and List of Supporters as a Sustaining member
  • Weekly News & Events feed, Monthly Work and Family Commons update
  • Electronic Subscription to Community, Work & Family
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Option to present at conference
  • Chance to serve on committees and as elected officers
  • Voting privileges

I have a login, how do I pay my dues?

If you have a login, click on the blue login box in the top right hand corner of the home page to get started.  If you’ve forgotten your password, click on the tab on the login page for resetting your password.  The "Request new password" option is the 3rd tab to the right under User account. 

Once you are logged in, you can go directly to Membership Dues, and select your membership category.

What is the WFRN News Feed?

The WFRN News Feed provides the latest news and information to the work and family research community. It contains web content including blogs, briefs, calls for papers, job opportunities, news articles and newsletters, press releases, television and radio stories and websites of interest, all posted by members and interested others with a valid WFRN login.

How can I get the latest news?

There are several subscription and feed options available from the WFRN.

  1. Go the home page for the latest news. 
  2. WFRN members are automatically subscribed to a weekly email with News and Events plus a monthly email with new information (working papers, articles, reports, abstracts) from the Work and Family Commons (WFC), the WFRN open access subject matter repository.  If you'd prefer to not receive these emails, you can unsubscribe (at the bottom of the email) or contact us at workandfamily@sas.upenn.edu.
  3. Anyone (not only members) can subscribe to a daily email of News and Events via MailChimp.  If you were previously subscribed to our daily Feedburner email, your subscription has been transferred.
  4. You can receive a subscription to our RSS feeds (Please note: RSS feeds are no longer supported by Google Chrome. You can still view RSS feeds in Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.)
  • For the RSS of our News and Events Feed (delivered to your web-based reader), go here.
  • For the RSS (delivered to your web-based reader) with new information (working papers, articles, reports, abstracts) from the Work and Family Commons (WFC), the open access subject matter repository, go here.

How do I post a news item to the News Feed?

Anyone with a login can add an item to the News Feed to share with others. Click here to post.

Please note that your news item will be auto shared with our  Facebook page and Twitter account. Follow us on Twitter @wfrn and Like Us on Facebook.

What is the Sloan Network Archive?

We know that many of you are interested in continued access to the resources previously provided by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network. The Sloan Network is currently closed. We have preserved our most popular legacy information in the Archive of the new WFRN. However, information has not been updated since 2011. In some cases, information is older than 2011. Click here for a list of items available in the Archive.

What is the Work and Family Commons?

The Work and Family Commons (WFC) is the open access subject matter repository of the Work and Family Researchers Network. This first-of-its-kind, freely accessible, long-term archive is designed to advance, promote, and preserve interdisciplinary research focused on work and family scholarship.

The Work and Family Commons is a permanent, centralized, digital, interdisciplinary collection of research reports, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, books, book chapters, citations and working papers.  The WFC seeks to gather and preserve the intellectual output of the work and family research community, as well as interested others, worldwide.

Why did WFRN build an archive or repository for work and family research?

The former Sloan Work and Family Research Network, WFRN’s predecessor, had been generously funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for 14 years. When that funding concluded, the WFRN was created to sustain the impact on the work and family community and continue the legacy established by the Foundation.

Open access technology has enabled the WFRN to transform to an innovative website with similar benefits at significantly lower cost—a natural evolution of the former Sloan Network model with staff-produced content to a decentralized, user-based model of resource generation and dissemination.

How do I submit my work to the Work and Family Commons (WFC)?

Click here for detailed steps about the WFC submission process. 

You can view a PowerPoint presentation on how to deposit conference papers or presentations to the WFC.

What is Open Access or OA?

Open Access (OA) is a term commonly used to describe a worldwide movement that promotes free, immediate, permanent online access to and unrestricted use of full-text research articles. Open access literature is digital, online, free of charge to the reader, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions, so there are no price barriers and no permission barriers. More information can be found here.

What is an Open Access Repository?

An open access repository is a searchable database of full-text academic papers, similar to an electronic library database, with the difference being that content in the repository is visible to search engines and freely available to anyone.

Open access repositories may belong to institutions, such as universities (e.g., DASH for Harvard) and laboratories, or disciplines, such as economics and physics (e.g., arXiv for physics), or may be subject-specific (e.g., Work and Family Commons). More information can be found here.

What is the difference between an institutional repository and a subject matter repository?

Open access repositories may be institutionally-based (e.g., universities or laboratories) enhancing the visibility and impact of the institution and its faculty (e.g., Penn Scholarly Commons at the University of Pennsylvania), or they may be centralized, subject-based collections like the economics repository (e.g., RePEc Research Papers in Economics), the physics repository (arXiv), or the Aquatic and Marine Science repository (Aquatic Commons), a thematic digital repository covering natural marine environments. More information can be found here.

Why should I contribute my scholarly research to Work and Family Commons?

Searchable repositories are emerging as the most-cited and most-used sources in their respective fields (currently in the sciences). In fact, funding sources, such as the National Institutes of Health, and universities, such as Harvard, are now requiring research be made available through open access.

Common aims of scholarship are to build knowledge through dissemination of research, and to enhance one’s scholarly reputation amongst peers. When you contribute to the Work and Family Commons (WFC), you give your work the potential to reach a worldwide readership that can result in you becoming recognized and cited by others. The new WFC will make articles easier to find and retrieve, as well as more useful, since Internet search engines, including Google, can find articles in repositories.

Want to know how you can share the latest research with the global work and family community?  Read the blog, The Why and How of Contributing Content to the WFRN written by Repository Commitee Chair, Noelle Chesley.

Why would a scholar, academic, researcher or author want to make his or her work open access?

Open access content reaches the broadest possible audience by eliminating the price and permission barriers of subscription-based journals. Scholars and researchers at institutions without journal subscriptions and interested individuals outside the academy have immediate access to your work. With a broader audience and no access delays, your research has the potential for the greatest impact. Although the new WFRN is geared toward academics, we hope to reach a broader audience of students, researchers, journalists, policy analysts, workplace practitioners and others with an interest in work and family issues who may not have ready access to a well-funded university library or may not be able to afford journal subscriptions.

Want to know how you can share the latest research with the global work and family community?  Read the blog, The Why and How of Contributing Content to the WFRN written by Repository Commitee Chair, Noelle Chesley.

How is the quality of content in Work and Family Commons maintained?

Documents are widely visible to colleagues worldwide. The primary source of quality control rests with the author, who will be careful to deposit only quality work. There is no peer review of papers submitted to WFC.

Do I have to be a dues-paying member to use Work and Family Commons?

No, anyone with an interest in work and family research is welcome to access and browse the materials gathered in WFC free of charge. To contribute materials to the repository, you will have to create a login. Materials are submitted directly by authors. There is no fee to register.

What types of materials can I submit to Work and Family Commons?

You can submit full-text PDF research reports, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, books, book chapters, citations and working papers.

How do publisher policies affect submissions to Work and Family Commons?

Publisher policies are an important aspect of submissions to open access repositories (WFC copyright guidelines). If you want to submit journal articles, you will find that publisher policies vary by journal.

Virtually all peer-reviewed journals allow authors to publish working papers (prior to peer review) in an open access format, even if an author intends to publish the final version in that journal. These are called pre-prints.

For previously published articles to be deposited in an open access repository, publishers often require a specific version to be submitted; typically this is the version that has been edited based on comments from the peer-review process but not yet copy edited by the journal. These are called post-prints.

To look up a specific journal’s current policy on open access submissions and to find additional information on Publisher and Copyright archiving policies, view the comprehensive SHERPA/RoMEO website.

We also encourage you to consult your agreement with the publisher for more specific information. Many publishers can be approached on a case-by-case basis for individual permission to post a specific article.

Is open access in conflict with traditional journal publishing?

The purpose of open access is not to undermine journals but to provide an accessible alternative and take full advantage of new technology —the internet— for widening distribution and reducing costs. Moreover, for researchers themselves, the overriding motivation is to offer easier access to a larger audience of readers and for their research to have greater impact. More information can be found here.

Authors may also be interested in protecting their works under a Creative Commons license.

What happens to my paper's copyright? Do I need to get publisher permission to submit to WFC?

You need to know the copyright status of your work before submitting it. If the copyright belongs to you, you keep it. If you share the copyright with other authors, check with them to make sure they also approve of the work being archived and made available on the WFC. WFRN asks for your permission to display your work on the Internet. If another party (such as an academic publisher or organization) owns the copyright, you need to secure their permission for the inclusion of the full-text version on the WFC. Go here for WFC Copyright Guidelines. You may have transferred your copyright to your publisher as part of the publication process. You should check your publisher's copyright policy to determine allowable submissions to a non-profit, subject matter repository. The SHERPA website provides publisher copyright policies.

All authors must sign a submission agreement as part of the submission process to confirm that posting their work to the WFC does not infringe on any copyright laws. Go here for WFC Copyright Guidelines.

Can I remove or take materials down from the WFC?

Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is discouraged. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include: journal publishers requirements, proven copyright violations, plagiarism or other legal requirements. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.

If you need to request that something be removed or updated, please email: workandfamily@sas.upenn.edu

Can someone else deposit for me to Work and Family Commons?

No, materials are submitted directly by authors (or their designee) with a WFRN login. If you have questions, email: workandfamily@sas.upenn.edu

I had an article cited in the Sloan Network Literature Database. Will it automatically be transferred to Work and Family Commons?

Citations from the Sloan Network Literature Database have been included in the WFC and can be found through the search function.  In most cases, full-text of articles cited in the Sloan Network Literature Database were not included in the Literature Database and therefore were not automatically transferred to the Work and Family Commons. Authors must submit full-text articles by following the submission process even if a Sloan Network Literature Database citation already is available. 

Why are there citations in the WFC? I thought repositories were primarily for full-text documents.

One of the unique features of the WFRN is the archive of legacy information from the former Sloan Work and Family Research Network. The more than 11,000 citations from the former Sloan Network Literature Database have been retained and deposited into the WFC.

In addition, you can deposit new citations to the WFC. You must create a 1 page PDF with the citation, abstract and online link to the article, if available, as a document must be submitted for a successful deposit.

You will find more full-text documents in the Work and Family Commons as users continue to deposit new material.

How do I find a specific article or document in the Work and Family Commons?

You can Explore the WFC by using the Search function or by Browsing. Searching is useful if you have a clear idea of what information you want to find. Browsing is a good way to find available documents when you don't have a specific idea of what information you want.

Where can I get more information about the Work and Family Commons?

Go to the link below on this page here, for a Tutorial PowerPoint explaining how to use the Work and Family Commons. 

Navigating the WFRN website and the Work and Family Commons 

You will also find links to information about open access on this page.

Can you explain the different versions of articles that can be submitted to the WFC?

Here are some definitions of the different versions of articles that might be helpful to you.

Author's Pre-print = working paper

Author's Post-print = the final, post-peer-review version of the article that has been accepted for publication, but not yet copy edited by the journal.

Publisher's Version/PDF = the peer-reviewed, copy-edited version as it appears in the published journal (an exact page image of the article as it appears in print).

I just deposited to the Work and Family Commons. When will I know if my submission was successful?

Typically, your submission will be deposited almost instantly.  You can check to see that your deposit was successful by clicking on "My WFC Submissions" on the left side green bar. Your submission will also be visible in your Member Directory profile (members only).