JSGW Special Issue Call for Authors
“Research in Group Work: A Renewed Focus on Exemplary Methods”
The Journal for Specialists in Group Work invites proposals for a Special Issue on contemporary issues in the research of Group Work. It has been almost two decades since the Journal for Specialists in Group Work (1997, Vol 22, 4) last published a special issue focused on issues related to research in group work. Arguably, the field has advanced considerably in 20 years with respect to the contemporary knowledge base in group work practice, ethical and organizational standards, sophistication in available research methodology, as well as its applications.
The purpose of this special issue is to synthesize contributions representing a range of issues that are important to research in group work. Authors are asked to contribute both conceptual and empirical articles that address the call for an increased focus on sophisticated methods to conduct group work research, whether that be through quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research. Articles will be developed addressing important aspects of the different applications of research in group work, with at least one article illustrating an exemplary application of such methods. As the teaching and training of research in group work is essential in the sustainability and further development of the field, both empirically supportive and promising innovative pedagogies will be explored.
Manuscripts should be focused on one of the following areas:
- Quantitative Applications of Group Work Research
- Qualitative Applications of Group Work Research
- Mixed Methods Applications of Group Work Research
- Multicultural or International Applications of Group Work Research
If you are interested in authoring a manuscript for the special issue, please submit a brief (up to 3-5 pages) proposal which should include: title, author(s), rationale, and overview/outline of manuscript into the Manuscript Central Submission Portal for JSGW (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/usgw). Following initial proposal review and endorsement from special issue editors, manuscripts will undergo a blind peer review process. Proposal acceptance does not guarantee acceptance of publication. Proposals are due to the Special Issue Editors by May 30, 2016. First drafts of manuscripts for approved proposals due July 30, 2016. Final dispositions will occur in 2017. For additional information or questions, please contact the Special Issue Editors: Melissa Luke, Syracuse University (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kristopher M. Goodrich, University of New Mexico (email@example.com).