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01 July 2021
Social work research: Contributing to innovation in practice, policy and social development
The European Journal of Social Work invites contributions to the Special Issue themed ‘Social work research: Contributing to innovation in practice, policy and social development’. This Special Issue aims at bringing together a selection of in extenso papers based on the presentations held at the 10th European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR) that took place online from May 5-7, 2021. We invite ECSWR 2021 presenters to submit a full text for consideration of inclusion in the special issue by July 1st, 2021.
Theme of the Special Issue
The theme of this EJSW Special Issue, ‘Social work research: Contributing to innovation in practice, policy and social development’, brings to focus the growing need for innovative social work responses to societal challenges. Social work research encompasses a rich mix of methodologies and underpinning epistemologies. How does this diversity lead to innovation in social work practice, policy and social development? How does this variety prompt different approaches to the nature, possibilities, implementation and effectiveness of innovation? How can the different social work research contributions to innovations within Europe and across the globe be multiplied and disseminated across diverse cultures/regions? What are the distinctive contributions of social work research to these innovations, in context of wider contributions of social sciences and humanities? If we speak about innovation, we encourage you to take a critical stand. Innovation should be in line with the values expressed in the international definition of Social Work. When you discuss about innovation, please be clear about how it is used in the context of your article.
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Guidelines for paper proposals
To be considered for this Special Issue, full papers of up to 7,000 words must be submitted no later than July 1st, 2021 through the journal submission platform. Submitted papers will undergo a double-blind peer review process. Accepted papers will be included either in the special issue, or as an individual article of the journal.
Final acceptance will depend on reviewers’ evaluations based on the following criteria:
- Topic fit to the Special Issues theme
- Empirical contribution
- Theoretical contribution
All submissions should be prepared for blind review according to the EJSW guidelines for authors: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=cesw20
Deadline for full paper submissions: July 1st, 2021
Estimated publication of the Special Issue: 2022
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