4th International Conference on Practice Research
22 - 24 May 2017
Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Special Journal Issues

4th International Conference for Practice Research (Hong Kong SAR, China)

Participants of the 4th International Conference on Practice Research at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University are invited to consider submitting their scholarly papers to the following six journals. Each journal has a different focus, so please be sure to submit your work to the appropriate outlet. In your cover letter indicate that your submission was previously presented at this conference.



This journal is published seven times a year, and articles appearing in it are picked up by all the major abstracting (e.g., PsycINFO) and indexing (e.g., the Web-of-Science) services.  The journal's 2015 one-year impact factor was 1.21, the highest of all the true social work research journals listed in the Journal Citation Reports.  It is received by over 8300 individual and institutional subscribers, and over 200,000 PDF articles are downloaded from its website annually.

Appropriate submissions would only include:

Empirical outcome studies of social work practice.  In terms of research methodology, reports using either group or single system research designs are equally welcome, as are articles presenting quantitative or qualitative methods. A variety of genuinely relevant theoretical models or conceptual frameworks derived from behavioral science are welcome, as are outcome studies not clearly derived from any particular theoretical approach.  Creative studies are encouraged, as are empirical evaluations of the outcomes of social policies, community- or educational interventions.

The following types of articles are not appropriate submissions for this journal:  Survey studies, correlational investigations, methodological works, psychometric studies, opinion pieces, retrospective predictor studies, philosophical or conceptual works, theoretical papers, descriptive studies or needs assessments. If submitted, these inappropriate papers will be immediately declined for review.

Now in its 27th year of publication, RSWP was founded to serve as the profession's primary disciplinary outlet for the dissemination of research with direct applications to social work practice at all levels, micro through macro.  In a very real sense, it can be considered as having a focus on evaluation research. If your paper is an outcome study, RSWP should be your first choice journal outlet. All articles are required to have at least one professional social work author, or involve evaluating services provided by professional social workers.  The journal does not impose any page limits on the length of submissions, and an open access publication option is available.  Authors can expect an initial editorial decision within six weeks following formal submission. For more information on the journal, please visit its website: http://rsw.sagepub.com/

Submission Information
Submit your paper via email as a MicroSoft Word document and formatted in current APA style, including being consistent with the APA's Journal Article Reporting Standards to:
http://rsw.sagepub.com/.  Questions may be directed to the journal’s Editor, Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., LCSW, at Bthyer@fsu.edu



International Social Work seeks submissions from different countries through an open call for papers on the web and a combination of commissioned articles that highlights the use of research to improve practice in social work. The theme of the proposed special issue is “Recognising Diversity, Developing Collaborations, Building Networks” to acknowledge the need for the involvement of different paradigms, methods, disciplines and the voices of various stakeholders, particularly the service users. The co-editors of this special issue are Professor Christa Fouche, Professor Joyce Ma and assisted by Dr Samuel Leung. All articles should adhere to the manuscript submission guidelines of International Social Work: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/asi/international-social-work/journal200781#submission-guideline.



The Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work serves as a disciplinary journal devoted to the publication of empirical research and other forms of scholarship that promote an evidence-informed approach to social work practice.  The journal will provide an outlet for the publication of a wide variety of forms of research.  Examples include, but are not limited to systematic reviews, meta-analyses, experimental studies, quasi-experimental research, pre-experimental and pilot investigations using nomothetic designs, single-case research designs, needs assessments, client satisfaction studies, surveys, qualitative analyses, mixed-methods studies, retrospective predictor studies, psychometric studies evaluating measures useful in social work research or practice, correlational studies, historical papers, methodological advances or critiques, philosophical positions, purely descriptive research, and theoretical and conceptual papers.  All submissions should be clearly linked to the goal of enhancing an evidence-informed approach to social work practice.  This goal includes reporting research projects which disclose that particular interventions may not be effective and particular assessment methods may not possess acceptable levels of reliability and validity. Discovering what does not work can be as valuable as finding out about interventions which do seem to be effective.

The journal welcomes empirical research appropriately derived from a variety of etiological and intervention theories, as well as studies which focus on investigations not based upon formal theoretical frameworks. Both approaches can be legitimate depending upon the purposes of the study.  Replication studies are welcome as are well-designed studies with negative findings or reports of treatment failures. Authors are encouraged to submit only articles of the highest quality for editorial review and possible publication. The submission of seriously flawed or marginal studies is discouraged. 

  • How to Publish Your Article in the Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work?

The journal does not have any page limits, but requires that all submissions be correctly formatted in strict current APA style.  Inquiries regarding the potential suitability of your paper may be directed to Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., Co-Editor. Manuscripts should be submitted online via:  

  • Deadline?

There is no deadline.  This is an open call for papers.  Potential guest editors are also welcome to propose ideas for a special issue of the journal clearly related to the journal’s theme and foci.  Such suggestions may be directed to either Co-Editor.



Hong Kong Journal of Social Work is a bilingual publication of the Hong Kong Social Workers Association Limited. It is committed to the improvement of practice, extension of knowledge and promotion of communications in very broad fields of social work. For more information on the journal, please visit its website: http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/hkjsw



China Journal of Social Work would probably publish the special issue in the second quarter of 2019 with the theme “Practice orientation in Chinese societies” from all areas of social work theory and practice, social work education, social development, and social policy in the Chinese context. While the journal will primarily focus on the Chinese mainland, it welcomes contributions from other countries and regions, which have broad implications for social work internationally. The co-editors of this special issue are Professor Irwin Epstein, Dr Herman Lo, Dr Samuel Leung, Dr Wallace Chan
For more information on the journal, please visit its website: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcsw20#.Vz8efuR02Uk


The Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal features original articles that focus on social work practice with children, adolescents, and their families. The journal addresses current issues in the field of social work drawn from theory, direct practice, research, and social policy.
The range of topics includes problems affecting a variety of specific populations in special settings. CASW welcomes a range of scholarly contributions focused on youth, including theoretical papers, narrative case studies, historical analyses, traditional reviews of the literature, descriptive studies, single-system research designs, correlational investigations, methodological works, pre-experimental, quasi-experimental and experimental evaluations, meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Appropriate fields of practice include interpersonal practice, small groups, families, organizations, communities, policy practice, nationally-oriented work, and international studies.
Manuscripts involving qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods are welcome to be submitted, as are papers grounded in one or more theoretical orientations, or those that are not based on any formal theory. Now in its 32th year of publication, the journal is published six times a year.  Initial decisions are usually provided within six weeks from submission. Accepted articles appear online within two months and in print within six months.

  • How to Publish Your article in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal?

The journal does not have any page limits, but requires that all submissions be correctly formatted in strict current APA style.  Inquiries regarding the potential suitability of your paper may be directed to Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., Co-Editor.  Manuscripts should be submitted online via:   http://www.editorialmanager.com/casw

  • Deadline?

 There is no deadline.  This is an open call for papers.  Potential guest editors are also welcome to propose ideas for a special issue of the journal clearly related to the journal’s theme and foci.  Such suggestions may be directed to Dr. Thyer. For more information on the journal, please visit its website: http://link.springer.com/journal/10560


Research on Social Work Practice (RSWP)

Invited Article

Timothy Sim


International Practice Research Conference (ICPR) Moving East
Research on Social Work Practice 1049731516650523, first published on May 23, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1049731516650523



3rd International Conference for Practice Research (New York, USA)

Oxford Bibliographies on Practice Research


MikeFisher, Michael J. Austin, Ilse Julkunen, Timothy Sim, Lars Uggerhøj, Nanne Isokuortti

Practice Research

DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195389678-0232

Research on Social Work Practice (RSWP)

2015, Volume 25 Issue No. 6

Special Section: Selected Papers Presented at the 3rd International Conference on practice Research, held at the Hunter College School of Social Work, June 9-11, 2014, New York City


Guest Editorial

Irwin Epstein


Introduction to the Third International Conference on Practice Research, New York, 2014

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 641-642, first published on August 24, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731515602131


Special Section Papers

Ira Elena Malmberg-Heimonen


Social Workers’ Training Evaluated by a Cluster-Randomized Study: Reemployment for Welfare Recipients?

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 643-653, first published on February 8, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731515569357


Thomas D. Davis, Cory B. Dennis, and Susan E. Culbertson


Practice Evaluation Strategies Among Clinical Social Workers: New Directions in Practice Research

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 654-669, first published on July 2, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731515592955


Gloudina M. Spies, Catharina S. L. Delport, and Magdalena P. le Roux


Developing Safety and Risk Assessment Tools and Training Materials: A Researcher-practice Dialogue

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 670-680, first published on January 23, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731514565393


Michael A. Lewis


Econometrics of Estimating Causal Effects: An Overview for Social Work Researchers

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 681-687, first published on June 15, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731515589615


Martyn Jones


Practice Research Collaboration in Social Work: Reflexive Knowledge Exchange as Generative Metaphor

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 688-696, first published on November 13, 2014 DOI:10.1177/1049731514558685


Eileen Klein


Supervision of Social Work Interns as Members of a Multidisciplinary Team

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 697-701, first published on February 8, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731515569581


Bonnie Fader Wilkenfeld


“Being Heard”: Qualitative Research Conundrums With Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 702-710, first published on August 21, 2014 DOI:10.1177/1049731514547768


Irwin Epstein, Mike Fisher, Ilse Julkunen, Lars Uggerhoj, Michael J. Austin, and Timothy Sim


The New York Statement on the Evolving Definition of Practice Research Designed for Continuing Dialogue: A Bulletin From the 3rd International Conference on Practice Research (2014)

Research on Social Work Practice October 2015 25: 711-714, first published on April 22, 2015 DOI:10.1177/1049731515582250



Journal of Teaching in Social Work

2016, Volume 36 Issue No. 1



Paul A. Kurzman

Preface to a Special Issue on Teaching Practice Research, 36:1-2




Irwin Epstein

Looking Backwards to Look Forward: A Foreword, 36:3-5



Ilse Julkunen & Lars Uggerhoj

Negotiating Practice Research, 36:6-10



Michael J. Austin & Nanne Isokuortti

A Framework for Teaching Practice-Based Research With a Focus on Service Users, 36:11-32



Sidsel Natland, Erika Weissinger, Genevieve Graaf & Sarah Carnochan

Learning Practice-Based Research Methods: Capturing the Experiences of MSW Students, 36:33-51



Gail K. Auslander &Hadas Rosenne

Data Mining for Social Work Students: Teaching Practice-Based Research in Conjunction with a Field Work Placement, 36:52-69



Christa Fouché & Allen Bartley

Teaching Data Analysis to the Data-Averse: A Framework for Educators, 36:70-83



Mirja Satka, Aino Kääriäinen & Laura Yliruka

Teaching Social Work Practice Research to Enhance Research-Minded Expertise, 36:84-101



Joanna Rawles

Developing Social Work Professional Judgment Skills: Enhancing Learning in Practice by Researching Learning in Practice, 36:102-122





2nd International Conference for Practice Research (Helsinki, Finland)

Nordic Social Work Research

2014, Volume 4, Supplement 1

Special Issue: Practice Research




Ilse Julkunen & Synnöve Karvinen-Niinikoski


Editorial, 4:1-6




No author

Helsinki statement on social work practice research, 4:7-13



Anne Moe, Inger Marii Tronvoll & Kirsti Gjeitnes


A reflective approach in practice research, 4:14-25


Pasi Pohjola & Satu Korhonen

  • Social work as knowledge work: knowledge practices and multi-professional collaboration, 4:26-43
  • DOI:10.1080/2156857X.2014.926285


Lars Uggerhøj

Learning from each other: collaboration processes in practice research, 4:44-57



Avril Bellinger, Danielle Bullen & Deirdre Ford

Practice research in practice learning: students as co-researchers and co-constructors of knowledge, 4:58-69



Martin Börjeson & Kerstin Johansson

In search for a model for knowledge production and practice research in Swedish social work, 4:70-85



Åsa Rosengren, Ann-Marie Lindqvist & Ilse Julkunen

Towards an inclusive knowledge base for community-based research and sustainable knowledge production, 4:86-101



Greg Hall, Jennifer Boddy & Lesley Chenoweth

In the shadow of Rashomon: pursuing polyphony in practice case studies within the Australian social security environment, 4:102-119



Anne-Grete Jenssen

User involvement in practice research, 4:120-133





1st International Conference for Practice Research (Salisbury, UK)

Social Work and Society: International Online Journal

2011, Volume 9, Issue No. 1

Special Issue: "Practice Research"



Special Issue: "Practice Research"

Tony Evans

Editorial “Special Issue: Practice Research”, 9:1-3


The Salisbury Forum Group

The Salisbury Statement, 9:4-9

Stanley L. Witkin

Why Do We Think Practice Research is a Good Idea?, 9:10-19


Mike Fisher

Practice Literate Research: Turning the Tables, 9:20-28


Jan Fook, A. Johannessen, M. Psoinos

Partnership in Practice Research: a Norwegian Experience, 9:29-44

Lars Uggerhøj

What is Practice Research in Social Work - Definitions, Barriers and Possibilities, 9:45-59


Ilse Julkunen

Knowledge-Production Processes in Practice Research – Outcomes and Critical Elements, 9:50-75


Timothy Sim

Collaborating or Colluding: A practice research project with ex-offenders and their families in Singapore, 9:76-88