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Special Issue Call for Papers

Journal of Community Practice Special Issue, "Ecosocial Work and Social Change in Community Practice."

Editors, Komalsingh Rambaree, Meredith Powers, and Richard Smith


This special issue of the Journal of Community Practice will focus on contexts, policies, practices and challenges related to ecosocial work for social change. Ecosocial work uses social and ecological ideas in promoting well-being and is primarily focused on interventions towards meeting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. How can ecosocial work create social responses to a changing environment? A critical ecosocial work perspective questions modern societal structures (e.g., economic models), values, beliefs, and ways of life, and pays particular attention to the socio-economic, political structures, and geospatial issues of both community and society.


Possible topics include:

• Ecosocial work for social change (e.g., contexts, concepts, approaches, methods, strategies, challenges, etc.)

• Roles and contributions of ecosocial work practice and policies for achieving the sustainable development goals

• Integration of environmental justice in the classroom

• Interprofessional /multi-disciplinary nature of ecosocial work (e.g., interprofessional training, cross-sectoral collaboration, multi-sectoral planning)

• Impact and implications of climate change, environmental crisis, and natural disasters with a focus on vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities.

• Impact of environmental governance on vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities.

• Ecosocial work and glocal communities


Manuscripts should be submitted online by August 15th, 2018 and labeled FOR SPECIAL ISSUE - ECOSOCIAL WORK for consideration by the special issue editors. Submission is via



New Editors of the Journal of Community Practice Selected

ACOSA is pleased to announce the selection of the next editoral team for the Journal of Community Practice. Please welcome Anna Maria Santiago, Professor, Michigan State University, and Richard J. Smith, Associate Professor, Wayne State University.

This team brings strong qualifications to this effort, including longstanding familiarity and utmost respect for the history of the Journal; relationships with the Journal and its ties to ACOSA as the sponsoring organization; experience working in professional teams, and within ACOSA; and strong credentials spanning broad areas of macro practice, teaching and scholarship, as well as interdisciplinary relations. Their term starts with Volume 26.

Our Impact

Did you know?

The Journal of Community Practice is an extremely important title in the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Social Work and Public Health collection. Just by downloads alone, it is easy to see why the Journal of Community Practice stands out at Taylor & Francis and the field in general:

From 2009 to 2011 Full Text Downloads via Taylor & Francis Online (and our previous web platform, informaworld) were consistently higher for the Journal of Community Practice than the average for all Routledge/T&F Social Work and Public Health Journals:
• On average, articles from the Journal of Community Practice are downloaded 1,862 times per month.
• From January 2011 to May 2012, the journal has received a total of 31,664 full-text article downloads.
• Articles from the Journal of Community Practice were downloaded 13,760 times by EBSCOHost users in 2011 alone – bringing the average from TFO and EBSCO to over 3,000 downloads per month

Also, here are our index scores: Journal of Community Practice 2000 – 2009 H index of 15 / G index of 19.

H-Index and JCP

In the article, “Ranking Disciplinary Journals With The Google Scholar H-Index: A New Tool For Constructing Cases for Tenure, Promotion, and Other Professional Decisions,” authors Hodge & Lacasse use Google Scholar to determine h-index and g-index information for a large list of  journals. This process is flawed for a number of reasons:

• The coverage is unknown and not disclosed [it is assumed to be larger than either Scopus or the Web of Science].
• We are not entirely sure what Google Scholar counts as a “scholarly research output.”
• Citation matching has been criticized for being unreliable, using an opaque algorithm, and duplicating citation counting from multiple versions (e.g. pre-print, publisher version, repository copy).
• There is no limit on self-citations, which inflate the numbers. [Thomson’s JCR/Impact factor only allows 20% of self-citations to be included].

This does not mean that the Google Scholar H-Index has more flaws than every other system in the journal measuring world - it means that we should be cautious when attempting to measure the “worth” of a journal by numbers alone.  

h-index: The h-index is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist  or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. It is designed to take into account both productivity (number of articles published) and impact (number of citations received).

g-index: In simple terms, this means that an author that produces n articles is expected to have, on average, n citations for each of them, in order to have a g-index of n. In this way, it is similar to the h-index, with the difference that the number of citations per article is not explicit.

Kind regards,

Jessica O. MacDonald
Managing Editor, Social Work and Public Health

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