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Call for Editors: Journal of Community Practice

Journal of Community Practice
Call for Editors

Deadline for Applications: September 12, 2016

The Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) is searching for a new editor or co-editors of the Journal of Community Practice (JCP). The Journal, first published in 1994, is "designed to provide a forum for development of research, theory, practice and curriculum strategies for the full range of work with community groups, grassroots organizing, organizational and inter-organizational planning, collaboration, and coalition building." This journal is published quarterly by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group and is listed in numerous abstracts and indices including: Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Premier, Academic Source Premier, ASSIA: Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts, CAB International Abstracts, CINAHL Database, Family Index Database, MegaFile, Social Work Abstracts, SOCIndex, TOCPremier, Violence and Abuse Abstracts.

ACOSA seeks an editor or editors who have a demonstrated commitment to the range of macro theory, research and practice in social work and related disciplines (e.g., organizing, planning, administration, organizational development, community development, social change, policy practice); demonstrated experience in the field of macro practice, and experience with editorial functions or roles (e.g., use of online administrative tools, manuscript review). Various editorial models, including co-editorships or cross-institutional collaborations will be considered. We are particularly interested in applicants that can enhance the multidisciplinary and/or international foci of the journal and help to bridge the gaps between research, theory, policy, and practice knowledge. This includes an appreciation of the value and support for the inclusion of "From the Field" manuscripts" from community practitioners and social service administrators and "From the Classroom" from macro practice educators that inform our practice and knowledge base.

Application Procedures and Time Frame

Candidates interested in the position should prepare: 

  • A statement explaining his/her/their interest in the position.
  • A vision statement for the Journal including how to increase the prestige and reputation of the Journal during the five-year term.
  • A summary of the qualifications of the applicant(s), e.g., ACOSA activities, prior editorial and/or publishing experience, and research and/or practice experience in one or more forms of macro practice.
  • Description of the proposed editorial structure (e.g. single, collective or collaborative possibilities) and delegation of duties as listed above if appropriate.
  • Ideas for marketing the Journal to diverse constituents of ACOSA.
  • Ideas for increasing submissions from practitioners and academics from diverse areas.
  • Curriculum Vitaes of all proposed editors.
  • A statement of institutional support from appropriate administrator(s), e.g. Dean/Director. (Institutional support has generally meant, at a minimum, sponsoring institutional membership in ACOSA each year for the duration of editorship, but additional institutional support is appreciated as a consideration of institutional commitment.)

Applications should be submitted by September 12, 2016. The new Editor(s) will be announced at the 2016 Council on Social Work Education - Annual Program Meeting APM when the Selection Committee presents the applicant to the ACOSA Board for approval. The new editorship will begin October 2017 at the end of the current editorial team term to ensure timely submission of the first issue for the next volume of the journal, and a transition/orientation time with the outgoing editor team will begin in January 2017. Editors must be sponsoring individual member(s) of ACOSA when serving as Editor(s), and it is strongly suggested that editor's schools become institutional sponsoring members.

Please submit your application for the editorship by email (PDF attachment) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contact Tracy M. Soska, ACOSA Interim Chair, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

DOWNLOAD the Call for Editors HERE.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews Published in the Journal of Community Practice

Volume 17 (2009) – Volume 21 (2013)

Areas of Expertise Survey from the Journal of Community Practice

Dear Colleagues:

As editors of the Journal of Community Practice, we are writing to ask if you would take a few minutes to complete our Areas of Expertise Survey and identify your substantive, methodological and practice areas of expertise in the field of community practice.  This information will be used to update our reviewer database and facilitate the manuscript review process.

Please click on the following link to go directly to the survey:

Thank you for all that you do to support the Journal of Community Practice and macro practice.

Best regards,

Lorraine M. Gutierrez, PhD

Anna Maria Santiago, PhD

Tracy M. Soska, MSW

Editorial Team

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

Taylor & Francis Group
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