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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Community Practice is an interdisciplinary journal grounded in social welfare. The journal provides a forum for community practice, including community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development, social action, and social change. The journal contributes to the advancement of knowledge related to numerous disciplines, including social work and the social sciences, urban planning, social and economic development, community organizing, policy analysis, urban and rural sociology, community health, public administration, and nonprofit management. As a forum for authors and a resource for readers, this journal makes an invaluable contribution to practice in community settings from conceptualization to implementation to evaluation.

The Journal of Community Practice articulates contemporary and emerging issues, providing direction on how to think about social problems, developing innovative approaches to dealing with them, and outlining ways to implement these concepts and approaches in classroom, research, and practice settings. As the only journal focusing on community practice, it covers research, theory, practice, and curriculum strategies for the full range of work with communities and organizations.

This unique interdisciplinary journal publishes manuscripts utilizing a range of research methods, including:
  • Case studies
  • Historical studies
  • Participatory and/or action research
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods
  • Theory and model development
The journal accepts manuscripts in four format types:  full-length original research manuscripts, From the Field, From the Classroom and Innovations in Community Research. All manuscripts submitted to the journal must reflect originality, conceptual and empirical soundness, and be well-argued in the context of the literature. All manuscripts submitted to the journal undergo blind peer review.  Manuscripts that do not follow our submission guidelines will be returned to the authors.

The Journal of Community Practice is sponsored by the Association for Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA), a membership organization of faculty and practitioners committed to the revitalization of community practice.

The Journal of Community Practice is published by Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group.