If you are planning to submit an article for publication in the Journal of Community Practice, please review the Instructions for Authors.
Manuscripts should be submitted using the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ service provided by Routledge.
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. All manuscript word limits identified below include title page, abstract, manuscript text, references, and tables/figures. Manuscripts that do not follow our submission guidelines will be returned to the authors. Please consult our guidance on keywords here.
Full Length Original Research Manuscripts are articles that describe well-developed, theoretically and/or empirically rigorous research in one of the topical areas of interest to the journal. The article should make a major contribution to the literature in community practice.
Submissions of full-length original research manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words. At time of submission, please check off the box Original Research Manuscript that asks for type of manuscript submission.
From the Field articles should include reports of promising projects, organizing campaigns, innovations, and new community-based programs that are in the early stages of implementation. Both case studies and program evaluations using participatory methods are welcome.
Submissions to the From the Field section should not exceed 5,000 words. At time of submission, please check off the box From the Field that asks for type of manuscript submission.
From the Classroom manuscripts focus on innovations in teaching community practice. This section features brief reports of teaching strategies and curriculum innovations. Ideally, these reports include a rigorous evaluation of their efficacy, but they also may be a thoughtful case study. Examples might include innovations in service-learning, an analysis of classroom activities, surveys of student attitudes, adaptations using technology, or a (quasi) experimental design of new pedagogy.
Submissions to the From the Classroom section should not exceed 5,000 words. At time of submission, please check off the box From the Classroom that asks for type of manuscript submission.
Innovations in Community Research focus on cutting-edge research methods, evaluations of interventions, and strategies employed in the field. Examples might include exploratory factor analysis of a new scale developed for community research, a program evaluation using participatory methods in a new way or with a community partner that is not typically engaged in research, introducing new spatial measures for population or administrative data. Innovations in Community Research manuscripts must still reflect originality, conceptual and empirical soundness, and be well-argued in the context of the literature.
Submissions to the Innovations in Community Research section should not exceed 5,000 words. At time of submission, please check off the box From the Classroom that asks for type of manuscript submission.
Please address correspondence to:
Ana H. SanRomán, Managing Editor
Journal of Community Practice