Welcome to Groupwork

Groupwork is the only British-based journal specialising in social applications of groupwork. It is peer reviewed and international in coverage, with articles on all the settings in which groupwork is practised, including health, nursing, occupational therapy, staff development, mental health, counselling, child care and education, youth and community work, social work, and criminal justice.

Our fast track publication philosophy ensures that material is topical and relevant, as well as meeting the highest academic and professional standard.

Second Groupwork Student Essay Competition - download pdf below.

Tim Kelly Professor of Social Work, School of Education, Social Work, and Community Education, University of Dundee, and Jennie Fleming Visiting Fellow, School of Social Services, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Alison Skinner Associate, Centre for Social Action, De Montfort University, UK

Shirley R. Simon Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

  • Patricia Bowyer Associate Director, School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Women’s University, USA
  • Jerome Carson Clinical Psychologist in Independent Practice, London, UK
  • Carol S. Cohen Associate Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work, New York, USA
  • Mark Doel Research Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Norma Johnson Clinical Lead Nurse, Haringey Community Services, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey Mental Health Trust, UK
  • Paul Johnson Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Southern Maine, USA
  • Cheryl Lee Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, USA
  • John Leinster Head of Social Work, Brothers of Charity, Galway, Ireland
  • Fiona McDermott Head of School of Social Work, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Angela Olsen Lecturer in Social Work, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Salford, UK
  • William Pelech Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Nick Pollard Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Prenitha Singh Professor, and Research Co-Ordinator, Accounting and Informatics, Durban University of Technology, South Africa, South Africa
  • David Ward Professor of Social and Community Studies, De Montfort University. UK
  • Mary Wilson Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University College, Cork, Ireland
Articles should preferably be submitted using ePress, the online submission system we use for Groupwork.

Click on this link to start the submission process.

If you wish to discuss anything before submitting a paper, please contact either of the Editors: Timothy B. Kelly or Jennie Fleming

Articles are welcome from all those who work with groups in any discipline: whether practitioners, trainers, researchers, users, or consultants. Accounts of innovations, research findings on existing practice, policy issues affecting groupwork, and discussions of conceptual developments are all relevant. Groupwork with clients, users, professional teams, or community groups fall within our range.

Length: Full length articles; normally of around 4500 words, should show the context of practice and relate this to existing knowledge. We also accept brief contributions which need focus only on the issue at hand.

Presentation: Documents should be in Word format and forwarded as an email attachment to the Editors. The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the text or in running heads. A title page should be included, with name of the author(s), a correspondence and an email address. A summary of no more than 200 words should also be provided, together with six key words.

We use a Harvard system of referencing. References within the text should be cited by giving the author’s name and year of publication, eg. (Smith, 1928). Specific page numbers should be cited after a direct quotation. Those works cited in the text (and no others) should be listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order by author's name using the journal’s standard conventions.

More detailed information on manuscript submission is available on the Author Resources page.

Assessment: All articles are submitted to peer review by two assessors, and the editor takes final responsibility for the decisions that follow.

Editorial address: Timothy B Kelly, PhD, Professor of Social Work, University of Dundee, School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HN, Scotland.

If you are interested in becoming a referree for Groupwork, you can volunteer through the ePress system.

Below you can download the notes for reviewers which show the approach taken by the Editors of this journal.
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