Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work Special Issue Call for Papers

Promising practices and programs in the identification, intervention, and reintegration of victims and survivors of human trafficking to be published in the journal

Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work

Submit your paper to a forthcoming special issue of Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, devoted to interventions research conducted on social work (broadly defined) and social care services for victims and survivors of human trafficking around the world. While trafficking has major social, physical, psychological, and economic effects on survivors, plenty of interventions exist worldwide but there is still no evidence-informed practices that can help in the identification, intervention, and reintegration of trafficking survivors. And while more resources continue to be allocated to deal with trafficking, the problem continues to grow around the world.

This special issue will be guest edited by David Okech, University of Georgia, USA, and encourages co-authorship that includes researchers and persons from other fields, including service providers, policy makers, medical practitioners, etc.

Appropriate submissions for this special issue must fall into one the following three categories:

1. Empirical outcome studies of interventions and programs conducted around the world. In terms of research methodology, reports using either group or single system research designs are welcome, as are articles presenting quantitative or qualitative methods. A variety of genuinely relevant theoretical models or conceptual frameworks derived from behavioral or medical sciences are welcome, as are outcome studies not clearly derived from any particular theoretical approach. Creative studies are encouraged, as are empirical evaluations of the outcomes of interventions with victims or survivors of trafficking.

2. Empirical reports on the development and validation of measures useful for assessment and evaluation purposes in the field of human trafficking in the US and around the world.

3. Systematic reviews or meta-analyses of the evidence-informed foundations of various psychosocial and human capital development interventions, or evidence-informed reviews of what is known about effectively helping survivors experiencing particular problems (e.g., PTSD, abuse, illness and disease, major depression, separation from family, lack of economic opportunity, etc.). These reviews must primarily involve published research conducted around the world. Reviews should focus on the implications for practice, policy, education, and further research in the field of trafficking. The following types of articles will not be appropriate submissions for this special issue: opinion pieces, philosophical or conceptual works, agency reports, or needs assessments. Since the journal cannot provide comprehensive editing services, an editor fluent in English should carefully edit submissions from non-English speaking authors prior to submission.  The journal does not impose any page limits on the length of submissions. Authors can expect an initial Editorial decision within six weeks following formal submission. 

Submission Instructions

Submit your paper online here. Your paper should be a MicroSoft Word document and formatted in current APA style, including being consistent with the APA’s Journal Article Reporting Standards. For any questions regarding the special issue, please contact David Okech, University of Georgia School of social Work, 279 Williams Street, Athens, GA 30602. Email: dokech@uga.edu. Telephone: +1706-542-5431.  The deadline for submission of papers for possible inclusion in this special issue is 31 October 2017.