Journal of Gerontological Social Work Call for Submissions

Special Section on Qualitative Research Methodology in Social Work Research with Older Adults

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is inviting submissions for a special section on Qualitative Research Methodology in Social Work Research with Older Adults. 

JGSW has for some time noted the very wide range of sample sizes and recruitment approaches, ways of collecting data, use of theory in interpreting findings, and other variances in how qualitative research is planned and carried out.

JGSW has no strict guidelines regarding qualitative research, except that it be rigorous and the sample size be justified, even when quite small (see Park, Lee, Hand, Anderson & Schleitwiler, 2016).

We invite authors to submit manuscripts that discuss qualitative methodological issues in social work research with older adults. Example topics include but are not limited to methodological rigor, new and innovative qualitative research approaches, sample recruitment, role of the researcher, approaches to data analysis, and challenges to evaluating qualitative research.

The aim of this special section is to open a wider discussion about qualitative research that can help authors and reviewers understand both innovations and challenges in the work.

We encourage authors to inquire if they are unsure if the topic they are considering will fit the special section.

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts may be submitted as commentaries, brief reports, research manuscripts, conceptual or theoretical analysis, policy analysis or knowledge translation study/activity.

All submissions must include discussion of implications for social work practice at the individual, community and/or policy level.

We encourage prospective authors to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Michelle Putnam at or the Managing Editor, Dr. Marla Berg-Weger at if they have any questions about his call.

The due date for submissions for this special section is August 31, 2018.

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