Journal of Gerontological Social Work Call for Submissions

Special Section on Technology & Older Adults

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

The Journal of Gerontological Social Work is inviting submissions for a special section on Technology & Older Adults. In prior years, researchers and practitioners considered technology that assisted older adults to be mainly assistive technology, perhaps durable medical equipment. But the Internet has changed this.

Technology that supports activity, socialization, independence, navigation, etc. has changed the way we understand the world and ways we think about facilitating good outcomes of all types for older adults.

This special section aims to present ways that technology is relevant for social work practice with older adults - including areas of research, policy practice, community practice, clinical practice, and social work education.

Technology can include assistive technology but the umbrella extends to all technology including handheld devices, “smart” devices, aps, and the ways that technology is used – e.g. texting, video calling, monitoring, etc. We encourage authors to inquire if they are unsure if the technology 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 there are any questions about this call.

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

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