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.

Call for papers: Groupwork for Social Transformation
We invite proposal for critically informed papers describing to application of groupwork for social transformation. Submissions may be from any profession involved in this work and may cover research, practice, or policy. We welcome submissions co-authored with relevant community groups.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Jane McLaughlin ( Closing date for abstracts is July 31st 2023.
This special issue of Groupwork will be edited by Nick Pollard (
Full details available for download below.

Reminder: 2023 Sixth Groupwork Student Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce the sixth Groupwork Student Essay Competition. More details available for download below.

Closing date for entries is 3rd May 2023.

The first place in the fith competition was awarded to Sarah Marr,
a student on theBachelor in Social Work degree from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, inRotorua New Zealand with Dr Donna Guy as supervisor. Here essay will appear in the next issue of Groupwork journal.

The success of this competition depends on students putting their work forward and also on the support of groupwork teachers and course directors. Please encourage syour tudents to enter.

Ethics statement. The Groupwork ethics statement is available for download below.

Book reviews If you are interested in undertaking reviews for Groupwork, or wish to suggest books or materials for review in the journal, please contact the Reviews Editor, Shirley Simon at Some notes on reviewing books can be found on our resource pages.

Groupwork in Practice. Groupwork's In Practice section contains papers which are more descriptive of practice than those we have traditionally published. Groupwork in Practice provides an opportunity for practising groupworkers to share their experience with others in the field. Instructions for authors can be downloaded below.

Reviewing for Groupwork. We've added revised notes for reviewers below. These include notes on reviewing articles for the Groupwork in Practice Section of Groupwork.

Gloria Kirwan, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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

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

  • 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
  • Paul Johnson, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Southern Maine, USA
  • Brian Kelly Associate Professor, Chicago School of Social Work, Loyola University, USA
  • Cheryl Lee, Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, USA
  • Suryia Nayak, Senior Lecturer in 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
  • Sue Taplin, Visiting Lecturer in Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Amanda M.L. Taylor-Beswick, Lecturer in Social Work, Queen's University, Belfast, UK
  • 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 PKP, the online submission system we use for Groupwork. Click on this link to start the submission process.

You will be asked to register as a user, after which the process is relatively straightforward. If you have 'technical' questions about the submission process, please email David Whiting:

If you wish to discuss content issues before submitting a paper, please contact the Co-Editor: Gloria Kirwan

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.

If you are interested in becoming a referree for Groupwork, contact Gloria Kirwan

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

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