This Journal brings together research and practice insights that can inform, develop, and affect social policy. It is an outlet for research and scholarship on policy practice, macro-social work practice, community practice, social policy, social policy analysis, the creation and administration of social policy and programs and related topics. It also includes research on the education of students and practitioners on these topics.

Journal of Policy Practice and Research is published in affiliation with Influencing Social Policy.

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  • Richard Hoefer
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60 days
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131 days
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5,440 (2020)

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  • Call for Papers: A New Federal Administration: New Policy Practice and Research Directions?

    Contributions are solicited for a special issue that recognizes that in the United States we have a new administration at the national level.  We seek to look forward with an issue that presents what leading and emerging scholars see as promising avenues to explore in relationship to policy practice and research in this new era.  We seek to accept forward-looking thought pieces that look at the possibilities of where we go from here.

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • NEW Journal starting in 2020

    Enjoy free access to all articles during 2020 and 2021 - an introductory offer to ensure high readership. Submit your paper now for maximum visibility! With Online First we offer rapid publication once your paper has been accepted.

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  • Influencing Social Policy

    ISP is a nonprofit organization for social work educators, students, and practitioners with passion for policy! Our goal is to prepare and motivate social workers to play an active role in shaping the social policies that impact our clients and communities.

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