Call for papers-Leveraging Social Work to Address Gun Violence-Fall 2023



Topic: Leveraging Social Work to Address Gun Violence

Guest Editors:

  • Patricia Logan-Greene, State University of New York, School of Social Work
  • Peter Simonsson, Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Karen Slovak, Capella University, Department of Social Work

This special issue of Advances in Social Work invites manuscripts regarding how the profession of social work can address the multifaceted issue of gun violence. Gun violence permeates our nation and damages physical, mental, and behavioral health across different populations and systems. Every day, 321 people are shot in the United States, and gun violence is one of the most pressing public health crises of our time. In 2020, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC. That figure includes homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, and legal interventions; gun suicides accounted for over half of these deaths. This figure does not include the much larger number of non-fatal injuries and trauma caused by guns, especially in the context of mass shootings.

We welcome manuscripts that focus on topics such as:
• Social workers' knowledge about gun violence & safety, or training programs designed to increase them
• Analyses of policies to reduce gun injuries and fatalities
• The role of firearms in intimate partner violence
• How gun violence, including mass shootings, impacts communities
• Programs to identify individuals at-risk of injury from firearms
• Understanding & preventing firearm suicide
• Injuries or deaths involving police & firearms
• Firearms in domestic terrorism & targeted menacing of communities
• Effective responses at the individual or community levels to gun violence.

Manuscripts of all types will be considered (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method studies; policy analyses; meta-analyses and systematic reviews; psychometric properties of assessment instruments; comprehensive literature reviews; letters to the editor; theoretical or conceptual; and so on), with the expectation that accepted articles will represent a diversity of methodologies.

Authors should submit a title page and 300-400 word abstract by November 1, 2022, using the AISW portal. Please indicate the stage of completion of any research. Preference will be given to completed or nearly completed projects. Selected authors will be invited by December 9, 2022, to submit a full manuscript (20-25 pages). Submitted manuscripts will be anonymously peer-reviewed. Collaboration with graduate students and/or social work practitioners is encouraged. This issue is scheduled to appear in Fall 2023.

Authors should follow the guidelines for writing articles for Advances in Social Work.


Abstracts: November 1, 2022

Abstract decision: December 9, 2022

Manuscripts invited: April 30, 2023

For more information, please contact Patricia Logan-Greene (, Guest Editor or Margaret E. Adamek (, Editor, Advances in Social Work. For technical questions, contact Valerie Decker (, Managing Editor.