About This Journal

The Journal of Social Change, sponsored by Walden University, welcomes manuscripts focusing on interdisciplinary research in social change that improves the human condition and moves people, groups, organizations, cultures, and society toward a more positive future. Examples of desirable submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Extension, validation, or refutation of existing theories of social change and social development within the context of their relevance and applicability in organizational or social fields
  • Attempts to build grounded theories of social change based on applied research or field investigation
  • Research that employs social-change theories in designing or redesigning social-change initiatives, policies, plans, or efforts
  • Studies on the application of theory-based interventions from another field that result in important systemic social-change outcomes and insights in a new field
  • Critical reviews of social-change research, programs, or theories that generate new insights for research and practice
  • Translation of social-change theories from one disciplinary field or context to another

Scholars, practitioners, and graduate students are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication. Articles in the JSC are published on an as-accepted basis; articles are published online immediately upon completion of an acceptable review. Four specific types of articles will be published in the JSC. They are:

  • Full-length empirical articles: Comprehensive reports of findings from quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design research studies
  • Brief empirical articles: Succinct summaries of findings from quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design research studies of minimal scope (e.g., pilot studies)
  • Comprehensive literature reviews: Articles providing summary and analysis of the body of existing research on a topic
  • Book reviews: Reviews of books relevant to the disciplines
  • Student research: Empirical articles or literature reviews for which the first author is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

If you have questions about the submission process or the appropriateness of a particular manuscript, please contact the editor.