Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice
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The incoming editor welcomes more research on group therapy outcomes and groups in the context of forensic and criminal justice (from Monitor on Psychology, June 2013)
Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice publishes original empirical articles, theoretical analyses, literature reviews, and brief reports dealing with basic and applied topics in the field of group research and application.
The editors construe the phrase group dynamics in the broadest sense—the scientific study of all aspects of groups—and publish work by investigators in such fields as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education, communication, and business.
The journal publishes articles examining groups in a range of contexts, including ad hoc groups in experimental settings, therapy groups, naturally forming friendship groups and cliques, organizational units, self-help groups, and learning groups.
Theoretically driven empirical studies of hypotheses that have implications for understanding and improving groups in organizational, educational, and therapeutic settings are particularly encouraged.
David K. Marcus
Washington State University
Michael R. Baumann
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Jay W. Jackson
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Susan G. Straus
Giorgio A. Tasca
The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa
Editorial Board Reviewers
Alexander R. Bolinger
Idaho State University
Bryan L. Bonner
University of Utah
Gary M. Burlingame
Brigham Young University
Eric C. Chen
P. Niels Christensen
Robert K. Conyne
University of Cincinnati
Traci Y. Craig
University of Idaho
Washington State University
Deborah L. Feltz
Michigan State University
Donelson R. Forsyth
University of Richmond
West Haven, VA
University of Western Australia
Verlin B. Hinsz
North Dakota State University
Thelma S. Horn
Anthony S. Joyce
University of Alberta
Steven J. Karau
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Janice R. Kelly
Dennis M. Kivlighan
University of Maryland
Glenn E. Littlepage
Middle Tennessee State University
Robert B. Lount
Ohio State University
Rayna D. Markin
Cheri L. Marmarosh
George Washington University
Richard L. Moreland
University of Pittsburgh
Karen D. Multon
University of Kansas
Bernard A. Nijstad
University of Groningen
Craig D. Parks
Washington State University
Ronald E. Riggio
Claremont McKenna College
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Maria T. Riva
University of Denver
Donald F. Sacco
The University of Southern Mississippi
R. Scott Tindale
Loyola University of Chicago
Lyn Van Swol
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nathanial G. Wade
New York University
Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Free University Amsterdam
Michigan State University
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Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice publishes original empirical articles, theoretical analyses, literature reviews, and brief reports dealing with basic and applied topics in the field of group research and application. We construe the phrase group dynamics in the broadest sense — the scientific study of all aspects of groups — and publish work by investigators in such fields as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education, communication, and business.
The journal publishes articles examining groups in a range of contexts, including ad hoc groups in experimental settings, therapy groups, naturally forming friendship groups and cliques, organizational units, self-help groups, and learning groups. Theoretically driven empirical studies of hypotheses that have implications for understanding and improving groups in organizational, educational, and therapeutic settings are particularly encouraged.
Masked Review Policy
Masked reviews are optional, and authors who wish such reviews must request them when submitting their work. They must also prepare their manuscript so that they cannot be identified: A separate title page with authors' names and affiliations must be provided, and any identifying footnotes or self-citations should be removed.
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The Editor and Associate Editors, in consultation with members of the Journal's Editorial Review Board and ad hoc reviewers, will determine which manuscripts are accepted for publication in the journal. The primary criterion for acceptance will be the work's impact on understanding groups.
The introduction should be theoretically coherent and compelling, and any relevant literatures should be reviewed. The methods and measures used should be appropriate, the findings should be interpretable and statistically meaningful, and conclusions drawn should be suitable ones given the results obtained.
Authors of manuscripts examining basic theory and research should identify implications of their work for more applied areas, and authors of manuscripts dealing with more applied topics should draw conclusions that are relevant to basic research and theory.
When possible, manuscripts dealing with applied topics will be critiqued by a basic researcher, and basic research studies will be reviewed by a practitioner. In some cases these critiques will be published with the original article.
Types of Manuscripts
Group Dynamics is the forum for empirical research on all aspects of groups, and so primarily publishes data-based papers that test hypotheses about groups. Theory papers and literature reviews will be published, provided they meet the standards set by such journals as Psychological Review and Psychological Bulletin.
Other types of papers, such as manuscripts that describe innovations and applications in group contexts that do not include evaluative data pertaining to the effectiveness of the intervention, will be reviewed for publication, but such papers should be submitted in the form of brief reports. All papers to be accepted for publication must make a definitive contribution to theory, research, or practice.
The Journal publishes brief reports, such as single-experiment studies that do not require extensive theoretical introduction, case studies, reports of therapeutic innovations, and theoretical commentaries about specific issues. When possible, qualitative or quantitative evidence of the impact and effectiveness of therapeutic techniques should be included in reports of such interventions.
Brief reports must conform to the Publication Manual standards, but the manuscript itself cannot exceed 18 pages, including references, tables, and figures. Unsolicited book reviews will not be accepted.
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- Prevention Groups
Special issue of the APA journal Group Dynamics, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2010. Focusing on prevention groups, the issue includes articles about their history, effectiveness, and use in various populations and settings.
- Evolutionary Approaches to Group Dynamics
Special issue of the APA journal Group Dynamics, Vol. 12, No. 1, March 2008. Includes articles about social networks; group-level evolutionary adaptations; interpersonal and intergroup aggression; social exclusion; and cooperation in large-scale groups.
- Groups in Educational Settings
Special issue of the APA journal Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2007. Includes articles about Glasser quality school; group approaches to reducing aggression and bullying; the efficacy of using music in children of divorce groups; student success skills; counseling and psychotherapy groups; and schools as team-based organizations.
- Groups and the Internet
Special issue of the APA journal Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2002. Includes articles about effects of depersonalization in computer-mediated communication; a model of the effects of identifiability on communicative behavior; attachment and normative behavior in chats; gender differences in computer-mediated interpersonal influence; face-to-face and computer-mediated team decision making; differences between social- and cyberostracism; social influences in e-mail negotiations; and virtual group dynamics.
- Group-Based Interventions for Trauma Survivors
Special issue of the APA journal Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 5, No. 4, December 2001. Includes articles about treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder with comorbid panic attacks; therapy for bereaved adults and children following an air disaster; school-based postwar intervention with traumatized Bosnian adolescents; intervention for adolescents exposed to community violence; and exploring responses to catastrophes.
- 100 Years of Groups Research
Special issue of the journal Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2000. Includes articles about group cohesion, leadership, work groups, social influence, intergroup conflict, and group psychotherapy.
- Research Methods
Special issue of the APA journal Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1998. Includes articles about meta-analysis; the social relations model; measurement of consensual beliefs; focus group discussions as a research method; structural analysis of group arguments; efficacy as an example of a multilevel model; and hierarchical linear modeling in group dynamics research.
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