Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Focus and Scope

International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices (IJSFP) aims to provide solution-focused practitioners with a journal through which to communicate information about their work, research, and ideas to colleagues within their professional areas. This will include therapy, different treatment settings, assessment, social work and social service, special education, and coaching and organizational work. 

Declaration of intent 

IJSFP aims to provide the solution-focused practitioner, the practitioner who is interested but new to this field, and the academic reader with information of a broad variety of solution-focused ideas, practices, and research. By this, IJSFP provides a collected and cohesive outlook of the current developments in the forefront of the solution-focused tradition. 

- We aim to aid solution-focused practitioners and researchers with peer review services and in other ways help to facilitate in the writing of scholarly articles to present ideas, research and practice results, and learning experiences.

- We aim to publish research and descriptions of different applications and interpretations of solution-focused practices from a variety of contexts.

- We aim to give a critical and balanced description of solution-focused practices and results. 

- We aim to publish articles from a variety of perspectives on solution-focused practices and research. 

- We will not agree with any attempt to control or define the solution-focused model from any particular perspective; we aim to publish a multitude of views and ideas on solution-focused practices and related areas.


Guiding Principles 

 Solution-focused Practices in a Variety of Contexts and Practices
- We will publish descriptions of the implementation, integration, and adaptations of solution-focused models to different contexts, problems, and situations. This includes describing integration of the solution-focused model with other theoretical and clinical models and adaption to different contexts of treatment and therapeutic situations. We will include descriptions of adjustments of the solution-focus practice to the needs of different groups or types of clients as defined by the authors.

Solution-Focused Practice and Theory in the Light of Other Theoretical Frameworks
- We will publish explorations and descriptions of solution-focused practices and techniques in the light of the broad field of research and theories of human behavior, including but not limited to, the behavioral sciences. 

How to Design a Research Project
- We will publish examples and information on how to design and carry through small scale research projects. We will publish results and conclusions from both small scale and large scale research which is of interest to the reader audience.

Cultural Variety of Perspectives
- We will publish descriptions and results of theoretical explorations from a cultural plurality of practices in order to have truly an International perspective.

Section Policies


  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed


  • Unchecked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

A solid peer-review process is the backbone of any good journal. We at International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices are committed to providing you a high-quality independent assessment of the article you submit. We regard this as us contributing to your article in the best way we can. This is our commitment to you who consider submitting your article - we will give your article a solid peer review that will give you the chance to write the best possible article. 

Peer review is a process of assessment of manuscripts; it often refers to a process used to assess articles submitted to an academic journal. Our peer reviewers are knowledgeable in solution-focused practices and are academic scholars experienced in writing and reviewing articles. 

Peer Review

• Articles are initially screened by the editor to make sure they follow the outlined guidelines (when applicable) for the format and have relevance for this journal. Accepted articles are then reviewed by experts in the solution-focused approach. 

• All initially accepted articles are peer reviewed.

• Articles are assessed by peer reviewers in their areas of expertise.

• Following this, authors discuss the review comments with the editor.

• Final decisions about the acceptance and refusal of the article for publication are the responsibility of the Editor in Chief.

• No peer reviewers will be involved in the review process of an article in which they have previous knowledge, or a direct or indirect conflict of interest.

Tips to prepare the paper

• We recommend that all authors recruit an additional colleague to assist in the writing process by reading and re-reading the text and commenting on it.  

• To write a paper takes time, so we recommend authors setting the text aside a week or two when possible in order to gain fresh perspective


Publication Frequency

The International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices will be published twice a year and will include articles on primary research on solution-focused projects and other interesting material on solution-focused topics. We may also publisc articles online ahed-of-print as a service to our readers. A notification will be sent to our readers with all publications.

Please sign up for the free online subscription. We also invite you to submit an article.  

Publishing plan

2016 September, Volume 4, Issue nr. 2

2017 March, Volume 5, Issue nr. 1


Open Access Policy

IJSFP provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.