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 Journal of Playwork Practice

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Managing Editor: Shelly Newstead, Common Threads
Associate Editors: Jennifer Cartmel, Griffith University, Australia, and Eric Worch, Bowling Green State University, USA

Published in association with Common Threads

Volume 2 2015 2 issues per annum: April and November

ISSNs 2053-1621 (Print) 2053-163X (Online)

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Journal of Playwork Practice launch seminar

To celebrate the launch of JPP we held a free seminar at the University of Greenwich on 4th October 2014. Around 40 people attended ‘From practice to theory’ to explore how research might help to develop the playwork profession, with keynote presentations on various research topics by academics from UK, America and Australia. At the end of the day participants requested similar events in the future.

Pete King, who was unable to attend, gave the following talk which we can now make available.

What people are saying about the Journal of Playwork Practice

This journal provides a good platform for enriching the knowledge of playwork practitioners and is therefore an essential playwork resource." Aby Chau, Playright Children's Play Association

"A rigorous and serious accessible journal that will inform and provide research tools towards further development of practice and understanding within the playwork field."
Jess Milne, winner of Lifetime in Play award

"An excellent, high quality resource that will support and inform the work that we do and contribute to informing the playwork practice of the practitioners that we work with."
Rachel Maflin, Play Development Office, Gavo

"I welcome the Journal of Playwork Practice as a playwork-led forum and anticipate the emergence of a lively, authoritative and distinctive addition to scholarly writing on childhood."
Tim Gill, author of No Fear

Call for papers

The Journal of Playwork Practice includes a balance between peer-reviewed research papers and shorter, practitioner-focused contributions; historical and contemporary articles; international and UK perspectives.

Peer-reviewed papers

We would like to invite the submission of papers between 6,000-8,000 words on empirical and conceptual research relevant to playwork practice. Papers are invited from any discipline or subject area, from contemporary and historical perspectives and from all aspects of theory, philosophy and policy.
Scholars from outside the playwork field are not expected to relate their material to contemporary playwork practice. All papers are refereed by at least two reviewers, one of whom will be an expert in the subject area of the paper and one will be a playwork scholar. The Editors would welcome abstracts of not more than 150 words emailed to Detailed submission guidelines will be sent to those authors whose abstracts fall within the remit of the Journal of Playwork Practice.

Practitioner articles

The Journal of Playwork Practice also welcomes contributions from playwork practitioners working in any context. The theme for the second issue is ‘adventure playgrounds’, and we are particularly interested in receiving contributions related to any aspect of developing or working on adventure playgrounds in any setting. We would also be pleased to receive biographical articles on local and national key figures involved in the work of adventure playgrounds. 
All practitioner articles are reviewed by the Editorial Team and at least one playwork scholar to ensure suitability for publication. Please email your ideas to for further information and guidance on submitting an article.

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