Innovations in Justice, Human Rights, and Well-Being : A Leading Edge with Local to Global Reach


Innovations in Justice, Human Rights, and Well-Being : A Leading Edge New Journal

Innovations in Justice, Human Rights, and Well-Being is a gateway journal for disseminating new ideas and cutting edge research as well as clinical, legal, community, and policy considerations for justice informed transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and research, education, advocacy, and practice (REAP). This peer-reviewed journal engages multiple perspectives by reaching across key stakeholder groups that include professions (or disciplines), such as social work, psychology, psychiatry, behavioral health, medicine, criminal justice, education, law, philosophy and religion, economics, political science, business, public health, sociology, anthropology, and the arts. The journal offers a voice and a platform for courageous scientists, practitioners, educators, artists, advocates/activists, and others to share informing ideas on how we can collectively co-create a more caring justice world. The intention of this journal is to inspire local to global action by bringing fresh new ideas about the challenges and grand opportunities for individuals, groups, families, organizations, communities, and cultures to achieve freedom, health, access to justice, equality, peace, safety, and security, and holistic well-being.

A Venue that Promotes the Right to the Arts and Sciences

We promote the fundamental human right to the access to the arts and sciences for everyone everywhere. We do so by providing opportunities for writers and scholars to share their art, science, and activism and others to have access to this information. We are seeking dynamic and innovative thought leaders, professionals, and other key stakeholders to submit manuscripts. Submissions can include think pieces or conceptual articles, systematic reviews, and cutting-edge research and evaluation or and policy analysis that forges new territory and/or uses innovative research methods, assessment and intervention development and evaluation methods, or clinical, social development, or legal strategies that offer local and/or global insight and solutions. Each issue is designed to explore collective commitment and actions and deepen the discourse on how rights and justice are and/or may be realized.

Courageous Scholarship Sought in the Following Key Areas

We welcome submissions of original articles that focus on innovations in thought or prevention or intervention efforts. We are seeking manuscripts that demonstrate courageous scholarship that examine the personal and social structural determinants of health and justice incorporating diverse disciplines and perspectives. These contributions should target innovation and new possibilities for theory, research, practice, program evaluation, policy development and implementation, research, advocacy, and training and education in one or more of the following key areas:

  • Translational Research on Root Causes, Correlates, and Consequences and Mediating and Moderating Mechanisms: The root causes and/or consequences of life course health, and justice disparities/ and/or health, well-being, and equality and well-being across the life course, particularly among the historically or emerging underrepresented and underserved. We are especially interested in research that explores resilient responses to interpersonal and social/structural/historical/cultural trauma, oppression, stigma, and discrimination. The use of systematic reviews and innovative research methods that explore root causes, correlates and consequences and implications for social applications also are welcome. Innovative quantitative analyses and interpretations and qualitative methods include participatory action research and arts-based research methods. Rigorous explanatory research studies are strongly encouraged to build our evidence-base of innovative interventions. All manuscripts should include a robust discussion on how findings can be applied to real-world solutions at the individual, family, and local and global communities. We also welcome research studies that explore the individual to community level mediating and moderating mechanisms that may be associated with health and justice across the life course (e.g., age, race, gender, sexual orientation, social class (including poverty), education, geographic location, religion, disability status, immigration or legal status, or criminal justice histories), and those that may foster biopsychosocial resilience (e.g., cognitive, physical, emotional, social, economic, and/or spiritual coping). Explanatory research studies should include a robust discussion on how findings can be applied to real world solutions.
  • Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention: We also welcome manuscripts on the development and testing of innovative interdisciplinary theory, primary, secondary, or tertiary intervention models or practices that target psychological, emotional, social, cultural, spiritual, cultural and structural factors and the social determinants of health and justice. Papers that examine the effectiveness of individual, family, group, community, and policy level practices in reducing risk and fostering resilience among individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities are strongly encouraged. These multi-level practices may include evidence-based practice and policy, DSM-5 assessment for diverse groups, organizational and community assessment, community mapping, mass trauma and disaster resilience, prison and reintegration and/or reentry program development and evaluation, trauma-informed care, crisis and grief interventions, cultural adaptions to evidence-based practices, anti-oppressive/empowerment practices, peer support or advocacy interventions, stress management, culturally responsive family and community prevention and interventions, empathy/moral and compassion training, care coordination, intersectional practice, palliative care, justice advocacy, conflict resolution, reconciliation, restorative justice, forgiveness, cultural arts programming, spiritual and alternative modalities (e.g., yoga, expressive arts, pet therapy) and peace-building. It may also include the development of interdisciplinary training and scientist-advocate models that address forensic practice and incorporate key stakeholders in decision-making or illustrate ways to incorporate collaborative governance, human rights and grassroots activism, coalition building, public awareness campaigns, rights, justice and forensic education and training, performance and other types of arts and spiritual interventions, and the use of technology and social media for healthy and safe communities. We also encourage submissions of cost-benefit analyses of prevention and intervention as applied to practice and policies.
  • Policy Analysis and Advocacy. Analysis of existing or pending human rights or justice based guidelines and laws, evidence-based and evidence-informed policy and advocacy efforts and alternative research methodologies that improve the response to rights and justice in areas, such as trauma and justice, minority and civil rights, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, prisoner rights, community health and public safety, and health and aging policy. Comparative analyses within and across countries are strongly encouraged. Some examples for policy analysis include national/international and state level policy reforms. Innovative advocacy efforts can include case level or legislative level advocacy efforts or the use of innovative advocacy strategies, including social media and the arts.
  • Education and Training. Case studies and evaluation of leading-edge education and/or training models of human rights, and social, economic, and environmental justice, especially anti-oppressive, liberation or integrated forensic practice within or across disciplines or professions or interprofessional and/or interdisciplinary courses or settings or peer support, peer advocacy, and/or paraprofessional training. We welcome diverse research methods, including action research studies.

 Our Audience

Innovations in Justice, Human Rights, and Well-Being is a useful reference for professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, counselors, lawyers, psychiatrists, criminal justice, health and business professionals, and other key stakeholders who intersect with people impacted by social, economic, and environmental justices, such as family and community violence, mass incarceration and access to justice. Whether you are a social worker, psychologist, counselor, psychiatrist, medical doctor, nurse, lawyer, artist, policymaker, paraprofessional, or educated consumer, Innovations in Justice, Human Rights, and Well-Being will assist readers better understand and respond to individuals, families, organizations, and communities affected by human rights and justice issues, especially the civil and criminal justice system. The journal provides fresh new ideas about the challenges and the opportunities for individuals, groups, families, organizations, communities, and cultures to achieve freedom, health, access to justice, equality, peace, safety, and security, and holistic well-being.

Guidelines for Submission

Types of articles include original research articles or systematic reviews, conceptual articles, forums, “lived experience notes”, teaching notes, and art gallery. All manuscripts should follow APA style. Research articles, systematic reviews, and conceptual articles maximum page length is 25 pages (not including references, tables, and figures) and be double-spaced 12 point Times New Roman font. Forum articles (advocating for a cause) maximum page length is 10 pages. Lived experience notes include “Voices from the Field” and “Voices from the People”.  Art voice gallery submissions of photographs, drawing, or other creative pieces with descriptions have a recommended length of 5-7 pages but may vary pending upon the type of submission.

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Editorial Staff

Editor In Chief: Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Co-Editor: Keith Morgen, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, Centenary University

Associate Editorial Team:

George S. Leibowitz, Ph.D., LICSW, State University of New York – Stonybrook

Jo Rees, Ph.D., Long Island University – Brooklyn

Advisory Board and Editorial Board Members

Our international and interdisciplinary board will be announced shortly. Please check back soon.

If you are interested in an advisory and/or editorial position, please email your interest and curriculum vitae to

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