Call for Papers for Special Wellness-Themed Issue: Due Oct 5, 2022


The Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being (JCSWB) invites submissions for consideration in a special issue focused on ‘wellness’ within the policing sector. The aim is to explore and build upon continued developments in the policies, practices, and knowledge bases for improving mental health and general wellness outcomes for police service employees, their families, and their CSWB partners. Research published in this special issue will be highlighted at a special JCSWB session at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s Canadian Policing Wellness Check Conference.

Guest Editors

Dr. Linna Tam-Seto, Ph.D., O.T.Reg.(Ont.), Assistant Professor, Trauma and Recovery Lab, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; Research Scientist, Families Matter Research Group.

Dr. Jeff Thompson, Ph.D, Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA; Instructor, College of Leadership and Public Service, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. 

Important Dates

Submission Due Date: October 5, 2022

Special Issue Publication Date: February 23, 2023

Please Note:  We recognize that timelines are tight for this special issue as we seek to respond to the urgency of current times. Authors are encouraged to consider adapting works-in-progress in order to meet these deadlines. In addition, the Guest Editors reserve the right to make selections based on the overall composition of this Special Wellness Issue. Papers not selected for the special issue may still be considered for inclusion in future regular issues of the JCSWB.

Additional Aims of the Special Issue

  • Examine inequities experienced in wellness outcomes and available services
  • Highlight and advance innovative forward strategies based on new lessons learned
  • Share new quantitative and/or qualitative insights into the direct and varied impacts of 2020-22 upon the wellness conditions facing police employees and their key CSWB partners
  • Examine the nature and experience of these impacts to determine inequities in the impacts themselves, and in the supports, remedies, and access available to all employees across the system
  • Showcase, examine and advance a renewed baseline for recently emerging and promising policy, practices, and knowledge models for others to apply
  • Explore new and existing gaps in the policy, practices, and knowledge base surrounding the wellness of police, public safety and CSWB professionals and their families, and potential solutions to these gaps
  • Examine urgent and longer-term actions among key partners including police agencies, associations, governments, health and mental health providers, and researchers

Who Should Submit?

For this special issue, the Journal encourages submissions from a wide and diverse authorship, including but not limited to:

  • Mid-to-senior executives from police agencies
  • Police leaders
  • Mental health, public health, and general health professionals with a relationship to and interest in police employee wellness
  • Community leaders, including Indigenous community leaders, with a relationship to and interest in the intersectionality of police employee wellness and trust-building with communities
  • Policy makers at the local, provincial-territorial, and federal levels
  • Researchers working in the fields of health, mental health, policing and community safety and well-being

Why Publish with JCSWB?

  • Peer Reviewed and Open Access publication
  • Indexed/covered by EBSCO, Google Scholar and Crossref
  • Highest editorial standards and editing services to improve an accepted manuscript’s accuracy and readability
  • Articles widely promoted through email notifications, table of contents alerts, and social media
  • Authors retain the copyright to their work

Preparing Your Submission

JCSWB’s article categories include Original Research (peer-reviewed), Reviews (peer-reviewed), Practice Guidelines (peer-reviewed)Social Innovation Narratives (peer-reviewed), Commentaries, Records of Proceedings, Editorials, and unique Food-for-Afterthought perspectives. All manuscripts submitted to the JCSWB, must be prepared according to the Journal’s Author Guidelines.

Submission Process and Instructions

The Journal uses Open Journal Systems (OJS) as its online submission and peer review system. For instructions on how to submit your manuscript through the OJS system, please visit the “Submission Instructions & Process” page. All manuscripts are to be submitted online by October 5, 2022.  When ready to submit go to During Step 1 of the submission process, select Wellness Special Issue from the pull-down section menu.

During the submission process, Authors are requested to provide the names of 3-5 potential reviewers (name, affiliation, and institution/workplace email address), who could, in their opinion, expertly review their manuscript. The Guest Editors, however, reserve the right to choose all reviewers and their choice is final. Recommended reviewers, and their contact information should be included in the “Comments to the Editor” upon article submission.

Editorial and Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for consideration in the special issue will undergo the Journal’s standard peer review process (see description here). Manuscripts will first be screened to determine whether they are properly prepared according to the Journal’s manuscript preparation requirements. Once determined that manuscript preparation requirements are met, the Guest Editors will make a first assessment of the manuscript submitted to determine suitability for the special issue and if applicable, initiate the peer review process.


For questions related to the special issue, topic suitability, manuscript preparation, and submissions please contact:

Laura Hope
SG Publishing Inc.
Publisher, Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being