International Association of Facilitators

Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal

Aim and Scope

Inquiries regarding the appropriateness of submissions can be directed to the Editor, Stephen Thorpe.

Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal is a multi-disciplinary publication focused on the art and science of group facilitation. The aim of Group Facilitation is to advance our knowledge of group facilitation and its implications for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. It is published semi-annually.

Group Facilitation is intended for facilitators, mediators, organizational development and training specialists, managers, researchers, and others who seek to use facilitation skills in their practice. Articles represent diverse perspectives, including organizational learning and development, group and system dynamics, collaborative technology, negotiation, mediation, leadership, decision-making, conflict resolution, cross-cultural contexts, and education. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, facilitator roles within the group, interventions for conflict management, descriptions of specific facilitation methods, approaches to facilitating specific tasks such as idea generation or priority setting, using computer technology to support facilitation, increasing participation in organizations, exploring the underlying values, beliefs and models of facilitation, and applying facilitation skills and concepts to various settings.

The journal is comprised of the following sections, which are described below in more detail: Application and Practice; Theory and Research; Edge Thinking; Book Reviews.

Application and Practice Section

. . . . is devoted to articles that reflect on facilitator experience. Articles appropriate for this section include reports on experiences gained and lessons learned presented in a reflective case study, and discussion of facilitator roles, problems encountered by facilitators or their clients, and intervention methods and techniques. Studies should be both descriptive and evaluative and should draw on existing literature appropriately.

Theory and Research Section

. . . is devoted to articles that explore, propose, or test practices, principles, or other aspects of facilitation models. Such studies are typically based on survey, experimental, ethnographic, or other research methods.

Edge Thinking Section

. . . is intended to stimulate thinking on new concepts and issues. Contributions may be less formal than the other sections, and might include dialogues, essays, editorials, and proposals for new areas of inquiry.

Book Reviews Section

. . . presents critical and comparative reviews of recent and classic books related to group facilitation. Guidelines for book reviews are available.

Publication Ethics and Publication Practice

The Group Facilitation Journal is committed to upholding high standards of publication ethics and takes a number of measures against publication malpractices. All authors submitting their works to the Group Facilitation Journal for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their authors’ contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works.

If an earlier version of a submitted work has been published, the authors state clearly where it was published and how the new version of the submitted work differs. Authors also attest that their submitted work is not concurrently under review elsewhere. Authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it.

In the same manner, the Group Facilitation Journal is committed to objective and fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted for publication works and to prevent any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed material. Any departures from the above-defined rules should be reported directly to the Editor-in-Chief, who is committed to addressing any matters raised.

Further to the above, the Group Facilitation Journal provides a platform via the International Association of Facilitators online forum ( for registered discussion of the journal contents.