Jul 26, 2020
Welcome to the first edition of the new online journal InterAction, made possible by you, the financial contributors to SFiO, our journal writers, the reviewers and editors and the web development skills of David Griffiths of DJI Systems. A huge thanks to all who took the small step to help launch this edition.
The Roots of This Journal
The Association for the Quality Development of Solution Focus Consulting and Training (SFCT) published a high quality, printed, academic journal called, “InterAction – the Journal of Solution Focus in Organisations”. SFCT published this in 16 editions over an 8 year period, a tremendous feat on behalf of the main editors, Kirsten Dierolf, Carey Glass, Mark McKergow and Anton Stellamans, and the editorial advisory Board. With the closure of SFCT, the printed publication ceased in November 2016.
This new SFiO online version of the InterAction journal is less academic, yet allows for more variety in the type of content, can reach people in organisations more easily and is very cost effective. Each piece is reviewed by peers to ensure quality and added value through different insights.
The SFiO Board has also agreed to start a conversation to launch a new academic journal that would cover all disciplines of Solution Focus (therapy, coaching and organisational), contributed to and funded by the global SF community. We plan to explore this possibility in Frankfurt at the SF World Conference.
Access to InterAction
SFiO’s intent is to establish the place of SF at the heart of organisations; for this reason, we wish for everyone in organisations to have access to this online InterAction journal.
As an SFiO contributor we thank you, your financial contribution has made it possible to publish this journal. In recognition, you obtain priority notification of publication to give you early access to the journal and the opportunity to share content with clients and colleagues, before we advertise the journal more widely.
In addition, your financial contribution will give you complimentary online access to the archive of the printed editions of InterAction, through the Ingenta platform. We will send you more details on this very soon.
If you are not a current contributor and you wish to encourage the effort to establish the place of SF at the heart of organisations, you are very welcome! Become part of SFiO here.
A Global Journal – A Global Opportunity for You
InterAction is a global journal for a global community and in this edition, we are delighted to have contributors from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, the UK and the United States, with reviewers from Germany, Belgium, Hungary, the USA and UK. We have already agreed contributions for some pieces in the second edition (December) and are seeking more contributors and reviewers from different countries.
If you would like to contribute a piece or talk about a piece of work you have done, please let us know. It should focus on organisational work, though we welcome pieces which show how organisations can apply work from other SF disciplines, (e.g. see Annie Bordeleau’s review of an academic article in this edition). Please do not be concerned about your written English, our editors can help you and if necessary we can have work translated. Also, do not forget that we can accept edited video and audio pieces and video pieces could be subtitled in English (and perhaps other languages) if necessary.
We review all submitted work for publication. Reviewers provide a quality check of the work and we include their reviews online to provide another insight on the topic for readers. These online reviews are an experiment and we are interested to hear your views. If you would like to be a reviewer, please let the editors know (see below for details). You should have a good level of written English and be experienced in the use of SF.
Finally, being online provides lots of opportunity to experiment with different language contributions and once we have established the English language journal, who knows what might be possible?
SF in Different Type of Organisations
There are many different types of organisation. In this edition, you will find pieces on SF in Schools, in Government, in the Charity sector and in industry. We aim to cover this wide spread of organisations so that you can learn what is common and what is different about SF in different organisations. As mentioned above, we will also seek to show how lessons from other SF disciplines can help organisations.
Give us Feedback
Thank you for reading, we trust you will enjoy this new journal as much as you enjoyed the SFCT InterAction. If you would like to give us Solution focused feedback, please send an email to the editors at the address below.
This first edition has been a great learning experience for us. Fired with enthusiasm, we plan to publish the next edition in December 2017.