CSWE Press publishes books and nonprint resources that address the needs of social work educators, practitioners, and students. Proposals are welcomed from authors who are interested in partnering with CSWE Press to produce essential social work education materials for a growing professional audience. In return, CSWE Press offers superior access to the educational community, strong peer review by recognized experts in the field, the well-known educational value of CSWE Press publications, and high-quality production that includes professional copyediting and indexing of manuscripts at no cost to the author.
CSWE Press is interested in works that address emerging issues and innovations as well as traditional concerns and areas of interest to the profession. Areas of interest include the philosophy, theory, and practice of teaching; the process and evaluation of learning; and the organization and structure of social work education. CSWE Press also considers materials that explore practice issues as they relate to social work curricula and field work.
Submitting a Proposal
Send proposals via e-mail to Elizabeth Simon.
Proposals must not be under consideration by any other publisher. The following components, submitted in electronic format only, make up a complete proposal:
- An overview of the contents, including a discussion of the proposed work's purpose and format (textbook, handbook, instructional videotape, reference source, etc.); its contribution to the knowledge base; and its theoretical/conceptual underpinnings.
- A detailed outline summarizing each chapter's coverage and the development of the work, or an otherwise well-articulated summary of the content and development of the work, and any additional materials that would be included in the final draft (e.g., foreword, graphics, index, appendices, teacher's guide).
- At least two sample chapters that illustrate the scope of the proposed work and the writing style. (If the work does not take the form of chapters, submit as much completed draft material as possible.)
- Marketing information that discusses the intended audience (faculty, field instructors, students, researchers, practitioners, etc.), the timeliness of the material, publications in social work or other related fields that may compete with the proposed work, and ways this work will differ from these.
- A time frame for completion of a draft for the proposed work.
- CVs for all authors, editors, producers, and contributors.
The Review Process
The Council on Publications will review proposals to determine the feasibility of publication. If a proposal falls within the scope of CSWE Press's publications program, a complete and blinded manuscript may be requested for submission for peer review. CSWE Press strives to respond to proposals within 4-6 weeks and to provide reviews of accepted manuscripts within 6-8 weeks thereafter.