Submitting to JSWE

Submissions to the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) are accepted only through the online manuscript submission system. Submissions received via mail, fax, or e-mail will be returned unread.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to JSWE should address either issues relevant to the education and training of social workers at all levels or innovative approaches to social work practice and their educational implications. 

Articles should be original, have a sound conceptual or empirical base, and be well-argued. Manuscripts are considered original if they make a significant contribution to the advancement of existing knowledge. Conceptual soundness requires defining terms, providing a review of relevant literature, and advancing an intellectually sound argument or discussion. Empirical soundness requires congruence between questions raised and methods used to test them. “Show-and-tell” papers describing ad hoc experiences do not fit these criteria. Articles should be free of racial, religious, gender, or ethnic bias; focus on a key issue; and be well-organized, up to date, and editorially sound. Authors may find it useful to seek editorial help or criticism from colleagues before submitting their manuscripts.

Submit manuscripts via the online system at Submissions are not accepted via surface mail or e-mail. Please ensure that your submission is fully blinded. All submissions must conform to the standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts that do not meet this requirement will not be processed.

To ensure anonymity in the peer-review process, all author information (name, position, institutional affiliation, and contact information) should be excluded from the blinded manuscript. Self-referential sources cited should not identify the author(s). Please label such self-referential sources as "Author," remove titles, and place at the beginning of the reference list. This applies to the primary author and all other co-authors. Similarly, names of institutions affiliated with the author(s) and research presented in the manuscript should not be included.

Manuscripts submitted should be 15–25 double-spaced pages, not including references, figures, or tables. The font should be 12-point Times New Roman, and the margins should be 1 inch all around. Include with the manuscript an abstract of no more than 120 words. Send figures as separate PDF or JPG files; use print quality and embed fonts. Tables should be grouped at the end of the manuscript. Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will be returned for resolution before entering the review process.

In addition to full-length manuscripts, JSWE accepts manuscripts for the Notes section, including Field Notes, Research Notes, and Teaching Notes. This section features brief reports of promising yet "untested" experimental teaching strategies or curriculum innovations with the hope that readers will be challenged to implement new ideas and evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies, thereby generating new knowledge. Manuscripts must still reflect originality, conceptual and empirical soundness, and be well-argued. Manuscripts submitted to the Notes section should not exceed 10 pages and should be written in the same clear, readable, and scholarly style as full-length manuscripts. Please submit for the Notes section using the same procedures as for general manuscripts.

The Council on Social Work Education regards submission of a manuscript to the JSWE as a commitment to publish therein; simultaneous submission elsewhere is unacceptable. Each paper is reviewed by two to three consulting editors. Every effort will be made to notify authors of publication decisions within 3 months of submission.

For questions regarding submissions to JSWE, please e-mail

Reference Format

JSWE editorial review follows strictly the style guidelines in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for reporting works cited. Reference style guidelines apply to both in-text citations and reference list composition. For citing electronic references, authors are advised to refer to the APA website, for the most current style guidelines because these change faster than can be reported in print.

The list of references should contain only those works cited in the manuscript. Any exact source material that is the property of a different author or publisher and is reprinted in a manuscript submitted for an article should be accompanied by a written permission from the original author or publisher. Manuscripts will not be published without the necessary permissions.

Statistical Copy

Authors submitting statistical copy are asked to refer to the Winter 2002 issue of JSWE (pp. 5–13, or online, for a concise overview of the expectations for the reporting of statistical data. Manuscripts containing statistical analysis will undergo a statistical review as well as a standard peer review. Every manuscript should follow the APA Publication Manual (6th edition).

Special Topics

JSWE accepts proposals for special topic issues and sections. No more than one special issue will be published each year. Proposals are reviewed by the editor-in-chief and the Editorial Advisory Board for decision. The following components, submitted in electronic format only, make up a complete proposal:

  • an overview of the issue/section theme, including a discussion of the purpose of the issue and its contribution to the knowledge base;
  • a summary of anticipated article topics;
  • a proposed timeline from distribution of the call for papers to final acceptance of all manuscripts;
  • a list of guest reviewers with CVs; and
  • CVs of the proposed guest editor(s).

Articles must be submitted via the online submission system normally used by JSWE and go through standard blind-review process managed by JSWE staff. After review, decisions on acceptance of the articles are made by the guest editor(s). No decisions will be made before all manuscripts have completed the initial review process.

Special topic proposals should be sent to They will be reviewed by the editor-in-chief and the Editorial Advisory Board.

Call for Special Topic Manuscripts: None at this time.