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Saturday, June 12, 2010

  International Journal of School Social Work

  Call for Papers

Purpose Statement
The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), with initial funding from the National Education Association, is developing and publishing a free online international school social work journal.  The initial purpose of this journal is to expand the quantitative and qualitative research base supporting school social work services throughout the world.  The importance of evidence-based practice has been magnified by the increasing demand to demonstrate student outcomes.  This journal will allow school social workers from around the world wider access to current research.  
Criteria for Acceptance
The International Journal of School Social Work (IJSSW) accepts and reviews electronic manuscript submissions in English for bi-annual publication.  Manuscripts submitted could include original research (qualitative and quantitative), systematic literature reviews, and analyses of country specific descriptions of school social work practices.  The review process is estimated to take three months, but may occasionally take longer. Copyright of published articles will be outlined in an agreement with the author to assign rights for the first publication to the IJSSW.
Once accepted, articles will be published in English.  The Journal website will provide access to free translation software. The Journal is in the process of appointing advisory board members and consulting editors who are international peers in academics and school social work to review all submissions, and approve, recommend revisions or reject manuscripts for publication.  The goal is to achieve published papers that:   
·         relate to the field of School Social Work,
·         represent a variety of international work,
·         represent previously unpublished work,
·         add to the knowledge base of the School Social Work profession,
·         comply with a high standard of international academic scholarship,
·         contain appropriate supporting documentation,
·         include logical formatting and organization,
·         and follow American Psychological Association (APA) format (assistance with formatting available).
Research Submissions: In the event human subjects were used in original research, a copy of the approval statement from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or another governing ethics/human rights review body must accompany the manuscript to be considered for review and or publication.   

Submission Process

What to Submit: 
1.      Please submit one electronic copy of your completed, original and previously unpublished manuscript in the file format of Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or rich text that is virus free. We recommend limiting the use of photos, tables and figures.
2.      Submit to Dr. Michelle Alvarez: (Interim contact address) Subject Line: International Journal of School Social Work Call for Papers

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts need to include the following:
Format: All manuscripts are to be submitted with one inch margins, 12 point font, double spaced with all references cited and included in a reference listing at the end of the manuscript. All tables, figures, and pictures need to be included in the appendices section in consecutive order. American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition is preferred.  Assistance is available for formatting a manuscript in this style.
1. Cover Page: The cover page should include title, author, complete mailing address, telephone number, Skype username, e-mail address, a short biography including credentials (60 words or less). A list of 5-8 keywords needs to be listed on the title page for the purpose of database search terms to locate your manuscript in our database system. 
2. Abstract Page: A short abstract of 250 words or less.
3. Length: Maximum manuscript length of 5,000 words (approximately 18-20 pages) inclusive of references and all appendices. 
4. Research: In the event human subjects were used in original research, a copy of the approval statement of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or other governing ethics/human rights review body must accompany the manuscript to be considered for review and/or publication.   
The International Journal of School Social Work editorial staff reserves the right to reject any manuscript submission. This includes manuscripts with text, tables, figures or art copied from other sources in whole or part without written permission from the original author. Manuscripts that have been previously published may not be submitted.
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