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Information For Authors

Information About and For Reviewers

SSW Activities and Conferences

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INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

The International Journal of School Social Work (IJSSW) has no article processing or submission charges.

Formatting Requirements

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 Letter: (required). As part of the submission process, include a cover letter that provides the following information: title, author(s), 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 need to be listed on the title page for the purpose of database search terms to locate your manuscript in our database system. Do not include any identifying information on the article.
  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. References: Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) for the references have been provided and are hotlinked in the Word document. As a member of CrossRef, our publisher, New Prairie Press, is required to include DOIs. Use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef's website to check your citations.
  5. 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. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain all written permissions for materials used in the manuscript. Manuscripts that have been previously published may not be submitted.

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INFORMATION ABOUT AND FOR REVIEWERS

Review Policy of International Journal of School Social Work

Manuscripts will be reviewed by up to 3 peer reviewers. Manuscripts that are submitted and accepted for review may take up to 90 days to be returned to the author with peer review comments. Returned manuscripts will fall under one of four categories which includes:

  • Accept
  • Accept manuscript content, needs editing to comply with APA style
  • Revise and resubmit-encourage resubmission after minor revisions completed
  • Reject-manuscript appears to be unpublishable

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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Review Guidelines

IJSSW accepts and reviews electronic manuscript submissions in English for ongoing 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 IJSSW will have an international focus in five feature sections as a part of each issue:

  1. Evidence-Based articles (original research-case studies, secondary data analysis, qualitative studies, and quantitative work),
  2. Evidence-Informed Practices (critical reviews of established interventions in schools e.g. systematic reviews of researched practices),
  3. Practice Wisdom (narrative articles written by school social workers about what they are doing that works in their setting),
  4. International Practice (research on school social work practice abroad-description of services, etc.) and
  5. Student Perspectives (articles submitted by social work students describing their experiences as school social workers in both international and U.S. school contexts).

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 structure includes advisory board members and peer reviewed editors that are international peers in academics and school social work that will 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 to 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 Submission: 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.

Manuscripts will be reviewed by up to 3 consulting editors. Manuscripts that are submitted and accepted for review will take up to 90 days to be returned to the author with peer review comments. Returned manuscripts will fall under one of four categories which includes:

  • Accept
  • Accept manuscript content, needs editing to comply with APA style
  • Revise and resubmit-encourage resubmission after minor revisions completed
  • Reject-manuscript appears to be unpublishable

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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Copyright Notice

New Prairie Press recommends the use of the Creative Commons license. The International Journal of School Social Work (IJSSW) requires authors to agree to Creative Commons Attribution and Non-commercial licenses. Authors who publish with (IJSSW) agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Archival Policy

Contents of the Journal are archived for perpetual access through New Prairie Press' participation in CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) and Portico and managed through the Digital Commons Publishing platform. New Prairie Press also participates in LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe). Once published, the contents are never changed.

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SSW ACTIVITIES AND CONFERENCES

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