Editorial Policy and Submission Requirements
The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work is a refereed journal emphasizing contributions of the baccalaureate community in promoting the continuing development and excellence of baccalaureate social work education and practice. To this end, the journal facilitates sharing of a wide range of experiences, knowledge, ideas, and research as well as other matters related to this mission. The journal is committed to nurturing scholarship, contributing to the knowledge base of social work, advocating for professional practice, and developing leadership within the baccalaureate community.
Manuscripts are solicited from the entire baccalaureate community and invited from other educators, researchers, and practitioners focusing on baccalaureate social work education and practice issues. JBSW accepts five types of manuscripts: regular scholarly articles, teaching notes, field notes, administrative notes, and book reviews. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that focus on BSW curriculum development and evaluation; pedagogy; and innovative approaches to teaching, field education, and accreditation. Particularly sought are manuscripts that increase understanding of the roles of baccalaureate educators, practitioners, students, researchers, and administrators; promote high standards of ethical conduct within the profession; and champion the undergraduate practitioner.
The journal's space is reserved for original contributions. A manuscript or any substantial part of a manuscript must not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or be currently submitted for publication elsewhere.
The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work is a publication of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication who are members of BPD will receive the journal as a benefit of membership.
Submission Requirements: Regular Manuscripts, Teaching Notes, Field Notes, and Administrative Notes
All manuscripts must follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition. Authors are encouraged to look at the manual’s section 2, “Manuscript Structure and Content,” for tips on formatting their manuscript. In addition, authors are urged to prune lengthy direct quotations so that only the most essential material is included. The journal also uses the NASW “Guidelines for Describing People.”
To ensure anonymity in the peer-review process, author names and details that could identify author(s) and his/her/their institution(s) should appear only in the cover letter and should be excluded from the blinded manuscript. Any self-referential sources cited should not identify the author(s). Label such self-referential sources as “Author,” remove titles, and place them at the beginning of the reference list. This applies to the primary author and all coauthors. Manuscripts involving human subjects must include documentation of institutional permission.
Manuscripts should be accompanied by a 150-word abstract and five to six keywords for indexing purposes.
Submit manuscripts online at http://jbsw.msubmit.net. Submissions via mail or e-mail are not accepted.
Manuscripts should be between 15 and 20 double-spaced pages, including a separate page for the abstract and keywords and excluding references, tables, and figures. The font should be Times New Roman, and the margins should be 1 inch all around.
Manuscripts submitted for the Teaching Notes section should focus on teaching innovations in undergraduate social work education and be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages, including a separate page for the abstract and keywords and excluding references, tables, and figures.
Manuscripts submitted as Field Notes should focus on field innovations in undergraduate social work field education and be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages, including a separate page for the abstract and keywords and excluding references, tables, and figures.
Manuscripts submitted as Administrative Notes should outline principles, methods, and practices for BSW program administration and be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages, including a separate page for the abstract and keywords and excluding references, tables, and figures.
Submission Requirements: Book Reviews
The journal reviews materials of interest to the baccalaureate social work community. Reviews should be between 4 and 6 pages in length (approximately 800–1,200 words), double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman. The preferred document format is Microsoft Word or RTF (Rich Text Format).
Please provide a précis of the work’s content and structure. Address within the review the audience(s) that will particularly benefit from the work—for example, undergraduate and/or graduate students, practitioners, and/or administrators. If there are aspects lacking in the work, particularly in regard to current or emerging issues, be sure to note these as well.
Follow the editorial style detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition. The journal also uses the NASW “Guidelines for Describing People.”
At the top of the first page of the review, please place information about the material being reviewed in the following format:
Introducing Social Work
John Wiley & Sons, New York. 2009. 184 Pages.
If you would like to submit a book review manuscript or are interested in reviewing books for JBSW, please contact the Book Review Editor, Dr. Jennifer Chappell Deckert.