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THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, published quarterly, seeks articles from social work practitioners, educators, and students on topics of interest to social work students and recent graduates. We are especially interested in the following types of articles:
News of interest to social workers and social work students--including news from schools of social work and their student organizations, social work-related agencies, individual social workers. News items should be 100-150 words. If you are sending a news item, include a photo to illustrate it, if you have one. We also want photos of social workers and social work students “in action” for our cover!
Feature articles--we are especially looking for positive articles related to specific practice specialties, ethics in social work, student field placement issues, and social work careers and job search. Feature articles should be 1,250-1,500 words. Our style is conversational, practical, and educational. Write as if you are having a conversation with a student or colleague. What do you want him or her to know about the topic? What would you have wanted to know when you were first starting out? Use examples.
The best articles have a specific focus. If you are writing an ethics article, focus on a particular aspect of ethics. For example, analyze a specific portion of the NASW Code of Ethics (including examples), or talk about ethical issues unique to a particular practice setting. When possible, include one or two resources at the end of your article—books, additional reading materials, and/or Web sites.
Book reviews--If you are interested in reviewing books for us, please send an e-mail to Linda Grobman stating your interest in reviewing books, your primary area(s) of interest and expertise, and your social work credentials. Also, please include a short writing sample.
Brief Articles: We will consider short (approximately 500 words or less) informal articles or blog posts for publication on our website. These may present a practice tip, express an opinion. focus on a particular holiday or awareness month/week/day, or otherwise provide useful information for our readers in this concise format.
Formatting: Please use a standard font, such as Times Roman or Arial. Use single spacing with .5 inch margins. Please include the article's title, your name, credentials, and contact information on the front page of the manuscript, and include a brief bio (1-2 sentences) at the end of your manuscript.
We prefer minimal references or a short resource list. Please use APA style and no footnotes.
Submit your article as a Word (or compatible) file. If you have a photo, chart, or table to accompany your article, submit it as a separate JPG file, not embedded in your Word file.
Edit and Proofread: Once you have written a draft of your article, be sure to edit and proofread it before submitting it to THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Have you used correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar? Have you written in a clear and concise manner? Here are some great tips for tightening up your writing. These tips cover many of the common writing mistakes we find in submitted articles.
Please submit all materials for possible publication in THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER to Linda Grobman, Publisher/Editor, via e-mail. In the e-mail subject line, please put "Submission" and the title or topic of your submission. For feature articles, please send a query letter outlining the topic you are proposing. Be sure to include a sample of your writing and tell us your qualifications for writing the article.