Manuscript Policy

Manuscripts Submission: Proposed manuscripts should be emailed to Stephen M. Marson at Manuscripts must follow our manuscript format guidelines. Download the guidelines.

Content: The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics accepts manuscripts on topics that relate to its mission. (Please click on “Mission Statement” for details.)

Length: Since The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is an online journal, length is not an issue. Manuscripts should be clearly and concisely written. Typically, manuscripts are between twelve and twenty double-spaced pages (not including references and tables). Manuscripts longer than 20 word-processed pages should clearly warrant the additional writing.

Title, Abstract, and Key Words: All manuscripts must include a title, an abstract of no greater than 250 words, and a list of five key terms that can be used by readers/researchers to find the published material.

Copyright: All submitted manuscripts must be original and may not be published elsewhere. Upon publication, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) becomes the owner of the copyright. Author(s) sign a form to transfer ownership of the manuscript. All accepted manuscripts will be published online. The publisher may, on occasion, also publish a collection of some articles in print form.

Format: Manuscripts must be submitted in Word (or compatible) files, according to the Journal’s manuscript format guidelines. See our manuscript format guidelines for font sizes and instructions on attaching illustrations. If volunteers on the editorial staff must convert a file or make corrections to the formatting, publication will be delayed. Thus, follow these guidelines:

  • Include each individual figure in a separate file
  • Do not include running titles
  • Do not include headers or footers
  • Do not include page numbers

If you have questions about formatting, e-mail

Style: All citations must be in APA style.  Please check your manuscript, including references, for correct APA style and completeness. Please check the APA Publication Manualfor correct spacing, punctuation, and other aspects of APA style.

At the top of all manuscripts, first authors must certify the citations by including the following statement:

I, [insert the name of the 1st author], hereby certify that every citation used within the body of this manuscript is listed within the “Reference” section and that every citation included in the reference section is cited within the body of the manuscript.

If volunteers on the editorial staff must make APA style corrections, publication will be delayed or rejected. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a great tool to assure that citations are in the correct APA format. This is the most efficient manner to submit a manuscript that complies with APA standards. To use this tool go to Follow the directions. Copy and paste the final citation to the “Reference” section of the manuscript.  Use Italics rather thanunderlining titles of books and journals.

Tables, figures, and illustrations: All material included within the proposed manuscript must be compatible with an online presentation in HTML. Tables, figures, and illustrations should be submitted in separate graphics files (JPG or GIF) no more than 500 pixels in width. Since articles are published online, authors are responsible for specifically identifying the location of where such material is placed.

Review time: Every effort will be made to have articles reviewed within three months of the time they are received. Articles will be evaluated by at least three editorial board members.

Flow chart: We have created a flow chart to illustrate the review process for submitted manuscripts. Download the flow chart here.