The School Social Work Journal is a refereed journal directed to the interests of school social workers and school social work educators. Articles should be directly related to social work practice in schools. Articles may report original research, review the literature, develop conceptual thinking, or describe effective assessment and intervention methods and model service delivery programs. Occasionally, original poetry that is relevant to issues facing children and youths and the school social workers who assist them will be accepted for publication.

Submission Requirements. Manuscripts should be electronically submitted to the Open Journal System. Contributors should first register with the site as an author and then submit the article. Authors will be notified once the article has been submitted through the Open Journal System.


  1. Click on the following link: http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/SSWJ

  2. Once on the SSWJ page please click on the Register tab.

  3. Fill in the required information.

  4. Once registered, please click on the author box.

  5. Once you have finished, you should be able to submit articles via the open journal system.

Include with your manuscript a cover letter, stating (1) the title of the manuscript; (2) a statement that the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and (3) all authors' names, present affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses. If you experience difficulties with the online submission process, please contact the editor, Sandra Kopels, kopels@illinois.edu.

Manuscript Preparation. The School Social Work Journal requires that authors follow the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th edition) for citations and references only. Papers should be 15 to 20 pages, double-spaced, with a 1 to 1.5 inch margin on all sides using a 12-point font size. Use endnotes rather than footnotes and place them at the end of your article before the reference list. Camera-ready prints of figures and photographs should not be submitted until after an editorial decision to publish has been communicated to the author. Because manuscripts are reviewed anonymously, a running head (not the authors' names) should appear on each page, and any information identifying the authors should be avoided in the manuscript. In order to ensure a blind review, do not include identifying information on the copy of the manuscript that you...

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