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NASW Specialty Practice Section Newsletter Author Guidelines

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) consists of eleven specialty areas -Administration / Supervision; Aging; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Child Welfare; Children, Adolescents and Young Adults; Health; Mental Health; Private Practice; School Social Work; Social and Economic Justice & Peace, and Social Work and the Courts.

We invite authors to write articles on topics of interest, according to the following guidelines:

Article Information

Articles should be practice-focused especially on those areas of practice indicated above.  Article submissions should provide comprehensive information in a succinct manner. This should include concise but informative paragraphs, the avoidance of jargon and overly complicated terminology, clear and meaningful sentences, and when necessary bulleted or listed items. We are looking for quick read information that can serve as a resource to those within different practice settings.

Articles should not include headers, footers, text boxes, shapes and lines, clip art or story pictures though tables and charts are acceptable.

Submissions should be composed in a scholarly-informed, professional writing style. We welcome from the field narratives, lessons-learned and stories on best-practices. By submitting material, submitter gives us the right to publish and edit written material if necessary. Please state the name of the Section for which the article has been prepared.

Give the most important information first and then add details. Article length should be between 500 to 1500 word limit.  All articles should be submitted in 12-point type, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, in Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich text format (.rtf). Submit articles to

Submissions are expected to build on existing knowledge in the topic area. All submissions must include at least one reference.  Any reference to earlier research should be accompanied by an in-text citation and complete reference information in the reference list. In keeping with APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing) use the most original source possible, use the most up to date source available. No reference more than 10 years old will be used unless it is the most current source.

Helpful Link in Using APA Style:

Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide   

Audience Information

Authors may assume our readers subscribe to social work core values and code of ethics. Our readers are comprised of social work professionals, paraprofessionals and students.

Book Reviews

The Specialty Practice Sections will only consider book reviews from NASW Press titles only.

Author Information

Authors should include a two or three sentence paragraph that contains biographical information. Author must be a social worker or co-author with a social worker. Every article should be accompanied by the author's full name, highest degree and any licenses or certifications and job title, and/or employing organization. Authors should identify if they are an MSW or ACSW. An e-mail address is encouraged.

Author of articles may submit a photo tiff/jpg of 300 dpi (high resolution) under separate email to


Jayne Smith, ACSW, LICSW is a Workforce Analyst, Department of  Equity and Employment, Louisiana

State University, in New Orleans. She can be contacted at Jsmith@org.


The decision to include articles in the newsletter or in any other practice publication is at the discretion of NASW. NASW will attempt to preserve the author's voice, but all accepted articles will be edited for space and clarity according to NASW's style and formatting guidelines.


The use of another author's ideas, words, or data without attribution is considered plagiarism; whether the use is deliberate or accidental.  NASW and the Specialty Practice Sections view any incidence of plagiarism as an issue of professional misconduct and a violation of the NASW Code of Ethics.                                               


Rev 11/3/2016


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