Upon submission, include a cover letter stating that the work has not been published before, is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has been read and approved by any and all co-authors. Submitting the manuscript means that the authors agree to the terms of the copyright with Wiley Publishers if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The author is responsible for all statements contained in the article, including changes made by the copyeditor, which, if the article is accepted, you must review in the proofing stage.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijsw. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434 964 4100) Monday-Friday, or at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/index.html. All articles should be submitted in Word format, not as a PDF file, and in the journal’s style, as outlined below. We have standardised the format of incoming manuscripts, not to stifle author creativity – which is better directed toward formulating the text – but rather to simplify the work of our referees and, for accepted articles, that of the copyeditor and typesetters.

Practitioner points: If appropriate, you are encouraged to include up to 3 bullet points of no more than 20 words each. These should very briefly outline the relevance of your research to professional practice. Practice points are to be included as part of the Abstract under the heading ‘Key Practitioner Message’.


  • Abstract, maximum 150 words. Six to eight key words to be selected from the list of research topics listed at the end of this checklist.
  • Main document, maximum 6,000 words including footnotes, excluding the Abstract, tables/figures and references.
  • Footnotes (note: not end notes), maximum 8.


  • Correct and concise English that meets the requirement of effective scientific communication. Report methods used and research results in the past tense, conclusions and generalisations in the discussion in present tense (APA style). Manuscripts that do not meet this requirement will be returned to the author for professional language editing at own cost. A list of independent language editing services is available at: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp
  • Contributions from the United States and Canada may use American punctuation and spelling (organization, analyze, labor, etc). Contributions from all other countries use British punctuation and spelling (organisation, analyse, labour etc.)
  • For words that have optional spelling (world-view/worldview, child care/ childcare, well-being/ wellbeing etc.), choose one and use it consistently throughout the document.

Author anonymity

  • To ensure anonymous peer review, the names of the authors are not to appear anywhere in the main document or in the tables/figures. When the document is open, check that your name does not appear under Properties/Egenskaper. Click on File/Arkiv, click on Properties/Egenskaper, click on General/Allmänt and delete the name that appears there. It is the name of the person to whom the Word programme is registered.
  • Information on the authors is to appear in an own document and uploaded separately in Manuscript Central as ‘Title page’.
  • Citing own work: Replace references to the submitting author’s own work by the word ‘Author’ followed by the year of publication. Use the same notation in the reference list and place it at the head of the list. Do not include the title(s) of the work(s) in question. Instead, submit them in a separate document and save it on your computer. You can also upload this list in Manuscript Central as a ‘Supplementary file not for review’.
  • Submitted manuscripts to IJSW are routinely checked for overlap with other published works. Manuscripts that contain quotes or paraphrases of other works without proper referencing of the sources are automatically rejected.

Standard format for the main document

  • Size A-4 A4 (210x297 mm) or United States letter size (8.5x11 inches) with 2.5 cm margins all around. If possible, avoid footnotes and appendices.
  • Use Times New Roman typeface with a 12-pitch font (12 characters per inch) for the body of the text and the tables.
  • Submit the Title page as a separate file containing the title of the article, names of the authors and their institutional affiliations, key words, a short running title and the name and complete mailing address (including postal code) and phone numbers of the author responsible for correspondence.   
  • The Main Document should include the Title, Abstract, and six to eight key words (see the list at the end of this Checklist), followed by the main text. The heading Introduction is not needed unless it contains additional text. Use only three levels of headings: Level 1, 14 pt, bold, lower case except for first letter in the first word: Level 2, 12 pt, bold/italics, lower case as above; Level 3, 12 pt italics, lower case as above.
  • Indent all paragraphs except the first one under a heading; right-hand margin is unjustified; no extra space between paragraphs.
  • Tables/figures are to be submitted as separate files with self-explanatory legends. Indicate the approximate location for tables and figures in the text, e.g. Table 1 to feature here. Figures are to be submitted as Camera Ready Copy, that is, ready for printing, using an optional typeface that is clear and easy to read. Make sure the figures are legible even when reduced in size for publication.


  • Citing other authors in the text should have the format: (Compton & Galaway, 1990). If more than one article by the same author(s) in the same year is cited, use the letters abc, etc. after the year. For articles by three to five authors, name all the authors at first mention and then use the first author plus et al. for additional mentions. For articles by more than five authors, use the first author’s name plus et al. at first mention. When several works are cited at the same time, list them in alphabetical order (not chronologically).
  • The reference list is to be formatted in accordance with the APA style (5th or 6th edition.). All references cited in the text – and only those – are to be listed at the end in alphabetical order by surname. References by the same authors are to be in chronological order with most recent last. If non-English references are included, include an English translation of the title of the book or article. To ensure that the text citations correspond exactly with the reference list, authors are urged  to use a reference management programme (e.g. Reference Manager, EndNote, RefWorks or ProCite). Manuscripts with incorrectly formatted references will be returned to the author(s) for correction.

Proofs: Proofs are to be returned by email attachment using ‘sticky notes’ to mark the corrections on the PDF copy. Authors may be billed for making major alterations in the proofs against the accepted version of the manuscript.


Good luck with your article submission.

Editorial Office

International Journal of Social Welfare

Research areas/Key words list for authors:

Please indicate the area or areas of social welfare research that best reflect the theme(s) of the manuscript you are submitting to IJSW:


Adolescent and youth development

                      academic achievement _____

                      adolescent violence/delinquency _____

                      adolescent substance abuse _____

                      adolescent health and illness _____

youth development _____

other (please specify) _____


Aging services and gerontology

                      caregiving for older people _____

                      caregiving by older people _____

                      end-of-life palliative care, euthanasia _____

                      housing for older people_____

                      mental health of older people _____

                      productive aging _____

                      social networks and supports for older people _____

other (please specify) _____


Child welfare

                      child protection

child welfare services and systems _____

                      foster care/adoption _____

                      child abuse/neglect _____

                      child trafficking _____

                      alternative care _____

                      transition from care _____

other (please specify) _____


Crime and criminal justice

                      criminal justice system _____

                      forensic social work _____

                      juvenile justice _____

other (please specify) _____


Education and social work

                      educational outcomes _____

                      school climate _____

                      families, schools and communities _____

                      school evaluation research _____

                      social work education _____

social work services in schools _____

other (please specify) _____


Environmental issues

                      ecodevelopmental theory _____

                      ecosocial work _____

                      green economy _____

                      green social work _____

                      rural‒urban migration and related issues _____

                      social ecology _____

other (please specify) _____



sexual identity issues

                      bias/discrimination/disparities _____

                      female poverty _____

feminism _____

feminist scholarship _____

gender disparities _____

women’s/men’s issues _____

other (please specify) _____


Health and disability

                      definition, measurement, and disability data collection _____

                      disability policies, programs, services _____

                      health inequalities _____

                      health promotion and education _____

                      HIV and AIDS _____

sexually transmitted diseases or infections _____

service user perspective _____

                      inclusion, access, and disparities _____

                      integrative health _____

                      social perspectives on health _____

other (please specify) _____


International social work and global social development

                      international comparisons _____

                      international migration _____

                      international social work _____

                      human rights and social justice _____

other (please specify) _____


Mental health

                      childhood mental health _____

                      indigenous mental health _____

                      co-morbidity _____

                      mental health and peer support

                      service user involvement _____

                      recovery from mental ill health_____

                      mental health treatment and services _____

                      mental health policy _____

                      psychiatric epidemiology _____

                      severe mental health illness _____

                      systems of care _____

                      trauma _____

other (please specify) _____


Organizations, management, communities

                      community engagement and advocacy _____

                      human behavior and the social environment _____

                      management, leadership, organizational change _____

                      organizational theory and analysis _____

                      policy research to guide organizational decision making _____

                      privatization, contracting, accountability _____

                      social capital _____

                      workforce/workplace issues in human services organizations _____

other (please specify) _____


Poverty and social policy

                      communities/neighborhoods _____

                      economic growth/hardship _____

                      food insecurity _____

                      housing and homelessness _____

                      human rights, values, and ethics _____

                      poverty in old age _____

pension systems _____

                      poverty/welfare reform _____

                      shanty towns _____

social policy/social welfare policy _____

                      working poor _____

other (please specify) _____


Race, ethnicity, immigration

                      ethnic minority groups _____

                      First Nations/native Americans/Aboriginal/indigenous peoples _____

                      migrants/refugees/asylum seekers/displaced populations _____

                      racial policies, issues _____

other (please specify) _____


Substance misuse and addictive behaviors

                      alcohol, drugs _____

                      epidemiology _____

                      gambling _____

                      Internet/video games _____

                      protective factors _____

                      risk factors _____

                      sexual addictions _____

                      treatment and services _____

other (please specify) _____


Violence against women and children

                      children exposed to violence _____

                      domestic violence _____

                      bullying on Internet/in schools _____

                      human trafficking _____

sex work _____

                      sexual violence _____

other (please specify) _____


Work, family, family policy

                      jobs/employment/wages/the labor market _____

                      formal sector employment _____

                      informal sector employment _____

                      nonstandard work schedule  _____  

occupational social work _____

                      policies to support working families _____

                      social and economic justice _____

                      work‒family conflict and related issues _____

other (please specify) _____



Please indicate which social welfare research method or methods and modes of practice apply to the article you are submitting:


Research design and measurement

                      community-based participatory research _____

                      evaluation research _____

                      implementation research _____

                      intervention research _____

                      measurement psychometrics _____

                      program evaluation _____

                      qualitative research _____

                      quantitative research _____

                      secondary data analysis _____

                      social epidemiology _____

                      translational science _____

                      other (please specify) _____


Social work practice

                      clinical practice in social work _____

                      community practice _____

                      cultural competence in social work _____

                      disasters and traumatic stress _____

                      ethical issues in social work _____

                      evidence-based practice _____

                      group practice _____

                      strengths-based social work practice _____

                      other (please specify) _____


Indicate which country/region or countries/regions apply to the manuscript you are submitting:



                      country/region  ____

                      countries/regions _____


Political economy-specific

                      Global south/developing countries _____

                      transition countries _____

Global north/Western/developed countries _____