International Journal of Social Welfare
International Journal of Social Welfare


  • 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:
  • 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