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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Removed personally identifiable information from the document
  • Where available, URLs/DOIs for the references have been provided.
    DOIs for references can be easily located at
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Advances in Social Work is a refereed journal published by Indiana University School of Social Work. The journal seeks to publish empirical, conceptual, and theoretical articles in all areas of social work research, education, and practice. Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged. Authors are provided timely and constructive reviews of their manuscripts. Advances in Social Work is a completely online journal including article submission, review, and publication. As an author submitting your manuscript to Advances in Social Work, we would ask that you do the following

Preparing Your Manuscript

  1. Deidentify Your Manuscript
    • Remove citations to your previously published work by replacing all in-text references with "X". For example, if your manuscript says “this study is based on a larger study by the authors (Daley, 1999)” you would change it to “this study is based on a larger study by the authors (X)”. Once the manuscript has been reviewed and if the decision has been made to accept it, the final version of the manuscript will use the actual names in the references and citations.
    • Remove the identifying information in the file properties. All Microsoft documents automatically include identifying information about registered users. This information needs to be cleared from your manuscript as follows: click on File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Check for Issues > Inspect Document > (make sure the box for Document Properties and Personal Information is checked)> Inspect > Remove All > Close > Save. [specific steps may vary depending upon which version of Word you are using].
  2. A complete submission includes:
    • Title Page - Prepare a separate title page with title, authors (including full contact information), and acknowledgements (i.e., “this study was funded by the Lilly Foundation”). During the submission process the submitters will first upload the primary file and then be given the option to upload supplementary files. Upload the title page as a supplementary file.
    • Proper Formatting and Length - The manuscript should be in Word for Windows format with 12-point font, double-spaced.  The word count for the body of the paper should be 5,000 -7,000 words (excluding the abstract, tables, figures, and references). Full manuscripts (including abstracts, references, tables, and figures) should be 20-30 double-spaced pages. Indicate the number of words under the keywords.
    • Title, Abstract, and Keywords - Include your title on the first page.  In line with APA format rules, do not use the heading "Introduction." An abstract of 200 words or less is included at the beginning of the manuscript. The abstract should include the purpose of the manuscript, a brief description of the sample and methods if appropriate, key findings, and a recommendation. It is not sufficient to state "implications will be discussed." A list of three to five key words that reflect the content of the manuscript should be provided directly below the abstract.
    • Implications for Social Work - AISW focuses on emerging trends and practices in social work, thus, papers must include implications for the social work profession in relation to future research, education, policy, advocacy, and/or practice.
    • Tables and Figures - Tables and figures should be embedded in the manuscript, NOT placed at the end. For tables, please use Word's table tools -- do not just use regular tabs. Acknowledgments should appear on the last page.
    • References - Citations, references, and the overall format of the manuscript should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) style guidelines. Double check your APA format and make there is a one-to-one correspondence between citations in the narrative and the reference page. Add available DOIs to all references. Use to find DOI URLs.

Submitting Your Manuscript


Registering with Advances in Social Work

  1. Click “register” in the upper right-hand corner of the page
  2. Complete the information in the profile form. You will automatically be registered as an author. NOTE: If you are interested in being a reviewer, you should check the “reviewer” choice as well.

Submitting a Manuscript

  1. Log in and click the New Submission button.
  2. The next screen displays the submission requirements. Choose Articles from the section list, complete the checklist, and agree to the copyright statement and the privacy policy. Click Save and Continue.
  3. Next, upload the submission. Choose Article Text from the Article components list and upload the manuscript. Review the details and click Complete. Next, click Add another file, select Other from the Artcile components list and upload the cover page.
  4. Review the details and click Complete.
  5. The next screen (called “metadata”) is where you add the title & abstract, additional authors, keyword, and references. When you have entered the pertinent information, click Save and continue.
  6. The final step is to confirm the submission. Click Finish submission and you are done. You will receive a submission confirmation email.After you have submitted the manuscript, you can check on the status and where it is at in the review process by logging in and viewing the submission in your queue.


Advances in Social Work encourages authors to enter their ORCID during the submission process. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even if they share the same name. Using their ORCID, authors support automated linkages to their professional activities and ensure that their work is attributable to them.

See the Connecting ORCID to OJS documentation page for a guide on how to connect your ORCID to a submission. If you do not already have one, please consider registering for an ORCID.


Publication of an article does not imply endorsement of the author's opinion by the Editor, Editorial Board, or Indiana University School of Social Work. Papers that have been previously published with substantially similar content or submitted simultaneously to another journal will not be considered. Authors are personally responsible for ensuring adherence to relevant copyright laws.

NOTE: Manuscripts submitted by January 1 will be considered for publication in the following fall issue. Typically, final revisions of accepted manuscripts must be received by July 31st for inclusion in the fall issue.

Special Issue Abstracts

Submit abstracts in response to special issue call for papers. 

Abstracts will be reviewed by guest editors and accepted abstract submissions will be invited to submit full manuscripts for blind review. 

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