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Journal of Women and Social Work

Yoosun Park Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA, USA
Rupaleem Bhuyan University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CA
Stephanie Wahab Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
Associate Editor
Susan Chandler University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA
Editorial Assistant
Brianna Suslovic Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA, USA

eISSN: 15523020 | ISSN: 08861099 | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Affilia article winner of The 2016 Affilia Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work. Read it here!

Giving voice to the myriad ways in which feminist practice and praxis manifest in social work has always been Affilia’s mission. In 1986, the founding editors created Affilia as a dedicated space for feminist women’s voices, underrepresented in mainstream social work journals, and the topical and methodological challenges that these marginalized voices raised for the field and the discipline. Articulating innovative feminist voices and perspectives has steadfastly been the substance of the scholarship and art published in the journal since its inception.

Affilia is a living record of feminist social work. As such, realization of its mission to provide an alternative space necessarily shifts as the ideas and ideals underpinning feminist practice and praxis, and their manifestation in social work, change over time. Consideration of whose voices and perspectives—what identities, from which social, geographical and theoretical locations—are and should be included in the forged space of Affilia is, therefore, the subject of ongoing review, reexamination, and renewal. Affilia’s editorial board embraces its responsibility to continually trouble its own views and assumptions.

Contemporary feminisms are grounded in critical, intersectional analysis of lived experience of individuals and groups located in the context of complex structures, systems, and discourses of power and privilege. Affilia seeks exceptional scholarship—ground-breaking, thought-provoking works that challenge taken-for-granted knowledges, raise new questions, generate innovative theories and methodologies, reflect feminist social work’s global diversity, and illuminate alternative pathways for social work theory, research, practice, and teaching. 

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work is dedicated to the discussion and development of feminist values, theories, and knowledge as they relate to social work and social welfare research, education, and practice. The intent of Affilia is to bring insight and knowledge to the task of eliminating discrimination and oppression, especially with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, and sexual and affectional preference.

Editorial Board
Elizabeth Beck Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sara Goodkind University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Donna Jeffery University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
Mimi Kim California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, USA
Patricia O'Brien University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA
Shanta Pandey Boston College School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
Selena Rodgers City University of New York, York College, Jamaica, NY, USA
Barbara L. Simon Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Victoria Stanhope New York University, New York, NY
Leslie Tower West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
Consulting Editors
Samira Bano Ali University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Ben Anderson-Nathe Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
Andrea Daley York University, York, ON, CA
Wendy Hulko Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, CA
Angie C. Kennedy Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Ericka Kimball Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
Kathy Libal University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT, USA
Maria Liegghio York University, Toronto, ON, CA
Teresa Macías York University, Toronto, ON, CA
Susanne Maurer Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, Germany
Beverly A. McPhail University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Gita Mehrotra Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
Sheila Neysmith University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CA
Susan J. Roll California State University, Chico, USA
Mahasin F. Saleh University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA
Linn Sandberg Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Melanie F. Shepard University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, USA
Sunny Sinha Marywood University, Scranton, PA, USA
Eliana Suarez Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, CA
Dnika Travis Catalyst, New York, NY, USA
Jijian Voronka Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CA
Corinne Warrener Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sarah Wendt University of South Australia, Magill, South Australia
Carole Zufferey University of South Australia, Magill, South Australia
Book Review Editor
Barbara L. Simon Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
On the Bias Editor
Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, CA
Corporate Board
Colleen Galambos University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
Gwat-Yong Lie University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Fariyal Ross-Sheriff Howard University, Washington DC
Christine Flynn Saulnier College of Staten Island, City University of New York, NY, USA
Karen F. Wyche The George Washington University, DC
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  • The intent of Affilia is to bring insight and knowledge to the task of eliminating discrimination and oppression, especially with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, and sexual and affectional preference. The editors seek manuscripts from people both in and outside the field of social work that offer a critical analysis of the condition of women in this and other societies, apply these ideas to social welfare purposes, and work toward the empowerment of women in an equitable society.

    Submission Types

    · Manuscripts

    · Poetry

    · Articles

    · Reports

    · Essays

    · Literary pieces

    · Book Reviews: If you are interested in suggesting a book for review or reviewing a book for Affilia, please email the book editor, Dr. Patricia O’Brien ( Please note that Affilia does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

    Submission Instructions:

    · Electronic Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to where authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGE Track system powered by ScholarOne.

    · Formatting:

    ·The manuscript should be double-spaced in 12-point font.

    ·Maximum length of a manuscript for an article is 20 pages (25 pages for manuscripts reporting on qualitative or historic research), including text, tables, references, and all else. Maximum length for an article title is ten words.

    · References: Authors are requested to submit manuscripts in the reference style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

    · Blinding: Please ensure that the manuscript is blinded for peer-review in the text and reference section. If you are referencing your own work you can replace it with something like: (Author) or (blind for peer review).

    · Cover Letter:

    · Please include a cover letter in your submission indicating that the manuscript being submitted is for exclusive consideration of Affilia and have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

    · Feel free to include any other brief, relevant information.

    · Recommended Reviewers: As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    · The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

    · The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

    · Reviewer nominees cannot be affiliated with any of the authors’ institutions

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    · Permissions: The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in (AFFILIA). Authors are required to submit written permission to reprint, from the original publisher, any quoted material of 300 words or more from a single source (journal article or book); any quoted material from a newspaper (especially The New York Times), a poem, or a song (even a phrase); and any table or figure reproduced from another work. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    A PDF version of Affilia's submissions instructions can be downloaded here.

    Manuscript Components:

    · The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    · Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, and (9) Appendices.

    1. Title page. Please include the following:

    · Full article title

    · Acknowledgments and credits

    · Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)

    · Grant numbers and/or funding information

    · Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    2. Abstract. Print the abstract (150 to 250 words) on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    3. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    a. Headings and subheadings: Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text. Level 1 heading should be Centered, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 2 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 3 heading should be Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, Level 4 heading should be Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, and Level 5 heading should be Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period.

    b. Citations: For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation. Each corresponding citation must have identical spelling and year. Each text citation must include at least two pieces of information, author(s) and year of publication. Please reference the following website for citation information:

    4. Notes: If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Footnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The Footnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Footnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.

    5. References. Please reference the following website for citation information:

    6. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically. Eg. Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC). Headings should be clear and brief.

    7. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.

    Manuscript Publication:

    After editing, a corrected copy of the manuscript saved on a disk must be returned with the final hard copy (see letter of acceptance). Authors are requested to submit manuscripts in the reference style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in this journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not have been published elsewhere in substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Editor in Chief.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q. Is my submission appropriate for Affilia?

    A. Please contact the editor with specific questions about your topic:

    Q. I’m having trouble submitting my manuscript on Scholar One. Who can I contact?

    A: Scholar One has a free technical support line: 1-888-503-1050. You may also contact the Affilia editorial assistant at

    Q. How long does the review process take? How long until my submission is published?

    A. If your submission is selected for review, a decision is typically made within several weeks, depending on the availability of reviewers. Manuscripts may go through several rounds of review before a final decision is made. If your manuscript is accepted for publication it will go through a final round of edits with Sage before being published on the Online First section of Affilia with a doi number. The manuscript will later be batched for publication in an upcoming issue of the journal.

    Q. English is not my first language. Where can I seek writing support?

    A. Please see the following resource offered by Sage:

    Q. How do I go about resubmitting a manuscript that was not accepted for review?

    A. All decisions are final, however you are encouraged to consider submitting other work.

    Q. I am a new scholar/ recent graduate and would like to get experience. How can I get involved with the journal?

    A. Contact the Editor with your areas of expertise in content, methods, and theory in order to be considered as a guest reviewer or to complete a book review.

    Q. I’m committed to the study of gender, feminism and social work and would like to get involved in the journal in a long-term capacity. How can I be considered for a position with Affilia?

    A. The journal puts out an annual call for applications for the position of Consulting Editor and Editorial Board Member. Check the website for details or contact the editor at

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