Qualitative Social Work
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Qualitative Social Work

Research and Practice
2015 Impact Factor: 0.589
2015 Ranking: 31/41 in Social Work
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editors
Karen M. Staller University of Michigan, USA
Karen Broadhurst Lancaster University, UK
Review Editors
Deborah Gioia University of Maryland, USA
Book Reviews Editor
Lisa Morriss University of Manchester, UK
Founding Co-Editors
Ian F Shaw University of Aalborg
Roy Ruckdeschel Saint Louis University, USA


eISSN: 17413117 | ISSN: 14733250 | Current volume: 15 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Qualitative Social Work provides a forum for those interested in qualitative research and evaluation and in qualitative approaches to practice.

The journal includes the following regular special features:

Response and Commentary
Responses to previous articles in the journal or contributions that initiate discussion of current research and practice issues.

Practice and Teaching of Qualitative Social Work
Critical 'how-to' accounts and reflections on the methodology and practice of qualitative social work.

New Voices
Articles by oppressed voices that often have been silenced, and from authors working in contexts that are new to publishing on qualitative research and practice and are exploring new possibilities for the use of qualitative research and practice. We welcome articles from practitioners, new researchers and others who are finding creative ways to work with and write about qualitative research and practice. Articles may take the form of concise reviews, syntheses, reports, innovative writing forms, or reflective analyses based on dissertations and theses completed or in process, conference papers or practice accounts. Normally 10-15 pages (2750-4000 words).

Technical Applications
Reviews of developments that impact on qualitative research and practice such as qualitative analysis software and voice activated recording devices.

This journal accepts supplementary materials, e.g. audio/video files, datasets, additional images etc. For more information please see our guidelines

"Qualitative Social Work has become an extraordinary resource for social scientists and practitioners alike." Catherine Kohler Riessman, Boston College, USA

"QSW is a key reference source both for substansive studies and for methodological papers." Mike Fisher, Social Care Institute for Excellence, UK

"In five short years Qualitative Social Work has become a pre-eminent journal, showcasing the range, usefulness and forms of qualitative social work research. This journal has been long-overdue." Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

"Qualitative Social Work bridges the theory-practice divide by providing up-to-date field-based research that develops and tests the theoretical foundations of social work practice. Equally important, it brings the rigorous thinking of research to bear in investigating scholarly work on social work practice and issues. Both scholars and practitioners need access to this important resource." Michael Q. Patton, Ph.D.

"Qualitative Social Work provides a truly international forum for academics and practitioners to explore the interrelationship between qualitative research and knowledge practice in social work and related disciplines. In encouraging reflection on both the outcomes and processes of research and practice it will contribute to internationally relevant knowledge creation and quality practice. A journal of this stature is most welcome and long overdue." Joan Orme, Glasgow University

Electronic Access:

Qualitative Social Work
is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://qsw.sagepub.com

Qualitative Social Work provides a forum for those interested in qualitative research and evaluation and in qualitative approaches to practice. The journal facilitates interactive dialogue and integration between those interested in qualitative research and methodology and those involved in the world of practice. It reflects the fact that these worlds are increasingly international and interdisciplinary in nature. The journal is a forum for rigorous dialogue that promotes qualitatively informed professional practice and inquiry.

In addition to articles on qualitative research, evaluation and practice, the journal promotes exchange and conversation on:

  • The role of critical perspectives within social work
  • The nature of reflective inquiry and practice
  • Emerging applications of critical realism in social work
  • The potential of social constructionist and narrative approaches to research and practice

The basic assumptions of all forms of research and of practice are being challenged. We invite journal contributors to engage with that challenge and to do so in the primary contexts of social work and the evaluation of practice. Practitioners and those articulating international and interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly encouraged to submit articles and commentary.

This journal accepts supplementary materials, e.g. audio/video files, datasets, additional images etc.

Associate Editors
Mark Hardy University of York, UK
Robyn Munford Massey University, New Zealand
Lissette Piedra University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Alistair Neil Roy  
Editorial Executive
Xabier Ballesteros Sector de Serveis Personals, Barcelona, Spain
Jan Fook Leeds Trinity University College
Jane Gilgun University of Minnesota, USA
Einat Peled Tel Aviv University, Israel
Stanley L Witkin University of Vermont, USA
Editorial Board
Laura Abrams UCLA, USA
Rafael Aliena Universidad de Valencia, Spain
Ralf Bohnsack Free University of Berlin, Germany
Ronald Chenail Nova Southeastern University, USA
Paula Doherty University of Birmingham, UK
Andrew Durham Warwickshire Council, UK
Zvi C. Eisikovits University of Haifa, Israel
Guy Enosh University of Haifa, Israel
Jerry Floersch Case Western Reserve University, USA
Rich Furman University of Washington, USA
Nick Gould University of Bath
Kim Holt Northumbria University, UK
Margareta Hydén Linköping University
Dirk Jarre c/o Deutscher Verein fur offentlich und private Fursorge, Frankfurt, Germany
Synnove Karvinen University of Helsinki, Finland
Yasuhito Kinoshita Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan
Larry Kreuger University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Carmel Laragy RMIT University, Australia
Walter Lorenz Free University of Bolzano, Italy
Wendy Mitchell University of York, UK
Mary O'Connor Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
Tomofumi Oka Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Joan Orme University of Glasgow, UK
Bob Pease Deakin University, Australia
Jason L. Powell University of Chester
Catherine Kholer Riessman Boston College, USA
Amy Rossiter York University, Toronto, Canada
Jan Jaap Rothuizen National Institute for Social Education, Denmark
Jackie Sanders Massey University,New Zealand
Haluk Soydan Socialstyrelsen, Sweden
Jean Triegaardt University of Pretoria, South Africa
Liz Trinder University of Exeter, UK
Michael Ungar Dalhousie University, Canada
Stephanie Wahab Portland State University, USA
Susan White University of Birmingham , UK
Karen Winter Queen's University Belfast, UK
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qsw  to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Qualitative Social Work will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    The journal encourages the submission of original manuscripts, commentary and essays devoted to the examination of issues related to qualitative research and evaluation and to qualitative approaches to social work practice. Manuscripts submitted for main articles should be 15-25 double spaced pages (4,000-7,000 words) in length, including references, figures and tables. All articles should be accompanied by relevant keywords and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

    The journal also invites articles for regular special features. These include:

    New Voices: Articles by oppressed voices that often have been silenced, and from authors working in contexts that are new to publishing on qualitative research and practice and are exploring new possibilities for the use of qualitative research and practice. We welcome articles from practitioners, new researchers and others who are finding creative ways to work with and write about qualitative research and practice. Articles may take the form of concise reviews, syntheses, reports, innovative writing forms, or reflective analyses based on dissertations and theses completed or in process, conference papers or practice accounts of 10-15 pages (2,750-4,000 words).

    Response and Commentary: This section includes responses to previous articles in the journal or contributions that initiate discussion of current research and practice issues. Usually 4-6 pages (1,000-1,500 words).
    Practice and Teaching of Qualitative Social Work: Critical 'how-to' accounts and reflections on the methodology and practice of qualitative social work. Normally 10-15 pages (2,750-4,000 words).

    Technical Applications: Reviews of developments that impact on qualitative research and practice such as qualitative analysis software and voice activated recording devices. Normally 5-10 pages (1,200-2,500 words).

    The journal will produce occasional themed issues on topics of current interest.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Qualitative Social Work provides a peer-reviewed forum for those interested in qualitative research and evaluation and in qualitative approaches to practice.

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific, practice and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Qualitative Social Work operates an unseen peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review, and we publish the names of all reviewers in the final issue of each volume, but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within six weeks of submission.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Qualitative Social Work requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Qualitative Social Work encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Qualitative Social Work and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Qualitative Social Work offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host approved additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Qualitative Social Work conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.5 Reference style

    Qualitative Social Work adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard output file here and the SAGE Vancouver output file here

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Qualitative Social Work is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qsw to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to one of the editorial offices as follows:

    Karen M. Staller
    University of Michigan
    School of Social Work
    1080 S. University
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    USA
    Email: kstaller@umich.edu

    Samantha McDermott
    Journal Administrator
    Department of Social Policy and Social Work
    University of York
    Heslington
    York YO10 5DD
    UK
    Email sm557@york.ac.uk

    Robyn Munford
    Associate Editor
    Professor of Social Work
    Massey University
    Palmerston North
    New Zealand
    Email: r.munford@massey.ac.nz.

    Review Essays can be discussed with the Reviews Editor:
    Deborah Gioia
    Associate Professor
    University of Maryland, Baltimore
    School of Social Work
    525 W. Redwood St.
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    USA
    Email: DGIOIA@ssw.umaryland.edu

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