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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 Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • A blinded copy of the manuscript is included, with author(s)'s names' redacted

Author Guidelines

Please ensure the manuscript adheres to the stylistic and reference requirements of the 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Text documents should be doubled spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. 

For original research papers, please include the following sections: introduction, literature review, methods, results, discussion (including practice implications), limitations, and conclusion. In the methods section, ensure to include a statement on the review and approval of the project by an institutional research ethics review board.  

Please attach all tables and figures as separate files, and do not include them in the manuscript text document. Figures can be submitted in black and white or color, but please submit them in as high a quality as possible (300 DPI minimum) and in either .TIFF or .JPEG format. Use a placeholder to denote where in the manuscript you would like the table or figure to be place. For example: INSERT FIGURE 1 HERE. 

All author information should be submitted in a title page that includes all author names, affiliations, and the complete contact information for the corresponding author. 

In addition to the manuscript and title page files, please include an abstract (250-word limit) that appears at the beginning of the manuscript file. Abstracts should be submitted in both English and French. Please also include 5 keywords below the abstract. 

At the manuscript file but preceding the reference section, please include Declaration of Funding and Declaration of Conflicting Interests statements. 

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

Transformative Social Work provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal is hosted under CC-BY-NC-SA creative commons open access license There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. 

Original Articles

Transformative Social Work accepts four article types. 

Original Manuscripts are full-length articles, which should be up to 7,000 words in length (not including notes and references). 

Brief Notes of up to 2,000 words, on topics such as reports of research in progress, examples of unresolved problems, descriptions of policy, and current programs and hot issues that would be of interest to the international community. Book reviews may also be considered. 

Voices from the Field welcomes submissions from practitioners and field educators about their experiences in the field which would be of interest to our audience. The aim of Voices from the Field is to enable practice issues, examples of promising, innovative and wise practice, grassroots initiatives, and training experiences to be shared with a wider audience. Articles can be up to 2000 words in length. 

Letters to the Editor provide readers the opportunity to comment on issues covered in the journal or other points of interest to social workers (no longer than 2 pages and may or may not be published). 

For all submissions, the relevance to or implication for social work must be made explicit.  

Periodically, special issues of Transformative Social Work focus on specific topics. 

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