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The Journal's editors consider two types of articles for potential publication. The first is a "Standard" research and academic based article and the second is a descriptive "Notes from the Field" article. See below for specific submission guidelines.

Guidelines for "Standard" Article Submission

All manuscripts submitted to Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education should conform to the guidelines set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Articles should be free of racial, religious, gender, or ethnic bias. Manuscripts submitted for articles should generally be 15-25 double-spaced pages, no including references, figures, or tables. The list of references provided at the end of the paper should contain only those works cited in the manuscript. Additionally, all texts should demonstrate:

Relevance to continuing social work education and/or staff development;
Evidence of scholarship;
Conformance to publication requirements.
Specifically, the Editorial Advisory Board will use the following criteria in judging the merit of submitted manuscripts:

I. Relevance to continuing social work education and/or staff development. Manuscript should:
a. deal with an important major issue, problem, or subject;
b. appeal to a wide audience or a significant specialized group;
c. contribute to the quality of continuing education, staff development, or training;
d. expand previous knowledge;
e. depict subject or method of lasting significance.

II. Evidence of scholarship. Manuscript should show:
a. adequate statement of problem or subject;
b. appropriate identification of the author’s assumptions and frame of reference;
c. adequate methodology;
d. knowledge of relevant literature;
e. consistent treatment of the problem statement, content, and conclusions.

III. Conformance to publication requirements. Manuscript should:
a. conform to appropriate format: length, footnotes, tables;
b. maintain a clear and concise presentation;
c. demonstrate a logical organization and flow;
d. communicate well to a wide audience;
e. use language that is free of jargon and bias.

One double-spaced electronic copy (Microsoft Word) of the manuscript, along with a 75-100 word abstract, should be submitted to the Managing Editor of Professional Development. To ensure anonymity in the peer-review process, all author identification information (name, position, institutional affiliation) should appear on the title page of the manuscript only. The Editorial Board of Professional Development regards submission of a manuscript as a commitment to publish herein; simultaneous submission elsewhere is unacceptable. All manuscripts are reviewed by two or three consulting editors. Every effort will be made to notify authors of publication decisions in a timely fashion.

Guidelines for "Notes from the Field" Submission

All manuscripts submitted to Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education as “Notes from the Field” should conform to the guidelines set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Articles should be free of racial, religious, gender, or ethnic bias. Manuscripts submitted for articles should generally be 5-10 double-spaced pages, not including references, figures, or tables. The list of references, if any, provided at the end of the article should contain only those works cited in the manuscript. Additionally, all texts should demonstrate:

1. Rich description of subject area and relevance to continuing social work education and/or staff development;
2. Conformance to publication requirements.

Specifically, the Editorial Advisory Board will use the following criteria in judging the merit of submitted manuscripts:

1. Rich description of subject area and relevance to continuing social work education and/or staff development. Manuscript should:
deal with an important contemporary observation, issue, problem, or subject;
appeal to a wide audience or a significant specialized group;
contribute to the quality of continuing education, staff development, or training;
expand previous understanding and knowledge of subject area;
depict subject or method of lasting significance.

2. Conformance to publication requirements. Manuscript should:
conform to appropriate format: length, footnotes, tables;
maintain a clear and concise presentation;
demonstrate a logical organization and flow;
communicate well to a wider audience;
use language that is free of jargon and bias.

The Editorial Board of Professional Development regards submission of a manuscript as a commitment to publish herein; simultaneously submission elsewhere is unacceptable. All articles are reviewed by two or three editors. Every effort will be made to notify authors of publication decisions in a timely fashion.

 
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