Social Work Research Editorial Board

Authorization and Accountability

The editorial board of Social Work Research, a journal of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was established in December 1976. The editorial board is responsible to the Publications Committee which reports to the Board of Directors through the Member and Chapter Coordinating Committee.


Editorial boards and committees retain final authority for the content and selection of manuscripts approved by the Publications Committee. Boards and committees develop and recommend changes in editorial and publications policy and new developments to the Publications Committee.

Time Frame

The editorial board continues as long as the journal is in existence.

Members, Terms and Criteria

The editorial board of Social Work Research is composed of 5 members: Chair (editor-in-chief) and 4 members. The Chair (editor-in-chief) is appointed for a four-year term beginning January 1st of the year following the appointment and ending December 31st four years later. Members of the editorial board are appointed to staggered 3-year terms. The Chair (editor-in-chief) is a member of the Publications Committee, and the Chair of the Publications Committee is an ex officio member of the editorial board. Members of the Social Work Research Editorial Board must have extensive publishing experience, as well as experience in peer review. The Social Work Research Editorial Board meets once each year. In addition to the committee members, the Publications Committee Chair is also invited to attend.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Encourage authors whose work improves the practice and extends knowledge in social work and social welfare to submit articles to the journal. Promote the journal among colleagues and students. Analyze trends and needs within the profession and seek out article submissions to meet the needs.
  2. Read and rate manuscript submissions.

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Social Work Research publishes exemplary research to advance the development of knowledge and inform social work practice. Widely regarded as the outstanding journal in the field, it includes analytic reviews of research, theoretical articles pertaining to social work research, evaluation studies, and diverse research studies that contribute to knowledge about social work issues and problems.

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