Author Guidelines for Specialty Practice Section Newsletters

NASW invites qualified authors to write articles on topics of interest for Specialty Practice Section newsletters. 

Our readers are social work professionals, paraprofessionals and students who subscribe to social work core values and code of ethics.

We're looking for quick-read articles that our readers can use as a resource within different practice settings. Articles should be practice-focused in the areas of practice represented by the Specialty Practice Sections. We welcome from the field narratives, lessons-learned and stories on best practices.

The Specialty Practice Sections newsletters will also consider book reviews of titles from NASW Press only.


Submissions are expected to build on existing knowledge in the topic area. Authors should provide comprehensive information in a succinct manner. This should include concise, informative paragraphs, free of jargon and overly complicated terminology, clear and meaningful sentences, and when necessary bulleted or listed items. 

All submissions must include at least one reference. Any reference to earlier research should be accompanied by an in-text citation, with complete reference information in the reference list. In keeping with APA style use the most original source possible, use the most up to date source available. Don't use any reference that is more than 10 years old unless it is the most current source.

Articles should not include headers, footers, text boxes, shapes and lines, art or images. Tables and charts are acceptable.

Submissions should be composed in a scholarly, informed, professional writing style. Give the most important information first, and then add details.

Please state the name of the Section for which the article has been prepared.

Articles should be between 500 to 1500 words. All articles should be submitted in 12-point type, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, in Microsoft Word or rich text format (.rtf). 

Submit articles to

Author Information

The author must be a social worker or co-author with a social worker. Every article should be accompanied by the author's full name, highest degree and any licenses or certifications and job title, and/or employing organization. Authors should identify if they are an MSW or ACSW. An e-mail address is encouraged.

Authors should include a two or three sentence paragraph bio. For example: Jayne Smith, ACSW, LICSW is a workforce analyst in the Department of Equity and Employment at Louisiana State University. She can be contacted at jsmith@org.

Author of articles may submit a photo of 300 dpi (high-resolution) under separate email to

Selection Process

The decision to include articles in an SPS newsletter or in any other practice publication is at the discretion of NASW.

By submitting material, submitter gives NASW the right to publish and edit written material if necessary. We will attempt to preserve the author's voice, but all accepted articles will be edited for space and clarity according to NASW's style and formatting guidelines.


The use of another author's ideas, words, or data without attribution is considered plagiarism; whether the use is deliberate or accidental. NASW and the Specialty Practice Sections view any incidence of plagiarism as an issue of professional misconduct and a violation of the NASW Code of Ethics.