Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for research, analysis and scholarly debate on social work theory, policy and practice.  Published quarterly, it particularly welcomes work offering critical perspectives on contemporary policy developments, indigenous social work, post-colonialism, anti-racism, feminism, and progressive social work theory, policy and practice.

The journal also publishes book reviews and encourages short topical pieces called viewpoints where authors explore and reflect on controversies, ethical issues, or policy and practice developments that are of interest to the social work community. 

Each year, one issue of the journal is published as Te Komako focusing on Tangata Whenua social work; and – from time to time – we publish a Tu Mau issue highlighting issues for Pasifika social work.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Original Articles

This section is used for original articles based on empirical or theoretical research published since issue 28(1)in 2016.

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Commentary

Commentaries are statements of informed opinion usually commissioned by an editor an included in a themed special issue.

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Research Briefs

The journal welcomes short research reports of up to 3000 words, inclusive of all text including references and text in tables. The report will be anonymously reviewed by two readers from a panel of reviewers. These reports must conform to the following guidelines. Please submit on line on this website. Queries to: editors@anzasw.nz

  • Title: A brief indication of the article’s subject. Ensure that you include key words in your title.
  • Abstract: using the following sub-headings, in no more than 200 words, outline the introduction, methods, findings and implications for practice or policy.
  • Keywords: Please provide four to six keywords, separated by semi-colons.
  • Section and Subheadings: Section headings should include literature, method, findings, discussion and conclusions. Keep subheadings sparingly and indicate these by bold type. 
  • Tables:  Keep tables to a minimum. Number them (e.g. Table 1. Table 2.) with a self-explanatory title.
  • Illustrations: You can submit illustrations that are relevant to the article. Label these Figure 1 with a self-explanatory title
  • Footnotes: Please use endnotes, not footnotes and keep to a minimum.
  • Referencing: Peer reviewers and editors require authors to adhere strictly to the APA 6th referencing style both within the text and for listing references at the end of the article. Please refer to APA Publication Manual (6th Ed.).
  • Style: In general, authors should refer to APA 6th on all matters relating to structure, content and style. 

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Viewpoints

Viewpoints are articles that explore and reflect on controversies, ethical issues, or policy and practice developments that are of interest to the social work community. They should be no longer than 2,000 words including references.

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Book Reviews

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Classic Book Review

Classic book reviews are reviews of texts that are considered by the reviewer to have had a profound influence on the social work profession. Reviewers should describe the nature and significance of the text and may include reflections of its impact on their own practice. Classic book reviews can be up to 3,000 words in length. If you are interesed in writing a classic book review please contact an editor to discuss your intentions.

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Peer Review Process

All original articles undergo a rigorous, anonymous peer-review process including screening by the issue editors, refereeing by two anonymous reviewers and the editors’ final decision to publish.

Articles submitted to the viewpoints section are peer reviewed by one editor and one anonymous peer reviewer.

Book reviews are reviewed only by an editor.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

International Editorial Advisory Board

The journal has established an International Editorial Advisory Board drawn from both national and international communities of social work practitioners and educators. Members of the International Editorial Advisory Board have been selected for their expertise and experience in the publication of scholarly articles in the fields of social work, social welfare, community development practice, social policy, social work education and social work research. Currently, the board members are as follows:

  • Amanda Barusch, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Iain Fergusson, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland
  • Heather Fraser, Flinders University, South Australia
  • Kate Morris, University of Sheffield, England
  • Hong-Jae Park, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ming-sum Tsui, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Tracie Mafile’o, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Peter Mataira, University of Hawaii, US
  • Patrick Vakaoti, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Stephen Webb, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  • Dale Fitch, University of Missouri, US
  • Sue Young. University of Western Australia , Australia
  • Vasilios Ioakimidis, University of Durham, England
  • Uschi Bay, Monash University, Australia
  • Judy Gillespie, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Jo Warner, University of Kent, England
  • Nicki Weld, Stand Children’s Services, Tu Maia Whanau,New Zealand
  • Stephanie Wahab, Portland State University, United States
  • Steve Kirkwood, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Robert Harding, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
  • Susan Gair, James Cook University, Australia

 

Complaints Policy

Any complaint relating to the journal should, in the first instance be directed towards the Editor in Chief. The Editor in Chief is responsible for the timely and thorough investigation of all complaints and for reporting the outcome of their investigation to the complainant. 


In the event that the complainant is not satisfied with the Editor in Chief's response, or where the complaint is made against the Editor in Chief, the complainant may pursue his/her concerns with the Chief Executive of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.

Editor in Chief: e.beddoe@auckland.ac.nz

Chief Executive: LucySandford-Reed@anzasw.nz

 

Conflict of interest

Any member of the editorial collective (including the Editor in Chief) may submit a manuscript to the journal during their period of office but the following rules apply:

  • before submission, they must inform the editorial collective that they are about to submit
  • at this point, another member of the editorial collective is assigned to the article and assumes all responsibilities for appointment of reviewers and decisions on the paper
  • at no point is the submitting author involved in the reviewing or decision-making process


A manuscript submitted by an author who is employed at the same institution as a member of the editorial collective will be handled by one of the other members, or by the Editor in Chief. The member of the editorial collective who is employed at the same institution as the author will not be involved in selecting referees or making any decisions on the paper. 
 
If a manuscript is submitted by a family member of the Editor in Chief, or any member of the editorial collective, or by an author whose relationship with the Editor in Chief, or any member of the editorial collective, might create the perception of bias (for example, in terms of close friendship or conflict/rivalry), the Editor in Chief or member of the editorial collective involved, will declare a conflict of interest and the manuscript will be handled by another member of the editorial collective. The individual who has declared a conflict of interest will not be involved in selecting referees or making any decisions on the paper. 

If any member of the editorial collective, consider that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a manuscript or book for review, they will declare it to the editorial collective. In this case the review will be managed by another member of the editorial collective. The member of the editorial collective who has declared a conflict of interest will not have any input into selecting referees or making any decisions relating to the review.
 
Where the Book Review Editor is the sole author, co-author, editor, co-editor or contributor of a book that may be considered for review in the journal, or such a book is authored, co-authored edited, co-edited or contains material written by a person whose relationship with the Book Review Editor may create a perception of a conflict of interest (as described above), another member of the editorial collective (who is not at the same institution as the Book Review Editor) will handle the process. This will include the initial decision as to whether the book should be reviewed, the selection of reviewer and the decision whether to accept the review for publication. The process will be handled in such a way that the Book Review Editor does not have access to information or correspondence relating to the review.