Philosophy of The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (JSSW) is an international publication housed in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University (WMU). The Journal is a part of ScholarWorks at WMU, a dynamic archive administered by WMU Libraries, with the goal of organizing, preserving, and increasing access to the Journal by placing previous volumes online in an open access platform.

The Journal’s mission is to promote the understanding of social welfare by applying social science knowledge, methodology, and technology to problems of social policy, politics, the social ecology, and social services. It also features an outstanding book review section as a regular feature of each issue.

Since its first printing in 1974, JSSW has published articles in such topics as social change, gender, race, homelessness, social welfare history, cultural diversity, international social welfare, and the social dimensions of health and mental health. It is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. At least one issue each year is devoted to a special theme.

JSSW welcomes a broad range of articles which analyze social welfare institutions, policies, or problems from a social scientific perspective or otherwise attempt to bridge the gap between social science theory and social work practice.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

{ top }

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, please contact the editors.


{ top }

Formatting Requirements


The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare requests that articles be submitted in APA format (7th ed.) in a 12-point font, double-spaced (including the abstract and references, but not indented material), with one-inch margins on all sides (tables may be submitted single-spaced). Please provide a running head and keywords with manuscript. Include tables and figures in the same document as the narrative. Due to space considerations, no more than 5 tables and/or figures may be included in an article. When including tables, please consider the page size of the printed version of the Journal and adjust table size accordingly for readability. Aim for approximately 18 pages, not counting tables and references. Avoid footnotes and endnotes if possible. Number pages and avoid using right justification of paragraphs.

Identifying information should be provided in a separate document which includes full contact information and any acknowledgments.

Gender and Disability Stereotypes
Please use gender neutral phrasing. Use plural pronouns and truly generic nouns ("labor force" instead of "manpower"). When dealing with disabilities, avoid making people synonymous with the disability they have ("employees with visual impairments" rather than "the blind"). Don’t magnify the disabling condition ("wheelchair user" rather than "confined to a wheelchair"). For further suggestions see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or Guide to Non-Sexist Language and Visuals, University of Wisconsin-Extension.

{ top }

Rights for Authors and JSSW at WMU

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to JSSW at WMU all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of JSSW at WMU, requires credit to JSSW at WMU as copyright holder (e.g., This article has previously been published in JSSW, Volume, Issue, page numbers, year of publication).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from JSSW at WMU provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's or authors' computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author's or authors' personal website(s), provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

{ top }

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the JSSW ScholarWorks at WMU website and/or software agree not to misuse the JSSW ScholarWorks at WMU service or software in any way.

The failure of JSSW or ScholarWorks at WMU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement, and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between JSSW ScholarWorks at WMU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

{ top }