Child & Family Social Work

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 2

Edited By: Susan White

Impact Factor: 0.831

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 20/38 (Social Work); 26/38 (Family Studies)

Online ISSN: 1365-2206



Author Guidelines


The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

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3.1. Getting Started

1. GENERAL
Child & Family Social Work provides a forum where researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and managers in the field exchange knowledge, increase understanding and develop notions of good practice. In its promotion of research and practice, which is both disciplined and articulate, the Journal is dedicated to advancing the wellbeing and welfare of children and their families throughout the world.

Child & Family Social Work publishes original and distinguished contributions on matters of research, theory, policy and practice in the field of social work with children and their families. The Journal gives international definition to the discipline and practice of child and family social work.

Please read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in Child & Family Social Work. Authors are encouraged to visit Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.


2. ETHICAL GUIDELINES
Child & Family Social Work adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research. 

2.1. Authorship and Acknowledgements
Authorship
: Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the conception and design and/or analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship.

Child & Family Social Work adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE authorship criteria should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of, or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2 and 3.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements: Under Acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interests if appropriate. Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included.

2.2. Ethical Approvals
Experimental Subjects: experimentation involving human subjects will only be published if such research has been conducted in full accordance with ethical principles, including the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (version 2002) and the additional requirements, if any, of the country where the research has been carried out. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject and according to the above mentioned principles. A statement regarding the fact that the study has been independently reviewed and approved by an ethical board should also be included. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there are doubts as to whether appropriate procedures have been used.

2.3. Appeal of Decision
Authors who wish to appeal the decision on their submitted paper may do so by e-mailing the editor with a detailed explanation for why they find reasons to appeal the decision.

2.4. Permissions
If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

2.5. Copyright Assignment
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley's Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

3. ONLINEOPEN

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.


4. SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cfsw. The use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts.

Complete instructions for submitting a paper are available online and below.

4.1. Getting Started
Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 7.0, 7.1, or 7.2, Safari 1.2.4, or Firefox 1.0.4) and go to the journal's online Submission Site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cfsw.

  • Log-in or click the 'Create Account' option if you are a first-time user.
  • If you are creating a new account.
    - After clicking on 'Create Account', enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important.
    - Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next.'
    - Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click 'Finish'.
  • If you have an account, but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the journals online submission  
    system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cfsw and enter your e-mail address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and a new temporary 
    password. 
  • Log-in and select 'Author Center

4.2. Submitting Your Manuscript

  • After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a Manuscript' link in the menu bar.
  • Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.
  • Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
  • You are required to upload your files.
    - Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
    - Select the designation of each file in the drop-down menu next to the Browse button.
    - When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
  •  Review your submission (in HTML and PDF format) before sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

Getting Help with Your Submission
Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at http://mcv3support.custhelp.com.    Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week through the US ScholarOne Support Office on: +1 434 817 2040, ext 167. If you do not have Internet access or cannot submit online, the Editorial Office can assist. Please contact Paula Doherty at CFSEditorialOffice@lancaster.ac.uk at the Editorial Office.

4.3. Copyright Transfer Agreement
It is a condition of publication that authors grant the Publisher the exclusive licence to publish all articles including abstracts. Papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless the exclusive licence to publish has been granted.
This form can be downloaded by following the ‘Instructions & Forms’ link from http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cfsw.

4.4. Manuscript Files Accepted
Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rft) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to HTML and PDF on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. Figure tags should be included in the file. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines= below.

Please note that any manuscripts uploaded as Word 2007 (.docx) will be automatically rejected. Please save any .docx file as .doc before uploading.

4.5. Blinded Review
All manuscripts submitted to Child & Family Social Work will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Child & Family Social Work uses double-blinded review. The names of the reviewers will thus not be disclosed to the author submitting a paper and the name(s) of the author(s) will not be disclosed to the reviewers.

To allow double-blinded review, please submit (upload) your main manuscript and title page as separate files.

Please upload:

  • Your manuscript without title page under the file designation 'main document'
  •  Figure files under the file designation 'figures'
  •  The title page, Acknowledgements and Conflict of Interest Statement where applicable, should be uploaded under the file designation 'title page'

    All documents uploaded under the file designation 'title page' will not be viewable in the HTML and PDF format you are asked to review at the end of the submission process. The files viewable in the HTML and PDF format are the files available to the reviewer in the review process.

4.6. Suspension of Submission Mid-way in the Submission Process
You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. The manuscript can then be located under 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts' and you can click on 'Continue Submission' to continue your submission when you choose to.

4.7. E-mail Confirmation of Submission

After submission you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail after 24 hours, please check your e-mail address carefully in the system. If the e-mail address is correct please contact your IT department. The error may be caused by spam filtering software on your e-mail server. Also, the e-mails should be received if the IT department adds our e-mail server (uranus.scholarone.com) to their whitelist.

4.8. Manuscript Status
You can access Manuscript Central any time to check your 'Author Center' for the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

4.9. Submission of Revised Manuscripts
Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 3 months of authors being notified of conditional acceptance pending satisfactory revision. Locate your manuscript under 'Manuscripts with Decisions' and click on 'Submit a Revision' to submit your revised manuscript. Please remember to delete any old files uploaded when you upload your revised manuscript. Please also remember to upload your manuscript document separate from your title page.


5. MANUSCRIPT TYPES ACCEPTED
Manuscripts should normally be a maximum of 7000 words, including abstract and references, although shorter papers will be welcomed. One copy of an abstract, not exceeding 200 words, should accompany the manuscript. The abstract should be followed by up to six keywords. The title page should display the title of the paper; names of the author(s); position and place of work; and the full postal address, telephone number and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. All figures and tables should be referred to in the text and their appropriate positions indicated in the text. The use of footnotes should be avoided. Details of research methodology should be included in the manuscript where appropriate.

The Editors welcome the following scholarly papers:

Review Papers These will be actively encouraged. Prospective authors should initially discuss their proposals with the Editor.

Research Review Section A review of recent research in a particular area or report on research currently underway are welcomed in this section and should be sent direct to the Research Review Editor. These articles should be 3000 words in length and should provide an opportunity to consider the research in some detail.

Policy Digest Section This section publishes brief contributions (around 1000 words) on policy debates in different countries or short policy articles. Contributions are welcomed.

Special Issues From time to time the Editor may commission a special issue of the Journal which will take the form of a number of papers devoted to a particular theme.

Book Reviews Books for review should be sent to Paula Doherty. Email: CFSEditorialoffice@lancaster.ac.uk

6. MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE

6.1. Format
Language: The language of publication is English. Authors for whom English is a second language must have their manuscript professionally edited by an English speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality. It is preferred that manuscripts are professionally edited. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Optimizing Your Abstract for Search Engines
Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimizing your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximize the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

6.2. References
Harvard style must be used. In the text the names of authors should be cited followed by the date of publication, e.g. Adams & Boston (1993). Where there are three or more authors, the first author's name followed by et al. should be used in the text, e.g. Goldberg et al. (1994). The reference list should be prepared on a separate sheet with names listed in alphabetical order. The references should list authors' surnames and initials, date of publication, title of article, name of book or journal, volume number or edition, editors, publisher and place of publication. In the case of an article or book chapter, page numbers should be included routinely.

Examples of references

  • Glaser, D. & Frosh, S. (1988) Child Sexual Abuse. Macmillan, Basingstoke. 
  • Buchanan, A. (1997) The Dolphin Project: the impact of the Children Act. In: Participation and Empowerment in Child Protection (eds C. Cloke & M. Davies), 
    pp. 120-139. John Wiley, Chichester.
  • Packman, J. & Jordan, W. (1991) The Children Act: looking forward, looking back. British Journal of Social Work, 21, 315-327.

The editor and publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see www.doi.org/ for more information. If an author cites anything which does not have a DOI they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:
www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:
www.refman.com/support/rmstyles.asp


6.3. Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Tables: These should only be used to clarify important points.  Tables must, as far as possible, be self-explanatory.  Tables must be typewritten on a separate sheet. No vertical rules should be used. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings. All abbreviations should be defined in a footnote. The tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.

Figures: All graphs, drawings and photographs are considered figures and should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals.  Each figure should have a legend and all legends should be typed together on a separate sheet and numbered correspondingly. 

All figures and artwork must be provided in electronic format.  Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS) and bitmap files (e.g. halftones) or clinical or in vitro pictures in Tagged Image Format (TIFF). In the full-text online edition of the Journal, figure legends must be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

Colour illustrations are acceptable when found necessary by the Editor; however, the author may be asked to contribute towards the cost of printing.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication
Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (line art) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). Please submit the data for figures in black and white. EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art:  >600 dpi; halftones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley’s guidelines for figures: http://authorservices.wiley.com/prep_illust.asp

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/eachecklist.asp

Permissions: If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publisher.

6.4. Supporting Information
Publication in electronic formats has created opportunities for adding details or whole sections in the electronic version only. Authors need to work closely with the editors in developing or using such new publication formats.

Supporting information, such as data sets or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the print edition of the journal, but which will be viewable via the online edition, can be submitted.

It should be clearly stated at the time of submission that the Supporting Information is intended to be made available through the online edition. If the size or format of the Supporting Information is such that it cannot be accommodated on the Journal's website, the author agrees to make the Supporting Information available free of charge on a permanent website, to which links will be set up from the Journal's website. The author must advise John Wiley & Sons Pte Ltd if the URL of the website where the Supporting Information is located changes. The content of the Supporting Information must not be altered after the paper has been accepted for publication.

The availability of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the References, headed 'Supporting Information' and providing titles of figures, tables, etc. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on the author’s website cannot be reviewed. The Supporting Information  is an integral part of the article and will be reviewed accordingly.


7. AFTER ACCEPTANCE
Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the manuscript will be forwarded to the Production Editor who is responsible for the production of the journal.

7.1. Proof Corrections
The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website.  A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author.  The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site.

Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

Proofs must be returned to the Production Editor within three days of receipt.
Proofs must be returned to the typesetter within three days of receipt. Please note that if you have registered for production tracking e-mail alerts in Author Services, there will be no e-mail for the proof corrections received stage.  This will not affect e-mails alerts for any later production stages.

As changes to proofs are costly, we ask that you only correct typesetting errors. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. Other than in exceptional circumstances, all illustrations are retained by the publisher. Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor.

7.2. Early View (Publication Prior to Print)

Child & Family Social Work is covered by John Wiley & Sons' Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

7.3. Author Services
Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.

.com/bauthor/ for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.
For more substantial information on the services provided for authors, please see 

-Blackwell Author Services

7.4. Author Material Archive Policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Blackwell Publishing will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication.
If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible.

7.5. Offprints and Extra Copies
A PDF offprint of the online published article will be provided free of charge to the corresponding author, and may be distributed subject to the Publisher's terms and conditions. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click on the following link, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: offprint.cosprinters.com/cos/bw/main.jsp?SITE_ID=bw&FID=USER_HOME_PG

If you have queries about offprints please e-mail offprint@cosprinters.com

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