How to Submit

The Field Educator is dedicated to the exchange of knowledge between field educators in academia and in the practice community. Submissions are encouraged from field directors, field liaisons, field instructors and teaching faculty, as well as practice educators from other countries and practitioners from other disciplines that rely on internships as part of professional education.

Submit an Article

Submissions should be focused, well organized, and editorially sound. You may submit manuscripts electronically to fieldeducator@simmons.edu. We do not accept submissions by mail. All submissions must be prepared according to the standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be submitted for consideration for different sections of the journal. Please refer to the detailed instructions for manuscript formatting in each section listed below.

In order to be eligible for publication in the April issue of the journal, articles must be submitted by February 15, 2014. In order to be eligible for publication in the October issue, articles must be submitted by July 1, 2014.

Field Scholar

Field Scholar presents formal, scholarly articles about practice, theory and research on a variety of subjects. These subjects include best practices in field instruction, measures of competencies in field, school-agency collaborations and innovative approaches to challenges in field education. All papers accepted for the Field Scholar section will be eligible to win the $1000 Excellence in Field Education Scholarship Award.

Research focus: A paper reporting on original research, based on the systematic collection and analysis of the data or facts, with relevance to some aspect of field education.

Theory focus: A paper which reflects upon and references one or more bodies of literature or systems of thought, and includes implications for field education.

Practice focus: A paper that analyzes and describes innovative or exemplary practices or programs. This may take the form of a case study, narrative or technical report. The outcomes may be improved frameworks, concepts, understandings or structures, with relevance to field education. Authors are encouraged to describe the evidence base for their content and to include a comprehensive literature review. Articles which are primarily descriptive reports of programs should be considered for submission to the Practice Digest section.

Submissions to Field Scholar will be reviewed for rigor and relevance by members of a panel of noted field educators from the US and abroad; the list of consulting editors can be found in About Us.

Articles should be ten to twenty-five pages in length. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with margins at least one inch on all sides. Please number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper.  Tables and figures should be cited in the text and then included at the end of the manuscript. A short, descriptive title should appear above each table with any footnotes identified below. Figures should be labeled. Captions should be double-spaced.

Please also summarize the article in an abstract of not more than 100 words, and list three to five keywords for database indexing at the bottom of the abstract page.

The manuscript text (including abstract), figures, and tables should all be compiled and emailed as one file.

 To facilitate anonymous review, only the article title should appear on the first page of the manuscript. A cover page should be submitted as a separate file from the manuscript and include the title of the paper, professional titles and mailing and e-mail addresses of all authors. The manuscript should be made anonymous with all references to authors’ identities removed. The blinded manuscript will be sent to two consulting editors for review.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not have been published with significantly similar content in another journal. Authors who wish clarification about this guideline should consult the Editor.

Practice Digest

This section presents four- to ten-page articles about current “hot button” issues in field or about new programs or placements in field education. “Hot button” issues include subjects like scarcity of resources in field, conflicts about gate-keeping, or the effectiveness of distance education. Innovations include varieties of internship, collaborative training programs between schools and affiliated agencies, or new models of supervision. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with numbered pages, and all manuscript components should be emailed as one file. Since the Practice Digest articles are not peer-reviewed, it is not necessary to make the manuscripts anonymous.

Students Speak

Current social work students are encouraged to send two- to four-page reports about their ideas and experiences in field education. Reports should be double-spaced.


Other ways to contribute

Readers can contribute to the Field Educator in other ways:

Resources

This section guides readers to a variety of online resources. Please contribute information about any links to newsletters, podcasts, etc., from field departments or consortia.

News and Notes

This section highlights news from the field. Please send news about field positions open or recently filled, grants received, new programs or names of recent presentations or publications.

What We’re Reading

This section offers brief summaries of the findings of recent articles and books about field education. Please let us know about current articles or books on social work field education that should be brought to readers’ attention.


Excellence in Field Education Scholarship Award

The Simmons School of Social Work and the Field Educator sponsor an annual award to promote excellence in field education scholarship. A $1,000 prize will be awarded for an outstanding paper on social work field education. The winning paper will be announced at the 2014 Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and will be published in the Field Educator. All entries must meet the submission guidelines for the Field Scholar section of the Field Educator.

In addition, papers will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • demonstrates rigor and relevance in addressing an important issue regarding field education
  • contributes to the advancement of understanding and innovation in field education

Eligibility:

Papers must be submitted and accepted to the Field Scholar section of the Field Educator for consideration.

Papers must be original manuscripts not previously published or submitted to other publications while under consideration by the jury.

Articles which are published in the peer-reviewed Field Scholar section of the April 2014 issue of the journal and articles accepted for publication in the Field Scholar section of the October 2014 issue will be eligible for the 2014 Excellence in Field Education Scholarship Award.

Please submit all manuscripts electronically to fieldeducator@simmons.edu.

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