How to Submit

The deadline to submit for the Fall 2016 issue is July 20th, 2016.

The Field Educator Journal was created to promote communication and knowledge exchange among social work field educators in academia and in the practice community. It offers a variety of presentations of innovative field education practice and research, using an online format for maximum accessibility.

The editors are seeking submissions for the journal sections listed below. All submissions must be received via to email to by July 20th, 2016 for consideration in our Fall 2016 issue (to be published in October).

Practice Digest Section – articles about current “hot button” issues in field or about new programs or placements in field education. “Hot button” issues include: scarcity of resources in field, conflicts about gatekeeping and the effectiveness of distance education. Innovations include: varieties of internship, collaborative training programs between schools and affiliated agencies and new models of supervision. Practice Digest articles are not peer-reviewed, however they do undergo rigorous review by the journal’s in house editors.

Field Scholar Section – formal and scholarly articles about a variety of subjects related to social work field education with a practice, theory or research focus. These subjects include: best practices in field instruction, measures of competencies in field, school-agency collaborations and innovative approaches to challenges in field education. Manuscripts submitted for this section will undergo peer-review.

Articles published in the peer-reviewed Field Scholar section of the Fall 2016 issue of the journal will be eligible for the 2016 Excellence in Field Education Scholarship Award.

Please refer to our entire list of instructions to authors available at prior to submission of articles to

Past issues of the journal are available at for review. We suggest reading these articles for the best sense of the articles that we deem worthy of publication.

Any and all questions can be emailed to

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 $500 prize will be awarded for an outstanding paper on social work field education. The winning paper will be announced at the 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


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.

Please submit all manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word format to


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