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. Submissions should be focused, well organized, and editorially sound. You must submit manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word format to [email protected].

Submissions must be prepared according to the standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not have been published with significantly similar content in another journal.

Please make sure to clearly indicate in your correspondence the specific section for which you are submitting your manuscript.  Instructions for each section follow.

Field Scholar

Field Scholar presents formal, scholarly articles about practice, theory, and research on a variety of subjects. All papers accepted for the Field Scholar section will be eligible to win the $500 Excellence in Field Education Scholarship Award. (Please see specific information regarding the award at the end of this page.)

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 reflecting upon and referencing one or more bodies of literature or systems of thought, and including implications for field education.

Practice focus: A paper analyzing and describing 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 that are primarily descriptive reports of programs should be considered for submission to the Practice Digest section.

Submissions to the Field Scholar section 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 10 to 25 pages in length, excluding references, tables, or figures. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with margins of 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 be compiled and emailed as one file. Please submit to [email protected]

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 and professional titles and mailing and e-mail addresses of all authors. The manuscript should be made anonymous with all references to authors’ identities removed.

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. All submissions should be clearly designated as Practice Digest manuscripts and sent to [email protected]. Students, field instructors, social work faculty, and field liaisons are encouraged to submit articles to Practice Digest.

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.

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

Please submit all manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word format to [email protected].


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