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Publication contributions guide

Please use these guidelines if you would like to contribute to the AASW's quarterly digital magazine, Social Work Focus, and fortnightly e-newsletter, the National e-Bulletin.

Social Work Focus

Published digitally four times a year, Social Work Focus welcomes interesting articles relating to social work practice and research, and short industry news items. We also accept paid advertisements. From 2017, we will publish up to 10 articles related to the theme of each issue.

Advertise with us

For artwork supply deadlines and other booking information, download the Social Work Focus advertising booking form

2017 issues and themes

Social Work Focus is a quarterly magazine. Contributions from practitioners should reflect the theme of each issue.

Issue Theme Advertising & submission deadline
Autumn (April) Social work practice, disability & the NDIS 3 February 2017. Extended to 17 February
Winter (July) Social work practice & aged care 5 May 2017
Spring (October) Social work practice & mental health 4 August
Summer (December) Social work practice & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 6 October


We are after 10 high quality articles that relate to the theme of each issue of the magazine. They can be professional experiences, research undertakings and discoveries, career achievements, innovative practice, professional development, client stories and more. Social work is all about people and Social Work Focus is a professional magazine (not a journal) – so your article should be engaging.

  • Word limit: 400 (half page), 650 (one page); 1300 words (two pages, maximum)
  • Title and introduction: Please include a short proposed title and a 25 word introduction to your article that we can use to tell our readers what it’s about
  • Citing sources: If referring to a source, describe it within the text rather than add it as a citation. As the magazine is digital, we are happy for you to mention three important sources within your article as ‘named’ links (links that describe where they are going instead of spelling out the URL address). For example: In John Smith and Paula Scott’s trauma and innovation research report published by Martin & Co., the authors describe ...
  • When it's possible, please write your article in the third person rather than the first person. The third person point of view is a form of writing used by authors and publications in which a narrator relates all action in third person, using third person pronouns such as "he", "she", "it" and "they". More information about the use of first, second and third person can be found online at or NSW Schools

Introduction, author photograph and professional biography

A photo of the author and a short biography should accompany your article at the time of submission. We cannot begin working on it (or consider it for publication) until we receive these.

Photograph specifications: 300 x 300 dpi (high resolution) or between 2 and 4 MB in size. Supply as a JPEG file attachment to the email that includes your submission.

Professional biography: Between 25 and 50 words. Supply within the text of your submission or within the email that includes the submission

Citation, referencing, bibliography and footnotes

We do not publish reference lists, bibliographies or footnotes with our articles so please delete these from the text before you send it to us.

Article format

Your article should be written in Microsoft Word in either Calibri or Arial font, and contain minimal formatting. Please avoid using multiple headings. The AASW will not consider articles that criticise individuals or include libelous or defamatory comment.

Other illustrations

In addition to an author photo, we can accept one high resolution photo per article. Please supply this as a JPEG file, attached to the email that includes your submission. We cannot publish tables, charts or diagrams. Please credit the source of all photos not taken by you.

Publishing process

The AASW will consider your article and advise you if it has not been accepted. We edit and copyedit accepted articles and consult with authors during this process. We do not pay for articles we publish and will publish up to 10 articles related to the theme within each issue.


Word limit: 400 (half page)

We welcome short articles about developments or events within the industry for the news section of the magazine. These do not have to be related to the theme of the issue. Your news grab could be about an upcoming event, an award, new research for which you are seeking participants, a grant or scholarship you are offering or a key development within the industry or government that is relevant to social workers.

How to submit your article or industry news item

  1. Complete a Social Work Focus submission form. Please include a phone number and email address so we can contact you
  2. Attach to an email (Word documents): the submission form, your article or news item, a short biography, and your photo (as a high-quality, 300 x 300 dpi JPEG file attachment)
  3. Send this email to the AASW Bulletin Editor

National e-Bulletin

For the AASW’s fortnightly National e-Bulletin, we accept paid advertisements that link to a website and endorsed CPD event listings.

Paid advertisements

On the National e-Bulletin advertising booking form, please include a link to your website. This will provide our readers with more information. We cannot publish ads without web links.

AASW website

We do not accept promotional material or event listings on our website. We can, however, include in our event activities that have been endorsed by the AASW for continuing professional development (CPD). For more information about CPD endorsement, email AASW CPD.

More information

For more information about Social Work Focus and the National e-Bulletin:

Email the Bulletin Editor
T 02 6199 5011

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers