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Affilia

Published in Association with Women and Social Work, Inc.
Journal of Women and Social Work

eISSN: 15523020 | ISSN: 08861099 | Current volume: 36 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

In 1986, the founding editors created Affilia as a dedicated space for feminist voices, underrepresented in mainstream social work journals, and the topical and methodological challenges that these marginalized voices raised for the field and the discipline. Articulating innovative feminist voices and perspectives has steadfastly remained the substance of the scholarship published in the journal.

The mission of Affilia is to give voice to the myriad ways that feminist praxis manifests in social work. As such, Affilia is a living record of feminist social work and inquiry. Realization of its mission to provide an alternative space necessarily shifts as the material conditions and ideas change over time. Consideration of whose voices and perspectives—what identities, from which social, geographical, and theoretical locations—should be included in the forged space of Affilia is, therefore, subject to ongoing review, reexamination, and renewal. Affilia’s editorial board embraces its responsibility to continually trouble its own views and assumptions.

Contemporary feminisms are grounded in critical, intersectional analysis of lived experiences of individuals and groups located in the context of complex structures, systems, and discourses of power and privilege. Affilia seeks exceptional scholarship—ground-breaking, thought-provoking works that challenge taken-for-granted knowledges, raise new questions, generate innovative theories and methodologies, reflect feminist social work’s global diversity, and illuminate alternative pathways for social work theory, research, practice, and teaching.

See the latest winner of the Affilia Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work here.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work is dedicated to the discussion and development of critical feminist values, theories, and knowledge as they relate to social work and social welfare research, education, and practice. The intent of Affilia is to bring insight and knowledge to the task of eliminating discrimination and oppression, especially with respect to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, and disability.

Editors-in-Chief
Sara Goodkind University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Mimi Kim California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, USA
Jennifer Zelnick Touro College, New York, NY, USA
Associate Editor
Elizabeth Beck Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Janet L. Finn University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA
Nicole Moulding University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Editorial Assistant
Sam Harrell Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
Editorial Board
Laina Bay-Cheng University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA
Ramona Beltrán University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO, USA
Margaret (Meg) F. Gibson Renison University College, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Kalei Kanuha University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Mery Diaz New York City College of Technology, New York, NY, USA
Sarah Mountz University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY, USA
Tina K. Sacks University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
Barbara L. Simon Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Shweta Singh Loyola University Chicago, USA
Jessica Toft University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, USA
Quenette L. Walton University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Houston, TX, USA
Consulting Editors
Ben Anderson-Nathe Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
Samira Bano Ali University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Stephanie Begun University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sandra Butler University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA
Candace Christensen University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA
Sandra Leotti University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
Kathryn Libal University of Connecticut
Maria Liegghio York University, Toronto, ON, CA, Canada
Rebecca A. Matthew University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Selena Rodgers City University of New York, York College, Jamaica, NY, USA
Mahasin Saleh Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
Sunny Sinha Marywood University, Scranton, PA, USA
Eliana Suarez Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, CA, Canada
Emma Tseris University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Jijian Voronka Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CA, Canada
Corinne Warrener Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sarah Wendt University of South Australia, Magill, SA, Australia
Carole Zufferey University of South Australia, Magill, SA, Australia
Book Review Editor
Barbara L. Simon Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Corporate Board
Patricia O’Brien University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Fariyal Ross-Sheriff Howard University, Washington DC, USA
Victoria Stanhope New York University, New York, NY, USA
Sandra Turner Fordham University, New York, NY, USA
Karen F. Wyche The George Washington University, DC, USA
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  • Affilia’s mission is to give voice to myriad ways in which feminist praxis manifests in social work. Articulating innovative feminist voices and perspectives has steadfastly remained the substance of the scholarship published in the journal. In keeping with this vision, Affilia seeks exceptional scholarship—ground-breaking, thought-provoking works that challenge taken-for-granted knowledges, raise new questions, generate innovative theories and methodologies, reflect feminist social work’s global diversity, and illuminate alternative pathways for social work theory, research, practice, and teaching

    Affilia publishes a wide range of writings and analysis, including empirical research, conceptual papers, short-form essays on topics of current interest, and critical book reviews.

    Affilia seeks to bring insight and knowledge to the task of eliminating discrimination and oppression. To this end, the journal is dedicated to the discussion and development of feminist practices, theories, and knowledges, and the articulation of their relationship to social work and social welfare research, education, policy, and practice. All manuscripts submitted to Affilia should indicate their engagement with the above goals, whether in critique, extension, or opposition.

    Affilia publishes original work. Please review guidelines on prior publication to see whether your manuscript is appropriate. 

    SAGE offers Open Access options. Please see here for more.

    Submission Categories

    Empirical Articles

    Affilia invites original empirical manuscripts that are informed by a range of quantitative and qualitative methodological traditions including (but not limited to): statistical analysis using descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental and/or experimental methods; and content or narrative analysis, grounded theory, phenomenology, discourse analysis, historical analysis, case studies, ethnographies, participatory action research and/or arts-based methods.

    In general, a submission should include:

    • A manuscript consisting of no more than 30 pages (double-spaced) inclusive of figures, tables, and references; exclusive of abstract;
    • A title of no more than 20 words;
    • An abstract of no more than 200 words that describes the research study, methods, and key contributions to feminist social work;
    • Verification that all research that involved human subjects underwent an institutional ethical review (e.g. human subjects or ethics review);
    • A literature review, methods section, results, discussion of analysis and/or findings, and discussion of key implications and contributions. We recognize that qualitative manuscripts often integrate results and discussion in a “findings” section and that other methods may also lead to some variation in sections. The methods section should provide details about the research design, data collection, and data analysis steps.
    • Engagement with feminist theories in one or more of its sections (e.g., literature review, methods, results, discussion, implications).

    Conceptual Articles

    Affilia welcomes conceptual (theoretical and/or perspective) articles of relevance to feminist social work. Such scholarship will provide new theoretical insights, advance existing perspectives or views on theories or practices, introduce new concepts, or explicate alternative perspectives. Conceptual articles may also take the form of position papers that examine current issues, recent developments, or future directions relevant to the social work profession. Submissions in this category should offer a unique and compelling contribution to social work research, teaching, and/or practice. They should not simply summarize existing literature and perspectives.

    In general, a submission should include:

    • A manuscript consisting of no more than 30 pages (double-spaced) inclusive of figures, tables, and references; exclusive of abstract;
    • A title of no more than 20 words;
    • An abstract of no more than 200 words that describes the article’s main points and key contributions to feminist social work.
    • An introduction, background section, clear purpose or aim (“roadmap”), methodology (if applicable), key arguments with support literature, and a discussion of key implications and contributions. (Affilia does not require these particular section headings but authors are encouraged to write theoretical, conceptual, or perspective articles that are conceptually clear and logically coherent.)

    In Brief

    In Brief is a space for practitioners, educators, and researchers to raise and discuss pressing issues of the day or to report on new developments and innovations in a less prescribed format than a full-length manuscript. We welcome pieces focused on proposed or recently implemented policies of relevance for feminist social work, as well as reflexive commentary on experiences in social work academia. Other In Brief pieces may focus on teaching, methods, or practice. The In Brief format is intended for short commentaries or opinion pieces on current issues of relevance to feminist social work, not for reporting the outcomes of empirical or conceptual projects. Manuscripts will undergo the same process of anonymous peer-review as empirical and conceptual manuscripts. 

    In general, a submission should include:

    • A manuscript consisting of no more than 10 pages (double-spaced) inclusive of figures, tables, and references; exclusive of abstract;
    • A title of no more than 20 words;
    • An abstract of no more than 100 words that describes the content and key contributions to feminist social work

    Book Reviews

    Affilia publishes reviews of recent books of relevance to critical feminisms, social work, social welfare policy, and gender studies. If you are interested in suggesting a book for review or in reviewing a book for Affilia, please email the book review editor, Dr. Barbara Levy Simon (bls1@columbia.edu). Affilia does not accept unsolicited book reviews. When you have completed your book review, one that Dr. Simon has already authorized, please submit it directly to the book review editor (bls1@columbia.edu).

    In general, book reviews are:

    • 600 – 900 words in length; additional space may be allotted to reviews that cover two or more books under a common theme.
    • offer a critical description and analysis of the book (not a summary).
    • use language and a writing style accessible to Affilia’s diverse readership.
    • double spaced with 1-inch margins and prepared using a standard serif font (preferably Times New Roman); 12-point.
    • use reference style specified in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    1) Title Page must include the following:

    • Full title of book that is being reviewed
    • Name of the book’s author(s) or editor(s), year of publication, location of publication, publishing company, number of pages in the book, ISBN number, and cost of one format (paperback or cloth)
    • Each author’s complete name, institutional affiliation(s,), and email address

    2) Key Words. Identify a short list of terms that is pertinent.

    3) Main Document. Begin the book review text on a new page headed by the full title of the book you are reviewing, the name of the author(s) or editor(s) of the book, year of publication in parentheses, location of publisher, publisher’s name, number of pages in the book, cost of one format of the book (paperback or cloth), and ISBN number.

    Quotations from the book under review: If you include a quotation from the book you are reviewing, please identity in parentheses the page number from which you took the quotation (e.g., p. 12).

    Electronic Submission:

    All book reviews must be submitted first by email to the book review editor, Barbara Levy Simon (bls1@columbia.edu). Once she returns your book review to you with edits, finalize the document and submit it electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/affilia.

    Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGE Track system powered by ScholarOne.

    Examples of conflicts of interest with potential reviewers include (but are not limited to):

    The book reviewer is a contributor to the book that is being reviewed.

    The reviewer has collaborated with any of the authors within the past two years.

    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts should be formatted according to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual) (e.g., 1-inch margins; double-spaced text; 12-point). Use Times New Roman font. You can download a template for a 7th edition APA-formatted manuscript here

    Manuscript components should be submitted in the following sequence: title page, abstract, main document, references, appendices, tables, and figures. 

    Please review the bias-free language updates from the 7th edition APA Manual, including the use of singular they

    Manuscript Components

    Title Page must include the following:

    • Full article title
    • Acknowledgments and credits
    • Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
    • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    Main Document: Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    Headings and Subheadings: Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. See the table below for 7th edition APA heading levels. 

     

    1   

    Centered, Bold, Title Case Heading

    2   

    Flush Left, Bold, Title Case Heading

    3   

    Flush Left, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading

    4   

    Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. Begins on same level and

    continues as a regular paragraph.

    5   

    Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. Begins on same level and

    continues as a regular paragraph.

     

    Citations: For each in-text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list, and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding in-text citation. In-text citations come after quotation marks and before punctuation. 

    Block Quotes: Format quotations that are 40 words or more as a block quote (start a new line and indent the entire quote 0.5 inch; do not use quotation marks; type the attribution in parentheses after the punctuation). 

    Footnotes: If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a footnote (number formatted in superscript) following all punctuation marks except for a  dash ( — ), in which case, the footnote should appear before the dash. If a footnote appears in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. Authors are encouraged to use footnotes only when absolutely necessary. 

    References: References should follow 7th edition APA standards, including double-spaced text and hanging indent formatting. The following website has some citation information:

    https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/apa_changes_7th_edition.html

    Tables: Tables should only be used when necessary to efficiently present information. Tables should be added at the end of the manuscript, numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. Each table must have a brief explanatory title. The body of the table should be single-spaced. All columns should have a separate heading, and all abbreviations should be explained. The approximate location of the table should be noted in the main document with the notation [Table X here]. For a quick reference, see

    https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/apa_tables_and_figures.html

    Figures: Figures should be added at the end of the manuscript, numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. Figures should be in grayscale and their resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission. The approximate location of the figure should be noted in the main document with the notation [Figure X here]. For a quick reference, see

    https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/apa_tables_and_figures.html.

    Submission Instructions

    Electronic Submission: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/affilia. Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGE Track system powered by ScholarOne.

    Anonymous Review: Please ensure that the manuscript is masked for anonymous peer-review in the text and reference section. This includes all references to manuscript authors’ names and academic institutions. Please use “(Author)” to indicate that you are referencing your own work. Redact any other identifying information.

    Cover Letter: Please include a cover letter in your submission indicating that the manuscript being submitted is for exclusive consideration of Affilia and has not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Feel free to include any other brief, relevant information.

    Manuscript Publication

    Permissions: The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in Affilia. Authors are required to submit written permission to reprint, from the original publisher, any quoted material of 300 words or more from a single source (journal article or book); any quoted material from a newspaper (especially The New York Times), a poem, or a song (even a phrase); and any table or figure reproduced from another work. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Is my submission appropriate for Affilia?

    Answer: Consult Affilia’s Aims and Scope page. If you are still unsure, please contact the editor with specific questions about your topic: jennifer.zelnick@touro.edu

    Question: I am having trouble submitting my manuscript on ScholarOne. Who can I contact?

    Answer: ScholarOne has a free technical support line: 1-888-503-1050. You may also contact the Affilia editorial assistant at saha2@pdx.edu.

    Question: I submitted my manuscript. When will I be notified of the decision? 

    Answer: If your manuscript is not selected for review, you should receive an email within 1-3 weeks. If your manuscript is selected for review, it will be assigned reviewers and a decision is typically made within several weeks, depending on the availability of reviewers. Manuscripts may go through several rounds of review before a final decision is made. The status of your manuscript should be visible to you in ScholarOne. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, it will go through a final round of edits with SAGE before being published on the Online First section of Affilia with a doi number. The manuscript will later be batched for publication in an upcoming issue of the journal.

    Question: English is not my first language. Where can I seek writing support?

    Answer: Please see the following resource offered by SAGE: http://languageservices.sagepub.com/en/

    Question: How do I go about resubmitting a manuscript that was not accepted for review?

    Answer: All decisions are final; however, you are encouraged to consider submitting other work.

    Question: I am a new scholar/recent graduate and would like to get experience. How can I get involved with the journal?

    Answer: Contact the Editors-in-Chief with your areas of expertise in content, methods, and theory in order to be considered as a guest reviewer or to complete a book review.

    Question: I am committed to the study of gender, critical feminism and social work and would like to get involved in the journal in a long-term capacity. How can I be considered for a position with Affilia?

    Answer: The journal typically puts out an annual call for applications for the position of Consulting Editor and Editorial Board Member. Check the website for details or contact the Editors-in-Chief at jennifer.zelnick@touro.edu.

    ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID

    ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. We collect ORCID iDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID iD then becomes part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    Preprints

    Affilia may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    Visit the SAGE Journals and Preprints page for more details about preprints.

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