CSWE Press publishes books and nonprint resources that address the needs of social work educators, practitioners, and students. Proposals are welcomed from authors who are interested in partnering with CSWE Press to produce essential social work education materials for a growing professional audience. In return, CSWE Press offers superior access to the educational community, strong peer review by recognized experts in the field, the well-known educational value of CSWE Press publications, and high-quality production that includes professional copyediting and indexing of manuscripts at no cost to the author.
Topic Areas of Interest
CSWE Press is interested in works that address emerging issues and innovations as well as traditional concerns of the profession. Broad areas of interest include the philosophy, theory, and practice of teaching; the process and evaluation of learning; and the organization and structure of social work education. CSWE Press also considers materials that explore practice issues as they relate to social work curricula and field work. Currently, the CSWE Council on Publications is particularly interested in receiving proposals on the following topics:
- Health care (including community and integrated health care)
- Interdisciplinary topics
- Teaching interprofessional collaboration
- Navigating the academy for new social workers (balancing teaching, scholarship, and service)
- Legal issues and ethics
- Social work and the law
- Online teaching
- Integrating micro and macro practice
- Genomics (ethics and practice implications)
- Environmental justice
- Privacy issues for students
- Human trafficking
- Social entrepreneurship
- Forensic social work
- Suicide prevention
- Narrative works of fiction written for use as teaching materials
Submitting a Proposal
Send proposals via e-mail to Elizabeth Simon.
Proposals must not be under consideration by any other publisher. The following components, submitted in electronic format only, make up a complete proposal:
- An overview of the contents, including a discussion of the proposed work's purpose and format (textbook, handbook, instructional videotape, reference source, etc.); its contribution to the knowledge base; and its theoretical/conceptual underpinnings
- A detailed outline summarizing each chapter's coverage and the development of the work, or an otherwise well-articulated summary of the content and development of the work
- A chapter from the proposed book that demonstrates the writing style and substantive review of the issues outlined in the proposal. If the work does not take the form of chapters, submit as much completed draft material as possible.
- Marketing information that discusses the intended audience (such as faculty, field instructors, students, researchers, practitioners), the timeliness of the material, publications in social work or other related fields that may compete with the proposed work, and ways this work will differ from these
- A time frame for completion of a draft for the proposed work
- CVs for all authors or editors
The Review Process
The Council on Publications reviews each proposal. If the proposal fits within the scope of CSWE Press's publications program, adequately addresses the topic area, and can be successfully marketed a publications agreement may be offered. Accepted manuscripts receive review by knowledgeable peers in the field. CSWE Press strives to respond to proposals within 4-6 weeks and to publish accepted works within 7 months thereafter.