Author Guidelines

General information

The periodical peer-reviewed journal Social Work aims to promote dialogue between researchers from different branches of social science (social policy, social work, sociology, education, psychology, etc.) and to present interdisciplinary studies on social development and population problems in Lithuania, the EU, Eastern and Central European.

Social Work publishes original scientific articles, reviews of scholarly monographs and other publications, abstracts and other informative publications in the Lithuanian or English languages. Upon the decision of the Editorial Board, publications in other languages may be included. The academic journal Social Work publishes articles dealing with the issues from the fields of social policy, social work, sociology, psychology and education science.

The academic journal Social Work is published twice a year (in May and November).

The structure of article

The title of an article

Name and surname of the author(s)

An institution (scholarly or other) the author(s) is representing: its title, address, telephone, email

Abstract. Length of an abstract is 250-350 words. Abstract is written in the same language as the article. This is a brief one-paragraph-text about the research, presenting the essence of the research, its rationale, research methods applied, and key findings and/or the new questions raised.
Key words. Give 3-5 key words under which the article could be found in electronic search engines, key words should not repeat the title of the article.
Introduction. The introduction discovers the relevance and novelty of the research, states a research problem, identifies the object of research, and defines the aim and research methods applied, discusses the literature related to the research problem.
The main part of the article - the research stages –analysis the theoretical insights and discusses the research methodology and results. This paragraph is preferably divided into sections (and subsections), they are numbered, for example. 1., 1.1. etc. Introduction and Conclusions are not numbered.
Conclusions. The article ends with the summarizing text of scientific discussion or decisions. The conclusions discuss the survey results and the significance of the key general considerations related to the research problem studied and answered during the investigation. The research results are grounded.
If necessary, add Recommendations.
References. All the articles mentioned in the text must be specified in the reference list, which is compiled in alphabetical order in accordance with the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style (http://www.mruni.eu/mru_lt_dokumentai/biblioteka/pdf/APA_eng.pdf) . First, the positions according Latin alphabet are given, and then - in Cyrillic. It is desirable that the authors use the literature and list recent scholarly sources (published within the last five years), at least five of them are published in the scholarly periodicals indexed / abstracted in international databases.

Summary of the article in another language After the references the title of an article into English is provided together with name and surname of the author(s); an institution (scholarly or other) the author(s) is representing. If an article is published in Lithuanian, it should be followed by a detailed summary (2200 symbols, i.e. at least one page long) and keywords in English. If an article is published in English, it should be followed by a detailed summary (2200 symbols, i.e. at least one page long) and keywords in Lithuanian. The summary should include background and aim of research, brief description of methods, results and conclusions (if necessary, the recommendations might be added).
Acknowledgements.
If necessary, it could be expressed a gratitude to persons, organizations who were directly involved in the investigation or supported it. If the funding organization is named, the full (uncut) and precise name of it and the contract number should be provided.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The article should be original, previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


    The electronic manuscript should be sent in two files, the first the complete manuscript itself and the second a cover sheet with all details about the author(s) (name, title of qualification awarded, occupation, name and address of institution, e-mail address). Manuscripts have be in Microsoft Word format. Manuscript and a cover sheet with all details about the author(s) should be submited on Open Journal System (OJS) https://www3.mruni.eu/ojs/social-work.

  2. Authors must take responsibility for language editing of their article, it should be without spelling, punctuation and style errors.
  3. Length of text. The length of the text comprises 10-14 pages, including all the necessary parameters (or to 40 000 symbols with spaces), pages are numbered. Upon a decision of Editorial Board, a larger article may be included. Scientific reviews, abstracts and other informational publications in size should not exceed more than 5 pages.
  4. Formatting requirements: a text editor is Microsoft Word, font - Times New Roman size 12 pt, line spacing - 1.5 range, the text layout sheet - one side of A4 paper in one column, all the edges leaving no narrower than 25 mm margins.
  5. All artwork (figures, tables, pictures, etc.) are posted and centered there, where referred to in the text. Figures, tables, pictures, etc. are provided in the separate electronic file. Larger-scale graphic file can be placed at the top or bottom over its entire width. Figures, tables, pictures, etc. cannot be greater than a width of 175 mm (over all page). Suitable graphic file formats are Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), Word for Windows, Corel Draw, and Excel. Photos (color or black and white) must be of good quality, suitable for printing black and white. Figures, tables, pictures, etc. should be numbered consecutively. Names of figures, drawings, photographs, appear on the bottom, names of the tables - at the top. The names of the figures and tables are provided in both - Lithuanian and English languages, for example, 1 pav., Fig. 1; 3 lentele, Table 3. References to images or their parts in the text are provided in parenthesis, for example (see Figure 1. A). Placing any figure, table, picture published in another source, please, refer the original source.
  6. Literature references in the text, spelling of names, abbreviations, foreign language terms. In the text references to literature sources are given in parenthesis, eg. (Giddens, 2009). The names of Lithuanian authors in the text and list of references are written using Lithuanian characters; names of other authors are written using Latin alphabet. Literature references originated in Cyrillic are transliterated into Latin alphabet using the transliteration rules of the GOST standard (GOSSTANDART Rossii). The names often repeated in the text may be shortened. For the first time the full name is written (giving in parentheses its short form - abbreviation). Further in the text it could be used an abbreviation only, for example, Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), further in the text - just MRU.
    Foreign language terms are given in parentheses Italic type, such as “separate spheres model (in Lithuanian, atskiru sferu modelis)”.
  7. Submitted articles are reviewed by the double-blind method (the information identifying author(s) and reviewers is classified). Each article shall be appointed at least two referees - scientists with a degree in the relevant field.


    An approved article must be corrected by the author according to reviewers and editors comments, or author must argue why comments have not been taken into account. The author should send the revised article and its electronic copy to the Editorial Board no later than two weeks after receiving reviews and editor's remarks.


    If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors contributing to Social Work agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public (CC BY-NC-ND) License, allowing third parties to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it, under the condition that the authors are given credit, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this licence are made clear.


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