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Author Guidelines

NASW welcomes submissions to our Social Work Pulse blog from guest authors on matters of social work employment and education that are relevant to our audience of professional social workers and social work students.

Blog posts will inform the wider social work community about key issues, and help stimulate a lively dialogue about complex or contentious matters affecting the social work profession.  We are primarily interested in posts that help inform, inspire and engage social workers in a meaningful way and encourage broader discussion online.

All submissions will be considered, but will be processed faster, and have a better likelihood of being accepted, if you follow these guidelines. Please note: NASW reserves the right to reject and/or edit any blog post that is submitted. Feel free to contact us before you start writing if you aren’t sure if your topic is appropriate (swpulse@naswdc.org).

If you would like to submit a guest post to this blog, follow the instructions below for consideration. Only guest posts that meet these criteria will be considered for publishing.


1. The post must be grammatically correct and well-written.

2. Make sure the topic is relevant to professional social workers and/or social work students.

3. Authors must be professional Social Workers or Social Work students.

4. Every article should be accompanied by an author photo and author bio, which should include the author’s full name, degree information, licenses or certifications, job title, and employing organization.  The bio should be no more than four sentences.

5. Guest posts must be original and may not have been previously published online. All submissions will be verified for originality using tools such as Copyscape.com or Plagium.com. Any plagiarized work will be rejected and/or removed from the Social Work Pulse website.

6. The post must not include marketing-related links and must not be self-promotional. It is very unlikely that we will publish any blog posts that are submitted solely to showcase a website, product, person, blog or upcoming event.  Should you include any promotional information in the blog post, we will still consider it, but we reserve the right to remove the promotional language.

6. To increase likelihood of acceptance, try to keep your word count under 1,000. We prefer posts of 600-800 words, but recognize that some bloggers need a bit more space.

7. Unless your blog is ‘timely’ (i.e., it is responding to an issue that is currently in the news), NASW reserves the right to save it for future publication. Approved guest posts will be published within a week of being approved, or held for a future date if the content is not time-sensitive. NASW will notify you the day before your blog is posted.

8. You will receive an email notice if your article will not be used.

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