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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors

To submit a narrative, you have to Register.  Be sure you choose both Reader and Author so the submission link will show the next time to you log on.

The purpose of Reflections is to publish narratives, personal accounts that describe and explain the process of helping others and shaping social change over time. The journal seeks to build a literary tradition for critical study. It encourages stories that convey a sense of immediacy, portray practice across diverse populations and capture the range and variety of strategies and systems within the helping professions. The journal publishes stories of professional helpers such as ethicists, psychotherapists, community organizers, case and group workers, policy makers, family and child practitioners, health and mental healthcare providers; educators, researchers, and administrators in the helping professions. Historical and contemporary narratives are encouraged.

Narratives should give readers a fresh perspective about the practice of change. Narratives explain and describe events, results, conflicts, complicating actions, and how, why, and what was done. In narratives, the writer evaluates the experience, whether or not there is a resolution, and explores the meaning of the experience. Some narratives end with a coda; a perspective on what occurred.

Writing Instructions and Submission: Note: The above and below following editorial policies are subject to review by the Policy Advisory Board (in process of formation) and revision by the Publisher, Cleveland State University School of Social Work.  Manuscripts are peer reviewed.  Articles appropriate to the journal’s purpose are reviewed anonymously by members of the Narrative Review Board (in process of formation) and/or by Special Issue Editors.  Publication decisions require about two to four months. All articles are copyedited before publication.  Articles published in Reflections are published as PDF image files that are not searchable.  Reflections utilizes measures which prevent search engines such as Google from indexing published narratives.  However, authors names, article titles and abstracts will be searchable and the Journal will continue to be included in Social Work Abstracts and other citation databases.  This is because it was felt that the nature of the narratives is such that their content should not be searchable on the web.  Only registered Reflections readers will have access to the content.

Please see the Online Journal Site for further information prior to electronic submission.  However, for preliminary guidelines:

1. Authors are expected to use APA format, version 6, with two spaces after every sentence, but with no headers or footers or page numbers.  However, see #5 below for special formatting instructions, some of which also might not be strictly speaking APA style.

2. The manuscript length depends upon the temporal sequence of the event.

3. Make sure you include all information such as name, affiliation(s), address, and phone/fax numbers in your profile.  Do not include any of this identifying information in your submission.

4. Submit one electronic copy of a document formatted as follows:

a. Times New Roman 12 point font

b. Single spaced

c. Flush left

d. Non-justified

e. Full space between paragraphs

f. Headings are bold-faced and centered on the page with a full space above and below each heading

g. Sub-headings are bold-faced, flush left and with a full space above and below each sub-heading

5. The first line of your submission should be the word “Abstract,” bolded and centered, followed by a full space and then the text of the abstract.  The text of the abstract is to be followed by a full space, and then the title of the submission, bolded and centered.  The title is to be followed by a full space and then the text of your submission.

6. Once you have finished the article, make sure to get rid of metadata by:

a. Click on file

b. Click “Check for Issues”

c. Click “Inspect Document”

d. Click “Inspect”

e. Next to “Document Properties and Personal Information” click “Remove All”

7. Submit the article saved in RTF format, using File, Save As and choosing RTF.  Do not send it as a *.doc or *.wpd or other word processing format.

8. Be sure there is no metadata in the document identifying you.

Note: Names of persons and organizations mentioned in the articles published in Reflections should have been changed to protect their privacy.  Reflections disclaims responsibility for statements, either fact or opinion, made by contributors.