Grading Rubric

Below is an outline of our grading rubric. The editorial board uses these four factors to rate overall quality and scholarship. Prospective authors should meet all of these requirements to increase their chances of publishing in the journal.

I.     SOCIAL WORK RELEVANCE (WEIGHT: 30%)

  • Does the author “take a stand” on an important social work issue?
  • Are recommendations provided?  (i.e., “Where does social work go from here?”)
  • Does the writer discuss the relevance to social justice issues, and/or provide recommendations to a more socially just society?

II.    STRENGTH OF ARGUMENT (WEIGHT: 30%)

  • How well does author present and draw from theory when developing main arguments?
  • How well does author substantiate arguments with logic?  With outside sources?
  • How appropriate is the chosen methodology?  How well is the methodology explained (if applicable)?

III.  ORIGINALITY AND CONTRIBUTION TO KNOWLEDGE (WEIGHT: 30%)

  • Does the author make a significant new contribution to the knowledge in the field?
  • Is there anything novel about the approach of the study (e.g. type of data used; methodology employed; attacks social problem in a new way; relaxes assumptions of previous studies to reconsider old results; cross-disciplinary utilization of research techniques?)

IV.  CLARITY OF PRESENTATION (WEIGHT: 10%)

  • Does the composition of the article enhance its clarity and tone?
  • Is the choice of words culturally sensitive to diverse populations?
  • Is the writing well organized, editorially sound, and in APA style?
  • Does the author appropriately address the reader’s knowledge or lack thereof?
  • Does the author use grammar and citation properly?
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