Call for Papers

Social Work Science for Social Change

Notice about Abstract Submission Deadline:
SSWR has extended the 2021 conference abstract submission deadline from April 15, 2020 to April 30, 2020. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our lives, we know that our members are dealing with multiple, unexpected demands of time, both professional and family. We hope that this additional time to submit your abstract will be helpful.

Abstract Submission Site:
https://sswr.confex.com/sswr/2021/cfp.cgi

OVERVIEW

The Conference Planning Committee of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) welcomes submissions for presentations within all content areas of social work, social welfare services, and social policy.

The theme for the 2021 conference is “Social Work Science for Social Change,” which recognizes the 25th anniversary celebration of SSWR’s annual conference. Social work is unique as a discipline and profession in its commitment to understanding social issues and advancing ideas and approaches that improve the human condition. At this anniversary conference, we will take stock and look forward. We will weave across all sessions, presentations, and posters an emphasis on how social work science has and has not contributed—and can better contribute—to social change.

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Recognize policy and program impacts of social work research at the local, state, national, and international levels over the last 25 years by social work scholars;
  • Advance social work as a discipline by reviewing the collective impact and potential for social work science; and
  • Center racial equity and social justice in social work research, policy, and practice.

Submissions should focus on what changes may have resulted due to the research that was conducted. These changes may be due to the research process itself or the dissemination and implementation of the research. We encourage submissions that describe how research has contributed to changes in individuals, organizations, communities, and policies. The challenge is to describe what has changed as a result of the research not just the research per se. Community partners, research participants, policymakers, and other research partners are welcome as co-presenters.

We also invite critical reflections on how research can better achieve social change. How might we better define issues and engage research participants? What designs, methods, analysis, and means of dissemination maximize public impact? How can social work researchers lead the academy in engaging community and influencing social policy?

We also continue our focus at this anniversary conference on racial equity and social justice. Of particular interest are submissions that address implicit and explicit bias in social work research, and describe research and research findings that advance racial and social justice for marginalized populations.

Research abstracts are encouraged in all substantive areas, using scientifically sound qualitative and/or quantitative methodology. The research may take place in any country and at the micro, macro, or policy level. This year’s conference theme is cross-cutting by population, problem and substantive areas, as well as methodological expertise and as a result, we encourage submissions across all Clusters as they pertain explicitly to the impact of social work research in the form of proposals for individual papers and poster presentations, symposia, roundtable discussions, and workshops. These may span various forms of research.

Cluster areas are:

  1. Adolescent and Youth Development
  2. Aging Services and Gerontology
  3. American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Global Indigenous Populations (Indigenous Cluster)
  4. Asian and Asian-Pacific Islander Focused-Research
  5. Black and African Diaspora Focused-Research
  6. Child Welfare
  7. Communities and Neighborhoods
  8. Crime and Criminal Justice
  9. Disability
  10. Gender
  11. Health
  12. Inequality, Poverty, and Social Welfare Policy
  13. International Social Work and Global Issues
  14. Immigrants and Refugees
  15. LatinX Focused-Research
  16. Mental Health
  17. Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Families
  18. Organizations and Management
  19. Race and Ethnicity
  20. Research Design and Measurement
  21. Research on Social Work Education
  22. School Social Work
  23. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  24. Social Work Practice
  25. Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors
  26. Sustainable Development, Urbanization, and Environmental Justice
  27. Violence against Women and Children
  28. Work and Work-Life Policies and Programs

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SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Abstracts must be submitted in the following formats (see Author Submission Instructions document). Abstracts should be 500 words or less. References are not required, and if included count towards the 500 word limit. Image(s) and table(s) are not permitted in any abstract.

(1) Oral paper presentation
(2) Poster presentation
(3) Symposium of three or more papers on the same topic to be presented in the same session
(4) Roundtable
(5) Workshop

Oral paper, poster, and symposium paper abstracts should be submitted in a structured format and include the following:

  • Background and Purpose: description of the problem, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypothesis (es).
  • Methods: study design, including a description of participants and sampling methods, data collection procedures, measures, and appropriate analytic/ statistical approach.
  • Results: specific results in summary form.
  • Conclusions and Implications: description of the main outcome(s) of the study and implications for practice, policy, or further research.

When submitting a symposium, please submit an abstract (500 words or less) for each symposium paper, along with an overall abstract (500 words or less) for the symposium session that describes the symposium theme and its importance. Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations. Symposia will be accepted or rejected in total, i.e., abstracts will not be accepted independently.

Roundtable and workshop session abstracts should:

  • add to the current knowledge base in social work practice, policy, theory, and research methodology, and,
  • offer clear meaningful implications for social work research, policy and practice.

When submitting a roundtable or a workshop session, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less that describes the content and how it will be addressed. For roundtables, describe the topics that will be addressed elaborating on viewpoints and perspectives to be discussed. The workshop session should offer training opportunities for methodology (study design, sampling, data collection, measurement, and analysis) and describe the pedagogical techniques.

Abstracts should not be based on research previously published elsewhere. Please note that only paper and poster abstracts reporting completed findings will be reviewed. We urge that studies with “findings pending” be submitted for future review after the study is complete. Peer reviews will be used to select submissions based upon technical merit and importance of findings. Please note that all abstracts are to be submitted online using the SSWR online abstract management system at http://secure.sswr.org/.

SSWR seeks to optimize as many people participating in the conference as possible. SSWR, therefore, limits the number of roles that participants can play in the 2020 conference. There is a limit of two (2) presenting-author abstract submissions per person. This limit applies to these presentation formats: oral papers, both individual papers and papers within an organized symposium, posters, and workshops. It does not apply to co-authorship. Participants may, however, perform additional roles such as chairing an organized symposium, leading a special interest group, serving as moderator for a session of grouped oral papers, and a panelist in a round table session.

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PRESENTER/SPEAKER REQUIREMENTS

You DO NOT need to be a SSWR member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation the presenter/speaker MUST be a current 2021 member and register for the conference. This requirement is applicable to oral paper and poster presenters, symposium organizers, symposium paper presenters and symposium discussants, and workshop and roundtable speakers. Co-authors are not expected to comply with this policy. Co-authors attending the conference, however, are required to register for the conference.

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SAMPLE ABSTRACTS

Oral Papers (individual papers and papers within a symposium) and Posters:

Please see the following links for examples of model Workshop and Roundtable abstracts. These examples are included to provide guidance to authors; however, there may be instances in which another format is preferable.

If you have any question about the Call for Papers and/or abstract submission process, please contact DeeJay Garringo, CAE, program director, at dj@sswr.org or 703-352-7797, ext. 2.

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ABSTRACT TYPES and REQUIREMENTS

ORAL PAPER PRESENTATION
Abstracts of individual research papers may be submitted for a 20-minute oral presentation. A minimum of four (4) to a maximum of five (5) individual papers will be grouped together based on a single theme and similar content within a 90-minute concurrent session. A moderator will facilitate an extended period of open discussion following the 3-4 oral paper presentations.

When submitting an individual paper presentation, your abstract will be reviewed as an individual paper. However, authors are encouraged during the abstract submission process to indicate their willingness to present an individual poster, if your submission cannot be scheduled as an individual paper in a session with 3 other individual papers due to the limitations of meeting time and space.

Requirement(s):

  • Title
  • Research Method/Type
  • Cluster/Topical Area
  • Authors: there is no minimum/maximum of how many individuals may be listed as authors. However, only one (1) individual/author may be designated as the presenting author and all other authors are will be listed as co-authors. Please note that the role of “presenting author” may be designated to one of the authors, e.g. first author, second author, third author, etc.
  • An abstract of 500-word or less

POSTER PRESENTATION
Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues during a 90-minute block of time. SSWR uses ePoster technology. This technology, which is already common at health conferences, increases the possibilities for presenters to communicate research findings in exciting and dynamic forms. Electronic monitors that look like big screen televisions will enable an abbreviated slide or video presentation. Thus there is no longer a need to get a large poster printed a head of time and then lugged through airports on the way to the conference. Instead, poster presentations can now be transported on flash drives just like oral presentations. ePoster sessions are held concurrent with paper presentations.

Requirement(s):

  • Title
  • Research Method/Type
  • Cluster/Topical Area
  • Authors: there is no minimum/maximum of how many individuals may be listed as authors. However, only one (1) individual/author may be designated as the presenting author and all other authors are will be listed as co-authors. Please note that the role of “presenting author” may be designated to one of the authors, e.g. first author, second author, third author, etc.
  • An abstract of 500-word or less

SYMPOSIUM
A paper symposium provides for multiple oral research presentations to be made on a single theme involving a brief introduction by the organizer, a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 presenters, with one discussant (encouraged, though optional) and open discussion from the floor. The concurrent session is 90-minutes. Presenters have 15 minutes to present the core content and the discussant has 15 minutes to comment upon the presentations with 30 minutes reserved for interactive discussion, facilitated by the organizer, between the presenters and the session audience.

Requirement(s):

  • Title of the overall symposium
  • Research Method/Type of the overall symposium
  • Cluster/Topical Area of the overall symposium
  • Proposed 3-5 presentations within the symposium (see requirements in “Oral Paper Presentation” for each proposed presentation)
  • An abstract of 500-words or less that describes the overall symposium

We encourage that one person should submit all components of the symposium submission.

ROUNDTABLE
A roundtable submission does not present research findings, but rather addresses an area or issue of fundamental importance to the field, in a format that encourages a lively exchange of different points of views. Examples include training and funding opportunities in social work research, priorities in social work research, and advocacy for the use of scientific approaches to social work research.

The 90-minute roundtable should include a brief introduction clearly outlining the issues followed by each of the speakers elaborating on their different viewpoints and perspectives on the issue. Speakers facilitate extended open discussion with the session audience and the discussants.

Requirement(s):

  • Title of the roundtable
  • Research Method/Type of the roundtable
  • Cluster/Topical Area of the roundtable
  • Speakers: a panel of 3-5 speakers is required. Panel often include members/people outside the research community.
  • An abstract of 500-words or less that outlines the issue(s) and varying viewpoints that will be elaborated upon.

WORKSHOP
The workshops are primarily pedagogical, intended to offer training opportunities for methodology (study design, sampling, data collection, measurement, and analysis) with hands-on instruction and specific learning objectives. Past workshops have provided continuing education about an innovative or new area or methodology of import to social work practice, policy, theory, or research. The Program Committee encourages workshop proposals on any topic, as long as the workshop’s objective is to enable the audience to gain skills and knowledge that are important to social work research.

Workshop submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria: 1. The topic of the workshop adds to the current knowledge base by presenting information about an innovative or new area or methodology of import to social work practice, policy, theory, or research; 2. The pedagogical methods proposed in the submission are likely to ensure that this workshop will lead to
significant learning by the participants; and, 3. The importance of this workshop to social work practice, policy or research is clear and meaningful.

Requirement(s):

  • Title of the workshop
  • Research Method/Type of the workshop
  • Cluster/Topical Area of the workshop
  • Speakers: a panel of 3-5 speakers is required. Panel often include members/people outside the research community.
  • An abstract of 500-words or less

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Notice about Abstract Submission Deadline:
SSWR has extended the 2021 conference abstract submission deadline from April 15, 2020 to April 30, 2020. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our lives, we know that our members are dealing with multiple, unexpected demands of time, both professional and family. We hope that this additional time to submit your abstract will be helpful.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!