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Rules for the submission of articles

The Social Work Journal (RTS), published by the Official Association of Social Work of Catalonia, is a specialist journal that has been published every four months since 1960. The goals of the publication are as follows:

  • To disseminate professional experiences and scientific knowledge generated as a result of practice and research in social work.
  • To contribute to the professional development of social workers, providing methodological tools, experiences, research, analyses and reflections making it possible to link theory and practice.
  • To promote critical analysis of the social reality and social policies.

The RTS is particularly addressed to social workers in the professional and academic spheres, along with university students and any other professional associated with the world of social work.

The RTS is open to all social workers who wish to submit original articles on empirical research, theoretical projects or bibliographical reviews, as well as descriptions of professional experiences, critical analyses and trials, provided they relate to social work, social policies and social welfare services.

The papers submitted must be original and shall not be published already in full or in part in any other medium or publication. They must be signed by at least one social worker.

The RTS calls for the assignment of copyright as well as an assurance that no conflict of interest exists.

The content of the articles shall be the sole responsibility of the individual(s) signing as the author(s) and if there is evidence of plagiarism actions shall be carried out as envisaged in order to inform the authors, remove the unoriginal document from the web page and inform readers of the situation.

The authors of research papers shall state in the article text that the research process has involved adherence to the ethical principles relevant to the type of study presented (relevant permits, informed consent from participants, unlinking of identification data, suitable citation of authors, etc.).

 

Article selection process

The editorial board shall make a preliminary selection from the articles submitted and, subsequently, they shall be assessed in line with the anonymous double-blind, peer review method (the review team is unaware of the authors of the articles and the authors are unaware of the identity of those who review their work). For this review method to be reliable, articles shall be submitted anonymously, i.e., a version where no identification of the author is made.

The individuals signing agree to submit their paper for review and possible changes in content and style in accordance with the recommendations of the review team.

 

Sections and length of articles submitted

  • In-depth:

Articles addressing a subject of interest for social work professionals. Length: between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

They may be:

  • Empirical research articles: the structure should at least include the following sections: introduction, methodology, results, discussion or conclusions and bibliographical references cited in the text.
  • Theoretical articles: these do not need to be drafted according to a specific structure, although in any event they should incorporate an introduction, sufficient documentary sources, well-founded criticism and relevant conclusions.

 

  • Sharing professional practice:

Articles that present best practices and systematic experiences of interest in social work, social services or other systems associated with the development of social rights. Length: between 4,000 and 6,000 words.

Articles shall include an introduction, the body of the text in a free structure that shall include theoretical contextualisation, regulations (if applicable) and the intervention methodology presented, conclusions and bibliographical references for the quotes referenced in the text.

  • Reviews:

Introduction to and comments on books and Ph.D. dissertations. Maximum length: 1,200 words.

In all cases, the maximum length shall include the bibliographical references.

Articles exceeding the word count shall be returned to the authors so they can be shortened in length.

Articles should be submitted in electronic format in an editable text document (.docx or .RTF), Arial font size 12, 1.5 line spacing with 3 cm margins. Literal quotes shall be transcribed in Arial font size 11, 1.5 line spacing with 4 cm margins.

 

Languages

Articles may be submitted in Catalan or Spanish. On the online version, each issue of the RTS shall be published in Catalan and Spanish. In addition, at least one article chosen by the editorial board shall be translated into English and published. The print version will compile all articles in their original language. The titles, abstracts and keywords for all articles shall also be published in English.

 

System for submission of articles

Prior to submitting any article, the individual signing as the lead author must register (if he has not done so already) as a user on the website (www.revistarts.com). Articles shall be uploaded to the platform following the directions given in the section “Submissions” on the website.

In all cases, the article must incorporate: title and sub-heading, if included (no more than 40 words); abstract (no more than 250 words) in Catalan or Spanish and in English; the keywords (no more than 5) in Catalan or Spanish and in English, and the main text, which shall adhere to the rules of the section to which it is submitted.

The main text shall be submitted as an attachment anonymously, deleting any element that would make it directly or indirectly possible to identify the author. Once it has been reviewed, upon notification of acceptance of the article for publication, a request will be made for the definitive version identifying the author.

 

Figures and tables

Tables: they shall be presented in the relevant part of the text, numbered in order of appearance. They shall be used solely to clarify pertinent aspects. The titles or captions accompanying the tables should specify the content and the source. They shall be presented without colours according to the pre-defined format, with single line spacing and Arial font.

Figures: figures shall refer to photographs, graphs or illustrations. They shall be presented in the relevant part of the text, numbered in order of appearance, identified with the term “Figure X”. They must be designed with good contrast, so that quality is not compromised when they are shrunk. On the print edition, they shall be published in black and white. Figures should serve to significantly clarify the text and there should not be more than needed.

 

Bibliographical references

These must be placed at the end of the text in alphabetical order and in accordance with the APA regulations (7th edition, 2020).

 

Printed book: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Title: Sub-heading. (# ed.). Publishing House. In cases where there are several authors they should all be included. Their forenames and surnames should be separated using commas, and before the final author “and” is used.

Foucault, M. (1992). Microfísica del poder. (3a ed.). La Piqueta.

Moreno, M. D., Peris, F., and González, T. (2000). Gestión de la calidad y diseño de organizaciones. Ed. Prestice Hall.

Entity author: name of institution or body (Year). Title: Sub-heading. (# ed.). Publishing House.

Observatory for Employment and Productive Model (2017). La situació de desigualtat salarial a Catalunya entre homes i dones. Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. Government of Catalonia.

Book chapter: Surname, Chapter author’s forename initial. (Year). Chapter title: Sub-heading. In Forename and Surname of publisher (ed.), Book Title (# ed., pp. xx-xx). Publishing House.

García, E., and Báñez, T. (2016). Tejiendo identidades profesionales. Un proceso creativo y transformador. In G. Londoño and J. L. Rodríguez (comp.), Relatos Digitales en Educación Formal y Social (pp. 295-300). University of Barcelona.

E-Book with DOI: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Title. Editor/website. DOI:

Londoño, G. and Rodríguez, J. L. (comp.) (2017). Relatos Digitales en Educación Formal y Social. University of Barcelona. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1344/105,000003160

E-Book with URL: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Title. Editor/website. URL.

Londoño, G., and Rodríguez, J. L. (comp.) (2017). Relatos Digitales en Educación Formal y Social. University of Barcelona. http://www.greav.net/descargas/Actas2016.pdf

Journal article in print: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Article title. Article sub-heading. Journal title. Sub-heading, volume(issue), pp-pp.

Carabaza, J. I. (2013). Apropiación de las TIC: apuntes para su operacionalización. Revista Prisma Social, 9, 352-390.

Journal article with DOI: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Article title. Article sub-heading. Journal title. Sub-heading, volume(issue), pp-pp. DOI:

Hernández-Echegaray, A. (2019). Reflexiones acerca de las oportunidades y dificultades de la fundamentación teórica y metodológica en el Trabajo Social. Revista de Treball Social, 215, 13-31. DOI: https://10.32061/RTS2019.215.01

Online journal article: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Article title. Article sub-heading. Journal title. Sub-heading, volume(issue), pp-pp. Editor/website. URL.

Deslauriers, J. P. and Pérez, J. V. (2004). El reto del conocimiento en la práctica del Trabajo Social. Cuadernos de Trabajo Social, 17, 195-210. University Complutense of Madrid. http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/CUTS/article/view/CUTS0404110195A

Web page: Personal author or entity. (Year of latest update). Page title. Editor/website. URL.

Dialnet Foundation. University of La Rioja (2018). Dialnet. http://dialnet.unirioja.es

Symposiums and lectures: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Presentation title. In Forename initial. Surname. (Literary publisher), Symposium or conference title (pp. xx-xx). Publishing House.

Fernández, J. (2006). Trabajo Social con Familias y Mediación. In C. Escobar, T. Andrés and G. Sánchez (Coord.), V Congreso Estatal de Estudiantes de Trabajo Social (pp. 17-30). University of Salamanca.

Dissertation: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Dissertation title (unpublished Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. dissertation). Name of university.

Parra, B. (2017). El trabajo social de grupo en la actualidad (Ph.D. dissertation). University of Barcelona.

Online dissertation: Surname, Forename initial. (Year). Dissertation title (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. dissertation, Name of university). URL

Cardona, J. (2012). Definición del contexto de intervención en el trabajo social de casos (Ph.D. dissertation, University of the Balearic Islands). http://hdl.handle.net/10803/108691

Videos: Surname, Forename initial. (Year, month, day). Video title. Website. URL

Centeno, A. and Morena, R. de la (2015). Yes, We Fuck! Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/123177395

Film: Surname, Forename initial of the producer. (producer), and Surname, Forename initial of the director. (director). (Year). Film title. [Film]. Studio.

Mase, Y. (producer) and Takita, Y. (director). (2008). Despedidas. [Film]. Shochiku Company Limited.

Press reports: Surname, Forename initial. (Date). Article title. Newspaper name, p.

Farreras, C. (19 March 2019). Pacto de la comunidad educativa contra los guetos en las escuelas de Catalunya. La Vanguardia, p. 26.

Online press reports: Surname, Forename initial. (Date). Article title. Newspaper name. Retrieved date, from URL.

Martínez, M. J. (16 February 2015). Las comunidades de propietarios se blindan ante Hacienda. El País. Retrieved January 21th of 2021, from http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2015/02/16/vivienda/1424085674_93402...

Act/order/decree: Title of regulation, Name official publication, Number publication, section publication (year publication).

Act 14/2011, of 1 June, on Science, Technology and Innovation. Official State Gazette, issue no. 131 § 9617 (2011).

 

These references have been adapted to the APA regulations ((7th edition, 2020). For other documents, please browse the website https://apastyle.apa.org.

Authors will receive 2 printed copies of the issue of the journal in which their article is published.

The RTS does not collect fees for the publication of articles.

The RTS editorial board accepts no liability for the authenticity of the articles published or their credibility. The opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and the RTS does not necessarily share those views.

Checklist prior to the submission of articles

Authors must check that their articles meet the requirements shown below, otherwise they will be returned.

  1. The body of the article shall be anonymous: it shall not include the authors or personal details, and any elements that would make it possible to directly or indirectly identify the author shall have been removed. Confirmation has been given that the term “Author” has been used for direct references to one’s own work.
  2. The manuscript shall be sent in .docx or RTF format, including the bibliographical references, tables and figures.
  3. References in the bibliography shall include the DOI or the URL address, as applicable, wherever possible.
  4. The text shall be submitted in Arial font, size 12 for the body; 1.5 line spacing; 3 cm margins. Literal quotes shall be transcribed in Arial font size 11, 1.5 line spacing with 4 cm margins.
  5. It shall include the full title (no more than 40 words) in Spanish or Catalan and in English; an abstract (no more than 250 words) in Spanish or Catalan and in English, and the keywords (no more than 5) in Spanish or Catalan and in English.
  6. Figures and tables shall be in the relevant point in the text, numbered consecutively, titled, and with the source. They shall be in black and white, according to the pre-determined format, using single line spacing with text written in the Arial font.
  7. Grants or financial support and the source thereof shall be declared, if applicable.
  8. It should be stated that the article meets ethical research requirements.
  9. The manuscript shall adhere to the specifications of the section to which it is addressed.
  10. Bibliographical references should be reviewed and adhere to the style and format of the international APA regulations required for the journal.

Checklist for complying with the rules for submission of articles

Here you can see the checklist for complying with the rules and the requirements for submitting articles.

Authors must check that their articles meet the requirements shown below; otherwise, they will be returned.

  • The body of the article shall be anonymous: it shall not include the authors or personal details, and any elements that would make it possible to directly or indirectly identify the author shall have been removed. Confirmation has been given that the term “Author” has been used for direct references to one’s own work.
  • The manuscript shall be sent in .docx or RTF format, including the bibliographical references, tables and figures.
  • References in the bibliography shall include the DOI or the URL address, as applicable, wherever possible.
  • The text shall be submitted in Arial font, size 12 for the body; 1.5 line spacing; 3 cm margins.
  • It shall include: an abstract (no more than 250 words) in Spanish, Catalan or English; and the keywords (no more than 5) in Spanish, Catalan or English.
  • Figures and tables shall be in the relevant point in the text, numbered consecutively, titled, and with the source. They shall be in black and white, according to the pre-determined format, using single line spacing with text written in the Arial font.
  • Grants or financial support and the source thereof shall be declared, if applicable.
  • It should be stated that the article meets relevant ethical research requirements.
  • The manuscript shall adhere to the specifications of the section to which it is addressed.
  • Bibliographical references should be reviewed and adhere to the style and format of the international APA regulations required for the journal

Acceptance of requirements for the submission of articles

  1. I declare that the document or article submitted has been personally drawn up by the individual submitting it, alone or in cooperation with the other authors specified, and that, in this latter case, I have permission from the other authors to submit the article and indeed they fully accept the terms and conditions for submission, review and publication.
  2. I state that the article submitted has not been published either in full or in part in any other medium whatsoever.
  3. I state that the article has not been submitted simultaneously to any other medium or publication.
  4. I state that I agree for my article to be submitted for review by the RTS review team, and I have likewise been informed that the review team may call for changes in content or style to be incorporated into the article to secure its publication.
  5. I assign all copyright to the RTS journal.
  6. I state that I have no personal or commercial conflict of interest in relation to the article submitted.
  7. I state that all ethical research principles have been adhered to.

Guidelines for the assessment of articles

Article selection process

Diagrama RTS