Illinois Child Welfare

Guidelines For Authors

Illinois Child Welfare is a resource for practitioners, program managers, and policy-makers in the field of child welfare who are looking for knowledge that helps improve services to children and families. Honoring the diversity of cultures and perspectives that constitute child welfare, the journal offers dialogue, constructive debate, and innovative understandings of problems as well as effective solutions. Illinois Child Welfare is multidisciplinary, with editors drawn from the fields of social work, psychology, education, law and medicine. Grounded in an inclusive approach to research, Illinois Child Welfare has a cross-cultural and global focus. The journal is co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Loyola School of Social Work. However, policy and content are decided by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.

Please note that all research involving human subjects should include a statement that the research has been approved by the relevant Institutional Review Board. All manuscripts including clinical data should include a statement to the effect that, in accordance with ethical guidelines and statutes, all identifying information has been thoroughly disguised, and case process material has been disguised so that even the client person from whose service the data is derived would not be able to recognize her/himself as the individual described in the article.

Journal Composistion

1. Full-length Papers The inclusive approach to research means that no single research methodology is privileged, so for instance articles based on case studies are welcome, as are studies that use experimental designs and statistical methods. Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief.

2. "From the Desk of. . ."
An important part of the journal is the brief papers that make it possible for practitioners, administrators, advocates, and policy-makers to write about problems and solutions and share their insights. Entitled "From the Practitioner’s Desk," "From the Administrator’s Desk," "From the Policy-Maker’s Desk," etc., the aim of these sections is to make it possible for people to share experiences in service, program, and policy development that both reflect the author’s own unique perspective and also point towards effective solutions to the challenges confronting child welfare professionals.

3. Book and Resource Reviews
Books and resources such as videotapes and other educational materials that are relevant to those providing services and advocacy for children and families are reviewed. If there is a resource you would like the journal to review, please contact the Editor-in-Chief. 

4.  Testimonials, Speeches, and Commentaries
Inspiration and troubleshooting are important contributions to child welfare practice, so we are including in this section the opportunity for people participating in child welfare as practitioners, foster and adoptive parents, or clients of child welfare programs to send us your thoughts and experiences. This section is designed to be a forum for expressing opinions and experiences that can be used to improve child welfare services and programs.

5.  Annotated Bibliographies
To meet the need for improved scientific research in the field of child welfare, the journal provides an Annotated Bibliography on a topic that is controversial and about which thorough, critical reviews of the literature are needed.  Annotated Bibliographes are generally completed by the journal staff and the topics respond to priorities identified by child welfare professionals.  Please contact us if you would like to suggest topics or research to review, or if you are interested in completing an Annotated Bibliography for publication in Illinois Child Welfare.

Review process

The Editor-in-Chief will review all submissions for length and considerations with regard to the relevance of the article for the journal's mission. Authors are welcome to contact the Editor-in-Chief with questions. The author will then be contacted and informed about whether the article will be reviewed or not. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Reviewers are assigned by the Editor-in-Chief according to the reviewers' expertise with the topic, theory, and research methods used in the article. The review process aims to be completed within two months. Authors will be provided with copies of the reviewers' comments and recommendations about publication. The review process is, of course, anonymous. Articles will be reviewed by two reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief. Authors may see the "Guidelines For Reviewers" on this website if they are interested.


Katherine Tyson McCrea, Ph.D.
Professor and Editor-in-Chief
Illinois Child Welfare
Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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