Knowledge Development in Health & Social Work

By Keigher, Sharon M. | Health and Social Work, February 2000 | Go to article overview

Knowledge Development in Health & Social Work

Keigher, Sharon M., Health and Social Work

This issue marks the beginning of my second year as editor-in-chief of Health & Social Work, and I've been thinking a lot lately about "knowledge development," as in how much I've been learning about this complex social work profession and how we develop knowledge for it. Publishing a professional journal requires expertise, commitment, and coordination among dozens of people. Consequently, I am deeply indebted to the dozens and dozens of dedicated people, both NASW volunteers and NASW staff, whose contributions combine to produce this remarkable journal. My goal here is to remove the mystery about how social work knowledge gets "discovered" and brought to you, our readers.


Among the NASW Press staff, Paula Delo, publications manager, signs the letters that go out to authors, and Patsy Leslie communicates with authors regarding the status of their submitted manuscripts. (It should be noted that Patsy Leslie is the only staff member who moved with NASW from New York to Washington, DC, and has worked for NASW more than 20 years.) Patsy and Paula maintain the integrity of the "blind" review process in selecting manuscripts. As in a controlled experiment, reviewers (including myself) never know the identity of the authors of the articles they read unless and until they are accepted for publication. Patsy works closely with Hashmine Jaggarsar, administrative secretary, who processes the work in and out. Marcia Roman, senior editor, and Sarah Lowman and Mike Folker, staff editors, edit the manuscripts and work with authors to prepare the manuscripts for publication; Bill Cathey, production coordinator, typesets the pages for the journals. In addition to Health & Social Work, these peo ple help produce three other NASW Press journals. India Winstead, administrative secretary, provides secretarial support for the director and handles fullfillment information; and Lori Eatmon, subsidiary rights specialist, responds to requests for permission to reuse materials published by the press. Staff workload is heavy and increasing. We are deeply indebted to each of them along with Cheryl Mayberry, the new director of Member Services and Publications, and Dorothy Davidson, the administrator, for their professionalism. I know how much these hard-working people make the rest of us look good.

Ruth Mayden, NASW's president, appoints Editorial Board members. Presently the Health & Social Work Editorial Board includes King Davis, Colleen Galambos, Vivian Jackson, Ellen Lukens, and Susan Taylor-Brown, each of whom is an experienced researcher and author who reviews manuscripts along with making journal policy. We are particularly grateful to Mary Van Hook and Julianne Oktay, our column editors. For several years now, Mary has been working directly with authors preparing manuscripts for the Practice Forum column, seeking descriptive evaluations of practice innovations, especially from practitioners new to writing for publication. Julianne Oktay coordinates the Books column and recently branched into reviewing health care Web sites. And with this issue we also welcome a new guest editor, Stephen Gorin, who is writing the National Health Line column. Readers are invited to share opinions with any of us regarding policies, form, and content of Health & Social Work.

Some 35 very diverse volunteer consulting editors round Out the board's ability to review manuscripts. Some of these reviewers are serving a second and even a third term; their names have appeared frequently among authors over the years. Reviewing a manuscript nearly always requires two and sometimes three or four careful reviews by three to four consulting editors and can involve many months of (unpaid!) effort. And with this issue, we welcome the following new consulting editors: practitioner experts Nancy Detweiler, Anita Moore Gander, Wendy Lustbader, and former editor-in-chief Judith Ross, along with researcher-academics Candyce Berger, Tim Davidson, Marcia Egan, Stephen Gilson, Ellen Netting, Eric Rankin, Jane Thibault, and Deborah Schild Wilkinson. …

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