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SWK 6503H – Special Topics III: Writing for Peer-reviewed Journals - Elective

Open to all PhD students. Open to MSW students with restrictions.

Writing articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals is a crucial skill for academics and researchers. The process of successfully developing and writing manuscripts, identifying target journals, submitting manuscripts, and responding to editor and reviewer comments requires specific knowledge and skills, and an understanding of strategies to better position your research to promote acceptance and impact. This course is designed to provide an opportunity for doctoral students and select advanced (year 2) MSW students to develop and enhance relevant skills and knowledge by working on a specific writing project that can be submitted for publication. Potential manuscript topics include a broad spectrum of social work and allied disciplines, research methods and approaches. (Students may work with data and/or text from a joint research project [e.g., with a colleague or faculty member], however all assignments submitted for the course must be the student’s written work.)

Admission to the course is open to PhD students in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. MSW students and graduate students from other faculties must submit a 1-2-page sample of your writing (preferably research-focused) and a 1/2-page description of what you intend to focus on in the course. Both are to be submitted to the instructor before being approved to register. Inquiries about the course and/or writing samples and your intended course focus can be submitted to Professor Peter A. Newman by e-mail (; please include “SWK6503” in the e-mail subject line.