The Review is accepting applications for Associate Editors and a Layout Editor for the 2015-2016 school year.

Members of the editorial board will be involved with advertising and marketing for submissions, selecting articles for the Spring 2015 edition, and working one­-on­-one with the authors to refine and prepare articles for publication. In addition, editors will hold various responsibilities on the board to contribute to the tasks and timeline required to publish and launch the journal. In keeping with the time commitment and efforts required, members of the editorial board are offered the option to receive up to 3 credits per semester for their work on the board.

What is the Review looking for?

  • Social Work students currently attending CSSW
  • Students who want to improve their writing and communication skills
  • Individuals with excellent time management skills, organizational abilities, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • A desire to be submerged in policies, practices, and contemporary issues at the forefront of social work today
  • A strong commitment to teamwork and collaboration

The Layout Editor is responsible for formatting and compiling the publication in InDesign. The editor will work closely with the marketing and publishing teams of the editorial board on all design related matters. Layout editors will receive up to three credits per semester.

What is the Review looking for?

  • Social Work students currently attending CSSW
  • Students with graphic design skills.
  • Previous experience with InDesign is a plus.
  • Individuals with excellent time management skills, organizational abilities, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • A strong commitment to teamwork and collaboration

To request an application for either position, email us at The deadline for both applications is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 @ 5PM.


We are very pleased to announce the launch of our Spring 2014 Edition! Join us for a celebration on Wednesday, April 16th from 12:15 – 1:45pm in CSSW room 312.

This year, we have six outstanding articles that address the following compelling topics:

  • An editorial on how to support student writing at CSSW
  • Non-suicidal self injury as a potential psychiatric diagnosis
  • Corporate social responsibility and child labor in the Côte d’Ivoire chocolate industry
  • Mindfulness practice with children who have cancer
  • Social work activism and policy reform for undocumented immigrants
  • Global trade regulations’ impact on access to HIV medication in the developing world.

Our authors will offer short remarks and refreshments will be served.  We hope to see you for what will be a wonderful event!

The Editorial Board


‘Development of Effective Writing Skills at CSSW’

Click here to take the survey

The Columbia Social Work Review wants to explore writing in graduate-level social work.  The Editorial Board of the Review provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and is inviting master’s students to take a short survey.  Your voluntary responses will contribute to a broader discussion at CSSW about the role of writing in the social work profession.

The Review created the questionnaire to explore how students experience the development of their writing skills at the graduate level.  The Writing Center and the Office of Academic Affairs are facilitating the administration of the survey, which has approval from the Office of Student Services. The Review has ownership of the survey.

Survey link:

The survey should take approximately 6-8 minutes to complete and responses are confidential.  For more information, send an e-mail to with questions or concerns.
-Columbia Social Work Review Editorial Board


Huge thanks to all who attended the First Annual Write Your Passion Event!

The editors of The Review truly appreciated your contributions to the discussion on writing in the Social Work profession. We look forward to hearing from you all soon.


Students discuss writing in the Social Work profession

Become a Published Author in the Columbia Social Work Review!

The Review is a yearly publication for students in the field of social work to share their research, experiences and views with faculty, fellow students, and the wider scholarly community. The Review is a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas from the perspective of social work students. The editorial board and authors are all students, making the Review one of the only journals in the country to provide this unique opportunity. 

We are currently seeking scholarly papers that apply critical analysis to current topics in the field of Social Work for the Spring 2014 edition.

The deadline for submissions is January 3, 2014 at 11:59pm.

What is the Review looking for?

The Review is looking for submissions that are well written and succinct. The paper should project a strong point of view with a clear thesis. There are no specific thematic requirements; however the piece should be thought provoking, innovative, and written from the Social Work perspective. The paper should have the potential to contribute to a larger discussion.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Social work students who are currently attending CUSSW and those students who graduated in Spring 2013 are eligible to submit papers as solo authors or in partnership with other students and professionals.
  • Articles must be no longer than 2,500 words and consistent with APA style.
  • Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and will be referred to the CUSSW Ethics Board.
  • The Review uses a blind review process facilitated through a third party.
  • Research with human subjects should include approval from Columbia’s Institutional Review Board.
  • All accepted articles are subject to editorial revisions by the student board.

E-mail us at with any questions (but please don’t include the topic of your paper in correspondence with us, due to the blind submission process).

CSWR launched Spring 2013 Edition! On April 17th, 2013, the Columbia Social Work Review (CSWR) launched its yearly journal.  Each year, the Review publishes exclusively student papers that address pressing concerns of the social work community.  This year, articles ranged from suicide in the American Indian/Alaska Native youth community to the cultures of silence surrounding the residual effects of trauma in post-conflict Guatemala.  Other articles address the harmful effects of the European standard of beauty on Black women and employment of individuals with mental health conditions; three articles also critically examine the future of social work and its relationship with environmental justice, perception of social work, and technology.  For full titles, authors’ names, and abstracts, click “Current Issue” above.

The launch event was a wonderful celebration of the most recent edition of the Review. The authors for the Spring 2013 edition spoke about what inspired them to write their articles and why these topics are important for the field of social work and in the context of current events.

Elizabeth Estabrooks discusses her piece

The editorial board (pictured below) is looking forward to selecting new board members in fall 2013 and is eager to collaborate with new authors in the spring of 2014.

The 2014 Editorial Board