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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

UNCP professor is editor of a new social work journal

UNC Pembroke is home to a new academic journal that its editor says is an important publication in the field of social work.

Steve MarsonThe first edition of the online Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics was published Sept. 1, 2004. Co-editor and founder of the publication is UNCP’s Dr. Stephen Marson.

“Our readers say this journal fills a void in the area of ethics and values in social work,” said Dr. Marson, director of UNCP’s social work program. “Nothing makes me feel better than hearing people say that.”

Dr. Marson said the journal is important to the University’s mission and an important personal career milestone.

“You can’t believe how great I felt when it was published,” he said. “Giving birth to this took three years and a lot of complex discussions with attorneys and publishers.”

“Yes, it is important for a university to publish journals, but for me it has more to do with service to my profession,” Dr. Marson said.

Dr. Marson has contributed to the social work profession in many ways since joining the faculty in 1977 - in leadership of state and national associations and in editorial positions for the prestigious Journal of Law and Social Work.

To get off the ground, the new Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics needed the backing of a corporate sponsor, which proved a difficult proposition.

“We could not afford the cost of printing, but we wanted to have a good journal, so I looked for a corporate sponsor,” Dr. Marson said. “I spent three years talking to large publishing houses and their attorneys. It was an eye-opener.”

Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics LogoFinally, the journal found a corporate sponsor in White Hat Communications, a relatively small, niche publishing company from Harrisburg, Pa. White Hat publishes The New Social Worker and several other journals and books.

Because the new journal uses the “blind referee” method to approve submissions, Dr. Marson needed an editorial board. That proved easier than Dr. Marson thought.

“Some of the heavyweights in our field jumped on board immediately,” he said. “It is a very distinguished board for a new journal.”

Besides being inexpensive, Dr. Marson said the online format is a good one.

“Usually, an academic journal prints several hundred copies that go mainly to libraries, but we are available to any reader at any time,” he said. “We also have great flexibility, so that an article submitted may be refereed and published in just five days.”

The stated mission of the journal is: “The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics examines the ethical and values issues that impact and are interwoven with social work practice, research and theory development. JSWVE addresses ethical and value issues that encompass the full range of social problems and issues that social workers encounter. The journal provides the necessary historical perspectives on the development of social work values and ethics, as well as presents articles providing value and ethical dilemmas stemming from state-of-the-art developments.”

The journal is co-edited by Dr. Jerry Finn of Temple University and will be published twice a year. It is located at www.socialworker.com/jswve/content.view/2/25. Dr.. Marson may be reached at 910.521.6475 or at steve.marson@uncp.edu.

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