Call for Papers - General Guidelines

Scholars, practitioners, and students are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication.

JISD, an open access online journal, is dedicated to improving social work practice and expanding knowledge relevant to indigenous peoples’ social and economic welfare. The mission of JISD is to advance knowledge and understanding of indigenous peoples’ efforts to sustain their life ways and values, grow their perspectives and options in a changing world, utilize best practices (traditional and contemporary) and research (from the range of disciplines including science, business, the arts, health care, education, etc.) in their social and economic well-being, development and growth.

We welcome practice, conceptual and empirical manuscripts from junior and senior authors from the United States and internationally. Manuscripts must conform to JISD submission requirements and will be blind peer reviewed. All JISD articles will be published exclusively in this open-access electronic journal.

Submissions considered for review must address the JISD mission within broadly defined areas such as:

  • Social welfare and social work practice with indigenous populations
  • Community, social and economic development or sustainability
  • Analysis of local, national or international policies affecting indigenous populations
  • Research related to sustaining and improving the wellbeing of indigenous populations


Manuscript Submission Requirements

1. Submission

o Journal of Indigenous Social Development receives all manuscript submissions electronically via email to

o Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

o Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material and must sign an agreement confirming these requirements. Authors must also grant a License to the University which allows the University to publish the manuscript in an open access online journal. The University does not return submitted material.

2. Manuscript Requirements

o Cover page which includes: Manuscript title, authors’ name/s, title/s, affiliation/s, phone number/s and email address/es. Please note who should be listed as lead author.

o List 4 or 5 key words or descriptors for indexing purposes.

o An abstract of not more than 150 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract.

o All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides, not to exceed 20 pages (references and tables included). Left-justify everything with a ragged right-hand margin (no full justification). Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper (top right-hand corner).

o Do not use running heads.

o References. Ensure that all in-text citations are included in the reference list, and all references have in-text citations. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual, 6th edition.

o Illustrations. Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  •  300 dpi or higher
  •  Sized to fit on journal page
  •  EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  •  Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

o Tables and Figures. Tables and figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet.

o All submissions must meet the standards for an International scholarly journal including grammar, sentence structure, and organization. Submissions that do not meet this standard will be returned for revisions.


Editorial Process

The flow of a typical article, from author to publication is as follows:

  • An author is contacted by an editor to write an article or an author submits an article to the editors.
  • The Editorial Office reviews the article for appropriateness and assigns Editorial Advisors for review (blind peer review).
  • The Editorial Office determines disposition.
  • Author is asked to complete any revisions.
  • The revised paper is reviewed and accepted for publication.
  • The article is submitted to the production team.
  • The production team performs editing, markup, and layout design.
  • The final approved article is published to the JISD Website.
  • The Editorial Office reserves the right to make decisions in the best interest of JISD



The JISD allows authors to attach a Creative Commons copyright license to his or her work, a license in which the author determines how his or her work can be used. For more information on the types of licenses available, visit

Authors submitting a manuscript to the JISD do so with the understanding that Internet publishing is both an opportunity and a challenge. In this environment, authors and publishers do not always have the means to protect against unauthorized copying or editing of copyright-protected works.



The JISD respects the privacy of both its readers and its contributors. The JISD does not collect the exact identities of its readers. The JISD does not require its readers to sign in or to secure a unique ID or password.

The JISD collects general information on the origins of users at the highest domain levels. Usage patterns are also tracked to assist in making decisions about future content. In addition, this information is used for research on usage patterns to improve the site over time.

E-mail addresses used by the JISD to notify readers of new issues are not disclosed to third parties.


Online Resources

This site offers advice and guidance for writers at all levels of scholarship as well as a portal to other sources of help for writers.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation 
This site is online companion to the print version of Jane Straus's The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, an excellent resource for examining the rules of punctuation.

Common Errors in English, written by Paul Brians, Professor of English at Washington State University, this informational page examines the most common errors in the English language. While the site focuses on the proper use of American English, it also offers valuable tips for anyone writing in English