Openness, Accessibility and Standardization: Ethics in Publishing and Social Work Profession Implemented in Annual of Social Work


The poster shows the commons between ethics and the value of social work as a helping profession and the ethics of scientific publishing of the journal Annual of Social Work.


Ethical standards of scientific publishing (1) and ethical standards of social work profession (2,3) were analysed with simple content analysis (4). The method of content analysis enabled the systematic overview of textual information by its frequencies in specific category. The results are expressed in the number of occurrences. In first phase all the standards were divided in several categories (basic, common, specific, inapplicable). In second phase frequencies were assigned to standards in each category. The poster will include graphics containing categories of ethical standards implemented in Annual of Social work.

Results and Discussion

The Annual of social work continuously develops its own ethical standards of publishing scientific and professional manuscripts. Journal invests in education of editorial staff in the field of scientific publishing and encourages regular discussion of ethical dilemmas through editorial meetings. Social work ethics is important for the journal editors and readers considering the journal scope, comprising social work theory, methods and education and other relevant practices for a better understanding of social interventions and their more effective application. Simple content analysis shows that all the ethical standards from the field of scientific publishing and from the field of social work profession can be categorized in several categories relevant for the Annual of Social Work. The analysis shows that category “basic standards” includes fundamental standards as openness and availability of the content. Open access, availability, and adherence to standards are the basic features of the editorial policy of the journal Annual of Social Work (1) and in the same time basic standards of the ethics of the profession of social work (5). The ethics of the profession of social work emphasizes the openness to the dignity and rights of every individual in the context of respect for cultural, social, religious and other differences, as well as the privacy of each individual. Services to users should be public and accessible, subject to established professional standards. Open access is the fundamental feature of the journal Annual of Social Work, whereby the author and editorial staff take over the public responsibility for their work. Open access means the availability of published work not only to the professional community of social workers, but also to all interested readers. This approach also includes established standards of scientific publishing.

While the category “common standards” contains similarities between standards of the social work profession and scientific publishing in the category “specific” all the important standards in each field are identified. For example, important ethical standard in Annual of Social Work is promotion of originality of manuscript ensuring scientific and professional original contribution to the social work profession and practice. Through the author guidelines, the editorial board of the journal promotes the ethics of scientific research, copyright, plagiarism and the principle of academic publication. Last category “inapplicable” contains all the standards that are not relevant for Annual of Social Work with argumentations.


Ethical standards and clear and accessible publishing rules contribute to the quality of the journal and the published manuscripts. Also, standardization facilitates editorial work and simplify process to authors who have clear guidelines when preparing a journal for a particular journal. Ethics of social work profession as well as standards of scientific publishing contributes to the quality of published content in the field of social work in Croatia.

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