Call for Papers. Special issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work: Raising Awareness of Global Rural Issues and Solutions


Rural communities around the world face common challenges requiring their own unique focus of social work inquiry and competencies. Some of these interrelated challenges include lack of access to education and services, histories of colonization and exploitation, high levels of disease, poverty, isolation, hopelessness, and civic inertia. Local responses to these challenges offer an array of approaches and interventions which colleagues in other locales may find useful. This Special Issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work will feature practice, policy, theory, and research articles focused on global rural issues and local responses to these issues.  International social workers, both scholars and practitioners, are encouraged to contribute.  Please click "More" below for additional information.

Posted: 2015-02-05 More...

Call for Guest Reviewers. Special issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work: Raising Awareness of Global Rural Issues and Solutions


The editors of this Special Issue seek guest reviewers with knowledge and experience related to issues faced in global rural communities.  Work submitted for this issue will include papers focusing on global rural issues, education, theories, and intervention approaches. We are inviting work from international social workers, both scholars and practitioners. Review of manuscripts is scheduled to begin May 2015 with publication of the Special Issue to take place spring 2016.  Please click "More" below for additional information.

Posted: 2015-02-05 More...

Volume 6 (2014) Available

The most current volume of CRSW, Volume 6 (2014), is now available online.  Please click on "Current" in the banner above.  
Posted: 2014-07-10

New Poetry Section Editor

CRSW is pleased to welcome Danielle Dubrasky as the new poetry section editor. Dr. Dubrasky is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Southern Utah University. Her poetry has been published in Sugar House Review, ECollective, Tar River Poetry, Weber Studies, CityArts, and Petroglyph. She has won first place poetry awards in the Utah Arts Council Original Writing Competition. She is also a two-time recipient of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship. She grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, but has spent the last 20 years in southern Utah.  
Posted: 2013-11-11 More...

CRSW Call for Poetry Submissions

CRSW now welcomes poetry that describes the rural experience by evoking a sense of place and rural identity. If possible, the poetry should pertain to some aspect of human services. We publish poetry that follows any form (i.e. open or closed); however, we are looking for poetry that uses detailed language and is free of clichés. The submission period is from November 15 to March 30. Submissions received after the journal review time frame will be considered for the next issue unless the author is requested to revise the submission or the submission is declined. Poems should be submitted to the Poetry section of the journal at the following website:  
Posted: 2013-11-11

39th Annual Institute for Social Work in Rural Areas

Western New Mexico University and the College of Health and Human Services School of Social Work, with the Institute for Rural Social Work Research (IRSR) are hosting the 39th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas at WNMU (July 16-18, 2014). For more information visit  
Posted: 2013-10-29 More...

A note from Leon Ginsberg

There may be some confusion about the use of the terms gemeinschaft and gesselschaft in the most recent edition of Social Work in Rural Communities. Generally, gemeinschaft is applied to rural community life. The matter is clarified in a new printing of the text.  
Posted: 2013-10-03 More...

CRSW is Reaching More Readers!


CRSW is growing in terms of its ability to reach interested readers.

In addition to its presence in Social Work Abstracts, CRSW is now accessible internationally through CAB abstracts/Global Health data bases.  We will also be a part of their full text repository.  This means that CRSW can be accessed internationally by scholars who would otherwise not have access.  This is a major step because CABI ( is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organization providing information and scientific services around the world. The CAB Abstracts database aims to document the world's published literature in plant and animal science, agriculture, food, rural sociology, and related subjects. The Global Health database is dedicated to public health research and practice.

EBSCO plans to include CRSW in a new a new sociological index that will be activated in the fall of 2015. Inclusion by EBSCO will expand our reach from the CRSW web site to all interested readers who have access to this heavily subscribed library data base and will increase our readership and the use of research and theoretical articles featured in our journal by practitioners, faculty and scholars.

CRSW editorial staff is delighted by the recognition of our journal by these important resources.

Posted: 2013-07-01

Welcome Dr. Shawn Ginther!


With this issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work, CRSW welcomes Dr. Shawn Ginther as Associate Editor.  Dr. Ginther earned his M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation he was appointed Research Gerontologist at the University of California, San Francisco where he worked on local, state, and national policy research initiatives studying the care and treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients.  He has over 20 years of experience in social work research.  He is replacing Andrew Quinn who has stepped down from this role to focus on other endeavors.  CRSW sends a “thank you” to Andrew for his service and wishes him success in his new endeavors.



Posted: 2013-07-01

New Sections

Contemporary Rual Social Work has had requests for both practice notes and teaching notes related to practice with rural populations and teaching students to practice with rural populations since little is available elsewhere  to meet this need. CRSW is delighted to add these two categories of submissions to the journal.   Both Practice Notes and Teaching Notes should conform to the style of the journal and reflect best practices in serving rural communities and innovative teaching assignments that prepare students to serve rural communities  
Posted: 2012-07-07
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