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ISSN 1134-0991 / ISSN-e 2340-2539 / Año de comienzo 1993
Área de conocimiento: Trabajo Social y Servicios Sociales
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Instructions to Authors

Before sending the manuscript, authors should confirm that the subject matter fitswith the themes and contents of the journal. Manuscripts not having the appropriate subject matter can be rejected without evaluation.
1. The authors of articles that have been accepted for publication can also send a version in a language other than Spanish, and such translation will be published in the digital journal in PDF format.
2. The pages of the journal Trabajo Social Hoy are open to all types of contributions: articles on research conducted, systematic reviews of bibliography, reflective pieces, practical experiences, special collaboration projects and other sections, such as brief contributions or any text that may be of interest and meets the minimum requirements needed for publication. Preferably the articles will be send in Spanish, but also allowed English articles. Preferably the article will be sent in Spanish, but also it will be allowed in English.
3. The works must be sent to the e-mail address in Word (.doc or .docx), specifying in the subject line “submission publication TSH” plus the contents of the issue number in which you wish to publish it. The submission must be accompanied by the letter of presentation, a form for which is available on the Association’s web page, at
4. By submitting the article, it is assumed that you understand and accept these instructions as well as the publication guidelines.
5. The manuscripts must be no longer than 30 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman, size 12. Each article must include a 5-10 line abstract and five key words that identify the contents of the text (to facilitate preparation of the journal’s table of contents).
6. The manuscript must include the information and pages in the order indicated below, all in one file. On the first page will appear the title of the article, in Spanish, followed by: the abstract, also in Spanish; key words, preferably in Spanish and English (the journal provides an English translation of all abstracts); names and surnames of all the authors; full name of the institution in which the authors work; e-mail addresses of all the authors, with one of them also including correspondence details (postal address, telephone, fax). On the second page the text of the manuscript will begin.
7. The article will be accompanied, in a separate document, of a letter of presentation (please use the form provided on the web page,, and on this journal).
8. The manuscripts must not have been previously published. The person signing the article will be held responsible for the article not having been published before or sent to another journal for publication. If the article has been published, this must be mentioned in the article, which should be accompanied by a document- issued by the appropriate body - authorizing its possible reproduction in Trabajo Social Hoy.
9. All the bibliographical references must be cited in the text. The use of footnotes is to be avoided, so references must appear within the text. Such citations must be inserted inside parentheses, indicating the surname of the author in upper case, followed by the year and page number of the publication, for example (Fernández, 2012: 23). If two or more references have the same author and year of publication, they will be distinguished from each other by lower case letters next to the year, inside the parentheses (García,
2008a). The documents with two authors will be cited using the two surnames linked by “and” (Sánchez and Torre, 2010). For references with more than two authors, the citation will be abbreviated, indicating only the surname of the first author, followed by
“et al.”(Payne et al., 2003). When the citation is of an author cited by another author, the following structure is to be used (Serrano, 2005 cited in Pérez, 2010).
10. When the article uses an acronym to refer to a body or group, the group’s full name must appear the first time it is mentioned in the text.
11. The bibliographical references must follow the APA guide, in alphabetical order by author surname. If an author has more than one work, they will be listed in chronological order. Below are some examples of bibliographical references correctly cited:
  • For journal articles:
Deusdad, B., Moya, E.M., y Chávez, S. (2012). Domestic Violence Against Migrant Women at the Border: The Case Study of El Paso, Texas. Portularia, XII, 13-21. Doi: 10.5218/PETS.2012.0002.
If the article also has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), it is added at the end.
  • For a complete book:
Fernández, T., (2012). Social Casework. Madrid: Alianza.
  • For book chapters:
García, F.J., y Meneses, C. (2011). Assessment tools. In T. Fernández (Ed.), Fundamentals of Social Work (pp. 221-250). Madrid: Alianza.
  • For an article in a newspaper or mass media publication: if the article has no author, for purposes of alphabetical order, the first important word is considered (“economic” in the example):
The economic crisis. (2012, Enero 27). El País, p.21.
  • For an article in a newspaper or mass media publication: if the article does have an author:
Millás, J.J. (2012, Agosto 26). It makes you want to die. El País weekly, p.11.
  • For serial reports or studies:
IMSERSO. (2009). Report 2008: Older persons in Spain. Madrid: Observatory of elderly. IMSERSO.
  • For electronic media in Internet:
INE (2011). Living Conditions survey. Madrid: National Institute of Statistics. Extracted January 12, 2012, de
12. The charts, tables, figures and maps should be submitted in a separate document or on a separate sheet. They must be suitably prepared and their location in the article must be indicated.
13. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject the original works that it deems inappropriate, and also to propose modifications to them whenever it finds such changes necessary.
14. The Editorial Board of the journal Trabajo Social Hoy and the Professional Association of Social Workers of Madrid is not responsible for the opinions and judgements expressed by the authors whose work is published.