Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

International Journal of Social Work (IJSW) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal. The journal is striving to provide the best platform for the publication of refereed original articles, reviews, reports, commentaries and debate covers every aspect of social work with theory, practice, counselling, social care planning, education, management and policy.

The journal focuses on the Clinical Therapy, Management Supervision and Research in the field of Social Work. Including but not limited to:

  • Interventions for children, youths and families
  • Disability study and practice
  • Health social work
  • HIV intervention and prevention
  • Gerontology policy and practice
  • Mental health
  • Work stress
  • Criminal justice
  • Social and economic development


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The journal uses double-blind system for peer-review; both reviewers and authors' identities remain anonymous. The paper will be peer-reviewed by three experts; two reviewers from outside and one editor from the journal typically involve in reviewing a submission. The review process may take 4-10 weeks.


Publication Frequency

2021 Semiannual, published in June and December


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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