About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory aims to provide a platform for those advancing knowledge and debate on any aspect of social justice-informed social work, social policy, practice or theory.

With a goal of publishing twice yearly, the journal welcomes submissions that explore questions of: social injustice; inequity; systemic and/or individual oppression; the power dynamics of social relations such as race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, age, region, political economy; questions engaging with intersectionality and multiple oppressions; and various forms of resistance, social change, social policy and social justice initiatives.  

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts will be pre-screened by one of the editors and sent out for double-blind peer review. Reviewers can recommend that the article be: accepted as is; accepted with minor changes; resubmitted with major changes; or rejected. 

  • Reviewers are selected by the Editors and may include members of the Editorial Board, the Editorial Advisorsory Board and others with expertise on the topic or methodology of the article.
  • The Editors may decide not to send the paper to review if it does not meet the aims of the journal, it fails to meet basic scholarly standards, or it does not conform to the Instructions for Authors.
  • The journal operates a standard policy of double-blind peer review where the identities of the author and reviewer are not disclosed to the other party. 
  • The Editor may make minor alterations to articles on his or her own initiative.
  • The Editor’s decision is final and correspondence regarding the outcome of a paper will not be entered into.
  • The review process normally takes at least three months – longer when revision is necessary (revisions are often requested).

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.

Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory

Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory aims to provide a platform for those advancing knowledge and debate on any aspect of social justice-informed social work, social policy, practice or theory.

 

The journal welcomes submissions that explore questions of: social injustice; inequity; systemic and/or individual oppression; the power dynamics of social relations such as race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, age, region, political economy; questions engaging with intersectionality and multiple oppressions; and various forms of resistance, social change, social policy and social justice initiatives.

Sponsors

Social Work and Policy Studies, University of Sydney

Journal History

Focus and Scope

Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory (ISSN 2209-0878) aims to provide a platform for those advancing knowledge and debate on any aspect of social justice-informed social work, social policy, practice or theory.

With a goal of publishing twice yearly, the journal welcomes submissions that explore questions of: social injustice; inequity; systemic and/or individual oppression; the power dynamics of social relations such as race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, age, region, political economy; questions engaging with intersectionality and multiple oppressions; and various forms of resistance, social change, social policy and social justice initiatives. 

Articles are to be 6,000 – 8,000 words, including references and should include original research or a review and critical analysis of social policy or social work practice applications. Articles should be scholarly and theoretically-based or informed. Articles reporting original research should include research methods and appropriate literature. Submissions social work from all national and regional contexts are welcome.