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About the Journal

Published for the British Association of Social Workers, this is the leading academic social work journal in the UK. It covers every aspect of social work, with papers reporting research, discussing practice, and examining principles and theories. It is read by social work educators, researchers, practitioners and managers who wish to keep up to date with theoretical and empirical developments in the field.

Professor Peter Raynor, University of Wales, Swansea:
'The British Journal of Social Work sets the standard for academic publishing in social work, and its rigorous editing and refereeing standards have done much to improve the evidence base of the subject. Over thirty years of high standards provide the best possible guarantee that they will be maintained in the future. This is the one social work journal you cannot afford to miss.'

Professor Malcolm Payne, Manchester Metropolitan University:
'The British Journal of Social Work is one of the top five social work journals in the world for impact. Because it covers such a wide field of interest, readers can keep up with a broad range of leading-edge research and theoretical debate. Its 'Critical Commentaries' on specialisms are models of critical review: reading them over a period updates readers on current topics.'

Professor David Smith, Lancaster University:
'The BJSW continues to set the standard for other social work journals. Every issue contains a rich mixture of empirical and theoretical articles of far more than 'British' interest, and its scope is such that practitioners as well as academics will always find something relevant, whatever their specialism.'

James K. Whittaker, Professor of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, USA:
'...an absolutely first rate international social welfare journal.'

Special Issues

For information on special issues of the BJSW, please visit our special issues web page

Impact Factor and Ranking

Year Impact Factor Ssi: Social Work
2015 1.027 14 out of 41
2014 1.335 8 out of 40
2013 1.162 7 out of 39
2012 0.995 15 out of 38
2011 1.190 7 out of 41
2010 1.524 5 out of 36
2009 1.139 8 out of 32
2008 0.816 10 out of 29
2007 0.718 14 out of 29
2006 0.636 15 out of 28
This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Social Citation Index by ISI.


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