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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:
' absolutely first rate international social welfare journal.'

Special Issues of The British Journal of Social Work

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


YearImpact FactorSsi: Social Work
20151.02714 out of 41
20141.3358 out of 40
20131.1627 out of 39
20120.99515 out of 38
20111.1907 out of 41
20101.5245 out of 36
20091.1398 out of 32
20080.81610 out of 29
20070.71814 out of 29
20060.63615 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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