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Core Journals in Social Work: Bibliography


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Core Journals in Social Work 

The following list is updated annually and reflects data published in Journal Citation Reports and current studies addressing knowledge dissemination and scholarship in social work. Last edited by Stephen Maher & Scott Marsalis in August 2021.

Table for Core Journals in Social Work
Title ISSN
Trauma Violence & Abuse 1524-8380
Child Abuse & Neglect 0145-2134
American Journal of Community Psychology 0091-0562
Journal of Social Policy 0047-2794
Family Relations 0197-6664
Child Maltreatment 1077-5595
Health & Social Care in the Community 0966-0410
Social Policy & Administration 0144-5596
Children and Youth Services Review 0190-7409
Child & Family Social Work 1356-7500
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 0002-9432
Journal of Social Work 1468-0173
Social Work 0037-8046
Journal of Community Psychology 0090-4392
Research on Social Work Practice 1049-7315
Social Policy and Society 1474-7464
International Journal of Social Welfare 1369-6866
Children & Society 0951-0605
Australian Social Work 0312-407X
British Journal of Social Work 0045-3102
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 0738-0151
European Journal of Social Work 1369-1457
Clinical Social Work Journal 0091-1674
Qualitative Social Work 1473-3250
Journal of Gerontological Social Work 1540-4048
Social Work in Health Care 0098-1389
Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work 0886-1099
Human Service Organizations Management Leadership & Governance 2330-3131
Social Service Review 0037-7961
Health & Social Work 0360-7283
Social Work Research 1070-5309
Journal of Social Work Education 1043-7797
Child Abuse Review 0952-9136
International Social Work 0020-8728
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research 2334-2315
Journal of Social Work Practice 0265-0533
Journal of Public Child Welfare 1554-8732
Families in Society-The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 1044-3894
Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools 2055-6365
Social Work in Public Health 1937-1918
Journal of Social Service Research 0148-8376
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development 0218-5385
Child Welfare 0009-4021
Ljetopis Socijalnog Rada 1846-5412
Eleuthera 2011-4532
Prospectiva 0122-1213
Trabajo Social 0123-4986
Bereavement Care 0268-2621
Adoption Quarterly 1092-6755
Children Australia 1035-0772
Journal of Poverty 1087-5549
Global Social Welfare 2196-8799
Child & Youth Services 0145-935X
Poverty & Public Policy 1944-2858
Ethics and Social Welfare 1749-6535
Interaccion y Perspectiva 2244-808X
Psychoanalytic Social Work 1522-8878
Cuadernos de Trabajo Social 0214-0314
Journal of Adult Protection 1466-8203
Social Work in Mental Health 1533-2985
Journal of Childrens Services 1746-6660
Journal of Community Practice 1070-5422
Journal of Family Social Work 1052-2158
Social Work-Maatskaplike Werk 0037-8054
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work 2463-4131
Critical and Radical Social Work 2049-8608
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation 1050-9674
Mental Health and Social Inclusion 2042-8316
Asian Social Work and Policy Review 1753-1403
Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma 1936-1521
Smith College Studies in Social Work 0037-7317
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 2640-8066
Journal of HIV-AIDS & Social Services 1538-1501
Journal of Progressive Human Services 1042-8232
Journal of Technology in Human Services 1522-8835
Journal of Human Rights and Social Work 2365-1792
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services 1053-8720
Trabajo Social Global-Global Social Work 2013-6757
Social Welfare Interdisciplinary Approach 2029-7424
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless 1053-0789
Journal of Social Work Education and Practice 2456-2068
Socialine Teorija Empirija Politika ir Praktika 1648-2425
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions 1533-256X
Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work 1542-6432
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 1091-1359
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work 1531-3204
Revista de Ciencias Humanas da Universidade de Taubate 2179-1120
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care 1552-4256
Intersectionalities-A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis Research Polity and Practice 1925-1270