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Top Journals by Concentration Area
On this page, you will find 5 or more suggested journals for each concentration area in social work.
Launched in 1921, this scholarly, peer-reviewed journal keeps readers abreast of the special problems facing millions of children—children who are homeless, abused, new to this country, severely disabled. These are the children who rely on caring professionals to help. Child Welfare links the latest findings in child welfare and related research with the best practice, policy, and program development into one innovative resource equally indispensable to child welfare and associated professionals.
Children and Youth Services Review
Children and Youth Services Review is an interdisciplinary forum for critical scholarship regarding service programs for children and youth. The journal will publish full-length articles, current research and policy notes, and book reviews
Child Abuse & Neglect
Child Abuse & Neglect is an international and interdisciplinary journal publishing articles on child welfare, health, humanitarian aid, justice, mental health, public health and social service systems. The journal recognizes that child protection is a global concern that continues to evolve. Accordingly, the journal is intended to be useful to scholars, policymakers, concerned citizens, advocates, and professional practitioners in countries that are diverse in wealth, culture, and the nature of their formal child protection system.
Child Abuse Review
Child Abuse Review provides a forum for all professionals working in the field of child protection, giving them access to the latest research findings, practice developments, training initiatives and policy issues. The Journal's remit includes all forms of maltreatment, whether they occur inside or outside the family environment. Papers are written in a style appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience and those from outside Britain are welcomed.
The Journal maintains a practice orientated focus and authors of research papers are encouraged to examine and discuss implications for practitioners. By always emphasising research/practice links, it is the Editors' aim to promote practice relevant research and to facilitate the use of research findings, to enhance good practice and influence policy.
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (CASW) features original articles that focus on social work practice with children, adolescents, and their families. The journal addresses current issues in the field of social work drawn from theory, direct practice, research, and social policy.
Health and Social Care in the Community
Health and Social Care in the Community is an international peer-reviewed journal with a multidisciplinary audience including social workers, health care professionals with a community or public health focus e.g. public health practitioners, GP’s, Community Nurses and Social Care researchers and educators. The Journal promotes critical thinking and informed debate about all aspects of health and social care. Original papers are sought that reflect the broad range of policy, practice and theoretical issues underpinning the provision of care in the community.
Health and Social Work
For 20 years, human services professionals have relied on Health & Social Work for the latest advances in areas such as aging, clinical work, long-term care, oncology, substance abuse, depression, and maternal health. Articles also cover research, policy, specialized services, quality assurance, in-service training, and other topics that affect the delivery of health care services.
Social Work in Health Care
Devoted to social work theory, practice, and administration in a wide variety of health care settings, this journal gives you the tools to improve your practice while keeping you up-to-date with the latest crucial information. This journal brings you the most important articles on research, leadership, clinical practice, management, education, collaborative relationships, social health policy, and ethical issues from the most respected experts in the field. The journal's special issues comprehensively discuss a single pertinent health care theme.
Social Work in Public Health
Social Work in Public Health provides a much-needed forum for social workers and those in health and health-related professions. This crucial journal focuses on all aspects of policy and social and health care considerations in policy-related matters, including its development, formulation, implementation, evaluation, review, and revision. By blending conceptual and practical considerations, Social Work in Public Health enables authors from many disciplines to examine health and social policy issues, concerns, and questions. This valuable resource also presents leading policymakers, as well as representatives affected by particular public and social policy, who discuss and debate new policies, giving readers special insight into policy formulation.
Health Psychology is the official scientific journal of the Society for Health Psychology (of APA). Its mission is to advance the science and practice of evidence-based health psychology and behavioral medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed articles on psychological, biobehavioral, social, and environmental factors in physical health and medical illness, and other issues in health psychology.
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on contemporary health care issues of medically underserved communities. JHCPU addresses such diverse areas as health care access, quality, costs, legislation, regulations, health promotion, and disease prevention in relation to underserved populations in North and Central America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, JHCPU has expanded its scope to include internally dispossessed indigenous populations worldwide, as well as the populations enumerated above.
School Social Work
Children & Schools
Children & Schools publishes professional materials relevant to social work services for children. The journal publishes articles on innovations in practice, interdisciplinary efforts, research, program evaluation, policy, and planning. Topics include student-authority relationships, multiculturalism, early intervention, needs assessment, violence, and ADHD. Children & Schools is a practitioner-to-practitioner resource.
School Social Work Journal
The School Social Work Journal is the peer-reviewed, biannual educational journal of the Illinois Association of School Social Work. The Journal contains high-quality article submissions that are primarily educational and have a high emphasis on school social work practice and practioner reviews of relevant books.
International Journal of School Social Work
The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), with initial funding from the National Education Association, is developing and publishing the International Journal of School Social Work (IJSSW), a free online open access journal. The initial purpose of IJSSW is to expand the quantitative and qualitative research base supporting school social work services throughout the world.
School Mental Health
School Mental Health publishes the latest research related to prevention, education, and treatment practices that target the emotional and behavioral health of children in the education system. The journal publishes empirical studies, theoretical papers, and review articles from authors representing the many disciplines that are involved in school mental health including: education, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, counseling, social work and nursing.
Journal of School Psychology
The Journal of School Psychology publishes original empirical articles and critical reviews of the literature on research and practices relevant to psychological and behavioral processes in school settings. JSP presents research on intervention mechanisms and approaches; schooling effects on the development of social, cognitive, mental-health, and achievement-related outcomes; assessment; and consultation.
Social Change and Advocacy
Journal of Social Policy
The Journal of Social Policy carries high quality articles on all aspects of social policy in an international context. It places particular emphasis upon articles which seek to contribute to debates on the future direction of social policy, to present new empirical data, to advance theories, or to analyse issues in the making and implementation of social policies.
Social Service Review
Social Service Review is devoted to the publication of thought-provoking, original research on pressing social issues and promising social work practices and social welfare policies. Articles in SSR analyze issues from the vantage points of a broad spectrum of disciplines, theories, and methodological traditions, at the individual, family, community, organizational, and societal levels. Social Service Review features balanced, scholarly contributions from social work and social welfare scholars and from members of the various allied disciplines engaged in research on human behavior, social systems, social structure, history, public policy, and social services.
Social Policy and Administration
Social Policy & Administration is the longest established journal in its field. Whilst remaining faithful to its tradition in academic excellence, the journal also seeks to engender debate about topical and controversial issues. Typical numbers contain papers clustered around a theme. The journal is international in scope. Quality contributions are received from scholars world-wide and cover social policy issues not only in Europe but in the USA, Canada, Australia and Asia Pacific.
Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance
Human Service Organizations is a leading, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to current research and practice in nonprofit and public sector human service organizations. Since 1977, it has provided timely and relevant research for human service managers, researchers and educators (originally established as Administration in Social Work). Building on a history of social service management, social policy implementation, and organizational research, the Editorial Advisory Board seeks manuscripts related to contemporary management, leadership, and governance issues facing human service organizations.
Crime, Law, and Social Change
Crime, Law and Social Change publishes peer reviewed, original research articles addressing crime and the political economy of crime, whether at the global, national, regional or local levels, anywhere in the world. In addition, Crime, Law and Social Change welcomes criminological research in the areas of human rights, comparative and international criminal justice, compensation and justice for serious crime victims, international criminal law and cooperation. Finally, the Journal publishes multi-disciplinary criminological research focusing on gender, age, racial and ethnic equality issues.
Journal of Mental Health
Applicable research, evaluation, service development, commentaries, clinical reports and policy issues regarding mental health services and issues. A forum for all mental health professionals and managers to keep abreast of new ideas and evidence.
Best Practice in Mental Health
Devoted exclusively to the study of mental health. Publishes articles specific to evidence-based mental health assessments, interventions, programs & policies.
Evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health
Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is an official journal of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53), American Psychological Association. The journals seeks to:
(a) Describe the breadth, expertise, and diversity of the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology;
(b) Provide a source for translating the findings and methods from scientific studies to applied and diverse settings and populations;
(c) Advocate and illuminate the unique and expert knowledge, skill, and experience of clinical child and adolescent psychologists;
(d) Provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, activities, outcomes, and applications of the experiences and expertise of mental health professionals interested in children and families.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) publishes high quality, peer-reviewed child and adolescent mental health services research of relevance to academics, clinicians and commissioners internationally. The journal's principal aim is to foster evidence-based clinical practice and clinically orientated research among clinicians and health services researchers working with children and adolescents, parents and their families in relation to or with a particular interest in mental health. CAMH publishes reviews, original articles, and pilot reports of innovative approaches, interventions, clinical methods and service developments. The journal has regular sections on Measurement Issues, Innovations in Practice, Global Child Mental Health and Humanities. All published papers should be of direct relevance to mental health practitioners and clearly draw out clinical implications for the field.
Author Guidelines are published on the inside back cover and regularly updated on the journal
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering pediatric psychiatry. It is published by Elsevier and is the official journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP) is widely recognised to be the leading international journal covering both child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry. JCPP publishes the highest quality clinically relevant research in psychology, psychiatry and related disciplines. With a large and expanding global readership, its coverage includes studies on epidemiology, diagnosis, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatments, behaviour, cognition, neuroscience, neurobiology and genetic aspects of childhood disorders. Articles published include experimental, longitudinal and intervention studies, especially those that advance our understanding of developmental psychopathology and that inform both theory and clinical practice. An important function of the Journal is to bring together empirical research, clinical studies and reviews of high quality that arise from different points of view, different theoretical perspectives and different disciplines.