Focus and Scope

The purpose of the journal is to promote research and innovation in the practice of helping individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to promote development and human well-being in society. The journal is committed to the creation of empowered, humane, just and democratic societies.

Manuscripts that would be appropriate are:

1. conceptual analyses and theoretical presentations,

2. literature reviews that provide new insights or new research questions,

3. manuscripts that report empirical work. Topics that will be considered include, but are not limited to the following:

lifespan, populations at risk, poverty, livelihoods, anti-discriminatory practice, welfare systems, development management, social security, social policy, human rights, community-based development, social development, comparative health, mental health, education, urban and rural development, voluntarism, civic service, civil society, social movements and social change.

As it is the intention of this journal to maintain a balance between theory and practice, contributors are encouraged to spell out the practical implications of their work for those involved in social work practice and the social services in the African context.

Peer Review Process

The manuscript is sent to the Editor or Assistant Editor for approval. If it is judged suitable for this journal, it is sent to two reviewers for blind peer-review. Based on their recommendations, the editorial committee decides whether the manuscript should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. 

Self-archiving Policy

Author's Pre-print:

 author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)

Author's Post-print:

 author can archive post-print (ie final accepted version post-refereeing)

Publisher's Version/PDF:

 author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF

General Conditions:

  • On Institutional Repositories, social media repositories (Research Gate) and subject repositories, 18 months embargo (from date of acceptance).
  • Must link to publisher version
  • Published source must be acknowledged with DOI