The International Journal of Social Welfare publishes original articles in English on social welfare and social work. Its interdisciplinary approach and comparative perspective promote examination of the most pressing social welfare issues of the day by researchers from the various branches of the applied social sciences.
The journal seeks to disseminate knowledge and to encourage debate about these issues and their regional and global implications. The Editors welcome contributions from across the world. In particular, authors are invited to submit the following types of papers:

International Journal of Social Welfare
  • Comparative studies of social welfare policies and social work practices
  • Empirical and theoretical analyses of contemporary trends in social welfare practice
  • Contributions to theory and methodology relevant for the practice and study of social welfare issues
  • Presentation and discussion of evidence-based practices in social services
  • Analysis of policy developments and programme evaluations
  • Descriptive pieces on interesting innovations in social welfare policy and practice
  • Research notes that describe and analyse social welfare interventions in countries that are not currently members of the OECD.
    The Journal will occasionally publish a Viewpoints Section, which invites insightful think pieces' that formulate insightful arguments for new policies or professional practices.

The journal will annually publish comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature which synthesise the results of empirical research within strategic fields of social welfare research using meta-analytic techniques..
The journal will cover and initiate crucial theoretical and methodological debates of importance for the future of social welfare practice and research.

Because the Journal addresses itself to a worldwide readership, priority will be given to papers in which the content extends beyond purely local circumstances and has relevance for readers outside the author's own country's borders.