List of “Social Work Journals” by Hodge et al. (2021)

Since social work is an applied social science, many social work researchers submit their articles to various journals, such as psychology, sociology, gerontology, family studies, gender studies, public health, or psychiatry, depending on their research topic and field.

Meanwhile, the social work academia has put a lot of effort into developing a journal exclusively for the social work discipline. However, the well-known ranking (SJR) includes the journals in other departments. It is not able to reflect the real influence of the journal in the field since social work journals started to be published relatively recently.

Accordingly, Hodge et al. (2021) rank social work journals by collecting opinions from social work faculty and impact factors. I recommend reading the paper above for details, but I share the list for those who don’t have access to the journal website.

Ref: Hodge, D. R., Yu, M., & Kim, A. (2021). Ranking disciplinary social work journals: Comparing faculty perceptions with two citation-based approaches. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 12(1), 109–129.

1Social Service Review7.38
2Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)6.62
3Research on Social Work Practice6.39
4Social Work (NASW) 6.16
5British Journal of Social Work6.04
6Social Work Research (NASW) 5.96
7Journal of Social Work Education (CSWE) 5.77
8Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services5.57
9Journal of Social Service Research5
10Qualitative Social Work4.95
11Health and Social Work4.91
12Social Work in Health Care4.63
13Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare4.61
14Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work4.4
15Journal of Gerontological Social Work4.22
16Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal4.1
17International Social Work4.01
18Journal of Community Practice3.98
19Journal of Social Work Practice3.83
20Journal of Teaching in Social Work3.68
21Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment3.6
22Child and Family Social Work3.57
23Journal of Social Work3.44
24Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work3.38
25Clinical Social Work Journal3.37
26Children and Schools3.36
27Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work
28Social Work in Public Health3.29
29International Journal of Social Welfare3.25
30Human Service Organizations3.21
31Social Work in Mental Health3.16
32Advances in Social Work2.98
33Social Work and Social Sciences Review2.89
34Journal of Family Social Work2.87
35Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions2.84
36Social Work with Groups2.81
37Smith College Studies in Social Work2.78
38Social Development Issues2.63
39Journal of Progressive Human Services2.63
40European Journal of Social Work2.59
41Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping2.57
42Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services2.45
43Australian Social Work2.41
44Canadian Social Work Review2.39
45Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work2.36
46Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care2.31
47School Social Work Journal2.3
48Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics2.3
49Journal of Technology in the Human Services2.3
50Critical Social Work2.21
51Social Work and Society2.16
52Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work2.14
53Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services2.13
54Journal of Psychosocial Oncology1.91
55Indian Journal of Social Work1.76
56Ethics and Social Welfare1.71
57Journal of Comparative Social Welfare1.64
58Social Work & Christianity1.62
59Professional Development1.58
60Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development1.54
61Psychoanalytic Social Work1.53
62China Journal of Social Work1.41
63Practice: Social Work in Action (BASW) 1.4
64Asian Social Work & Policy Review1.12
  • March 12, 2022