The AJSW is published by the National Association of Social Workers (Zimbabwe. The journal has a regular issue and a special issue. Editors: Associate Professor Gidraph Wairire (Kenya), Dr Edmoss Mtetwa (Zimbabwe) and Dr Jacob Mugumbate (Zimbabwe)
The AJSW is now published 6 times a year
The African Journal of Social Work (AJSW) publishes articles that are accessible online free of charge. The number of manuscripts submitted to the journal increased tremendously following the journal's indexing and accreditation with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), South Africa; SCOPUS, Elsevier’s abstract and citation database; and several other indexing systems. The increase means we need to increase frequency of publications. But this comes at a cost. To cover this cost, the publishers introduced charges for authors after peer review and acceptance. This option will ensure that articles remain open access. Most of our writers are affiliated with universities and government departments that provide funding for publishing. We are hoping authors will have access to such funds. This practice is widely used by other publishers. Fees will apply to all manuscripts submitted after 22 February 2021 as follows: African countries: ZAR875/USD60 per manuscript peer reviewed and accepted International: ZAR1460/USD100 per manuscript peer reviewed and accepted The peer review process is not impacted by the introduction of these charges. Acceptance of manuscripts is not ensured by the potential of a writer to pay, they are accepted based on their quality and how they meet the requirements of the journal available here.
The regular issue considers manuscripts that address issues of primary concern to social work in Africa, including but not limited to social work methods, theories, practice, education and policy. Papers can be submitted any time. If you are not sure your paper meets these requirements, try our Open journal.
We are interested in issues that pertain to social work that are new, current or have not been researched. Manuscripts are through a call, so do not submit any time. Each special issue will have a guest editors/s. In each year, we target between 1 or 2 special issues. At times it takes time to wait for special issue calls, try our regular or open issue.
The African Journal of Social Work (AJSW) is a refereed journal that serves as a forum for exchanging ideas and knowledge and discussing issues relevant to social work practice, education and research in the African region. The journal is committed to reflecting culturally relevant and decolonised African social work. The AJSW uses a double-blind peer review process in addition to community review that each author must fulfill. We ask authors to value communities that they research by being open in dealing with them, including them in the review process, providing opportunities for co-analysis and co-authoring and providing them with results of our research in accessible formats. The journal publishes empirical papers but also accepts reviews, philosophical, theoretical, historical, methodological or epistemological articles. In addition to these articles, the journal is interested in brief notes and analysis of up to 1000 words on policy, programmes, legislations, organisations or interventions on social work that would be of interest to African social workers and the international social work fraternity. Other submissions may include book reviews, media reviews, published article commentary or replies, suitable bibliographies, curriculum development or teaching aids, students’ essays, think pieces, news from professional associations and professional interviews. Papers focusing on African or related communities in the outside of the continent are welcome. To help with our objective of decolonizing African social work, we anticipate that authors will have a majority of their citations from the continent including African books, articles, definitions, concepts, theories, frameworks and orature (oral literature) that is abundant in Africa but has not been adequately tapped in social work.