ISSN 0037-8054 printed version
ISSN 2312-7198 online version



Basic information

Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk: A Journal for the Social Worker/’n Vaktydskrif vir die Maatskaplike Werker, aims to serve as a forum for the creative exchange on trends, innovations and challenges relevant to social work and social welfare, as well as social work education.

It is a refereed professional journal concerned with social work and social welfare.

In terms of SANSO–01 the journal is classified as an approved research journal for the purpose of subsidy by the State for manuscripts published by South African academics.

The journal was first published in 1965. It was the first peer reviewed journal in Social Work published in South Africa. Initially it envisaged the improvement of the standard of the profession of social work in South Africa, and the furnishing of information about recent developments in the sphere of social work. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk was initially available in print only, but was made available as open access using the SUNJournals hosting service from 1 May 2014.

The journal’s areas of interest are Social Work, Social Welfare, and Social Services

The Subject Headings are:

  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Intervention
  • Social Work Intervention
  • Target Groups for Social Work Services, and
  • Social Development

The journal is published 4 times per year.

Its abbreviated key title is Social work (Stellenbosch. Online).

Publication languages for articles are English and Afrikaans, and English for abstracts.


Index sources

Databases that index the journal:

  • EBSCOhost
  • Elsevier BV
  • MetaPress
  • National Library of South Africa
  • OCLC
  • ProQuest



This journal is openly accessible, and the authors (copyright owners) should be properly acknowledged when works are cited.

All work published is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0)



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