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Research on Social Work Practice

Florida State University
2013 Impact Factor: 0.905
2013 Ranking: 13/40 in Social Work
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

There is a growing movement in social work toward a more empirical selection of therapies and interventions because, to be effective, you have to know what works. As the community of practitioners, scholars and students interested in applying scientific methods of analysis to social work problems continues to grow, the need for a publication dedicated to social work practice outcomes has never been greater. Research on Social Work Practice is the first professional social work journal to focus on evaluation research and on validating methods of assessment in social work practice.

Vital Information

Research on Social Work Practice is a disciplinary journal devoted to the publication of empirical research concerning the assessment methods and outcomes of social work practice.  Social work practice is broadly interpreted to refer to the application of intentionally designed social work intervention programs to problems of societal or interpersonal importance.  Interventions include behavior analysis and therapy; psychotherapy or counseling with individuals; case management; education; supervision; practice involving couples, families, or small groups; advocacy; community practice; organizational management; and the evaluation of social policies.

The journal primarily serves as an outlet for the publication of:

  • Original reports of evidence-based evaluation studies on the outcomes of social work practice.
  • Original reports of empirical studies on the development and validation of social work assessment methods.
  • Original evidence-based reviews of the practice-research literature that convey direct applications (not simply implications) to social work practice.  The two types of review articles considered for publication are: 1) reviews of the evidence-based status of a particular psychosocial intervention; and 2) reviews of evidence-based interventions applicable to a particular psychosocial problem.

Comprehensive Coverage

Each issue of Research on Social Work Practice brings you the latest scholarship to help bridge the gap between research and practice. Regular features include: Outcome Studies New Methods of Assessment Scholarly Reviews Invited Essays Book Reviews

In-Depth Special Issues

Research on Social Work Practice
frequently supplements its broad coverage with in-depth studies of topics of particular concern through Special Issues or Special Sections. Previous examples include:

By connecting practice and research in an artful and readable fashion, RSWP has provided a synergy for the helping professions — the vital recognition that without research, practice is blind; and without practice, research is mute.
— Martin Bloom Professor, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut

In the relatively few years since its inception, Research on Social Work Practice has become one of the most highly respected and frequently cited journals in our field. Researchers, practitioners, and students have all found its contents to be invaluable in their work.
— Dianne Harrison Montgomery Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University
The unique manner in which the editors cover the broad spectrum of research on social work practice is destined to make the journal become a classic in the field. This is a must reading for all engaged in any level of practice research.
— Moses Newsome, Jr. Dean, School of Social Work, Norfolk State University Past-President, Council on Social Work Education

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Frequency: 7 Times/Year eISSN: 1552-7581 ISSN: 1049-7315
Months of Distribution: January , March , May , July , September , October , November Current Volume: 25 Current Issue: 4
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