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Author Guidelines

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The Journal publishes articles, book reviews and commentary on articles already published from any field of social work.

  1. Contributions may be written in English or Afrikaans.
  2. All articles should include an abstract in English of not more than 100 words.
  3. All contributions will be critically reviewed by at least two referees on whose advice contributions will be accepted or rejected by the editorial committee.
  4. All refereeing is strictly confidential (double blind peer-review).
  5. Manuscripts may be returned to the authors if extensive revision is required or if the style or presentation does not conform to the Journal practice.
  6. Articles of fewer than 2,000 words or more than 10,000 words are normally not considered for publication.
  7. Manuscripts should be typed in 12 pt Times Roman single-spaced on A4 paper size.
  8. Use the Harvard system for references.
  9. Short references in the text: When word-for-word quotations, facts or arguments from other sources are cited, the surname(s) of the author(s), year of publication and page number(s) must appear in parenthesis in the text, e.g. "..." (Berger, 1967:12).
  10. More details about sources referred to in the text should appear at the end of the manuscript under the caption "References".
  11. The sources must be arranged alphabetically according to the surnames of the authors.
  12. Note the use of capitals and punctuation marks in the following examples.


TWO AUTHORS: SHEAFOR, B.W. & JENKINS, L.E. 1982. Quality field instruction in social work. Program Development and Maintenance. New York: Longman.

COLLECTION: MIDDLEMAN, R.R. & RHODES, G.B. (eds) 1985. Competent supervision, making imaginative judgements. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.

ARTICLE IN COLLECTION: DURKHEIM, E. 1977. On education and society. In: KARARABEL, J. & HALSEY, A.H. (eds) Power and ideology in education. New York: Oxford University Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLE: BERNSTEIN, A. 1991. Social work and a new South Africa: Can social workers meet the challenge? Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 27(3/4):222-231.

THESIS: EHLERS, D.M.M. 1987. Die gebruik van statistiese tegnieke vir die ontleding van gegewens in maatskaplikewerk-navorsing. Pretoria: Universiteit van Pretoria. (M tesis)

MINISTRY FOR WELFARE AND POPULATION DEVELOPMENT 1995. Draft White Paper for Social Welfare. Government Gazette, Vol. 368, No. 16943 (2 February). Pretoria: Government Printer.

NEWSPAPER REPORT: MBEKI, T. 1998. Fiddling while the AIDS crisis gets out of control. Sunday Times, 8 March, 18.

INTERNET REFERENCES: McKIERNAN, G. 1998. Beyond bookmarks: schemes for organising the Web [on line]. Rev. 18 June. Available:


In terms of SANSO-014 our journal is classified as an approved research journal for the purpose of subsidy by the State. The Editorial Board has therefore decided that an amount of R200.00 (two hundred Rand) per page is to be paid for published articles by authors who are lecturing or doing research at Universities in the RSA.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs Times Roman, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

This journal is an open access journal, and the authors  and journal should be properly acknowledged when works are cited.

Auhtors may use the publishers version for teaching purposes, in books, and with conferences.

The following license applies:

Attribution CC BY-4.0

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.

Articles as a whole may not be re-published with another journal.


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