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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 14-point font; employs Times New 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

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The Journal publishes articles and book reviews from any field of social work.

INSTRUCTIONS (Afrikaans/English-PDF)

  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 less than 2,000 words or more than 10,000 words are normally not considered for publication.
  7. Submit the manuscripts as a Microsoft Word document in 14 pt Times Roman single-spaced
  8. The manuscript should be send electronically to
  9. Use the Harvard system for references.
  10. 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).
  11. More details about sources referred to in the text should appear at the end of the manuscript under the caption "References".
  12. The sources must be arranged alphabetically according to the surnames of the authors.
  13. Note the use of capitals and punctuation marks in the examples below.


TWO AUTHORS/TWEE OUTEURS: BARRIENTOS, A. & HULME, D. 2009. Social protection for the poor and the poorest: Concepts, policies, and politics. London: Palgrave.

COLLECTION/BUNDEL ARTIKELS: MIDGLEY, J. & CONLEY, A. (eds.). 2010. Social work and social development: Theories and skills for developmental social work. New York: Oxford University Press.

HARRIS, J. & UNWIN, P. 2009. Performance management in modernised social work. In: HARRIS, J. & WHITE, V. (eds.). Modernising social work: Critical considerations. Bristol: Policy Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLE/ARTIKEL IN TYDSKRIF: dU toIT, A., VAN DER WESTUIZEN, M. & ALPASLAN, N.  2016. Operationalising cluster foster care schemes as an alternative form of care. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 53(3):391-413.

THESIS/TESIS: MOTJELEBE, N.J. 2009. The social support networks of teenage mothers in Botshabelo.  Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch. (MSW thesis)

REPUBLIC OF SOUth arfica (RSA).1997. Ministry of Welfare and Population. White Paper for Social Welfare.  Notice 1008 of 1997. Government Gazette, 368, (18166). Pretoria: Government Printer.

ACTS/WETTE: REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (RSA). Children’s Act 38 of 2005. Government Gazette, No 28944. Cape Town: Government Printers.

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

INTERNET REFERENCES/VERWYSINGS: RUFFIN, N. 2009.  Adolescent growth and development. [Online] Available: [Accessed: 18/06/2020].


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 R250.00 (two hundred and fifty Rand) excluding tax per page is to be paid for published articles by authors.

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