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



Basic information

Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk (SWMW) is a professional journal for the social worker. This autonomous, internationally accredited South African open-access, double blind peer-reviewed journal publishes original research, conceptual articles, and book reviews. The Journal's objective is to provide a platform for theoretical discourses on current issues, challenges, innovations, and advancements within the global social work discipline, alongside the implications for practice, particularly in South Africa. The readership of the Journal includes educators, students, researchers, frontline practitioners, managers, and policymakers in social work and related professions worldwide.

The first issue of Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk was published in April 1965 by the Department of Social Work at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. This bilingual Journal (English and Afrikaans) was founded by Prof. Erika Theron, who served as the inaugural editor, and Prof. Jan de Villiers, who assumed the role of business manager; both were affiliated with the Department of Social Work at Stellenbosch University.

The journal is published 4 times per year in March, June, August and December.

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

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


Index sources

The Journal is accredited and indexed by the following South African and international collections:



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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