Social Work Liaison's Toolkit : Selecting in Social Work

Resources and tools for selecting social work materials, including journals, books, and other formats.

Core Lists of Social Work Journals

NASW. (2009). An author's guide to social work journals. 5th ed. Washington, DC: NASW Press. lock
Leung, P. & Cheung, M. (2014). Journals in social work and related disciplines manuscript submission information with impact factors, five-year impact factors and h-indexes. Retrieved from
Subscription database from Thomson Reuter which provides metrics and rankings on top journals by discipline. Social work is included as well as journals in subject areas such as gerontology, substance abuse, social issues, family studies, health policy & services and social psychology.  
Eigenfactor metrics are available from this publicly available database for ranking journals by subject. 
Google Scholar Metrics gathers citation information from articles in Google Scholar and ranks journals by the number of times citations appear in this search engine. 
Scopus, a subscription database, offers their own algorithms to rank and compare journals in a subject area. 

Social Work Book and Journal Publishers List

Large General Press Publishers for Social Work


Specialized Publishers


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