Focus and Scope

Aim. The periodical peer-reviewed journal “Social Work” aims to promote dialogue between researchers from different branches of social science (social policy, social work, sociology, education,  psychology, etc.) and to present interdisciplinary studies on social development and population problems in Lithuania, the EU, Eastern and Central European.

Format of publication. Social Work publishes original scientific articles, reviews of scholarly monographs and other publications, abstracts and other informative publications in the Lithuanian or English languages. Upon the decision of the Editorial Board, publications in other languages may be included. The academic journal Social Work publishes articles dealing with the issues from the fields of social policy, social work, sociology, psychology and education science.

Periodicity. The academic journal Social Work is published twice a year (in May and November).

 

Peer review. Submitted articles are reviewed by applying the double-blind method (the identities of the author(s) and reviewers are kept unknown). Each article is appointed at least two referees (scientists with a degree in the relevant field).

Indexation. The academic journal Social Work is included in the Ulrich’s PROQUEST, C.E.E.O.L. datebases.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

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Review Articles

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Original Research Articles

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Letters to the Editor

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Book Reviews

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Chronicle

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Social Policy and Social Work

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Education Science

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Social Work

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Sociology

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Education Science

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Psychology

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Defence Doctoral Dissertation

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Peer Review Process

Submission of papers

The electronic manuscript should be sent in two files, the first the complete manuscript itself and the second a cover sheet with all details about the author(s) (name, title of qualification awarded, occupation, name and address of institution, e-mail address). Manuscripts have be in Microsoft Word format. Manuscript and a cover sheet with all details about the author(s) should be submited on Open Journal System (OJS) https://www3.mruni.eu/ojs/social-work.

The article should be original, previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Submitted articles are reviewed by the double-blind method (the information identifying author(s) and reviewers is classified). Each article shall be appointed at least two referees - scientists with a degree in the relevant field.
An approved article must be corrected by the author according to reviewers and editors comments, or author must argue why comments have not been taken into account. The author should send the revised article and its electronic copy to the Editorial Board no later than two weeks after receiving reviews and editor's remarks.

 

Publication Frequency

The academic journal Social Work is published twice a year (in May and November).

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Publication fee
Publishing in Social Work is free of charge. In other words, there are no article submission or article processing fees.

 

 

Publication Ethics

Our editors and reviewers are experts in their respective fields and are responsible for the peer review process and the content of the journal. Their role is to handle the peer review of manuscripts, make recommendation on the acceptance or rejection of a paper and attract high-quality submissions. Below are some guidelines, based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journals:

 

Publication Ethics (Ethical Expectations)

Read the following sections to be sure that your manuscripts comply with the publication rules.

 

Duties of Editors 

  • To acknowledge the receipt of manuscript in a timely manner and ensure that editorial and peer review processes are fair, efficient, and responsive;
  • To accept or reject a paper for publication based purely on the paper’s quality, originality (articles may be scanned for plagiarism and other types of copyright violation), and clarity, as well as its relevance to the aim and scope of the journal;
  • To make sure that submitted manuscripts remain confidential throughout the editorial and peer review process;
  • To avoid issues of conflict of interest, any manuscript authored by the editor must not be handled by the editor him or herself, but must be given to some other qualified editor to manage;
  • If errors are discovered in a paper published by a journal, the editor should aid in the preparation of a report indicating the outlined errors and if possible provide correction to such errors;
  • To publish corrections if errors are discovered that could affect the interpretation of data or information presented in an article;
  • To ensure timeliness and frequency of the journal.

 

Duties of Reviewers

  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner;
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript;
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review. 

 

Duties of Authors

  • To maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request; 
  • To confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere;
  • To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources;
  • Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects confirm to national, local and institutional laws and requirements and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy;
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process);
  • To notify promptly the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.