Focusing on human rights practice, this peer-reviewed journal is a resource for educators, practitioners, and administrators in the field of social work. The journal provides research-based human rights tools, theoretical discussions of human rights, as well as guidelines for improving practice.

Journal of Human Rights and Social Work (JHRW) brings together knowledge about addressing human rights in practice, research, policy, and advocacy as well as teaching about human rights from around the globe. Articles explore the history of social work as a human rights profession, familiarize participants on how to advance human rights using the human rights documents from the United Nations, present the types of monitoring and assessment that takes place internationally and within the U.S., demonstrate rights-based practice approaches and techniques, and facilitate discussion of the implications of human rights tools and the framework for social work practice.

If you are planning to submit to JHRW, please ensure that your article does not exceed 8,000 words.

JHRW also welcomes papers for its special section "Human Rights in Action." This section features shorter articles (less than 3,000 words total) that are intended to share emerging knowledge. Examples include commentaries on social issues, preliminary research findings, or practice-based knowledge. Other than the length, submission format for these articles should meet the same criteria as full-length articles.

  • Dedicated to advancing a human rights perspective in social work research, practice, and education
  • Welcomes interdisciplinary work including the fields of psychology, sociology, social policy, social welfare, and social development
  • Offers an international scope

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  • Shirley Gatenio Gabel,
  • Susan Mapp
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62 days
Submission to first decision
228 days
Submission to acceptance
127,784 (2020)

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  • Call for Papers Related to COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing health disparities experienced by traditionally oppressed groups including older adults, low-wage workers and those living in poverty, and people with underlying health conditions. However, the human rights implications go beyond this to widen other human rights gaps including the right to education, the right to free speech, and the right to a fair trial. 

    The co-editors of the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work expect that these human rights violations will not pass with the first wave of the disease, but will rather continue to grow and/or come to light. As a result, rather than a one-time special issue of the journal, we invite authors to contribute relevant articles on a rolling basis for peer review.

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Guidelines for Special Issue Proposals

    Interested in submitting a proposal for a special issue in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work? Learn more about the elements required upon submission, the submission process, and the criteria used to evaluate proposals.

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