Call for papers for the inaugural issue of European Social Work Research

Challenges and Opportunities for European Social Work Research

The inaugural issue of European Social Work Research

Abstract Submission deadline: 30 April 2022

Editor in Chief:
Lars Uggerhøj, Aalborg University, Denmark
Ana M. Sobočan, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Elaine Sharland, University of Sussex, UK
Brian Taylor, Ulster University, N Ireland

European Social Work Research (ESWR) is pleased to announce its inaugural call for papers.

ESWR is the new journal of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) which is dedicated to the development, practice and utilization of social work research. ESWR will provide a forum for the publication of high-quality contributions relating to all aspects of social work research. It will be read by scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers and other researchers who have an interest in social problems, social work and the contribution that social work makes to just and equitable societies. The journal is published online and in print, through a partnership between the European Social Work Research Association and Policy Press, an imprint of Bristol University Press.

ESWR welcomes original scholarly contributions that may be theoretical or literature based, or grounded in empirical research, and that focus on any topic of contemporary relevance to social work policy, practice, research, education, and to the communities that social work serves. The journal values innovation and diversity, and so embraces research that uses a wide range of methodological approaches and is informed by a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks. The Journal will primarily include original scholarly articles, alongside book reviews and shorter discussion pieces to stimulate debate.

The inaugural issue focuses on ‘Challenges and Opportunities for European Social Work Research’. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the first research published in a brand new journal. Articles are invited which offer one or more of the following:

  • provide valuable perspectives on aspects of European social work research;
  • promote understanding and critical discussion of social work research across Europe;
  • address and explore social work research challenges such as collaboration across cultures and jurisdictions;
  • address and explore social work research opportunities such as diversity of knowledge and skills;
  • explore the role of social work research in addressing contemporary social issues;
  • analyse political, legal and cultural influences on social work research;
  • illustrate innovation, breadth, depth and richness of social work research in Europe.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed article, no longer than 800 words. Abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment and emailed to

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2022

For further details about the journal, guidance for authors and any other queries please contact:  

Please note that papers must not be submitted to, or under consideration with, another journal.

All research articles will undergo the journal’s standard double-anonymous peer review process, and accepted papers will be published in the journal, either in the inaugural or in following issues.

Procedure and timelines

30 April 2022:  

Abstracts submitted via email at:

23 May 2022:  

Authors notified of acceptance of abstract and invitation to submit full paper.

1 August 2022:  

Deadline for submission of full papers online via Editorial Manager.

1 October 2022:  

Notification to authors of first decisions including revisions to be made on papers.

23 November 2022:  
Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts.

March 2023:  

The first issue is published.

Further information about the journal's aims and scope and editorial board is available.

You might also be interested in submitting a paper for our second issue: Enhancing and sustaining social inclusion through social work research.
Abstract submission deadline: 23 May 2022

Please note the are only seeking submission for those presented at the ESWRA 2022 conference