Canadian Social Work Review Revue canadienne de service social

Editor(s): Gus Hill (Anglophone Editor), François Boudreau (Rédacteur francophone)



The Canadian Social Work Review (CSWR) is a bilingual, peer-reviewed journal that reflects current thinking and focuses upon contemporary concerns relevant to Canadian and international social work practice and education. The purpose of the journal is to advance social work scholarship, practice, and education by publishing original research, critical analysis, and debate that enriches or challenges existing knowledge.


Marie-Christine Bois, Managing Editor



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Back issues (12 issues)

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Editorial policy and ethics


The Canadian Social Work Review welcomes articles of analytic and empirical merit (between 4,500 and 6,000 words). Articles may be submitted in either English or French.


The peer review process is double-blind. Papers are sent for assessment to at least two reviewers. Your manuscript is also read by an editorial board member who reads the external reviews as well. The editor, in consultation with the editorial board, makes the final decision regarding publishing (accept, reject or recommend revisions to the paper). This process usually takes between four and six months and authors will be contacted once the evaluation has been completed.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Does this article contain original research and a critical analysis that enriches or challenges existing knowledge in this subject area?
  • Is the paper well written in terms of its organization, the adequacy of the conclusion, syntax and style?
  • Is the theme or subject well reasoned? Are concepts clearly defined? Is good use made of existing literature?


  • Manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Social Work Review should not be under consideration by any other publication.
  • Your manuscript should be between 4,500 and 6,000 words.
  • Include a cover sheet with identifying information and word count of text, excluding references (the author’s name should not appear in the body of the manuscript).
  • Include an abstract that does not exceed 200 words.
  • Use APA format for references. 



François Boudreau, Francophone Editor
École de service social – Université Laurentienne

Gus Hill, Anglophone Editor
Faculty of Social Work – Wilfrid Laurier University

Marie-Christine Bois, Managing Editor 

Yahya El-Lahib
Faculty of Social Work - University of Calgary

Serigne Touba Mbacké Gueye
Département des sciences du développement humain et social - 
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Émilie Raymond
École de travail social et de criminologie - Université Laval

Jeanette Schmid
Department of Social Work – Vancouver Island University

Merlinda Weinberg
School of Social Work – Dalhousie University