Service social

Managing editor(s): Michel Dorais / Editor(s): Michel Dorais



Founded in 1951 and published by the School of social services of Université Laval, Service social became an online journal in 2002.

A scientific and professional journal for social service practitioners and researchers, as well as members of other disciplines interested in social practices, Service social contains studies on the professional social services, analyses based on the principal social service disciplines, research results concerning different aspects of people's well-being, studies pertaining to the basic social service methodologies, information on social legislation and summaries of recently published works.

Teachers, researchers, practitioners, administrators and students regularly publish in this journal of empirical works, scientific analyses, book reviews and other articles that reflect changing ideas and practices within various fields of activity.

Guidelines for Authors

Service social's journal is peer-reviewed based. Publication is in French only.



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Revue Service social

Université Laval

Pavillon Charles-De Koninck

1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines

Local 5444-A

Québec (Québec)  G1V 0A6


Journal's Site

Contact the journal

  • Email:
  • Phone: 418 656-2131 ext. 7815

Back issues (56 issues)

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Print Subscription

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Accessibility before and after 2000

Since 2001, all volumes of Social service’s journal are only produce in digital version. You can freely access some issues at

It is possible to order one or more issues on paper version from the year 2000 and before by writing to for only $2 (+ shipping fees).

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Vanessa Vaillancourt at the following number: 418 656-2131, ext. 7815.

Editorial policy and ethics

Article must be send to

All articles submitted to Service social are evaluated blindly on a peer-reviewed base.

Author must send with the article a list of five (5) potential people who can evaluate their text.


Author's commitment

The Social Service journal only accepts articles submitted exclusively, that is to say:

  • it is an original work that is not in the evaluation process for publication in another journal;
  • the author submitting an article to the Social Service journal does not present it to other journals before receiving a reply from the person mandated to the effect that the article is not accepted;
  • the article becomes the property of the journal if the author receives a notice of publication.

Presentation of the article

First page:

Contains the title of the article and the name of the author(s). Each author must provide the following information: degree(s) and discipline, professional designation, workplace, mailing address and telephone number.

Contains French and English summaries (maximum of 10 lines each) and a list of keywords in French and English. The summary is used to solicit evaluators.

The article:

Pagination is requested. The submitted text must not exceed 20 pages (including tables, graphs, references and footnotes). The text should be double-spaced, with margins of 2.54 cm. In terms of form, we want conciseness, clarity and respect for high quality standards. The author should pay particular attention to the use of abbreviations, repetitions, complete references, grammatical agreements, the correctness of mathematical calculations, punctuation, etc. It must also make the subtitle hierarchy clear and typographically distinguish them from the text. Wherever possible, it is best to avoid footnotes. When it is not possible to do otherwise, it will be inserted at the bottom of the page and not at the end of the text.

Tables and graphic:

Preferably in Word format, the tables and graphs are presented in numerical order and accompanied by a title. We limit the number (ideally 2 or 3), keeping only those considered essential to the understanding of the text.


The author must pay particular attention to the accuracy of citations and references. In the case of a short quotation of less than four lines, it is inserted in the body of the text in French quotation marks. If the quotation is long and has more than four lines, then enter it by the colon followed by a line break. The quotation then forms a single paragraph indented to the left and right, omitting the quotation marks.

If references are in the article:

  • relate to the idea of an author without using an explicit citation, it will be indicated as follows: (Home, 1980);
  • have a citation or a point on a specific page, it will be indicated as follows: (Home, 1980, p. 199).
  • include several references from the same author and the same year, the year will be followed by a small letter (in the text, notes and bibliography, if applicable): (Home, 1980a);
  • include several authors mentioned, they will be indicated in ascending order of year of publication and separated by a semicolon: (Fagnan, 1991, Dupuis, 1995, Tardif, 1998);
  • have a book with more than two authors, mention only the first name followed by "and al." In italics: (Bourbonnais and al., 1997).


Where a reference contains more than one author, all names must be mentioned. Do not use the words "and al." in the bibliography. In addition, the references should be grouped in alphabetical order and presented according to the following models:

The references will be sorted alphabetically and presented according to the following models:

Bertot, J. and A. Jacob (1991). Interacting with immigrants, Montreal, Meridian.

Beaudry, L. and L. Jalbert (1987). "Neoliberalism, political significance and significance", in J. Bertot and A. Jacob, The metamorphoses of liberal thought, Sainte-Foy, Presses de l'Université du Québec, p. 9-27.

Bourassa, C. (2003). "The relationship between spousal violence and behavioral disorders in adolescence: the mediating effects of parent-adolescent relationships", Social Service, Vol. 50, No. 1, p. 30-56.

Government of Quebec (2003). The pleasure of success is built with my entourage. Framework of Reference, Quebec, Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport.

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Acronym or abbreviation

Enter in words the first occurrence of the names of organizations or expressions followed by the acronym or acronym in parentheses such as the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MEQ). Subsequently, use the acronym or acronym alone.


Evaluation and revision

If an article is accepted, they are first returned to author for correction, minor or major. The revised article if then sent to our corrector and then returned to the authors just before publication. Please note that reviewers are chosen amongst recognized national and international experts.



All texts published in Service social become its intellectual property. The author still can file the postprint article in an institutional repository. Once the article is published, the author will receive the final version of the article.


Plagiarism policy

Service social rejects all forms of plagiarism, that means: an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author. Every sources must be included according to Service social guidelines.

If plagiarism is suspected, the author can be refused publication and further collaboration with Service social journal.

For more information, see the Guideline for authors.


Service social is permanently archived on Portico.

Editorial board

Journal's management
Management is ensured by Michel Dorais
Full professor
École de service social
Faculté des sciences sociales
Université Laval
Phone: 418 656 2131, ext. 2729

He is assisted by an executive committee:

Catherine Rossi, professeure, Programme de criminologie, École de service social, Université Laval
Isabelle Lafleur, Ph.D., Curateur public
Gilles Tremblay, professeur titulaire à l'École de service social, Université Laval
Denis-Philippe Paradis, professeur au CÉGEP Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Dany Boulanger, étudiant au doctorat en éducation, Université de Sherbrooke.

Executive assistant
Vanessa Vaillancourt
Phone: 418 656 2131, ext. 7815