Critical & Radical Social Work
An International Journal
Critical and Radical Social Work: An international journal is an exciting new journal that promotes debate and scholarship around a range of engaged social work themes.
The journal publishes papers which seek to analyse and respond to issues, such as the impact of global neo-liberalism on social welfare; austerity and social work; social work and social movements; social work, inequality and oppression.
It welcomes contributions that consider and question themes relating to the definition of social work and social work professionalism, that look at ways in which organic and 'indigenous' practice can expand concepts of the social work project and that consider alternative and radical histories of social work activity. As a truly international journal it actively encourages contributions from academics, scholars and practitioners from across the global village.
What people are saying about Critical and Radical Social Work
"Critical and Radical Social Work adds the much needed critical and radical thrusts to contemporary social work literature, dealing with salient social justice, human rights and social development issues in a world increasingly going awry in the face of neoliberalism, new managerialism, unsustainable growth and development, and climate change." Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul (PhD), Zayed University, Dubai
"At a time when social work, both in the UK and internationally, is coming under increasing pressure for its allegiance to refugees and other oppressed and marginalised groups, Critical and Radical Social Work brings together impassioned, evidenced and progressive voices supporting social work's commitment to a social approach and social justice." Peter Beresford, Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex and Emeritus Professor at Brunel University London
"Critical and Radical Social Work provides perspectives that are often missing from mainstream social work publications. It amplifies those voices in the field that are often unheard or ignored." Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, University of Maryland, US
"A much-needed outlet for social workers to promote innovative and challenging standpoints. The journal stimulates debate and gives voice to those advocating for groups that are relegated to the margins." Linda Briskman, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Australia
“A great addition to the critical and radical social work literature. Thoroughly recommended.” Steve Rogowski, Social Worker (Children and Families)
“Manifestly innovative, the proposed structure of the journal is likely to contribute in significant ways to the advancement of research, practice and theory in the field of radical and critical social work.” Norman Duncan, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
“A most eagerly awaited progressive journal. The “critical turn” in social work grew out of a radical track that provided an incisive and eventful confrontation with capital and its state allies. This journal will restore the political and ethical context of social work at a time when it is most needed. It will push boundaries of social work thought and practice. The editors are particularly suited to take this journal and with it social work to new heights of critical and radical engagement.” Stephen Webb, University of Newcastle, Australia
“Social work is increasingly assimilated to power, as allied practices in the systems of governance focused on managing subordinated and marginalized populations. This timely, new journal, edited by prominent critics of this disciplinary regime, could not be more welcomed.” Sanford F. Schram, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College and Haverford, Pennsylvania
"This journal is particularly timely. In the current fast paced, revolutionary context, we urgently need a global forum to share the ground-breaking but often invisible work we do at all levels." Elizabeth Whitmore, Carleton University School of Social Work, Ottawa, Canada
Policy Press also publishes the Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work series.
- Promoting activism through critical social work education: the impact of global capitalism and neoliberalism on social work and social work education
- A front-line mental health social work perspective on neoliberal workplace reform from the Community Care Act 1990 to the Care Act 2014
Recently published papers include:
- Re-Coopering anti-psychiatry: David Cooper, revolutionary critic of psychiatry
Author: Chapman, Adrian
- Psychologists Against Austerity: mobilising psychology for social change
Authors: McGrath, Laura; Walker, Carl; Jones, Christopher
- Discourse, identity and socialisation: a textual analysis of the ‘accounts’ of student social workers
Authors: Roscoe, Karen D.; Pithouse, Andrew
- Tackling the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership/Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement: my path from micro to macro/strategic social work
Author: Arevalo, Luis
- Editorial: Psychopolitics in the twenty first century
Author: Spandler, Helen; Moth, Rich; McKeown, Mick; Greener, Joe
- Realising Sedgwick’s vision: theorising strategies of resistance to neoliberal mental health and welfare policy
Author: Moth, Rich; McKeown, Mick
Michael Lavalette, Co-Editor, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Iain Ferguson, Co-Editor, University of the West of Scotland, UK
Kerry Cuskelly, Voices from the Frontline Editor, SWAN Ireland, Ireland
Natalia Farmer, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Jane Fenton, University of Dundee, UK
Joe Greener, Book Review Editor, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Lee Humber, Ruskin College Oxford, UK
Victoria Jupp-Kina, University of Dundee, UK
Rea Maglajlic, University of Sussex, UK
Rich Moth, Pioneers of the Radical Tradition Editor, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Michael Reisch, North American Editor, University of Maryland, USA
Linda Smith, Chair of the Board, Robert Gordon University, UK
Julia Mortimer, Publisher, Policy Press, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
Dr Mark Baldwin, University of Bath, UK
Professor Elaine Behring, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil
Professor Peter Beresford, Brunel University, UK
Professor Francisco Branco, Catholic University of Lisbon, Portugal
Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Dr Suzanne Dudziak, St Thomas University Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Dr Paul Michael Garrett, NUI Galway, Republic of Ireland
Professor John Harris, University of Warwick, UK
Professor Dr Bernhard Haupert, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany
Dr Vasilios Ioakimidis, University of Durham, UK
Fumihito Ito, Associate Professor, Nihon Fukushi University, Japan
Dr Sandra Joseph, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India
Professor Jerzy Krzyszkowski, University of Lodz, Poland
Dr Sahar Makhamreh, Al-Balqa Applied University of Jordan, Jordan
Professor Dr Susan Maurer, University of Marburg, Germany
Dr Anna Metteri, University of Tampere, Finland
Laura Penketh, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Professor Sigrid Schilling, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule fur Soziale Arbeit (HAS FHNW), Basle, Switzerland
Dr Gurnam Singh, University of Coventry, UK
Dr Anne-Margrethe Sonneland, Diakonhjemmet, Oslo, Norway
Dexter Whitfield, Director of European Services Strategy Unit and Adjunct Associate Professor, Australian Institute for Social Research, University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor Bessa Whitmore, Carlton University, Canada
Bob Williams, Disabled People Against the Cuts, UK
Professor Charlotte Williams, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Jelka Zorn, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
What are we looking for?
Critical and Radical Social Work publishes papers which seek to analyse and respond to issues, such as the impact of global neo-liberalism on social welfare; austerity and social work; social work and social movements; social work, inequality and oppression. It welcomes contributions that consider and question themes relating to the definition of social work and social work professionalism, that look at ways in which organic and 'indigenous' practice can expand concepts of the social work project and that consider alternative and radical histories of social work activity. As a truly international journal it actively encourages contributions from academics, scholars and practitioners from across the global village.
The following types of submissions are welcome:
- Academic articles: between 6000 and 8000 words, including abstract (150 words maximum), notes, tables, figures and references. Articles should seek to analyse and respond to issues, such as the impact of global neoliberalism on social welfare; austerity and social work; social work and social movements; social work, inequality and oppression. Contributions are welcome that consider and question themes relating to the definition of social work and social work professionalism, that look at ways in which organic and ‘indigenous’ practice can expand concepts of the social work project and that consider alternative and radical histories of social work activity.
- Commentaries: 4000 words including abstract (75 words maximum) and references. Commentary on policy developments/struggles and social movement activity.
- Voices from the front line: 2000-4000 words, including references. Articles which address the experience of front line workers and service users.
- Pioneers of the radical tradition: 5000-6000 words. Articles that look at the life, times and practice of various radical pioneers.
- Book reviews: for information on how to submit a book review please contact the Book Review Editor, Joe Greener: firstname.lastname@example.org
All articles are refereed to assess their suitability for publication.
How to Submit
All submissions should be made online at the Critical and Radical Social Work Editorial Manager website: http://crsw.edmgr.com, in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details. Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file. All submissions will be subject to anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field. The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors.
Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Policy Press as publisher of Critical and Radical Social Work. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The copyright assignment agreement can be read here.
Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Policy Press.
General information on rights and permissions can be found here: http://policypress.co.uk/rights-permissions
To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in Critical and Radical Social Work please email Policy Press: email@example.com. For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.
- British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
- Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
- Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
- Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
- Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
- Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an
- Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
- Further guidance may be found in Policy Press editorial guidelines.
A custom version of the Harvard system of referencing is used:
- In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets
- List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text
- Book and journal titles should be in italics
- Website details should be placed at the end of the reference. Do not include dates of access to websites
- Spell out all acronyms in first instance.
Example of book reference
Dorling, D, 2010, Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press
Example of journal reference
Warin, P, 2012, Non-demand for social rights: A new challenge for social action in France, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 20, 1, 41–53
Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication
Levitas, R, 2011, Utopia calling: Eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond, in A. Minujin and S. Nandy (eds) Global child poverty and well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action, Bristol: Policy Press, 449–73
Example of website reference
House of Commons Debates, 2010, Work and pensions (CSR), Hansard, 4 November, col 337WH,
If you have queries regarding the submission process, please email the Critical and Radical Social Work editorial office for assistance: email@example.com