About the Journal

Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies (JSWDS) is the official journal of the Department of Social Work, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Aims & Scope

The journal is a scholarly refereed and peer-reviewed academic platform designed to extend knowledge, provide a forum for social work-related developmental issues in LMICs, and promote general discourses in fields of social work, social welfare, community development, and social policies. It aims to provide the much-needed forum for social workers to discuss and debate social issues of developmental significance, with connections to social work insights. Majorly, it seeks to emphasize exemplary research that advances the development of applied knowledge capable of informing the social work discipline and its broad concerns. The journal aims to cover every aspect of social work research, practice, and theory. It is read by social work educators, researchers, practitioners, managers, and concerned scholars and persons outside the discipline who wish to keep up with theoretical and empirical developments in the field of social work.


Social Work in Developing Societies (JSWDS) welcomes theoretical, empirical, and systematic review articles that address the following:


-specific subjects in different social work fields of practice, social welfare, community development, and  policy formulation

-multidisciplinary perspectives on policy questions and specific issues underpinning involvement of social workers

-particular theme or subject of development concerns having a relationship to social work

The journal Editors recognize leaders in diverse fields of Social Work, as well as provide top-notch guidance to ensure that Social Work in Developing Societies brings social work educators and practitioners, high-quality research, and knowledge they require. Social workers and other related especially human service disciplines are strongly encouraged to read and contribute to this practical and informative journal.


Peer Review Policy: Submitted papers to this journal first undergo editorial screening, and upon satisfaction of the journal’s scope and guidelines for authors, proceed for blind peer review.


Publication office: Department of Social Work, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria


Submission of Manuscripts. 

Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its email [email protected]

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

All parts of the manuscript should be prepared using APA 7th Edition. All manuscripts should be blind submission without the author’s names and affiliation in any part of the manuscript. Author’s names, affiliation, acknowledgment, and conflict of interest statement should be in the Title page only. This should not be part of the manuscript.  The manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 200 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and references to the text in the abstract. Manuscripts should be between 15 and 20 pages in length and should have a maximum of 5 Tables.

References. Please use APA 7th Edition when preparing your paper.

Tables and Figures. Tables and figures (illustrations) should be embedded in the text and prepared using APA 7th Edition. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labelled, taking into account the necessary size reduction.

Open Access. Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies is an open-access journal.

Publishing Ethics. For all manuscripts, issues relating to the integrity of the submitted article, conflicts of interest, falsification, and fabrication of data, plagiarism, unethical experimentation, inadequate subject consent, and authorship dispute can prevent a paper from being sent out for review or even publication. Read also the Journal’s Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.



LAST UPDATED 19-08-2021