Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


The purpose of this journal is to share knowledge and facilitate collaborative discourse amongst social work theorists, practitioners, educators, activists, researchers, and the community members they serve within local, regional and global contexts. The journal seeks to promote social justice by providing a forum for addressing issues of social difference and power in relation to progressive practice, education, scholarly inquiry, and social policy.


The journal aims to underscore issues relating to oppression, privilege and resistance in society and social work. Of critical consideration are the ways in which intersections of age, disability, class, poverty, gender and sexual identity, madness, spirituality, geographical (dis)location, rurality, colonialism/imperialism, indigeneity, racialization, ethnicity, citizenship and the environment are enmeshed in processes of social justice and injustice. The journal aims to highlight these considerations within the following themes.


  • Challenges and Future of Social Work: including, but not limited to, globalization, identity issues, public image, competence, evidence, transdisciplinarity, bureaucracy, professional organizations, regulatory bodies, ‘suitability’ issues, and (de)professionalization.
  • Progressive Practice: including, but not limited to, addictions, child welfare, youth engagement, families, gerontological social work, children’s rights, disability issues, homelessness, migration and immigration, community capacity building, mental health user involvement in social work practice, social work practice in areas of political conflict, supporting social movements, mothering, parenting, environmental justice, organizational, and community development.
  • Polity and Social Policy: including, but not limited to, the public sector, homelessness, social work administration and bureaucracy, social planning, service user involvement in policy development, political economy, immigration, activism, social movements and, the impact of political conflict on social work.
  • Social Work Theory: including, but not limited to, reflexivity in practice, praxis, feminisms, radical/structural social work, childhood studies, anti-oppressive practice, political economy, critical theory, critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, anti-colonialism, critical disability studies, childhood studies, Marxism, mad studies, user involvement in research and practice, post-structuralism and postmodernism, queer theories, deconstruction, narrative, interdisciplinarity, epistemology, and social work research methodology.
  • Social Work Education: including, but not limited to, pedagogy, field education, distance delivery, ‘suitability’ issues, user involvement in education, inter-professional education, and accreditation.

The editorial board will make every attempt to be inclusive in terms of publishing articles authored not only by seasoned academics but also by new scholars, representatives from professional associations, administrators, social work practitioners, and the community members they serve. Articles are published in the language they are submitted, either English or French. For those authors whose first language is not English or French, attempts will be made to support publication in one of these languages.



Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Voices from the Trenches

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

This journal uses a double-masked peer review process. Submitted manuscripts will initially be reviewed by one of the managing editors to determine suitability and whether it should be sent through the peer review process. If deemed appropriate for peer-review, the manuscript will be sent to two reviewers. If there is a discrepancy between reviewers, the manuscript will then be sent to a third reviewer. Confidentiality in terms of the identity of the author and the reviewers will be maintained strictly.



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Rolling Issue Format

Intersectionalities now uses a rolling issue format. This format is of benefit to authors, as it expedites the publication of accepted manuscripts. Once manuscripts are accepted and copy-edited, the article will be published immediately in the current year's rolling issue.


Free Open Access

This journal is completely free of charge for authors and for readers.  There are no processing or publications charges, nor are there any charges to access published articles.


ISSN: 1925-1270