About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Social Policy and Social Work in Transition (ISSN 1987-8710) is a twice-yearly peer-reviewed English-language journal. It was launched as part of an EU-Tempus project (‘ACES’) implemented by Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Tallinn University (Estonia) and Vilnius Pedagogical University (Lithuania). Following the termination of EU-Tempus funding for the Journal in 2012, Social Policy and Social Work in Transition is now published by Whiting and Birch Ltd. Tbilisi State University and Whiting and Birch will, together, produce and own the journal. The founding universities will continue to have places on the Board.

Articles are welcome from academics, researchers, doctoral students, practitioners, and policy makers. The journal accepts articles that:

•    are research-based and help develop best practices in service provision;
•    develop the academic and knowledge base of social work and social policy; or
•    provide reflections on the transition process and other broad reflections of social phenomena.

Peer Review Process

Articles are assessed anonymously by two reviewers. The final decision lies with the Editors.

Publication Frequency

Material is published for 'advance access' as soon as authors have cleared final proofs. Articles are then included in a full issue - usually the next to be published.

Open Access Policy

The journal will operate on an open access basis through 2015.

Journal History

The Journal for Social Policy and Social Work in Transition was created and supported by an EU-Tempus project (‘ACES’ – Advancing the three-cycle system of social work education in six European countries). The six founding universities of the journal were Sheffield Hallam, UK; Tbilisi State, Georgia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Kyiv Mohyla, Ukraine; Tallinn, Estonia; and Vilnius Pedagogical, Lithuania. Programme ended in 2012.  Since then, the Journal has been published jointly by Whiting and Birch and the University of Tbilisi