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Manuscript deadline
31 October 2020

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China Journal of Social Work

Special Issue Editor(s)

Ben Ku, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Jessica Li, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Chitat Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Pandemic Lockdowns and Social Work Response

For the Chinese translation of this Special Issue, please visit this page

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the world locally and globally in different aspects. The rapid global spread of the virus poses a threat to millions of people’s life, challenges the international politics and tests to state governance. It also changes our ways of living, patterns of work, mode of consumption, social interaction and behaviour, perception of life, concepts of wealth, etc. Despite these pandemic challenges, social work educators and practitioners around the world have been actively locating innovative ways of teaching and practice.

The China Journal of Social Work (CJSW) invites submission of papers for a Special Issue to be guest-edited by Ben Ku, Jessica Li and Chitat Chan. This Special Issue will seek to consolidate new experience and knowledge in social work education and practice at the time of pandemic lockdown in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau as well as Chinese communities in major cities around the world. The Special Issue invites theoretical, reflective and empirical papers, with but not limited to the following themes:

  • Social work teaching and learning at the time lockdown
  • Social work practice and innovation during and after lockdown
  • Reflection on social work value and ethics at the time lockdown
  • Vulnerability, inequality and safety at the time lockdown

Aims and Scope

Social work as an academic discipline was re-reintroduced to universities on the Chinese Mainland in the 1980s. The number of universities offering social work programs has increased dramatically in the past two decades. Social services provided by government organisations and NGOs have also proliferated as a response to rising social problems and needs. The China Journal of Social Work endeavours to provide a platform for scholars within and outside of the Chinese Mainland to share research, teaching and practice experiences and to facilitate critical dialogue between Chinese social workers and their international peers.

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Submission Instructions

While the China Journal of Social Work primarily targets submissions in English, quality academic papers written in Chinese may also be selected for publication. The authors, who submit papers in Chinese, are responsible for the translation after the manuscripts are accepted. The abstracts of the papers are published in both English and Chinese. Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words in English, and no more than 10,000 in Chinese, with an abstract of 100 to 150 words on a separate sheet of paper. All submissions should be submitted via ScholarOne.

You may find additional information on the journal website at http://www.tandfonline.com/rcsw . Or, you may send an email to  [email protected] for any further inquiries.

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