The Indian Journal of Social Work

An Overview:

The Indian Journal of Social Work (IJSW) is the flagship publication of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and is brought out by its Publications Unit. Published every January, April, July and October, the TISS entered its 77th year of uninterrupted publishing, a record in journal publishing, in 2016. The first issue of the IJSW was brought out in June 1940. It focussed on two aspects of Child Welfare - Children in Industry and Juvenile Delinquency.

The main objectives of the IJSW are to:

  • cater to the need for literature on social work, and
  • be a medium of dissemination of indigenous work being carried out in the country.

Over the years, the IJSW has kept pace with changing perspectives and developments in the field of social work and social work education. The IJSW has brought out over 50 Special/Focus issues since 1940. Download Special Issue Catelogue

Goals and Scopes


The Indian Journal of Social Work (IJSW) was started by the TISS (then known as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work) with the following goals in mind:

  1. To serve as a medium of expression for the Students, Alumni and Faculty of The Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work.
  2. To encourage original research on the part of Indian Social Workers.
  3. To report significant advances in the social field, both in India and abroad.
  4. To serve as a bond of unity for social workers scattered throughout the various parts of India.
  5. To assist in raising the standards of professional social work in India.


The focus of the IJSW, over the years, has shifted from ''social work literature'' to ''literature for social work''. While ''social work literature'' is literature specific to social work profession, ''literature for social work'' means literature needed for different social work functions. These functions are broadly conceptualised as practice, administration, research, education and training. The users are, thus, practitioners, administrators, researchers, educators/trainers and students. And therefore, ''literature for social work'' has to go beyond ''social work literature''.

The IJSW focuses on multidisciplinary knowledge development relevant to the changing perspectives of the social work profession.

The IJSW invites submission of articles:

  • related to the issues of marginalised groups such as children, youth, the elderly, women, Dalits, indigenous peoples (tribal), labour, the disabled, and so on.
  • which address interventions that impede, as also those that facilitate people-centeredness in social systems and processes at the local, community, national and international levels.
  • on issues related to livelihood, health, housing, education, criminality, disasters, and so on. Implications of the above for social work philosophy, methods of intervention, education and associations are essential for the IJSW.

The IJSW, therefore, invites the following types of contributions:

  • Theoretical/historical/empirical/methodological/epistemological analyses
  • Reviews of policies/programmes/legislations/voluntary organisations/ professional interventions
  • Curriculum development/Teaching aids
  • Research summaries
  • News from professional associations in social work
  • Book reviews, Book essay reviews and media reviews
  • Discussions and Notes from the field
  • Interviews

Guidelines for Authors

Communication with reference to articles should be addressed to the Associate Editor, the IJSW. The Associate Editor will correspond with the main author. Download Guidelines

IJSW Editorial and Advisory Board [ Download ]

Abstracting and Indexing [ Download ]

Subscription Rates

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES* with effect from January 1, 2018

Countries Individual Institutional
India Rs. 750/- Rs. 1750/-
South Asia, South East Asia, The Middle East,
Africa and South America
US$ 60/- US$ 120/-
North America, Europe and Australia US$ 100/- US$ 150/-

 * All prices inclusive of mailing charges.

Cheque/Demand Draft in favour of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, V. N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai - 400 088. Outstation payment in Banker's Draft.

Phone: 91-22-2552 5237

Fax: 91-22-2552 5050

Email: ijsw[at]tiss[dot]edu