Instructions to authors


For publication in the journal Relational Social Work contributions must be in English. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce material which has appeared in other publications or which does not belong to them.  Published manuscripts will become the property of the journal, and even their partial reproduction is forbidden. Relational Social Work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


The first page should contain the title, author(s) and address(es); the second page should contain an abstract in English and keywords; the text should begin on the third page. All manuscripts shall be assessed anonymously by two referees. In order to maintain anonymity in reviewing articles, references to the authors and their affiliations should be restricted to the first page. References to the authors should also be limited to a minimum in the text and bibliography.


Each article must have:

  • Author(s) Name(s)
  • A concise, clear title
  • Author’s affiliation and address
  • Author’s e-mail address and telephone number for correspondence
  • Abstract (maximum length 200 words)
  • Keywords (from 4 to 5 separated by semi-colons)


Instructions for drafting articles:

  • the maximum length of the article is 9,000 words (including graphs, tables, notes and bibliography);
  • any notes must be marked using progressive numbers and must be of a purely explicative nature (not bibliographical);
  • paragraphs (not numbered, with bold headings) and sub-paragraphs (not numbered, with headings in italics) must be clearly marked, leaving: a space between the heading and the start of the relative text; two spaces between the end of one paragraph and the heading of the next;
  • italics, never bold or underlining, must be used to highlight parts of text or foreign words;
  • for citations in the text from works given in the bibliography see the following examples: (Folgheraiter & Ranieri, 2010) or (Donati, Folgheraiter & Ranieri, 2014). With three or more authors, the second and successive authors, after the first citation in the article, should be abbreviated to “et al.”.


Depending on the nature of the works cited, the bibliography should be set out as in the following models:

Folgheraiter, F. (2004). Relational Social Work: Toward networking and societal practices. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Journal articles:
Folgheraiter, F., & Raineri, M. L. (2012). A critical analysis of the social work definition according to the relational paradigm. International Social Work, 55(4), 473-487.

Journal articles in press:
Wituk, S., Shepherd, M. D., Slavich, S., Warren, M. L., & Meissen, G. (in press). A topography of self-help groups: An empirical analysis. Social Work.

Books edited by:
Greenfield, W., & Rothman, B. (1987). Termination or transformation? Evolving beyond termination in groups. In J. Lassner, K. Powell, & E. Finnegan (Eds.), Social group work: Competence and values in practice (pp. 51-66). New York: The Haworth Press.

Article available online:
Raineri, M. L., & Calcaterra, V. (2015). Social work strategies against crisis in everyday practice: An anti-oppressive case study. International Social Work. Available online DOI: 0.1177/0020872815606793.


Tables and figures, with their captions, should be as few as possible. They should be stored in separate files, with short but complete titles, and numbered progressively in Arabic numerals (figures and tables separately). The point in the text where they are to be inserted should be indicated approximately. Figures must be of good typographic quality and large enough to be clearly legible even after reduction in size for Printing.