El Complejo Itinerario hacia la acreditación académica y científica de las revistas de Trabajo Social

  1. Cabrera Cabrera, Pedro José José
  2. Nogués Sáez, Luis
  3. García Giráldez, Mª Teresa
Miscelánea Comillas: Revista de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales

ISSN: 0210-9522 2341-085X

Year of publication: 2014

Issue Title: Sociología, política y trabajo social: compromiso con las personas. Homenaje a Miguel Juárez.

Volume: 72

Issue: 140-141

Pages: 75-91

Type: Article

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Índice Dialnet de Revistas

  • Year 2014
  • Journal Impact: 0.080
  • Field: MULTIDISCIPLINAR Quartile: C2 Rank in field: 18/92


  • Social Sciences: D


For many years, the discipline of Social Work has reflected on the conditions,resources, methods and results of social intervention dealing with a wide range of problems and difficulties. And yet, its academic status has only been recognized recently, especially when compared to other similar disciplines such as Sociology, Psychology or Anthropology. Beyond the Anglo-American context, where Social Work enjoys a relatively high degree of recognition, Social Work in other languages is still before a long road toward full incorporation as an academic discipline. In this sense, academic journals, as vehicles used for communicating carefully validated research results, must play an importantrole in strength eningthe disciplineby promoting an open debate between academia and professionals, theory and practice, science and ideology, reflection and social reform, or tacit and explicit knowledge. On the other hand, such academic recognition entails a number of risks for thediscipline. While it is true that Social Work has already been successfully integrated in higher education, it should never abandon the environments where professional practice and intervention take place, and which serve to validate Social Work’s field of knowledge in a practical way. However, traditional standards of academic accreditation (number of citations, impact factor, etc.) often fail to account for other components of this discipline which are much connected to its ultimate objectives, and which go beyond thescope of higher education by introducing the perspective of citizens as users of social services. Hence, journals must offer more than merely publishing carefully crafted and academically faultless articles, and should promote in researchers openness to alternative perspectives (experts and practitioners) that help enrich the debate.