Call for papers for a special issue: Social work in Health









Special Issue
Social work in Health: Challenges arising from the arrangement of health policies in times of neoliberalism and austerity


Editors and GISS coordinators:

  • Carla Pinto, Auxiliary Professor, ISCSP Universidade de Lisboa
  • Maria Irene Carvalho, Guest Lecturer, ISCSP Universidade de Lisboa

Guest Editor

  • Professor Fernanda de Oliveira Sarreta Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – UNESP – Franca-Brazil. Leader of the Quavisss Group-group of studies and research on Health policy and Social Work


Theme for the special issue:

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the challenges posed by neoliberal policies to Social Work in Healthcare in a context of austerity.

Social Work Professionals work within the framework of the healthcare system at the community level (family care, mental health and long-term care) and also in hospitals. But their achievements are constantly threatened by changes in social and health policy which focus on individual responsibility, on the commodification of health and on a conceptualization of quality based on principles of efficiency, effectiveness and on the control of health professions. For instance, neoliberal policies have favored the homogenization of procedures as means of controlling the actions of professionals (manual of procedures, statistic). The scientific and technical autonomy of professionals can be threatened because this type of procedures may call into question human rights as the framework of the profession. To change the bureaucratic perspective of social work in health, professionals must think and reflect: where are we? Where do we want to go?

Professionals of Social Work in health must then be challenged to participate in the design and redefinition of social policies for emerging problems in contexts of great complexity, and to participate in research processes that enhance the available knowledge of their work by other professionals and citizens in general. This is our objective as we invite both professionals and researchers to participate in this special issue on Social Work in healthcare.

Deadlines for Article Submission:

  • 1 August, 2017: deadline for the submission of abstracts up to 500 words to the editors.(abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • 15 August, 2017: feedback for authors on the submitted abstracts
  • 15 October, 2017: deadline for the submission of complete articles to the editors


Guidelines for article submission:

  1. Articles should be written in Portuguese or English, and will be published in these languages. The clarity and quality of the text are a prerequisite for publication.
  2. Papers must include an abstract in Portuguese and an abstract in English, with no more than 150 words and four key words.
  3. Articles should not exceed 7500 words, in Times New Roman, size 12, line spacing at 1,5.
  4. The bibliographical references should be in the APA style.
  5. Submissions should be sent by e-mail in an attachment in Word format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Submitted papers will go through a process of double-blind peer review.