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Syracuse University Libraries

Resources Available after Graduation (Social Work): Non-Peer Reviewed Journals

Non-Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals

Elder Law Studies E-Journal 

Peer reviewed? No, “published works and works-in-progress can be uploaded. …Although many authors wait to share their work until after it has been published, sharing a work-in-progress through the e-journal is encouraged as it helps promote a dynamic and interactive scholarly community. … While only recently published articles or works-in-progress will be included in the e-journal, authors are encouraged to upload older articles to the SSRN database as well.” (from an email posted by Nina Kohn on a listserv)
Indexed? No information in Ulrichs
Ads on page? no
Entire journal freely available? yes
Published by?  Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc.; Sponsored by Syracuse University College of Law, Editor: Nina A. Kohn
Platform? SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)
Funding?  The Social Science Research Network is produced by Social Science Electronic Publishing Inc. (SSEP). SSEP is an independent privately held corporation. Michael C. Jensen is the Chairman of SSEP; Gregory J. Gordon is the President of SSEP.
Frequency? As authors upload papers.
Year Started? 2000
Description:  The Elder Law Studies journal provides a forum for sharing current scholarship on elder law. Elder law is a specialized area of law focused on counseling and representing older persons or their representatives on later-in-life planning and other legal issues of particular importance to older adults. Unlike many other areas of the law, elder law is defined primarily by the client population to be served, not by a distinct set of legal doctrines. Accordingly, the Elder Law Studies Journal publishes articles that provide a learned, disinterested, and significant analysis of one or more legal issues of particular importance to older adults. 


Focus (Madison)

Indexed? Ebscohost Premier, Social Work Abstracts
Ads on page? no
Entire journal freely available? yes
Published by? University of Wisconsin at Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty
Funding? IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As one of three Area Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in the Midwest.
Platform? IRP’s website
Frequency? quarterly
Year Started? 1976.  As of 2007, back issues for 1976-1993 became available online.  As of 2010, current issues are available in print or online.
Description: Provides coverage of poverty-related research, events, and issues in essay form, and acquaints others with the institute's work. 


The New Social Worker Online

Indexed? No information in Ulrichs
Ads on page? many
Entire journal freely available? yes
Published by? White Hat Communications.  Linda  May Grobman, ACSW, LSW, a social worker with an interest in social  work career development.
Platform? Part of New Social website
Funding? Advertisements. White Hat Communications sells other social work publications and merchandise. 
Frequency?  Quarterly
Year started? 1994 in print, 2007 online
Description:  Articles are geared for new graduates who are looking for career advice. The magazine began in 1994 and is published 4 times a year (January, April, July, & October). It was started by and is published and edited by Linda  May Grobman, ACSW, LSW, a social worker with an interest in social  work career development.  It was published in print format until Spring 2007.  Starting with Summer 2007, it is published in electronic format (PDF) and is available for free download from this Web site.”


Charlene Martin assisted with researching information about start dates and publishers for this page.