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Requests for Permission to Use Social Work, Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools MaterialsPermissions to use copyrighted material from the NASW Press journals Social Work, Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools should be directed to Oxford University Press.
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NASW Press cannot grant permission for the use of abstracts from Social Work Abstracts in print or electronic form. Permission can be granted for the use of abstracts published in the NASW Press journals Social Work, Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools. For abstract requests regarding NASW Press journals, see the Requests for Permission sections above.