Notes for Contributors
Types of manuscript
Articles, Short Papers, or Reviews, are welcomed from practitioners, managers, researchers, and academics, working or involved in any aspect of mental health and learning disabilities, and service users or service user groups. If you should wish to discuss the suitability of an idea or topic for an article, please feel free to contact the Editors or a member of the Editorial Board. All articles and papers are peer reviewed by at least 2 referees.
- ...of between 3,000 and 5,000 words are welcomed. Articles will be reports of mental health and learning disability research, reports of service evaluation, practice development, or audit.
- Short papers and reviews
- ...of up to 3,000 words are welcomed on issues of practice or research. Authors should follow the same guidelines as for the submission of longer articles.
- Educational and Service Developments
- The 'Developments' section of the journal will provide evaluation, review or critical appraisal of a recent development in policy, practice, education and research in mental health and learning disability. Contributions should not normally exceed 1000 words.
Manuscripts will only be considered for publication in this journal if they are unpublished and not being submitted for publication elsewhere. All submissions to the journal should comply with its style guidelines.
Submission of manuscripts
Contributors are asked to submit 3 copies of their paper or one copy by e-mail attachment, together with a separate sheet providing brief biographical details and details of their full postal and email address, telephone and fax numbers. Guidance on the preparation of the manuscript can be found under notes for submission of manuscripts for articles.
Manuscripts should be submitted using A4 size paper, in double line spacing with wide margins.
Authors should submit 3 copies of their manuscript, including any tables or illustrations, to The Editor: C/o Research and Development, QED department, Fieldhead, Wakefield WF1 3SP, or send it by email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors are advised to retain a copy of their paper.
Presentation of manuscripts
Articles should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Please include the word count at the end of the article. If the article exceeds 5,000 words please contact the Editor(s) prior to submission.
- an abstract of the paper, of up to 200 words, should accompany the article together with up to 6 key words suitable for indexing, abstracting, and on-line search purposes. The abstract should provide a concise summary of the whole paper.
- Author details
- a brief biographical note about the author should be submitted with the article, on a separate sheet. Details should also be given of the author's full postal and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers.
- all abbreviations should be preceded on the first occasion they appear, by the full name. Full points should be used after abbreviations such as e.g., i.e., etc., and where the end of a word is cut as in p. (page), or ed., but are not necessary in acronyms such as HMSO, HMIP, UK.
- should be kept to a minimum and placed at the end of the article before the references. Footnotes should not be included.
- use single quotation marks for material quoted in the text. Double quotation marks can be used for quotes within quotes. Long quotations (40 words or more) should be displayed indented. Shorter quotes may be retained within the text.
- Tables, figures, and diagrams
- should be kept to a minimum and, where included, should be submitted on separate sheets attached to the article with a short title. In the text the position of a table, figure, or diagram should be shown by typing on a separate line 'take in Table 1(Figure 1/Diagram 1)'. Tables, figures, and diagrams should be in black and white, clear and well drawn.
- the author is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of quotations and references. Permission to quote from or reproduce copyright material in their article must be obtained by authors prior to submission and acknowledgements given at the end of the paper before the notes, or, in the case of tables and figures, in the accompanying caption.
- references should appear at the end of the article. The Harvard reference system is preferred in this journal. Within the text, the name of the author and date of publication should be cited (e.g. Smith 2001), and, following quoted material, the page reference (e.g. Smith 2001: 90). A full alphabetically ordered list of references (headed References) should appear at the end of the article after any notes. The reference list must include every work cited in the text with dates, spellings and titles being consistent. Two or more works by an author in the same year should be distinguished by using 2000a, 2000b, etc. Where there is more than one author of a text or article, each author's name should be spelt out in full in the reference list. It is not permissible to use et al. The date of publication cited must be the date of the source that is being referred to.
References in the Reference list should conform to the following style:
- Robson, C. 1997. Real World Research. Oxford, Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
- Book multiple authors:
- Phillips, C; Palfrey, C; Thomas, P. 1994. Evaluating Health and Social Care. London, Macmillan Press Ltd
- Article or chapter in edited volume:
- Minto, C; Morrow, M. 2000. 'Clinical Supervision for Nurses in a Learning Disability Forensic Service'. In Mercer, D; Mason, T; McKeown, M; McCann, G. Forensic Mental Health Care. London, Churchill Livingstone.
- Article in journal:
- Faulkner, A; Thomas, P. 2002. 'User-led Research and Evidence Based medicine'. The British Journal of Psychiatry 180: 1 3.
Additional points on style to assist contributors
- It is expected that language used in articles will be non-sexist, non-racist, and non-discriminatory.
- Single spaces should be used after full points, commas, colons and semicolons, quotation marks etc.
- Dates should be written in the form 1 January 2004
Short papers and reviews
Short papers should be up to 3,000 words. Please include the word count at the end of the article. If the article exceeds 3,000 words please contact the Editor(s) prior to submission.
Authors should follow the same guidelines as for the submission of longer articles.
Educational and service developments
Contributions should not normally exceed 1000 words. Authors should follow the guidance for submission of articles in their use of references and abbreviations. Generally, authors should try and avoid the inclusion of tables, figures and notes. A brief biographical note of the author should be included with the article.