We welcome contributions from anyone who believes that everyone is equal and that diversity is good. You can send us your contributions directly or you may prefer to talk to us in advance.

Style guidelines

Please try to follow the following style guidelines:

  • Use numbers not words e.g. there were 52 varieties of beans.
  • Use -ise in preference to -ize.
  • Avoid the excessive use of hyphens e.g. healthcare, unless it's an invented work like self-directed.
  • Use no more than 3 heading levels.
  • Provide a summary at the beginning of longer pieces.
  • Only use capitals for proper names. The only exception is when you are naming and defining a concept (e.g. Individual Budget); but then this must be consistently capitalised throughout.
  • Headings should only be capitalised on the first letter - unless a proper name is included - for figures also.
  • Only the Main Title will be fully capitalised.
  • When quoting authors, alive or dead, use the present tense to describe what someone thinks or says - unless the context demands a past tense.
  • Punctuation inside quote marks even when artificial (i.e. the US convention) - e.g. Simon said “Put your hands in the air,” before he left the building.
  • The name of a publication cited in a text should be initalics.


We use Harvard Referencing, but with punctuation kept to a minimum. Here are examples of the different uses:

  • Duffy S (2010) Personalisation in Mental Health. Sheffield: Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Duffy S & Hyde C (2011) Women at the Centre. Sheffield: Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Cowen A, Murray P & Duffy S (2011) Personalised Transition: A Collaborative Approach to Funding Individual Budgets for Young Disabled People with Complex Needs Leaving School. Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 Iss: 2, pp. 30-36 doi: 10.5042/jic.2011.0158
  • Lewis CS (1943) The Abolition of Man. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Duffy S (2013a) Welfare Myth Three - The Poor Don't Pay Taxes. Available from: http://www. [Accessed 30/08/14].

Note: Title of book should be capitalised by the normal Upper Case convention - regardless of style in original publication. Subtitles should be lower case.

Editor becomes (ed.) and editors (eds.)

Citations of chapter from books or journals should include page numbers as follows:

Cowen A, Murray P & Duffy S (2011) Personalised Transition: a collaborative approach to funding individual budgets for young disabled people with complex needs leaving school. Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 Iss: 2, pp. 30-36

In text citations - In text citations should be bracketed, with author's surname and year e.g. (Duffy, 2010).

In your references list, either provide the surnames and initials of all authors or use et al. after the first author's name.

Publishing process

Guidelines for contributors:

  • Text should be provided in Word, Pages or RTF.
  • DTP will only begin once text has been agreed
  • Images should NOT be embedded in document but provided separately
  • High quality images ideally
  • Statistics should ideally be provided either as raw data or in a Scaleable Vector Graphic form (i.e. not just an image grab from Excel)

If in doubt please talk to use in advance.