Call for Papers

Although published here in Scotland, the Journal has an international outlook. And this makes sense because concerns about the welfare of children in care is a global one, and international comparison provides us all with an opportunity to develop research, policy and practice.

We're always looking for contributors from across the globe to share their wide and varied experience - from practitioners, managers, researchers, and policy folk, to young people with experience of the care system.

Special issues

We also plan specific themed issues and have a call for papers right now: 

Perspectives and understandings of disability

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017

The Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care (SJRCC) is inviting submissions for a special themed issue on disability to be published in December 2018.

We are seeking abstracts now with proposals for papers on any aspect of disability and residential child care - or indeed any aspect of care, or leaving care. We'd like to hear from academics, from people involved in caregiving, and from young people reflecting on their own experience of care and disability.

Papers from countries other than Scotland are particularly welcome.

Submit now

If you would like to be considered, please email our Guest Editors by 30 November 2017: sjrcc@strath.ac.uk. You will need to provide:

  • An abstract (maximum 250 words) indicating the paper's argument, approach and findings
  • Five keywords
  • Your brief biography (maximum 70 words)

Brief for contributors

We welcome:

  • Academic papers of up to 6000 words in length
  • Practice accounts of up to 2000 words in length
  • Using everyday life activities with individuals with disabilities
  • ‘Breakthrough’ moments when someone showed surprising potential
  • Reflections on situations which helped a fuller understanding of someone’s needs
  • Creating positive environments
  • Changing approaches - working therapeutically

Key Dates

30 November
Abstracts due

End of December
Journal Committee respond to abstracts

23 February
Peer review and feedback

5 October
Revised papers submitted

Journal published

Open call: submit your ideas and work to the journal 

We welcome and publish a real variety of articles and papers on all topics related to residential child care.

  • Peer-reviewed academic papers
  • Short reflections or commentaries on research, policy or practice
  • Methodological papers from doctoral studies
  • Accounts of relevant conferences
  • Book reviews
  • Obituaries

For more details, check out our guidelines for contributors