Write for the Journal

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.

Open call: what can I submit to the Journal?

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.

  • Peer-reviewed academic papers/original research/review papers (maximum word length, 6,000 words) 
  • Short reflections or commentaries on research, policy or practice (maximum word length, 3,000 words) 
  • Methodological papers from doctoral studies 
  • Accounts of relevant conferences 
  • Book reviews 
  • Obituaries

I have an idea - what next?

Read our statement of aim and scope and look at articles we have previously published. If you need advice, email us at sjrcc@strath.ac.uk with an outline of the article you have in mind. Tell us what kind of article it is, i.e. 'peer-review,' or 'short reflection / commentary.

Please download the submission pack and read the advice for contributors. Please use the article template, write in English with UK/Irish spellings, and use APA7 referencing style. Remember that all articles must be capable of being understood by an international audience. Scottish-based authors should not assume readers will be familiar with Scottish policy and law. Articles submitted must be accompanied by a completed submission form. Articles for peer-review should have authors' names and affiliations on a title page saved in a separate file from the article.