Journal Submissions - Diversity and Equality in Health and Care

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Diversity and Equality in Health and Care

Guidelines for Authors Volume 10

This journal welcomes papers relating to all aspects of diversity in health and care and the inequalities experienced as a result of ill health, marginalisation, prejudice, stigma and issues in service provision.  In this volume we are particularly seeking to strengthen the evidence base in

  • Age and age-related inequalities throughout the lifespan
  • All aspects of inequality related to physical, communication and/or learning disabilities
  • Child health

Features items should be emailed directly to the editor concerned.

All other papers should be emailed to the editors:

Professor Paula McGee
Faculty of Health
Birmingham City University
City South Campus
Westbourne Road,
Birmingham B15 3TP
Ph: 0121 331 6127
Email: [email protected]

Professor Mark Johnson
Mary Seacole Research Centre
De Montfort University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Hawthorn Building
The Gateway
Leicester LE1 9BH
Email: [email protected]

Papers may report on qualitative or quantitative research, describe and evaluate good practice, describe and evaluate good practice, put forward arguments for debate or discuss educational matters. We particularly encourage multi-professional perspectives and attention to the views of service users and carers, and papers exploring the international dimensions of diversity and equality across and within cultures. Each paper should

  • have a front page setting out the title, the author(s) name(s) and an address for correspondence. Each author should indicate his/her professional discipline, current appointment and qualifications. The address of the corresponding author will be printed with the paper (if published) unless you request that it is omitted.
  • begin with a box containing up to 4 key points about what is known about this topic and up to four more points about what your paper adds.
  • contain an abstract of about 300 words which summarises the paper. Please note that abstracts should not contain sub-headings.
  • key words at the end of the abstract. Authors are advised to select terminology that is compatible with the taxonomies used by Medline, NICE and other databases in order to encourage citation.
  • comply with the requirements of the house style as set out below.

Diversity and Equality in Health and Care welcomes papers for the following categories. All papers are peer reviewed.

Research papers addressing health and care issues related to any aspect of diversity and equality, including evaluative studies and methodological or theoretical debates. Authors are advised to ensure that ethical issues in their research have been clearly identified. A copy of the letter issued by Research Ethics Committee/IRB/equivalent body which reviewed the project should be included with the article. This letter should bear the logo or official stamp of the institution in which the reviewing committee is based.  Research papers should normally be between 2000 and 6000 words in length.

Practice papers that provide examples of good or new practice or which address the practicalities, policy, economic or managerial aspects of reducing inequalities through the delivery of services to members of diverse groups. Practice papers should normally be between 2000 and 5000 words in length.

Education papers concerned with improving or evaluating the education and training of health and care professionals, service users and /or carers to address diversity and equality issues. In educational research papers authors are advised to ensure that ethical issues in their research have been clearly identified. A copy of the letter issued by Research Ethics Committee/IRB/equivalent body which reviewed the project should be included with the article. This letter should bear the logo or official stamp of the institution in which the reviewing committee is based. Education papers should normally be between 2000 and 6000 words in length.

Debate papers which critically examine current diversity and/ or equality issues or theories or which discuss under-researched topics. Debate papers should normally be between 2000 and 5000 words in length.

Feature Items: These are not peer reviewed but should otherwise follow our normal guidance on style, referencing, and ethics, if appropriate. They may provide suitable opportunities for practitioners or new researchers to gain experience in writing for publication. Features items should be emailed directly to the appropriate editor. Features include:

General information

i) Style
Topics within the remit of the journal should be presented clearly and concisely and must be written in a gender-free, non-discriminatory style.

Permission to reproduce previously published material must be obtained in writing from the copyright holder and the original source should be acknowledged.

When first using abbreviations in the text, the term should be spelt out in full with its abbreviation in brackets. Thereafter the abbreviation can and should be used. Abbreviations should be in capital letters and unpunctuated.

Subheadings are encouraged, when suitable, to break up the text as well as to improve readability.

The editors reserve the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary, shorten the article without altering the meaning.

ii) Tables, figures, diagrams and illustrations
As far as possible articles should be suitably illustrated but not contain more than five tables, figures, diagrams or illustrations.

Tables, figures, diagrams or illustrations should
• be numbered consecutively and in the text, in Arabic numerals.
• be presented in a file, separate from the paper.
• not duplicate but rather supplement information.

Illustrations may be line drawings or black-and-white photographs of good quality, preferably with a gloss finish. Illustrations will not be returned after publication unless specifically requested. All illustrations are submitted at the owner's risk, the publisher accepts no liability for loss or damage while in possession of the material.

iii) Text in languages other than English
Where the language concerned requires a different script e.g. Mandarin, Arabic, text should be presented in a separate pdf to facilitate printing. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of text in languages other than English.

iv) Ethics
DEHC upholds the ethical principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are referred to the need to conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and to provide confirmation that the study has been approved by a named Research Ethics Committee. Authors are also asked to declare that the paper has not been submitted elsewhere for publication and that duplicate publication has been avoided.

The following declarations should be made at the end of the article before the references: ‘ethical approval(s)’, ‘acknowledgements’, ‘source of funding’ for the study, and any ‘conflict of interest’. This includes ownership of shares, consultancy, speaker's honoraria or research grants from commercial companies or professional or governmental organisations with an interest in the topic of the paper. If in doubt, disclose.

Authors are also asked to declare, where relevant, that patient consent has been obtained and that all reasonable steps have been taken to maintain patient confidentiality.

v) References
Authors are advised to use the Harvard system. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article. If there is more than one reference in any given year for the same author, then list them as 2003a, 2003b, etc, as they appear in the order of the text. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.

References should be laid out in line with the Radcliffe house style:


Journal articles
Single author
Hipwell A (2008) ‘We’re not fully aware of their cultural needs’: tutors’ experiences of delivering the Expert Patients Programme to South Asian attendees. Diversity in Health and Social Care 5(4):45-60.
Two/three authors
Greenhalgh T, Collard A and Begum N (2005) Sharing stories: complex intervention for diabetes education in minority ethnic groups who do not speak English. BMJ 330:628–32.
Multiple authors (list first three then use et al)
Griffiths C, Foster G, Ramsay J et al (2007) How effective are expert patient (lay led) education programmes for chronic disease? BMJ 334:1254–6.

Single author/editor
Neilson K (2004) Next Stop Britain: The influence of transnational networks on the secondary movement of Danish Somalis, Sussex Migration Working Paper 22, Sussex : University of Sussex.
Two/three authors/editors
Benson J and Thistlethwaite J (2008) Mental Health Across Cultures: a practical guide for health professionals. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Multiple authors/editors (list first three then use et al)
Ngo-Metzger Q, Telfair J, Sorkin DH et al (eds) (2006) Cultural Competency and Quality of Care: obtaining the patient’s perspective. New York: The Commonwealth Fund.

Chapter in an edited book
Hanson, C., Spross, J. (2005) Clinical and Professional Leadership. In: A. Hamric, A Spross J and Hanson C (eds)  Advanced Nursing Practice. An Integrated Approach, 3rd edn,  St Louis:  Elsevier Saunders, pp 301-329.

Cross-referencing should be inserted in parentheses in the text, in full for single or dual authors (Smith and Eades, 2003) but abbreviated (Owen et al, 1999) for multiple authors.

Information taken from unpublished papers, personal communications and observations should only be included in the text and not referred to as a formal reference.
Referencing from the Internet
In referring to a website, the reference would show the URL details:
Example:     last accessed 1 Oct.2012

A particular location at a website:

If the reference is for a particular paper or report (adding an author’s name if supplied):
Example: National Health Service Scotland (2008) Advanced practice toolkit. Available at    (last accessed 14.10.12)

vi) Edited text and proofs
Once the editors have agreed to accept a paper the lead author will receive, via email, an edited copy in Word format. This will contain queries and suggestions. Authors are requested to ensure that all references, tables and text in languages other than English are correct at this stage because correcting them later on may incur charges.

Once the paper has been agreed, the lead author will receive, via email, a copy of the edited text and the list of author queries as raised by the copy-editor. This is a final opportunity for authors to make any last minor amendments (using the track changes facility) before it is typeset. Major changes will not be entertained and authors may be charged for excessive amendments at this stage. Note that correcting references at the sub-editing stage is expensive and the editors expect authors to check these carefully

Proofs in pdf format will be emailed to the author submitting the paper and must be returned promptly within three working days. This will allow correction of printers' and similar errors.

vii) Offprints
Offprints may be ordered when proofs are returned.