Guidelines for authors who wish to publish articles in 'Community Practitioner'

Notes for authors
Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that they are not currently being offered to any other journal and have not been published or accepted elsewhere.

Authors should keep a copy of the material they submit.

Wherever possible copy should be submitted on 31/2 ’’ floppy disk in ASCII text or Word.

1. Articles should be typed or clearly written on one side of the paper only, using double spacing with wide margins. Please use A4 paper and submit two copies.

2. The first page should contain the following information only:

a) title of article
b) christian name and surname of author(s)
c) qualifications
d) details of position held
e) approximate number of words in article

3. The preferred length of articles is 2000-3000 words but longer articles can be submitted for consideration and may be published in two parts. All articles should begin with a summary of up to 150 words and, where appropriate, an introduction. Research articles should be arranged in the usual order of summary, introduction, method, results, discussion and/or conclusion, references and acknowledgements.

4. Spelling should conform to that of Chamber’s Twentieth Century Dictionary. Where either ‘s’ or ‘z’ can be used, please use ‘s’, e.g. organisation.

5. Numerals one to nine should be written out, 10 and over typed as figures. Per cent should be used, not %, except in tables.

6. Full stops should not be used to indicate abbreviations – eg, ie, DSS. Unfamiliar terms should be spelt out in full when first used followed by the abbreviation in brackets.

7. Quotation marks should be single, except for quotes within quotes.

8. Capitals should not be used for words like health visitor or doctor. Please do not underline headings or any words except those you want printed in italics.

Please check that references are complete and accurate before submitting an article. Failure to do so may cause delay in publication. References should be set out in the Vancouver style (see examples in recent copies of the journal and reference sheet). Essential information includes: author’s name and initials, full title of paper or book, publication date, volume number, and page numbers of the articles (first and last page).

Normally, references should not exceed 25 in number, often they will number far fewer.

The editor reserves the customary right to style and if necessary shorten material accepted to publication.

The editor reserves the customary right to determine the priority and time of publication. Because of the large number of articles received; publication may be delayed although every effort is made to publish within nine months of acceptance. No payment is made but authors of major articles receive 25 free off-prints and two complimentary copies of the Journal.

We hope this brief guide will be helpful. If you have any further queries please contact the Editorial Department of the journal.

Community Practitioner - references
References are an important part of most author’s articles and we hope the following information will be helpful. The principle of references is simple: to give a full reference to the source of your information. If, for example, you have read the Court Report on the future of the child health services and wish to refer to it, you should refer to it correctly and in full, i.e.

1 Court SDM (Chairman). Fit for the future. Report of the Committee on the Child Health Services, Cmnd 6684. London: HMSO, 1974.

If, however, you have not read the Court Report but have read a book or article about the Court Report, you would put:

‘Bloggins1 quotes the Court Report as saying that there should be a special child health visitor .....’ The reference would then be to Bloggins, eg.

1 Bloggins YZ. The Court Report and the future of health visiting. Health Visitor 1982; 55, 2: 88-90.

In common with many other biomedical journals, Community Practitioners’ standardised system for references is the Vancouver system. The format is as follows:

Sometimes you may wish to refer to one particular chapter in a book which has the editor as the main author. This would appear as follows:

Smith ABC. Hearing tests in young children. In: Brown XYZ (ed). Developmental testing of the under fives. New York: Blenkinsop, 1980.