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Call for Special Issue

Call for a Special Issue on Transforming Care

Special Issue
of the International Journal of Care and Caring on Transforming Care

The accepted Special Issue will publish papers presented at the
Transforming Care Conference

Copenhagen, Denmark 24-26 June 2019
>>>>Call open 1 November 2018 to 31 July 2019<<<<

Please mark submissions 'TC Special Issue' & email to ijcc@sheffield.ac.uk

Proposals to guest edit the Special Issue are welcome from Symposium and Session organisers at the Transforming Care conference 2019, or from others participating in it.  All proposals should:

  • be based on one or more of the conference themes
  • include papers not previously published
  • develop a debate or theme relevant to the remit of the International Journal of Care and Caring 


Guest editors and contributors should be aware that prior to acceptance, all papers submitted for publication in the Speicual Issue as research articles will be subject to blind peer review. The selected Special Issue is likely to appear in Volume 5 of the International Journal of Care and Caring (2021).

The Editors of the International Journal of Care and Caring will announce their decisions on proposals received and indicate the proposal accepted for develipment by 15 September 2019.

Further information


What are we looking for?

The aim of a Special Issue is to bring together a set of cutting-edge research articles that develops a specific debate or topic on the theme relevant to the remit of the International Journal of Care and Caring. This may include articles presenting theoretical, conceptual and/or empirical material. A Special Issue must be integrated around a common theme, and must take forward scholarly debate. It may be internationally comparative or may focus on one specific region of the world. 

How to present a Special Issue proposal for the International Journal of Care and Caring

A special issue proposal must include the following information:

  • Title: This should clearly reflect
  • Details of guest editor(s): Provide contact details, institutional affiliations, and a short academic profile (up to 150 words) for each proposed guest editor.
  • Description: In no more than 1,000 words, outline the intellectual focus of the proposed Special Issue, how its proposed content engages with significant issues, and the contribution it will make to the field of care and caring.
  • Draft contents page: This should set out the structure of the Special Issue, listing the titles and authors of each proposed article. Proposed authors should be confirmed (not speculative) contributors. The Special Issue should include: an editor(s)' introduction (up to 8,000 words); 6 to 8 articles, each of approx. 7,000 - 8,000 words; a Debates & Issues section; a Reviews section.
  • Article abstracts: A 100-word abstract must be provided for each of the 6-8 proposed articles.
  • IJCC Debates and Issues and Review sections: These sections of the journal are among its important distinctive features. Proposers should indicate how they will ensure items relevant to the them of the Special Issue will be obtained for these, and must (i) suggest topics for the Debates & Issues section (with names and institutions of potential contributors) and (ii) list at least three recently published/forthcoming) books and an international conference suitable for review. 
  • Selection of papers: Guest editors should select papers which address a common theme or debate. (The selected guest editor(s) will need to review papers informally before submission for peer review and support authors, where needed, to enhance the quality of their papers. Papers should be drafted in fluent English and must address IJCC's international readership.)
  • Timetable: Articles ready for peer review must be submitted (via the journal's electronic article management system) by 15 December 2019.
  • Maximising impact: Please consider how you intend to promote and disseminate the Special Issue (blogs, events, conferences, other social media, etc.). An editorial statement outlining ten useful 'top tips for impact' is available at: http://policypress.co.uk/journals/maximise-your-impact

How will proposals be assessed?

IJCC's Editors will review all proposals received and make decisions based on the following criteria:

  • International appeal: This is vital given the focus of the journal.
  • Intellectual significance, originality and rigour:
    • Does the proposal seek to challenge dominant assumptions?
    • Will it set the agenda in terms of future debates?
    • Does it have novel, timely or innovative dimensions?
    • Does it aim to fill a significant gap in the current literature?
  • Profiles of contributors: The International Journal of Care and Caring is committed to supporting scholars from all backgrounds, disciplines and parts of the world. Proposals which include a mix of established scholars and 'rising stars', and those which are internationally inclusive are particularly welcome. 
  • Editorial leadership:
    • Are the proposed guest editors experts in the field?
    • Do they have a track record in producing cutting-edge research?
    • Will the guest editors play a proactive role in steering the Special Issue's development?
    • Do they have the time and capacity to dedicate the required level of attention to the project?

The editorial process: If a proposal is accepted, a clear time-line and memorandum of agreement will be established.

The guest editor(s) will be expected to manage the process of:

  • Initially considering papers.
  • Identifying reviewers and sending the papers out for review, in consultation with IJCC's editors, using the journal's 'Editorial Manager' system (training for this will be provided).
  • Communicating reviewers' comments to the authors. 
  • Ensuring authors have responded appropriately to peer reviewers' comments.
  • Deciding whether revised papers need to be reviewed again. 
  • Making a provisional decision to accept, reject, or ask for revisions. 
  • Ensuring peer reviewers' identities remain confidential to the editorial team.

IJCC will appoint a member of its Editorial Team to work with the guest editor/s in a supportive manner. The editors will aim to publish the Special Issue according to the original agreed timeline, but proposers should note, and inform all potential contributors, that IJCC's Editors may decide:

  • To run the Special Issue in a later issue than originally planned.
  • To accept only some of the papers and put them instead in a Themed Issue, which also includes papers from elsewhere.
  • To accept only one or two papers and present them as regular contributions to the journal.
  • That no paper meets the quality standards or targeted content of the journal.

Informal queries prior to submission of a proposal are welcome and may be sent to the Editors through the journal's email address: ijcc@sheffield.ac.uk