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Style Guide

We welcome contributions from anyone who believes that everyone is equal and that diversity is good. You can send us your contributions directly or you may prefer to talk to us in advance.

Guidelines

Please try to follow the following style guidelines:

  • Use numbers not words e.g. there were 52 varieties of beans.
  • Use -ise in preference to -ize.
  • Avoid the excessive use of hyphens e.g. healthcare, unless it's an invented work like self-directed.
  • Use no more than 3 heading levels.
  • Provide a summary at the beginning of longer pieces.
  • Only use capitals for proper names. The only exception is when you are naming and defining a concept (e.g. Individual Budget); but then this must be consistently capitalised throughout.
  • Headings should only be capitalised on the first letter - unless a proper name is included
  • Figures (or captions) should also only be capitalised on the first letter.
  • Only the Main Title will be fully capitalised and any sub-title will be in block capitals
  • When quoting authors, alive or dead, use the present tense to describe what someone thinks or says - unless the context demands a past tense.
  • Punctuation inside quote marks even when artificial (i.e. the US convention) - e.g. Simon said “Put your hands in the air,” before he left the building.
  • The name of a publications or brands cited in a text should be in italics; however organisations, departments or other bodies should not be in italics - in other words the italics signals that this is a name of something. (This also means that such titles do not require quotations marks. e.g. The Spirit Level, not 'The Spirit Level')
  • Provide any artwork separately from the text, at the highest resolution possible or as vector graphics.
  • Please only use one space after a period and avoid other excessive uses of the space bar, the return key or clip art. 

References

We use Harvard Referencing, but with punctuation kept to a minimum. Here are examples of the different uses:

  • Duffy S (2010) Personalisation in Mental Health. Sheffield: Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Duffy S & Hyde C (2011) Women at the Centre. Sheffield: Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Cowen A, Murray P & Duffy S (2011) Personalised Transition: a collaborative approach to funding individual budgets for young disabled people with complex needs leaving school. Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 Iss: 2, pp. 30-36 doi: 10.5042/jic.2011.0158
  • Lewis CS (1943) The Abolition of Man. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Duffy S (2013a) Welfare Myth Three - The Poor Don't Pay Taxes. Available from: http://www. huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-simon-duffy/welfare-myth-poor-taxes_b_3053882.html [Accessed 30/08/14].

Note: Title of book should be capitalised by the normal Upper Case convention - regardless of style in original publication. Subtitles should be lower case.

Editor becomes (ed.) and editors (eds.)

Citations of chapter from books or journals should include page numbers as follows:

Cowen A, Murray P & Duffy S (2011) Personalised Transition: a collaborative approach to funding individual budgets for young disabled people with complex needs leaving school. Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 Iss: 2, pp. 30-36

In text citations - In text citations should be bracketed, with author's surname and year e.g. (Duffy, 2010).

In your references list, either provide the surnames and initials of all authors or use et al. after the first author's name.

Publishing process

Guidelines for contributors:

  • Text should be provided in Word, Pages or RTF.
  • DTP will only begin once text has been agreed
  • Images should NOT be embedded in document but provided separately
  • High quality images ideally
  • Statistics should ideally be provided either as raw data or in a Scaleable Vector Graphic form (i.e. not just an image grab from Excel)

If in doubt please talk to use in advance.

Contents page

Contents page typically we will be restricted to:

  • Foreword (if any) - this is by a different person to author
  • Preface (if any) - this would be by the author
  • Summary
  • Section headings (if any)
  • Chapter heading (Level 1 only)
  • Bibliography