Social Policy & Administration

Cover image for Vol. 49 Issue 2

Edited By: Ian Greener, Bent Greve

Impact Factor: 1.143

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 9/40 (Social Work); 15/42 (Social Issues); 17/46 (Public Administration); 21/55 (Planning & Development)

Online ISSN: 1467-9515

Author Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for publication on subjects within the field of social policy and administration.

1. Regular issues of Social Policy and Administration are edited by Professor Ian Greener of Durham University. Papers intended for regular issues should be submitted online at Papers should be submitted as a PC compatible word file in double-spaced typescript A4 size and be between 6,000 to 8,000 words long (including bibliography). They should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words, and up to 6 keywords. Figures or other artwork must be of a size and quality suitable for direct photographic reproduction and should be supplied in electronic format to the following specifications: halftones 300dpi .tif; line art .eps or 600dpi .tif (.eps files preferred).

2. Special and regional issues of Social Policy and Administration are edited by Professor Bent Greve of Roskilde University. Papers intended for special or regional issues should be submitted by email to Professor Greve at They should not be submitted using the online facility described in Note 1 above. In other particulars, papers should fulfill the same requirements as those for online submission listed in Note 1.

3. OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

4. All authors will be required to sign a copyright license for all papers accepted for publication. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA)
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

5. A Stylesheet has been prepared for this journal:


Please type the whole paper (including Notes and References) in double spacing and leave generous margins.  Paginate the manuscript.  Acknowledgements and Notes should appear before the References.  Any Appendices should appear immediately after the main text, before the Acknowledgements and Notes.

Please include an Abstract and Keywords (in that order) before the text of the paper.


Please use no more than 3 levels of subheadings within the paper (fewer if you can manage), and differentiate between them typographically:

  A-headings – bold
  B-headings – italic
  C-headings – upright type

Leave a line space above and below headings.  If you think there might be any ambiguity about the level of subheading, it would be helpful to mark them A, B or C in brackets beside the heading.

Spelling and Punctuation

Use –ize rather than –ise for verbs.

Use : e.g., i.e., etc., ed. (points)

  Mr, Ltd, eds, edn (no points)

  et al., ibid. (italic)

  BBC, NHS, etc. (no points between letters)

  focused, biased [only one ‘s’]

  judgement, acknowledgement [with an ‘e’]

 Please use italics rather than underlining.

Numbers and Dates 

Write out numbers one to nine, except before units (five men, 5 kg). Use figures for numbers 10 upwards.

Use a comma to mark off thousands (4,500,  45,000) except in dates and page numbers.

Write ‘a million’ or ‘one million’, but 2.2 million (not 2,200,000).

Write 10 per cent (in the text, 10% in tables).

Elide numbers as far as possible (except for the teens):

  4-6, 14-16, 24-6, 1904-6, 1914-16.

Write dates as : 1 January, 31 December 1960, the 1960s,  twentieth century (noun), twentieth-century (adj.), twenty-first century.

Use 1996/7 for an academic, financial etc. year.

Tables and figures

Please supply all tables and figures on separate pages at the end of the paper, after the References.  This is helpful to the typesetter, who cannot always fit them into a page exactly where they might have been placed in the typescript.  There should always be a text indicator, in the form : see table 1, as shown in figure 2, etc. (note lower case letters for ‘table’ and ‘figure’.)

Use three horizontal rules in a table: below the title, below the column headings, and at the foot of the table.  Do not use any vertical rules.

Please align all the numbers in a column on the decimal point.

The title, the column headings and the side headings (and the title and labels of a figure) should all be in upright, not italic or bold, type.


Shorter quotes should be run on in the text (use single quotes). Longer ones (more than about 60 words) should normally be set out as extracts.  Leave a space above and below the extract, indent it, and type in double spacing.

The source, if any, should be in brackets: inside the final full stop for run-on quotes, outside for displayed extracts.

To distinguish transcribed interview material from extracts from printed works, please use double quotes for these, even when they are displayed, and type in italics or underlined.

Ellipses (3 full stops spaced from the text on either side) should be used only within a quote, not at the start or close of it.


These should be presented not as footnotes but as a separate section (headed Notes) between the text and the References. Short acknowledgements can be located here, as an unnumbered note before the substantive notes.

(Multiple or long acknowledgements may be placed in a separate section [headed Acknowledgements] placed between the text and the Notes.)

Note numbers should be placed at the margin (not superscript), followed by a point and a space. The whole of the note should then be indented.


SP&A uses the Harvard (author-date) system of referencing.

  •  Text indicators should take the form:

  (see Jones 1995: 123-4)

  (no initials, no comma after author’s name, page reference following a colon)

  •  Book titles should follow the model :

  Author, A. B. (1966), Book Title Italic or Underlined, Oxford: Blackwell.

  (note punctuation and capitalization. Place first, followed by colon and publisher’s     name.  Turnover lines indented. Info. like ‘2nd edn’, ‘vol. 2’, to go after the book title. )

  •  For journal articles, use the form :

  Author, A. B. (1997), Article title not italicized: caps first word only, Journal Title     in Italics or Underlined, 23, 4: 123-45.

  (note punctuation, no quotes round article title, volume separated from issue by a comma; page ref. separated from issue by a colon)

  •  For a chapter in an edited volume :

  Writer, A. B. (1999), Chapter title. In J. Bloggs and J. Public (eds), Book Title, London: Publisher, pp. 123-45.

(Where there are more than two authors, please give all the names in the References, but use the form: Smith et al. in the text indicator. Page references at the end of the entry)

  •  For a dissertation or thesis:

Writer, A. B. (2002), Thesis title upright: caps first word only. PhD thesis, Oxford University.

(No parentheses round title, full stop at end of title)

  •  For a conference paper:

Author, A. (2003), Title of paper, caps first word only. Paper given at XXX Conference, London, 12–14 June.

  •  Electronic media

For material accessed on a website:

Author (person or organization) (2002), Title of document. Name of website. (Accessed 4 June 2002.)

(Rough guide only - the type of information may vary. The main thing is to make sure you give enough info. to enable your reader to find the information too.)

There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

6. The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:
This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

After publication all authors will receive a PDF offprint of their article.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Early View
Social Policy & Administration is covered by Wiley Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.