Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs

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Edited By: Sue Ralph

Online ISSN: 1471-3802

Associated Title(s): British Journal of Special Education, Support for Learning

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs publishes scholarly papers based on original research as well as critical reviews and theoretical essays.  This includes submissions from a range of colleagues within the SEN field and across the disability community.  Authors are asked to be sensitive to the diverse international audience of the Journal and explain the use of terms that might be meaningful or have a specific meaning in a particular national context.  The use of jargon should be avoided and technical terms defined.  Standard stylistic conventions based on British spelling and form should be followed.

References should be listed in full at the end of the paper in alphabetical order of authors' names, set out as below:

Kornblum, W. & Smith, C. K. (eds) (2004) Social Problems in Schools. (5th edn). Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Chapter in book:
Roof, C. (ed.) (2000) ‘Behavioural difficulties in children.’ In R. Davies & D. Galway (eds), Listening to Children, pp. 108–20. London: Fulton.

Hadaway, C. (1981) ‘The English school environment: proposed changes.’ Cambridge Journal of Education, 20 (1), pp. 77–89.

Electronic resources:
Belson, K. C. (2005) ‘Auditory training for autistic children.’ Paediatrics, 102, pp. 41–3. <<a href=''>> (accessed 18 January 2005).

Firth, G. (2004) Developmental Process in Mental Handicap: A Generative Structure Approach. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Department of Education, Brunel University.

Clark, G. N. (1983) Intensive Interaction: Changing Views and Relationships (draft final report). Leeds Mental health NHS Trust: Learning Disability Psychology Services.

Illustrations, tables and figures should be numbered consecutively (e.g. Figure 1, Table 1, Table 2, etc.) and submitted on separate sheets.  The approximate position of tables and figures should be indicated in the manuscript.

An electronic copy of manuscripts (Word files preferred) of up to 6,000 words should be sent to the Editor at the address provided at the end of these Guidelines.  If electronic submission is not possible, three hard copies should be sent by regular mail.  Each article should be accompanied by a 150-250 word abstract and a list of keywords on a separate sheet.

Manuscripts are subject to a blind peer review process, and authors should take care to identify themselves only on the title page or cover letter.  Please give your affiliation and full contact details, including email. The cover letter should confirm that the manuscript is original work, not under consideration or published elsewhere.

A PDF proof will be sent to the author to allow for essential corrections.  In view of the cost and time involved in correcting we have to insist that changes be kept to a minimum.  They should be corrected on the hard copy and returned to the editor within one week.

A PDF offprint will be supplied to all contributors signed up to Author Services, on publication in the journal.

Editor's address: Dr Sue Ralph, CeSNER, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK.

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.

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
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For authors choosing OnlineOpen
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Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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