Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

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Edited By: Rhonda Faragher and Laurence Taggart

Impact Factor: 0.955

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 43/71 (Rehabilitation (Social Science)); 60/74 (Health Policy & Services)

Online ISSN: 1741-1130

Author Guidelines

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The Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (JPPID) is an international, peer-reviewed journal established by the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) to provide a forum for description of evidence-based policy and practice related to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It focuses on policy development, service design, working methods and treatment procedures, financial, administrative and legal frameworks, and approaches to service user empowerment which are formed by research. Manuscripts that report research, analyses, reviews, theoretical constructs, and other work exploring both tested ideas in policy and practice and possible future directions are welcome.

Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, but the content must be sufficiently general to apply to other national environments. Policy and practice analyses should provide a framework for ideas and information that can readily translate into situations other than the author's own country. The methodology section must contain sufficient detail on the location of the study and the subject pool to permit understanding of the context for the study or paper.

The Journal also welcomes brief reports of practice experiences documented by evidence-based research or data-based outcomes. In addition, briefs or abstracts that translate and comment on work previously published in non-English journals are welcome.

All papers and reports are refereed. Please provide in a cover letter why you think JPPID is appropriate for your manuscript and be sure to indicate that your manuscript has not been published previously, or is not under submission to another publication.

Ethical Guidelines: You will be prompted to confirm that all the research meets ethical guidelines and legal requirements, and to describe the roles of all authors in preparation of the manuscript (e.g., principal investigator, contributing writer, project team member reviewing manuscript, etc.). All authors listed must have contributed to the writing and pre-submission development of the manuscript. Contributors to the article other than the authors accredited should be listed under an Acknowledgements section which should also include, if appropriate, details of any potential conflict of interests. Please consult version 6 of the American Psychological Association's publication manual with respect to confidentiality protections, assurances of consent, author roles and responsibilities, and avoidance of self-plagiarism. Articles based on the author's study should provide assurance that the study was conducted in accord with the research ethics guidelines extant in the author's country. Acceptance of papers is based on the understanding that authors have treated research participants with respect and dignity throughout. Papers based on original research involving people with intellectual disabilities must include an ethical statement to confirm either that the research has received formal ethical approval from an appropriate ethics committee or that the research has taken appropriate steps with regard to access, informed consent, confidentiality and anonymity.

JPPID uses a Web-based submission and peer-review system called ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central). All manuscripts should be submitted at This system is quick and convenient for both authors and reviewers and aims to reduce the time between submission and the decision whether or not to accept the manuscript. Manuscript submission requires an Internet connection, Web browser, and that your manuscript and related files be in an electronic format. Full help and instructions are provided online.

Please note that JPPID employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

To submit a manuscript you first need to create an account. Go to and click on "Create an Account" located at the top right of the screen. The system will ask for your name and contact information, and you will create a username and password, which you will use to log into the system in the future. In preparation for submission of your manuscript you should have separate electronic files of the following: a cover letter; the manuscript title page; a blinded copy of the manuscript for peer review; the abstract; and a Copyright Assignment Form. You will be prompted for author and manuscript details, including a brief explanation of the role of each co-author in respect to the manuscript, and then to upload your manuscript files. Until your final confirmation completing the submission process, you have the option to save the data entered and files uploaded as an "Unsubmitted Manuscript" to which you can return at a later date.

Combine all parts of your submission into a single Word document (title, abstract, keywords, main document, references, figures, and tables). Be sure to place all tables and figures after the references; do not embed them in the text (however, insert a place marker indicating the placement within the text of the table or figure). Please remember that peer-review is double-blind, so that neither authors nor reviewers know each others' identity. To this end, please do not identify yourself, your colleagues or institution within the submitted files; instead, give your details during the submission process.

To avoid postal delays, all correspondence is by e-mail. A completed manuscript submission is confirmed immediately and your manuscript enters the editorial process with no postal delay. Your manuscript will have a unique number and you can check the progress of your manuscript at any time by returning to When a decision is made, if requested to do so, revisions can be submitted online, with an opportunity to view and respond to all comments.

Peer review is also handled online. Reviewers are given full instructions and access to the paper at The review form and comments are completed online and immediately made available to the Journal and Editors.

Full support for both authors and reviewers is provided both online and by telephone. Each page has a "Get Help Now" icon on the site connecting directly to the online support system. Telephone support is available through the US ScholarOne support office between 12:00 AM EST and 8:30 PM EST at +1 434 964 4100 or in the US +1 888 503 1050.

If you do not have internet access or cannot submit online, the Editorial Office will help with submissions. Please contact Dr. Matthew P. Janicki at the Editorial Office of JPPID, PO Box 862, Rockport, ME 04856-0862 USA; e-mail:


Submissions should be brief to moderate in length, within 20-25 typed manuscript pages. Use 12 pt font and double space (not 1.5 space) all text, except the title page and tables or figures. Case studies or policy activities are welcome and should be limited to 5-8 manuscript pages. Please allow for tables, figures, and references.

Place all tables, figures, and charts at the end of the manuscript following the references. Do not embed tables, figures, or charts within the body of the manuscript, but do insert place markers, indicating best placement, (e.g., "Insert Table 1 About Here"). Manuscripts based on studies relying on quoted data must have the bulk of the quotes placed in tables and the data supported with analyses and summaries of the data in the body of the Results section.

Manuscripts submitted with free-standing quotes interspersed within the body of the text will be returned to authors for revision prior to processing for review.

Authors should provide two title pages. One should be blinded for peer review (title and keywords only), and should be included in the manuscript file. A separate file of the complete title page should contain the full title, a short (running) title, and up to five keywords, including "intellectual disabilities" as well as the list of authors. This list should consist of the full names (first and last) of all authors, their affiliations or place of work, and the location (city/town and country) of their affiliation. The corresponding author should provide contact information: postal address, telephone/fax numbers, and email.

Each article should be preceded by an abstract, not exceeding 300 words, which accurately summarizes the paper content and findings. The abstract should outline the issues or questions investigated, essential findings, and main conclusions of the paper. For analysis and report papers, use Issues, Positions or Findings, and Conclusions as headings in the abstract. Papers reporting research should use Background, Specific Aims, Method, Findings, and Discussion as headings. References and abbreviations should not be included in the abstract.


The reference list should follow the American Psychological Association (APA - 6th Edition) standards and be in alphabetical order thus:

Fairclough, N. (2001). The discourse of New Labour: critical discourse analysis. In M. Wetherell, S. Taylor & S.Yates (Eds.), Discourse as data: A guide for analysis (pp. 229-266). Milton Keynes, UK: Open University Press.

Fernhall, B., Pitetti, K.H., Rimmer, J.H., McCubbin, J.A., Rintala, P., Millar, A.L., … Burkett, L.N. (1996). Cardiorespiratory capacity of individuals with mental retardation including Down syndrome. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 28(3), 366-371.

Hassiotis, A., Brown, I., Brown, R.I., Favila, G., McConkey, R., Jokinen, N., & Lucchino, R. (2011). The IASSID Academy on Education, Teaching and Research and the links with low- and middle-income countries: An international partnership. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 8, 134-138.

Highlander statement of concern and call for action. (2000). Retrieved from

Lunetová, M., & Baslová, O. (2006). Práva seniorů [Rights of the elderly]. Prague, Czech Republic: The Czech Helsinki Committee.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. (2000). Long range plan: 1999-2003. Washington, DC: Author.

Walsh, P.W., & Heller, T. (2002). Health of women with intellectual disabilities. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Journal titles should be provided in full. References with multiple authors should show the names of up to five authors in the first mention and then provide the first author and et al. upon all subsequent mention. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.


Spelling, technical terms, and symbols should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English.


There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

Proofs and Offprints

Proofs are sent to the corresponding author prior to publication and authors are expected to respond to the copy editor's queries within the deadline provided. An order form for offprints will be sent along with the proofs.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Once an article has been accepted and assigned to an issue, authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

NEW: Pre-acceptance English-language editing.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission or during the review process. Authors wishing to pursue a professional English-language editing service should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice. For more details regarding the recommended services, please refer to

NEW: Copyright Submission and Online Open

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

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:

All papers published in JPPID are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).