Information for Authors

The International Practice Development Journal encourages submissions on any aspects of practice development and is pleased to receive articles from a wide range of people who approach practice development in different ways and work in different fields within healthcare. We also welcome submissions that can provide both 'internal’ and 'external' critical perspectives on practice development.

The International Practice Development Journal consists of three sections:

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The next two submission deadlines are: Wednesday 16th January 2019 (Vol. 9, No. 1) and Friday 5th July 2018 (Vol. 9, No. 2) but submissions are welcome at any time.


The journal does not charge an article processing or submission charges.

Author guidelines

Click here to download a copy of the IPDJ Author Guidelines (latest version January 2017) (click here for a word version of the author checklist). Please read the Author Guidelines carefully for details on the submission of articles: the IPDJ's requirements and standards, as well as information concerning the process after an article has been accepted for publication in the International Practice Development Journal.

Authors are encouraged to contact the:

  • Managing Editor, Kate Sanders if further clarification about the submission process is needed: [email protected]
  • Academic Editor, Jan Dewing for inquiry relating to prospective submissions, including the identification of writing partnerships: [email protected]
  • Journal Administrator, Debbie Warren for other inquiries: [email protected]

Relevant policies

Novice writers

The IPDJ wants to enable novice writers to publish their practice development work in a scholarly way. We believe that the Critical Reflection on Practice Development section of the journal may be a good starting place for novice writers and have created a resource which can be downloaded below. We would also encourage novice writers to form a writing partnership with a more experienced writer. We may be able to help with the identification of potential partnerships.

IPDJ Critical Reflection Resources May 2015

In addition, the following publication might be useful:

Writing for Academic Publication by Rowena Murray, published by Open University Press. Click here to access through FoNS' fundraising via Amazon.

Gudelines for writing commentaries

The aim of a commentary is to offer a discussion that both situates the article you are commenting on within the wider field of practice development and/or fields of knowledge; and also offers a direct constructive critique of the key content or messages within the article, including critical questions for others in the field to reflect on and for the author(s) to respond to. The questions for the authors should focus on expanding their thinking and taking their thinking or research and development forward.

Commentaries are requested by invitation.

Click here to download guidelines.



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