International Journal of Care and Caring

The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is a new multidisciplinary journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it publishes high-quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC has a broad focus, covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. It explores the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs. Read more

Frequency: February, May, August and November

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Volume 6 (2022): Issue 1-2 (Feb 2022): Special Issue: Care, caring, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. Guest edited by Michael Fine and Joan Tronto

Aims and scope
Abstracting and indexing 
Testimonials
Contact us

Aims and scope

The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is a new multidisciplinary journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it publishes high-quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC has a broad focus, covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. It explores the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.

The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is concerned with care provided as paid work and as support for family members, friends or neighbours; with care in home, community and residential settings; and with formal and informal care relations, organisation, systems and markets. It focuses on 'receiving' and 'giving' care and on the gendered nature and social, political, legal and economic status and circumstances of care and caring. It debates the support needed in localities, workplaces and health systems to make care and caring feasible and rewarding for carers and dignified and supportive of independence for care recipients. IJCC welcomes contributions on caring relationships, the ethics and political economy of care, care as a focus of moral philosophy and feminist analysis and care and caring as sources of claims-making and challenge and as the spur for national and global social movements.

The journal encourages critical engagement with policy and practice developments and aims to include contributions from different areas of the world in each edition. Its regular Debates and Issues section features dialogue with carers’ organisations, policy makers, trade unions, employers and academics, to encourage global dialogue and international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience.

Abstracting and indexing

IJCC is abstracted and/or indexed in:

  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection
  • ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection
  • Scopus
  • Social Care Online

Testimonials 

“The journal is essential reading for academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in the complexities and nuances of care and caring.”

Judith Phillips OBE, Deputy Principal (Research), University of Stirling, UK and Professor of Gerontology

“IJCC publishes excellent and most relevant research for academics, practitioners and policy makers. As a care researcher from Taiwan, I benefit greatly from this journal’s truly multidisciplinary and international engagement with care scholarship, providing timely and long-lasting knowledge at a time of rapid global change.”

Bo-Wei Chen, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Gender Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan

Contact us 

Editorial enquiries:

Editorial Assistant
Tom Hickman: ijcc@sheffield.ac.uk

Journal sections:

Debates and Issues
Editorial Office: ijcc@sheffield.ac.uk

Reviews
Myra Hamilton: myra.hamilton@sydney.edu.au

Open access, subscriptions and free trials:

Policy Press: pp-journals@bristol.ac.uk

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Read our instructions for authors for guidance on how to prepare your submissions. The instructions include the following: 

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References
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Open Access
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Visit our journal author toolkit for resources and advice to support you through the publication process and beyond.

What are we looking for?

Three types of papers are accepted in the International Journal of Care and Caring:

  • Research articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long with up to four key words and an abstract of up to 100 words. These submissions will be double anonymous peer reviewed. Research articles should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods. Articles based on comparative international analysis, critical analysis of policy or practice, or which explore care and caring in global or transnational perspective are encouraged. Authors should indicate if their article presents new empirical findings or is based on methodological innovation and should write in a style suitable for IJCC’s academic, NGO, policy and practitioner audiences.
  • Debates and Issues papers should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words with up to four key words, no abstract and a brief reference list. These submissions will be reviewed by the editor. Debates and Issues papers should contribute to international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience between NGOs, policy makers, trade unions, employers and academics. Contributors are encouraged to highlight innovative policy or practice at the local, national or international level; debate controversial issues or matters of concern; or focus on aspects of advocacy, identification, claims-making and contestation. Please read our Guidance for Debates and Issues submissions for further information.
  • Book reviews are short pieces of 500800 words. These submissions will be editor-reviewed. Book reviews should include a concise summary of the book’s main argument and subject matter, assess its originality and contribution to its field and relevance to its intended audience. Longer review articles (up to 2,500 words), covering several books on one topic, may be submitted; contributors should discuss the suitability of the books selected with the Reviews Editor in advance.  

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How to submit an article

All submissions should be made online at the International Journal of Care and Caring Editorial Manager website: http://www.editorialmanager.com/ijcc/default.aspx, in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details. 

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Preparing your anonymised manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

  1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 100 words), up to four key words/short phrases and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.
  2. A fully anonymised manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgements, funding details or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). References to the author's own work should be anonymised as follows: 'Author's own, [year]'. Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.
  3. If you have any figures and tables please upload them as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. 

All authors should comply with the Bristol University Press/Policy Press ethical guidelines.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted non-anonymised manuscript

  1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 150 words), up to four key words and the word count.

The final non-anonymised article file should include:

  1. Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: 'This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].'

  2. Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state 'The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest' if there are none. Find out more about declaring conflicts of interest in the Bristol Universty Press/ Policy Press ethical guidelines.

  3. Acknowledgements: acknowledge those who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.

  4. Figures and tables: should be included as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. For advice about less common file formats, please contact dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk.

  5. Supplemental data: We recommend that any supplemental data are hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and are cited as a reference in the article.

Editorial process

All submissions will be subject to double anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field.

The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. The final decision on publication rests with the editors. 

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Copyright and permissions

Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Policy Press as publisher of the International Journal of Care and Caring. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The copyright assignment agreement can be read here.

Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Policy Press.

General information on rights and permissions can be found here: http://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/rights-and-permissions.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in the International Journal of Care and Caring, please email Policy Press: pp-info@bristol.ac.uk

Please also read our Journals Editorial Policies and Ethical guidelines.

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Style

  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
  • Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).

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References

Download the Endnote output style for Policy Press/Bristol University Press Journals.

  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets, and where are three or more authors, use 'et al', as shown below:
    (Bettio and Verashchagina, 2012)
    (Duffy et al, 2015)
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text.
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics.
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference.
  • Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.

Example of book reference:
Dorling, D. (2010) Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.

Example of journal reference:
Warin, P. (2012) 'Non-demand for Social Rights: A new challenge for social action in France', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(1): 41-53.

Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Levitas, R. (2011) 'Utopia Calling: Eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond', in A. Minujin and S. Nandy (eds), Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action, Bristol, Policy Press. pp. 449-73.

Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse?, https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/.

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Contact us

Editorial enquiries:

Editorial Assistant
Tom Hickman: ijcc@sheffield.ac.uk

Journal sections:

Debates and Issues
Editorial Office: ijcc@sheffield.ac.uk

Reviews
Myra Hamilton: myra.hamilton@sydney.edu.au

Open access, subscriptions and free trials:

Policy Press: pp-journals@bristol.ac.uk

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Management Board 

Sue Yeandle, Editor in Chief; University of Sheffield, UK

Michael Fine, Co-Editor; Macquarie University, Australia
Yueh-Ching Chou, Co-Editor; National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Karina Batthyany, Associate Editor; Universidad de la Republica Uruguay, Uruguay
Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor; University of Birmingham, UK
Liz Lloyd, Associate Editor; University of Bristol, UK
Kate O'Loughlin, Associate Editor; University of Sydney, Australia
Gabrielle Meagher, Consulting Editor; Macquarie University, Australia
Myra Hamilton, Reviews Editor; University of Sydney, Australia
Jo Moriarty, Social Media Editor; King's College London, UK
Outi Jolanki, Debates & Issues Editor; Tampere University, Finland
Ajda Svetelšek, Debates & Issues Editor; Anton Trstenjak Institute of Gerontology and Intergenerational Relations, Slovenia
Julia Mortimer, Publisher; Bristol University Press and Policy Press, UK 

Editorial Advisory Board

Jo Aldridge, University of Loughborough, UK
Fiona Alpass, Massey University, New Zealand
Janet Fast, University of Alberta, Canada
Maria das Dores Guerreiro, ISCTE- Instituto Universitario Lisboa, Portugal
Elizabeth Hanson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Trish Hill, University of New South Wales, Australia
Jana Javornik, University of Leeds, UK
Norah Keating, University of Alberta, Canada
Sally Keeling, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
Teppo Kröger, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Giovanni Lamura, INRCA (National Institute of Health and Science on Aging), Italy
Li-Fang Liang, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Fiona MacDonald, RMIT, Australia
Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, USA
Ito Peng, University of Toronto, Canada
Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Jagellonian University, Poland
Judith Phillips, University of Stirling, UK
Susan Reinhard, AARP, USA
Madeleine Starr, Carers UK
Marta Szebehely, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hildegard Theobald, University of Vechta, Germany
Frank T Y Wang, Chengchi University, Taiwan
Allison M C Williams, McMaster University, Canada

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2021 Scopus Cite Score: 1.3

Ranked #589/1345 in Sociology and Political Science – 56th percentile