Author Guidelines

Diversity and Equality in Health and Care welcomes papers for the following categories. All papers are peer reviewed.

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The new model for publication of peer-reviewed research, across the academic and professional world, is one of ‘Open Access’. This means that instead of papers only being read by those whose University or employer subscribes to the journal, or has it in their library, anyone in the world can find and read the paper, over the internet. This clearly makes everything that is published this way much more attractive to ‘users’ of research, and more likely to have an impact on policy and practice.

However, it means that the costs of producing, publishing, and maintaining an archive of these studies, along with indexing and publicising them, falls on the publisher! Many well-known journals, such as the BMJ (British Medical Journal) have moved in this direction, and the highest Impact Factors (a measure of how often a paper is read) are associated with journals in the BioMed Central (BMC) online collection and PLoS (Public Library of Science). Established journals like Diversity & Equality now have to move in this direction too.

But there are a lot of other ‘pay-to-publish’ journals out there. Not all of them are as reputable or have quality standards and a history like ours (and BMJ etc!). Many offer attractive rates, but cannot guarantee readership. Diversity & Equality in Health & Care, after 11 years under the ownership of Radcliffe Medical, has been sold to iMedPub – an Indian company, but with the same editors, ethos and Editorial Board structure as before – and high standards for review and acceptance! We are offering, also, a significantly lower ‘Article Processing Charge’ than the ‘big boys’, most of which very rarely carry papers of interest to the Equality Diversity sector. Our ‘basic charge’, which will cover all the costs and does include access/ availability of offprints etc – is set at 1519 USD – which is about half or less than BMC / PLoS.

For this first year under the new system, we are offering significant reductions (‘discounts’) on this processing charge. We may be able when the paper reports on ‘unfunded’ research (e.g. sponsored by charity or community bodies, new authors etc) to offer a complete fee waiver. However, to ensure the continued survival of the journal, we do have to ask all our authors if they can offer some contribution, and persuade their institution to help support this in return for a guaranteed high quality product and impact potential through our established readership and supporter’s network. If we cannot attract any income, we shall see the Diversity & Equality field revert to the situation we were in 10 years ago, where very little was reaching publication in reputable peer-reviewed journal serials, and thus not being indexed and cited in the ‘Evidence Base’ such as SCOPUS, PubMed, CINAHL, and SciVerse/ etc.

Authors are requested, when they submit papers, to seek the support of their institution, and to discuss with the Editors, what might be possible in this regard. Please get in touch, if you feel that you cannot afford the full Article Processing Charge, but want your paper considered for inclusion in the journal. No reasonable offer will be dismissed!

This journal welcomes papers relating to all aspects of diversity in health and care and the inequalities experienced as a result of ill health, marginalization, prejudice, stigma and issues in service provision.

Research papers may address health and care issues related to any aspect of diversity and equality, including evaluative studies and methodological or theoretical debates. Authors are advised to ensure that ethical issues in their research have been clearly identified. A copy of the letter issued by the Research Ethics Committee/IRB/equivalent body which reviewed the project should be included with the article when it is first submitted. This letter should bear the logo or official stamp of the institution in which the reviewing committee is based. Research papers should normally be between 2000 and 6000 words in length.

Practice papers that provide examples of good or new practice/service design or which address the practicalities, policy, economic or managerial aspects of reducing inequalities through the delivery of services to members of diverse groups. Practice papers should normally be between 2000 and 5000 words in length.

Education papers concerned with improving or evaluating the education and training of health and care professionals, service users and /or carers to address diversity and equality issues. In educational research papers authors are advised to ensure that ethical issues in their research have been clearly identified. A copy of the letter issued by Research Ethics Committee/IRB/equivalent body which reviewed the project should be included with the article when it is first submitted. This letter should bear the logo or official stamp of the institution in which the reviewing committee is based. Education papers should normally be between 2000 and 6000 words in length.

Debate papers which critically examine current diversity and/ or equality issues or theories or which discuss under-researched topics. Debate papers should normally be between 2000 and 5000 words in length.

Feature Items

These are not peer reviewed but should otherwise follow our normal guidance on style, referencing, and ethics. They may provide suitable opportunities for practitioners or new researchers to gain experience in writing for publication.

Features include:

Guest editorials: Authors wishing to contribute to this section are advised to contact one of the editors. Guest editorials should be between 750 and 1500 words in length.

Practitioner’s Blog: This feature provides an opportunity for practitioners to reflect on critical incidents in their work with patients and clients. Incidents may reflect positive or negative experiences but should highlight the various ways in which diversity and/ or equality influence health and care. The implications for practice should be clearly stated. Papers should be between 1000 and 1500 words in length.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): This feature offers authors whose papers have been accepted for publication a chance to develop additional material about the topic of their paper that enables readers to extend their knowledge and understanding. The paper and the CPD material are then published alongside each other. Examples might include additional sources of information, a short case study or exercise or other activity accompanied by learning points and self-test questions. CPD features should normally be between 1000 and 1500 words in length.

Publication Charges

Diversity and Equality in Health and Care is now part of the Insight Medical Publishing Group Insight Medical Publishing Group is an Open Access publisher and the standard charges are mentioned below for publishing payable on acceptance of each paper. However, a fee consideration may be possible in some circumstances specially when author's are lacking funding and if they belong to low income country. Please contact the editors for further information. Once the paper has completed the peer-review process; the author is liable to pay half the publication fee in order to withdraw his article.


Submission of a manuscript implies that the paper has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All works published by Insight Medical Publishing are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This permits anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.

Check List

State the category of the paper on the title page
Place all tables, illustrations, diagrams and figures in a separate file
Attach a copy of the letter issued by the IRB/research Ethics committee
Attach copies of permissions
Attach completed conflict of interest form
Ensure all references are accurate and set according to the house style.


Each paper should

  • Be emailed in a Word file. Please do not send papers or tables as Pdf.
  • Have a front page setting out the title, the author(s) name(s) and an address for correspondence. Each author should indicate his/her professional discipline, current appointment and qualifications. The address of the corresponding author will be printed with the paper if it is accepted for publication.
  • State the category of the paper on the title page: research, practice, education, debate, guest editorial, practitioner’s blog, continuing professional development
  • Begin with a box containing up to 4 key points about what is known about this topic and up to four more points about what the paper adds.
  • Contain an abstract of about 300 words which summarizes the paper. Please note that abstracts should not contain sub-headings. DEHC does not use ‘structured abstracts’.
  • List key words at the end of the abstract. Authors are advised to select terminology that is compatible with the taxonomies used by Medline, NICE and other electronically searched databases in order to encourage citation.

General information

i) Style

Topics within the remit of the journal should be presented clearly and concisely and must be written in a gender-free, non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising style. Permission to reproduce previously published material must be obtained in writing from the copyright holder and should be included with the article when it is first submitted. Permissions should be acknowledged in the paper. When first using abbreviations in the text, the term should be spelt out in full with its abbreviation in brackets. Thereafter the abbreviation can and should be used. Abbreviations should be in capital letters and unpunctuated. Subheadings are encouraged, when suitable, to break up the text as well as to improve readability. The editors reserve the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary, shorten the article without altering the meaning.

ii) Tables, figures, diagrams and illustrations

As far as possible, articles should be suitably illustrated but not contain more than five tables, figures, diagrams or illustrations. Tables, figures, diagrams or illustrations should

  • be numbered consecutively and in the text, in Arabic numerals.
  • be presented in a file, separate from the paper.

Table should supplement or illustrate rather than duplicate information. Illustrations may be line drawings or black-and-white photographs of good quality, preferably with a gloss finish. Illustrations will not be returned after publication unless specifically requested. All illustrations are submitted at the owner's risk, the publisher accepts no liability for loss or damage while in possession of the material. Please note that all tables, figures, diagrams and illustrations will be printed only in black and white. You can submit tables and figures in colour as well

iii) Text in languages other than English

Where the language concerned requires a different script, for example, Mandarin or Arabic, text should be presented in a separate pdf to facilitate printing. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of text in languages other than English.

iv) Ethics

DEHC upholds the ethical principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are referred to the need to conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and to provide confirmation that the study has been approved by a named Research Ethics Committee/IRB. Authors are also asked to declare that the paper has not been submitted elsewhere for publication and that duplicate publication has been avoided. Authors are asked to state clearly, where relevant, that informed consent has been obtained from participants, how this was achieved and the steps taken to maintain confidentiality. The following declarations should be made at the end of the article before the references: ‘ethical approval(s)’, ‘acknowledgements’, ‘source of funding’ for the study, and any ‘conflict of interest’. This includes ownership of shares, consultancy, speaker's honoraria or research grants from commercial companies or professional or governmental organisations with an interest in the topic of the paper. If in doubt, disclose. The conflicts of interest form should be completed and should be included with the article when it is accepted for publication.

v) References

Authors are advised to use the Harvard system. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article. If there is more than one reference in any given year for the same author, then list them as 2003a, 2003b, etc, as they appear in the order of the text. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.

Journal articles

Single author

Hipwell A (2008) ‘We’re not fully aware of their cultural needs’: tutors’ experiences of delivering the Expert Patients Programme to South Asian attendees. Diversity in Health and Social Care 5 (4):45-60.

Two/three authors

Greenhalgh T, Collard A and Begum N (2005) Sharing stories: complex intervention for diabetes education in minority ethnic groups who do not speak English. BMJ 330:628–32.

Multiple authors (list first three then use et al.)

Griffiths C, Foster G, Ramsay J et al (2007) How effective are expert patient (lay led) education programmes for chronic disease? BMJ334:1254–6.


Single author/editor

Neilson K (2004) Next Stop Britain: The influence of transnational networks on the secondary movement of Danish Somalis, Sussex Migration Working Paper 22, Sussex: University of Sussex.

Two/three authors/editors

Benson J and Thistlethwaite J (2008) Mental Health Across Cultures: a practical guide for health professionals. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Multiple authors/editors (list first three then use et al.)

Ngo-Metzger Q, Telfair J, Sorkin DH et al (eds) (2006) Cultural Competency and Quality of Care: obtaining the patient’s perspective. New York: The Commonwealth Fund.

Chapter in an edited book

Hanson, C., Spross, J. (2005) Clinical and Professional Leadership. In: A. Hamric, A Spross J and Hanson C (eds) Advanced Nursing Practice. An Integrated Approach, 3rd edn, St Louis: Elsevier Saunders, pp 301-329. Cross-referencing should be inserted in parentheses in the text, in full for single or dual authors (Smith and Eades, 2003) but abbreviated (Owen et al, 1999) for multiple authors. Information taken from unpublished papers, personal communications and observations should only be included in the text and not referred to as a formal reference.

Referencing from the Internet

In referring to a website, the reference would show the URL details:

Example: last accessed 6.11.1 A particular location at a website:

Example: If the reference is for a particular paper or report (adding an author’s name if supplied):

Example: National Health Service Scotland (2008) Advanced practice toolkit.

Available at   (last accessed 14.10.14)

vi) Revisions to manuscripts after peer review

Authors will receive feedback via email and a date for resubmission. All changes to manuscripts must be agreed by all the co-authors.

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