The future of service development and research – Spotlight on students



We are seeking submissions for the special issue ‘Spotlight on students’ in order to showcase the excellent work conducted by students in the field. Articles of around 3000 words are sought which describe work carried out by student professionals or researchers. This might include those undertaking professional training in clinical psychology, nursing, social work, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, applied behaviour analysis and other relevant disciplines; existing professionals/practitioners undertaking courses related to their continuing professional development; and research students undertaking Master's or PhD degrees.


List of topic areas 

We are happy to consider a variety of contributions which reflect the kind of work that students might complete as part of their course, e.g.:

  • Small-scale research project
  • Systematic review of the literature
  • Case study presenting and evaluating work carried out with an individual or group
  • Policy analysis or review.

Various research methods will be accepted, such as:

  • Qualitative Methodologies (e.g., Thematic Analysis).
  • Quantitative Methodologies (e.g., Quasi-Experimental group designs, or RCTs).
  • Single Case Methodologies (e.g., Baseline-Intervention (A-B) designs, or Multiple Baseline Designs). 


Guest Editors

Jill Bradshaw,
Tizard Centre, University of Kent - UK
[email protected]

Athanasios (Thanos) Vostanis,
Tizard Centre, University of Kent - UK

Serena Tomlinson,
Tizard Centre, University of Kent - UK

Magali Barnoux,
Tizard Centre, University of Kent - UK


Submissions Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.


Key Deadlines

Closing date for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022

Email for submission queries: [email protected]


Review and decision process

In view of this being a student issue the peer review process to be applied will be as follows: All submissions will initially be checked by one of the editors. If they think it may be suitable for publication they will send to at least two referees, one of whom will be a member of the journal’s editorial team, the second reviewer will be an independent referee who will provide an anonymous peer review.