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Bulletin magazine

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The RCSLT’s Bulletin is the UK’s leading professional speech and language therapy publication, providing the latest speech and language therapy news, features and job opportunities.

Bulletin is mailed out to the RCSLT’s approximately 17,000 members at the beginning of each month, and members can also view past issues of Bulletin online.  

Writing for the Bulletin

As the professional membership magazine of the RCSLT, Bulletin relies on articles written by members, for members.

Do you have expertise in an area of SLT practice? Maybe you have an interesting and/or promising clinical idea? Or maybe you’ve carried out an evaluation of your work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, why not submit an article to Bulletin? We would love to share your experience with other SLTs across the UK and beyond.

The first thing to do is get in touch with us with the idea for your article; we can let you know if it is something we may be interested in. If it is, use the guidelines below to help you consider what type of article to write, and how exactly to put it together. 

Publishing in Bulletin also counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

Clinical idea
 
Have you developed an interesting idea through your clinical practice? Maybe you’ve tried it out, or maybe you’re still tinkering. If you would like to share the idea with others, send us a 'Clinical Idea' piece of either 600 or 1,200 words. These articles should: discuss the clinical background from which your idea developed; refer to the evidence-base and why it suggests your clinical idea might be valuable; describe your clinical idea in detail. You can use the article to celebrate your idea, which will be of interest to others in your field. However, be sure to acknowledge the idea is in the early stages of clinical development and has not yet been carefully evaluated. Or, if you have already started to implement your idea and have been monitoring the impact, why not consider one of the 'Evaluation' articles below?

 

Service evaluation, audit, or quality improvement

Have you recently evaluated your service (service evaluation), potentially in line with an identified standard (audit), or to address an identified block in the system us-ing improvement methodology (quality improvement)? Has this work identified information that would be interesting to others in your clinical area? If so, let us know about your project in 1,200 words. If you anticipate your article being over this word count, please get in touch in advance of writing. Make sure you give us some context, including a bit of information about the service itself, and your evaluation or improvement project. This should include the audit standard itself if you are writing an audit piece, or the improvement approach if you are writing a quality improvement piece. Your article should refer to the evidence-base behind your evaluation and/or your change. Include enough information about the project so others can reflect upon your reasoning and how careful you were, then tell us what you found and how this may affect local service delivery in the future. You may have identified that things need to change, or that things are going really well, or a bit of both. These are all valuable pieces of information, so why not tell us all about them. Just be sure to provide the data to support the conclusions you have drawn, and think carefully about the claims you are able to make based upon the type of project you have carried out.

Research
Have you carried out a piece of clinical research? This could be a small piece of practice-based research; a large, international, multi-centre RCT; a survey; implementation research; or any other kind of design. If so, let us know about your work: publishing in Bulletin is a great way for you to reach SLTs across the UK and beyond. Use the IMRaD format to structure your article of 1,200 or 1,800 words. Ensure you provide sufficient information to allow the reader to judge the robustness, or trustworthiness, of your study. Also, be careful to ensure the claims you make are proportionate to the study design you have used, and ensure you are explicit about any limitations of your project.
 
 

Opinion

Is there a topical issue you want to shout about or a personal perspective you’d like to share? Opinion pieces should be 620 words long and draw on your own experiences and perspectives, while being relevant to the wider speech and language therapy profession. Please include a high-quality image of yourself alongside your submission. For help with photography, please see here. 

My Working Life

Tell us about your professional life in 600 words. Your role might be a somewhat unique and unusual one; you might have come to the profession via an interesting route; or maybe you just want to share your passion for your everyday work. Please include a high-quality image of yourself alongside your submission. For help with photography, please see here.

Focus on Diversity column

We want to hear more from black, Asian and minority ethnic SLTs, as well as other minorities within our profession. Share your experiences, highlight issues and start discussions within this 330 word column dedicated to diversifying our profession. Email siobhan.lewis@rcslt.org.

Professional feature

Do you have valuable experience to share in an area of professional practice? Maybe you have top tips for working with commissioners, getting established as an independent practitioner, navigating careers, or many other issues? If so, you could write a 'Professional feature' article to share your experience or expertise. You could structure your piece in many different ways, but ensure that, where relevant, you refer to existing literature and the evidence-base throughout. Be sure to get in touch with us before writing a 'professional feature' piece as we will need to work together to consider the structure that works best for your particular article.

For all the above articles, please ensure you: provide references for any facts you may present; carefully consider and acknowledge the limits or your knowledge/learning; include links to any key resources you have used, developed, or would simply recommend. 

For further information about writing for Bulletin, please just get in touch with us at bulletin@rcslt.org 

Email your submission to bulletin@rcslt.org with the proposed section you’re contributing to (‘Opinion’, ‘My Working Life’ etc.) in the subject line. The editorial team will acknowledge receipt of your submission and will endeavour to review it and return it to you with any suggestions or amendments as soon as possible. If your article is accepted for publication, the editor will contact you with more detailed edits and information about when it will be published.

Submissions process

You can also submit queries to the team with an outline of a proposed article, if you’re unsure whether or not it will be suitable for publication. The team will get back to you with recommendations on how to proceed.

The RCSLT retains the copyright of any article accepted for publication.

Please note there is a strict three-month embargo on content from the date of publication and, while we normally permit re-printing, we would ask you to credit Bulletin with first publication rights and seek permission from the magazine’s editor.

Photography

Photographs submitted to Bulletin should be of a high resolution (normally 300 dpi or at least 500kb in size). Please notify us at the time of submission of any photo credits. Photos depicting patients/service users or minors must be accompanied by the subject’s written consent (in the case of minors, their parent or guardian’s consent). Scanned images from books and magazines cannot be used for copyright and technical reasons. 

Contact us

Tel: 020 7378 3004

Twitter: @RCSLT_bulletin

How to reference for Bulletin

Bulletin uses the author/date system. References in the text should cite the author/s names followed by date of publication, in date order, e.g. (Chalmers 2004; Barnett and Renior 2003; Quillan et al. 2001). Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations and paraphrases (e.g. Smith 2004, pp.26-27). Where there are three or more authors, the first author’s name followed by et al. will suffice, but all authors should be cited in the reference list. A reference list should be provided in alphabetical order of first author’s surnames. All references should be to primary sources. Publications listed in references should follow the format below:

Journal Article: Author's name. Article title. Journal title. Date. Volume number: pages.

Book: Author’s name. Book title. Place published: Publisher. Year published.

For example:

Beitchman J. Seven-year follow-up of speech-impaired children. Journal of Child Psychology. 1996; 37: 961-970.

Copley B, Forryan B. Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People. London: Cassell, 1997.

Submitting your contribution

Email your article to bulletin@rcslt.org with the proposed section (‘News’, ‘My Working Life’ etc.) in the subject line. For features, the Bulletin editorial team will acknowledge receipt of your submission within one month and will endeavour to review it and return it to you with any suggestions or amendments within eight weeks. If your article is accepted for publication, the Editor will contact you with more detailed edits and information about when it will be published.

The RCSLT retains the copyright of any article accepted for publication and has a strict three-month embargo on content from the date of publication. We normally permit re-printing, with due acknowledgement, by not-for-profit organisations, if prior permission is obtained from the Bulletin editor.

Send your contributions to:

bulletin@rcslt.org

or

The Editor, RCSLT,
2 White Hart Yard,
London SE1 1NX

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Non-endorsement policy
Bulletin is a monthly magazine of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The views expressed in the Bulletin are not necessarily the views of the College. Publication does not imply endorsement. Publication of advertisements in the Bulletin is not an endorsement of the advertiser or of the products and services. 

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