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Bulletin magazine

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

We welcome submissions from people working across the profession: from students, assistants and NQPs, to experienced or retired SLTs.

Got an idea for Bulletin?

If you’ve got some news, research or an opinion to share, Bulletin is a great way to communicate with the rest of the profession. Writing for Bulletin also counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

It’s worth contacting the Bulletin editorial team with an outline of your proposed article so that
we can ensure it is suitable for publication. The team will let you know if you should go ahead and write a draft, and can recommend which section your submission would be best suited for. Please note that we do not accept articles that have appeared in other publications.

Types of Bulletin content

Bulletin welcomes member-generated content for all our regular sections:

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor should be 100 to 250 words and express your thoughts on a particular topic, pose a question to fellow members or address something you’ve read in a previous issue of Bulletin.

News
Each month, Bulletin includes several pages of news about interesting or notable events in the profession. This includes everything from national policy updates to local activities, awards and initiatives. News items can be brief (e.g. 50 words) or up to half a page (300 words). Please note we are unable to accept articles that promote paid for events or products.

Feature articles
Bulletin features are in-depth articles on topics that are of interest to SLTs. The word count for a one-page feature is 650 words, and 1,200 words for a two-page feature, including references. Covering a wide range of areas, examples include professional advice (e..g ‘Making the switch from public to private sector work’); clinical conditions and their treatment; individual case studies; service users’ first-hand accounts; the instigation and outcomes of innovative ways of working; and evaluations (including audits, service evaluations, qualitative projects and dissertation projects of clinical relevance).

Here are a few tips for writing a feature:
• Write in an accessible narrative style, as though you are speaking with a colleague.
• For evaluations, please include a brief outline of the evidence base, state the aims of your evaluation, describe the methods/participants and how you measured outcomes, state any limitations, and back up your conclusions with evidence.
• When writing about clinical topics, be sure to demonstrate best practice and make reference to the current evidence base, outline the relevance of the topic to the profession, and refer readers to any useful resources or references.

Opinion
Do you have something to say about a burning issue of the day? An opinion piece should be 650 words long and draw on your own experience and thoughts on a topic relevant to the profession.

My Working Life
This section focuses on an individual’s professional life, particularly those who are doing something unusual or innovative. These articles should be 650 words long, written in a personable style, and include a photograph of the author in their working environment. If you would rather provide a shorter snapshot of what you’re working on, you can submit around 120 words about yourself and your job for our ‘Your RCLST’ section.

Obituaries
Bulletin publishes obituaries to honour those who have dedicated their careers to speech and language therapy. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute an obituary for a friend or colleague who has recently passed away. These pieces should be around 600 words in length and include a photo.

Book Reviews
Bulletin regularly publishes book reviews, written by members about new, industry-relevant titles. The Bulletin editorial team decides on the books to be featured and will select a reviewer to read each book and write a 200-word review. If you wish to be added to our list of book reviewers, email us with your details and any clinical areas of interest you may have.

Photography

You are welcome to submit photographs with your Bulletin content, but they must be clear and of good quality and you must obtain written consent to publication from any patients/clients or carers depicted. Bulletin is available online to members, and any written consent must acknowledge this. Email high resolution (300 dots per inch, or at least 600kb in size) JPEG files or send hard copies of photographs by post. Scanned images from books and magazines cannot be used for copyright and technical reasons.

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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