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.
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.
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.
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.
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 below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Email your submission to email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
Tel: 020 7378 3004
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, eg (Chalmers 2004; Barnett and Renior 2003; Quillan et al 2001). Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations and paraphrases (eg 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
The Editor, RCSLT,
2 White Hart Yard,
London SE1 1NX
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