As the professional membership magazine of the RCSLT, Bulletin relies on articles written by members, for members. Find out how you can write for a future issue.

Writing for Bulletin

Do you have expertise in an area of SLT practice, or have recently carried out an evaluation of your work? Maybe you have a promising clinical idea, or an interesting perspective to share?

Why not submit an article to Bulletin? We’d 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 choose 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.

Please note that we do not accept articles that have previously been published elsewhere.

Contact us

You can reach the Bulletin editorial team by:

Guidelines

Wondering what to write? Take a look at what we’re looking for in each section of Bulletin, from short opinion pieces to longer feature articles.

Perspectives (500 words)

Is there a topical issue you want to shout about or a personal perspective you’d like to share? Pieces for this section should 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.

My working life (500 words)

Tell us about your professional life in 500 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.

Service user voice (500 words)

This new Bulletin section shows the profession from a different perspective, by having a service user share their own speech and language therapy experience. If you have worked with a service user who would like to share their story, either by writing their own article, being interviewed, or co-writing a piece with their SLT, please get in touch.

Focus on diversity (500 words)

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 section dedicated to diversifying our profession.

Email bulletin@rcslt.org for more information on how to get involved in this section.

In the journals (220 words)

The aim of this section is to summarise recent clinical research studies (preferably published in the last 6 months) that are relevant to clinical practice. It is not a critical appraisal.

You are welcome to write about a study of your choice, but please let us know which article you are reviewing before you write it to avoid duplication. We can also help you pick one – please contact us if you’d like support with this.

Take a look at our In the Journals guidelines (PDF) for more details.

Letters to the editor (100 words)

Share your thoughts on a particular issue, respond to something you’ve read in Bulletin, or put a question to other members in 100 words or less.

In pictures

This section gives a glimpse into what RCSLT members have been up to recently. Submit a photograph you’d like to share with the speech and language therapy community – you could be showcasing an achievement, getting your team together for a group photo, or just curling up with the latest issue of Bulletin! Email your photographs to bulletin@rcslt.org (see the photography guidelines below) or tag @rcslt_bulletin on Twitter.

Feature articles

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. 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

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 using improvement methodology (quality improvement)? Has this work identified information that would be interesting to others in your clinical area? If so, consider submitting an article about it.

Make sure you provide 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.

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.

Professional feature

This type of feature showcases members’ valuable experience and expertise in areas of professional practice – for example, top tips for working with commissioners, or getting established as an independent practitioner.

You could structure your piece in many different ways, but ensure that, where relevant, you refer to existing literature and the evidence base.

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 randomised controlled trial; 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, and ensure you provide sufficient information to allow the reader to judge the robustness, or trustworthiness, of your study.

You should ensure the claims you make are proportionate to the study design you have used, and that you are explicit about any limitations of your project.

Case study (500 words)

Case studies help to bridge the gap between an explanation of how something is done in theory, and being able to replicate it in practice. The case studies article type will help demonstrate how an individual or team carried out a specific intervention, a new approach or a particular project – so that others can learn from it and replicate it in their own practice.

For feature articles, please ensure you:

  • Provide references for any facts you may present, using Harvard style.
  • Carefully consider and acknowledge the limits or your knowledge/learning.
  • Include links to any key resources you have used, developed, or would simply recommend.

If you anticipate your feature article being over the above word count, please get in touch in advance of writing. For further information about writing for Bulletin, get in touch with us at bulletin@rcslt.org.

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.

Submissions process

Email your submission to bulletin@rcslt.org with the proposed section you’re contributing to (‘Feature: Case Study’, ‘My Working Life’ etc) in the subject line. Bulletin has a rolling deadline, so you can submit whenever you want.

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.

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.

After submission

If your article is accepted for publication, the editor will contact you with more detailed edits and information about when it will be published.

All articles go through an editorial review panel. Depending on the subject matter, they may also go to an external reviewer. This may take anywhere from six weeks to six months.

Due to the popularity of Bulletin we receive more articles than we can publish. This, combined with our review process, means there is invariably a wait between acceptance and publication.

After publication

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. While we normally permit re-printing after this period, we ask you to seek permission from the magazine’s editor and credit Bulletin with first publication rights.

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