International Journal of Care and Caring

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  • Editor-in-Chief

    Sue Yeandle, University of Sheffield, UK

  • Editors

    Michael Fine, Macquarie University, Australia

    Yueh-Ching Chou, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan

    Joan Tronto, University of Minnesota (Consulting Editor)

  • Frequency

    Four issues per annum: February, May, August and November

  • ISSN

    2397-8821 (print)

    2397-883X (online)

The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is a new multidisciplinary journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it publishes high quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC has a broad focus, covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. It explores the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.

IJCC is concerned with care provided as paid work and as support for family members, friends or neighbours; with care in home, community and residential settings; and with formal and informal care relations, organisation, systems and markets. It focuses on 'receiving' and 'giving' care and on the gendered nature and social, political, legal and economic status and circumstances of care and caring. It debates the support needed in localities, workplaces and health systems to make care and caring feasible and rewarding for carers and dignified and supportive of independence for care recipients. IJCC welcomes contributions on caring relationships, the ethics and political economy of care, care as a focus of moral philosophy and feminist analysis and care and caring as sources of claims-making and challenge and as the spur for national and global social movements.

The journal encourages critical engagement with policy and practice developments and aims to include contributions from different areas of the world in each edition.  Its regular Debates and Issues section features dialogue with carers’ organisations, policymakers, trade unions, employers and academics, to encourage global dialogue and international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience.

What people are saying about the International Journal of Care and Caring

"Care is routinely undervalued, at all levels, and across disciplines. The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) will play an important role in addressing this, promising new analyses of care for our contemporary care challenges, including issues of care sustainability, care and new technologies and caring for a greying world."
Loretta Baldassar, University of Western Australia

“The new International Journal of Care and Caring is a timely and significant scholarly journal which will publish research and policy debates in the hugely significant, social, political, legal and economic spheres of the interconnections of formal and informal care provision and the receipt of care services, with international coverage. All of us who research, debate and design care policies, and who live the relationships of care in academic, government, community, business and trade union settings, welcome this new journal.”
Bettina Cass, Emeritus Professor, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of New South Wales

“This journal is long overdue, for care and caring are hugely important topics deserving of close attention. The journal will make a major contribution to the field, given the people behind it, its global and multi-disciplinary orientation, and its commitment to critical engagement with scholarship and policy and practice.”
Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Oxford

"The IJCC is exciting and timely, providing an important international and interdisciplinary evidence base for improved care and support for carers."
Maria Evandrou, Professor of Gerontology, Director Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton

“The Journal is essential reading for academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in the complexities and nuances of care and caring.”
Judith Phillips OBE, Professor of Gerontology, University of Stirling

“As longstanding concerns of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers around the world, the multi-faceted issues relating to care and caring merit the attention of a new multidisciplinary journal. The International Journal of Care and Caring promises to make a major contribution to our understanding of these issues.”
Thomas Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology, Newcastle University

“Will bring a new level of scholarship and attention to issues facing sustaining our humanity for the future ... promises new forms of philosophical-ethical study, concrete clinical-social care/caring phenomena and practices worldwide. The trans-disciplinary journal goals assure diversity as well as convergence of scholarship.”
Jean Watson, Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado

“I warmly welcome this timely and important new journal, which is extremely relevant for our network, offering an exciting new forum for debate and international exchange of knowledge about care, carers and caring.”
Stecy Yghemonos, Executive Director, Eurocarers - European Association Working for Carers

Most Read snipThe top 5 most read articles published in 2017 were:

Care and caring: interdisciplinary perspectives on a societal issue of global significance
Authors: Yeandle, Sue; Chou, Yueh-Ching; Fine, Michael; Larkin, Mary; Milne, Alisoun

There is an alternative: homines curans and the limits of neoliberalism
Author: Tronto, Joan

Social consequences of family care of adults: a scoping review
Author: Keating, Norah; Eales, Jacquie

Working longer, caring harder – the impact of 'ageing-in-place' policies on working carers in the UK and Sweden
Authors: Starr, Madeleine; Szebehely, Marta

Family care work: a policy-relevant research agenda
Authors: Moen, Phyllis; DePasquale, Nicole

Call for Papers for a Themed Issue on:

Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work: Critical Perspectives
Guest Editors: Prof. Karen Christensen (University of Bergen, Norway) and Prof. Yueh-Ching Chou (National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Background to the call
In recent decades, the nature and experience of care and care work has become increasingly diverse. Some countries have changed their policies and practices, aiming, for example, to support older and disabled people in living independent lives; to deliver some support through privatised or marketised, rather than public, services; and to offer older and disabled people and their families care and support over which they can have greater choice and control.

New forms of care work have emerged to support these shifting priorities. Care work supporting independent living and empowering disabled people (as advocated by disability movement campaigners) is about ‘supporting’ people, rather than ‘caring for’ them, and is often called ‘personal assistance’.1 This type of support differs in important respects from the care work delivered by workers in traditional home, community or residential care. However the latter have also been changing and becoming more diverse: for example by introducing new policies of rehabilitation using physical training to strengthen older people’s self-care, or by seeking to respond to the cultural background of migrants ageing in their host country.

Linked to these changes, care2 work is also increasingly delivered by directly (often privately) employed personal assistants or live-in workers; by private or not-for-profit care agencies, large and small, in which workers may be employed on precarious terms;3 or by specialised or innovative service providers. Some care work uses technologies to monitor, support or enhance the services provided; new arts and humanities-based therapies and new forms of rehabilitation have emerged; and in some cases older and disabled people are able to design and choose their own support.

The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) aims to publish a Themed Issue on Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work, bringing together articles and other contributions to critically assess these developments and their impact, and setting them in their wider political, economic and moral context. Central to the discussion will be the new policies promoted within social care systems – personalisation; choice, control and independence for service users; user involvement and participation – and the new kinds of work and social relations these have ushered in.

Call for contributions
Articles and other contributions are invited for the Themed Issue which examine how care workers, care providers, older and disabled people or family/friend carers have been affected, positively or negatively, by these developments - and on their consequences (intended and otherwise) in their lives and care relationships. The editors aim to include 5-7 high quality research articles, 3 items in IJCC’s regular ‘Debates and Issues’ section, and a set of book and conference reviews relevant to the overall theme. Together, these will help answer the following questions:
  • To what extent has the introduction of policies about personalisation, independence and user participation led to new kinds of care and care work? 
  • What claims have been made about these new forms of care, and does evidence from implementation and practice support these?  
  • What have been the consequences (intended or unintended) of these developments for different social care service users, care workers, care providers and family/friend carers?
  • How and why do the processes and consequences of these new forms of care work differ between countries, cultures and care-policy regimes

Information for contributors
Articles: Authors wishing to publish an article in the Themed Issue on Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work should submit an extended abstract (600 words) setting out their topic and methods and describing the thesis or argument of their article or the hypothesis it will explore. Draft articles already in preparation may also be submitted at this stage. Research-based articles will be selected for publication in IJCC on the basis of blind peer-review of their academic quality and contribution to knowledge. Within IJCC’s Themed Issue on Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work, articles will be grouped under coherent sub-themes. Possible examples are indicated here, although others may be considered.

The Themed Issue will also include an editorial article by guest editors Karen Christensen and Yueh-Ching Chou. Sub-themes for articles may include:

Innovations in Care Provision: aspirations, outcomes and realities: These papers would advance understanding of the differences in how social care is provided to older and/or disabled people and examine differences between the intentions behind service developments or reforms and how they are experienced and practised in everyday life.

Caring Relations under Service Innovations: promise, progress and problems: These papers would advance understanding of how relationships between care workers/personal assistants (etc.) and users of services are influenced by changes and innovations in care schemes, arrangements and practices. These may be explored from different perspectives, such as empowerment, in/equality (gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, etc.) or cultural diversity, and will ideally consider these relationships from the perspectives of care workers / personal assistants (etc.) and users of services (disabled / older people).

Caring Arrangements in Transition: philosophies, politics and ethics: These papers would locate discussions about the care, support and assistance available to older people and disabled adults, and the development of ideas and policies about supporting their independence, within discussions about the ethics, philosophy and political economy of care.

Social Care Reforms and Innovations: international comparative perspectives: These papers would offer comparative analysis of social care reforms or innovations in several countries, advancing understanding of the similarities and differences in how related policies and ideas have been implemented (and their consequences) in different contexts.

The Debates and Issues and Reviews sections of the IJCC
Contributions for these sections of the Themed Issue of IJCC are also invited.

Debates and Issues: These items are ‘free to view’ in the IJCC, to give voice to the perspectives of policymakers, carers’ and disabled or older people’s organisations, trade unions, employers and others. Ideas for items on the Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work theme may be discussed with the guest editors at an early stage. These items (1,500-2,500 words) are not subject to academic peer review.

Reviews: IJCC publishes both book and conference reviews, and the guest editors welcome suggestions for items on the theme of Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work for inclusion in this issue of the journal.

Deadlines and submission arrangements
  • For articles, extended abstracts (600 words) should be sent to Yueh-Ching Chou at by 30 April 2017. (Those submitting abstracts will be notified of the editors’ decision about including their article by 15 May 2017.)
  • Within two weeks of notification, contributors whose abstracts are accepted must confirm their intention to submit a full article.
  • Authors should then submit their completed article for peer review by 30 September 2017, presenting this in conformity with IJCC house style, via the online IJCC Editorial Manager site at:
  • Debates & Issues or Reviews items must be submitted by 31 October 2017, also via the IJCC Editorial Manager site.
  • IJCC aims to publish its Themed Issue on Variations and Innovations in Care and Care Work in IJCC Volume 2 (2018). 

Additional information for contributors
The Guest Editors will manage the process of:
  • Initially considering papers.
  • Identifying reviewers and sending papers out for peer review, in consultation with IJCC’s editors, using the journal’s ‘Editorial Manager’ system.
  • Communicating reviewers’ comments to the authors.
  • Deciding whether revised papers need to be reviewed again.
  • Making a provisional decision to accept or reject.

Contributors should note 
The Editors of IJCC will aim to publish the Themed Issue in 2018, but potential contributors should note that IJCC’s Editors may decide to:
  • Run the Themed Issue in a later issue than originally planned.
  • Accept only some of the papers and put them instead in a themed section of another issue of IJCC, which also includes other papers.
  • Accept only one or two papers and present them as regular contributions to the journal.
  • Determine that none of the papers meets the quality standards or targeted content of the journal.

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1. Morris, J. (1993), Independent lives? Community care and disabled people. Basingstoke: Macmillan; Morris, J. (1997), ‘Care of empowerment? A disability rights perspective’, Social Policy & Administration, 31(1): 54-60; Askheim, O. P. (2005), ‘Personal Assistance – direct payments or alternative public service. Does it matter for the promotion of user control?’ Disability & Society, 20(3): 247-60.

2. Christensen, D. and Pilling, D. (2014), ‘Policies of Personalisation in Norway and England: on the impact of political context’, Journal of Social Policy, 43(3): 479-96; Christensen, K., Guldvik, I. and Larsson, M. (2013), ‘Active Social Citizenship: the case of disabled peoples’ rights to personal assistance’, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 16: 19-33.

3. Christensen, K. & Manthorpe, J. (2016), ‘Personalised Risk: New risk encounters facing migrant care workers’, Health, Risk & Society, 18(3/4): 137-52

Transforming Care Conference Best Paper Competition

To celebrate its first year of publication, the International Journal of Care and Caring, a new Policy Press journal, in collaboration with the organisers of the 3rd Transforming Care conference, is offering a Best Paper Award for the paper, first presented at the Transforming Care conference, Milan, Italy, 26-28 June 2017, which, in the opinion of the awarding committee*, has the greatest potential for publication in an issue of the International Journal of Care and Caring Volume 2 (2018).

All papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be eligible for consideration. To enter the competition, authors should forward their paper’s title and abstract to the IJCC at before 15th July 2017, confirming their intention to make a full paper available for the awarding committee’s consideration by 15th October 2017.

The committee will consider all applications received and the author(s) of the selected paper (or papers) will be notified of their decision by 15th November 2017. The Best Paper award will be confirmed only on acceptance of the full paper, following blind peer review, for publication in IJCC.

The winner of the IJCC / Transforming Care Best Paper prize 2017 will receive:
  • Official, written recognition of their achievement from the IJCC Editors and Transforming Care conference organisers, authorising them to cite the award in their CV and on their personal or professional website;
  • A free personal print subscription to the IJCC in the year of the award;
  • A choice of Policy Press books with a value of up to £150; and
  • Specific mention of their article in IJCC’s marketing and publicity in the year of the award, and in the relevant annual IJCC Editorial article. 

About research articles in IJCC
Research articles for IJCC should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods within the remit of the journal. Articles based on comparative international analysis, critical analysis of policy or practice, or which explore care and caring in global or transnational perspective are particularly encouraged. Research articles published in IJCC are 4,000 to 8,000 words in length and double-blind peer reviewed prior to formal acceptance for publication. For more information, see the Instructions for Authors on the IJCC webpages.

Notice posted March 2017 on behalf of:
Professor Sue Yeandle, University of Sheffield, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Care & Caring
Professor Constanzo Ranci, Politecnico di Milano, for the 3rd Transforming Care Organising Committee

Details of the Transforming Care conference and call for papers are at:

*The awarding committee will comprise: IJCC’s Editors [Sue Yeandle, Yueh-Ching Chou, Michael Fine and Joan Tronto] and, for the Transforming Care conference organising committee, Constanzo Ranci and Tine Rostgaard.
IAGG welcome signThe International Journal of Care and Caring celebrated its launch at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress in July 2017.

Editor-in-Chief Sue Yeandle, Consulting Editor Joan Tronto and Co-Editor Michael Fine spoke about their vision for the Journal, and Section Editors Alisoun Milne and Mary Larkin discussed the types of contributions they are seeking for the Debates & Issues and Reviews sections.

We would like to thank everyone who came along and contributed, as well as the Worldwide 
Sue and Michael at IJCC launchUniversities Network and the University of Sheffield for their support.
Celebrating the launch of IJCC at IAGG
IJCC Editors at IAGG

IJCC Editorial Board members at IAGGManagement Board 

Professor Sue Yeandle, Editor-in-Chief, University of Sheffield, UK

Adjunct Professor Michael Fine, Co-Editor, Macquarie University, Australia
Professor Yueh-Ching Chou, Co-Editor, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Professor Joan Tronto, Consulting Editor, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr Mary Larkin, Reviews Editor, Open University, UK
Dr Jo Moriarty, Social Media Editor, King's College London, UK
Professor Alisoun Milne, Debates & Issues Editor, University of Kent, UK
Julia Mortimer, Publisher, Policy Press

Editorial Board Members at IAGG 2017   

Editorial Advisory Board

Jo Aldridge, University of Loughborough, UK
Fiona Alpass, Massey University, New Zealand
Janet Fast, University of Alberta, Canada
Maria das Dores Guerreiro, ISCTE- Instituto Universitario Lisboa, Portugal
Elizabeth Hanson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Trish Hill, UNSW, Australia
Andreas Hoff, Zittau/Görlitz University, Germany
Jana Javornik, University of East London, UK
Norah Keating, University of Alberta, Canada
Sally Keeling, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
Teppo Kröger, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Giovanni Lamura, INRCA (National Institute of Health and Science on Aging), Italy
Donna Lero, University of Guelph, Canada
Li-Fang Liang, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Fiona MacDonald, RMIT, Australia
Claude Martin, CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and University of Rennes 1, France
Gabrielle Meagher, Macquarie University, Australia
Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, USA
Ito Peng, University of Toronto, Canada
Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Jagellonian University, Poland
Judith Phillips, University of Stirling, UK
Susan Reinhard, AARP, USA
Barbara da Roit, University Ca 'Foscari, Venice, Italy
Madeleine Starr, Carers UK
Marta Szebehely, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hildegard Theobald, University of Vechta, Germany
Frank T Y Wang, Chengchi University, Taiwan
Allison M C Williams, McMaster University, Canada

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What are we looking for?
Three types of papers are accepted in International Journal of Care and Caring:
  • Research articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words long with up to 4 key words and an abstract of up to 100 words. These submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. Research articles should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods. Articles based on comparative international analysis, critical analysis of policy or practice, or which explore care and caring in global or transnational perspective are encouraged. Authors should indicate if their article presents new empirical findings or is based on methodological innovation and should write in a style suitable for IJCC’s academic, NGO, policy and practitioner audiences.
  • Debates and Issues papers should be between 1500-2500 words with up to 4 key words, no abstract and a brief reference list. These submissions will be Editor reviewed. Debates and Issues papers should contribute to international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience between NGOs, policymakers, trade unions, employers and academics. Contributors are encouraged to highlight innovative policy or practice at the local, national or international level; debate controversial issues or matters of concern; or focus on aspects of advocacy, identification, claims-making and contestation. Please read our Guidance for Debates and Issues submissions for further information.
  • Book Reviews are short pieces of 500-800 words. These submissions will be Editor reviewed. Book Reviews should include a concise summary of the book’s main argument and subject matter, assess its originality and contribution to its field and relevance to its intended audience. Longer review articles (up to 2,500 words), covering several books on one topic, may be submitted; contributors should discuss the suitability of the books selected with the Reviews Editor in advance.  
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