International Journal of Care and Caring

  • 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

    Three issues per annum: March, June, October

  • ISSN

    2397-8821 (print)

    2397-883X (online)

Coming in 2017...

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 will publish high quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC will have 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 will explore the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.

IJCC will be 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 will focus on 'receiving' and 'giving' care and on the gendered nature and social, political, legal and economic status and circumstances of care and caring. It will debate 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 will welcome 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 will encourage 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 will feature 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

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. Published by Policy Press, and multidisciplinary and international in scope, it will publish high quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world.

IJCC will commence publication in 2017, edited by Professor Sue Yeandle (UK. Editor-in-Chief), Professor Yueh-Ching Chou (Taiwan, Co-Editor); Professor Michael Fine (Australia, Co-Editor) and Professor Joan Tronto (USA, Consulting Editor, North America), with the support of a distinguished International Editorial Board. IJCC will have 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 will explore the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.

The journal’s editorial team now invites scholars worldwide to submit articles to be considered for publication. We aim to publish articles capable of making a significant contribution to understanding of care and caring within the scope of the interests detailed in this call for papers. Advance enquiries about the suitability of articles are welcome.


  • Theories and concepts in care and caring
  • Comparative international analysis of care and caring
  • Care relations in global and transnational perspective
  • Advocacy, identification, claims-making and contestation in care and caring
  • Methodological innovation and development in the study of care and caring
  • Critical analysis of policy and practice in care and caring• New empirical findings in care and caring

Contributions relevant to care and caring are welcome in the following fields (listed alphabetically): assistive technology; business studies; community work; counselling; demography; design; disability studies; disaster aid and relief; economics; education; employment studies; equalities and human rights; ethics and moral philosophy; family studies; gender studies; gerontology; health and illness; healthcare; human resource management; law; migration studies; palliative care; planning; psychology; social geography; social and long-term care; social policy; social work; sociology; work and organisational studies.

IJCC aims to be a genuinely international journal and welcomes submissions relating to care and caring in all areas of the world. Submissions should be 4,000-8,000 words in length (including references) and an abstract of not more than 150 words should be included. All articles published in IJCC will be expert peer reviewed to assess their suitability for publication. IJCC will also publish Book and Conference Reviews, and each issue will also include shorter pieces, in its special Debates and Issues section. These items will be subject to separate review arrangements.

For further information, please see:
Details of the journal’s editorial board
How to prepare articles for submission 

Any enquiries about the suitability of topics, or on any other matters relating to the journal, should be sent by email to in the first instance.

The International Journal of Care and Caring begins publication in 2017 and aims, from 2018 onwards, to publish one Special issue each year. Proposals are now invited for Special Issues, in the format described below, for consideration by the Editors in spring 2017. The deadline for proposal submissions is 17 March 2017.

The Editors will announce their initial decisions on proposals received, and indicate those accepted for development and planned publication in 2018 or 2019, by 7 April 2017.   

Download a copy of the full call (PDF, 413KB).

What are we looking for in an International Journal of Care and Caring Special Issue?

The aim of a Special Issue is to bring together a set of cutting-edge research articles that develops a specific debate or topic on the theme relevant to the remit of the International Journal of Care and Caring. This may include articles presenting theoretical, conceptual and/or empirical material.  A Special Issue must be integrated around a common theme, and must take forward scholarly debate. It may be internationally comparative or may focus on one specific region of the world.

How to present a Special Issue proposal for the International Journal of Care and Caring

A special issue proposal must include the following information:

  1. Title: This should clearly reflect the field and content of the proposed Special Issue.
  2. Details of guest editor(s): Provide contact details, institutional affiliations, and a short academic profile (of up to 150 words) for each proposed guest editor.
  3. Description: In no more than 500 words, outline the intellectual focus of the proposed Special Issue, how its proposed content engages with significant issues, and the contribution it will make to the field of care and caring.
  4. Draft contents page: This should set out the structure of the Special Issue, listing the titles and authors of each proposed article and stating clearly whether named contributors are already confirmed, or are speculative.
  5. Article abstracts: A 150-word abstract for each article to be included in the collection must be provided. (Special Issues should include an editor(s)’ introduction of approximately 8,000 words and 6-8 articles, each of approx. 7,000 - 8,000 words.)
  6. IJCC Debates and Issues and Reviews: Proposers should indicate how they will ensure items relevant to the theme of the Special Issue will be available for these sections of the journal, by suggesting topics for the D&I section (with names/institutions of potential contributors), and listing 3 recently published (or forthcoming) books and an international conference suitable for review.
  7. Timetable statement: Please include your timetable for initial submission, review, re-submission, copy-editing, etc. This may also include ideas for reviewers or meetings. As a guide, we would expect initial submission of full-length articles in August 2017 to be ready for publication in October 2018.
  8. Maximising impact: Please consider how you intend to promote and disseminate the Special Issue (blogs, events, conferences, other social media, etc.). An editorial statement outlining ten useful ‘top tips for impact’ is available at -

How will proposals be assessed?

IJCC’s Editors will review all proposals received and make decisions based on the following criteria:

1) International appeal

This is vital given the focus of the journal.

2) Intellectual significance, originality and rigour

  • Does the proposal seek to challenge dominant assumptions?
  • Will it set the agenda in terms of future debates?
  • Does it have novel, timely or innovative dimensions?
  • Does it aim to fill a significant gap in the current literature?

3) Profile of contributors

The International Journal of Care and Caring is committed to supporting scholars from all backgrounds, disciplines and parts of the world. Proposals which include a mix of established scholars and ‘rising stars’, and those which are internationally inclusive are particularly welcome.

4) Editorial leadership

  • Are the proposed guest editors experts in the field?
  • Do they have a track record in producing cutting-edge research?
  • Is the timetable realistic?
  • Do the editors of the Special Issue intend to play a proactive role in steering and managing the development of the Special Issue?
  • Do they have the time and capacity to dedicate the required level of attention to this project?

The editorial process

If a proposal is accepted, a clear time-line and memorandum of agreement will be established (based on previous successful practice in Policy Press journals).

The guest editor(s) will normally manage the process of:

  1. Initially considering papers.
  2. Identifying reviewers and sending the papers out to review, in consultation with IJCC’s editors, using the journal’s ‘Editorial Manager’ system (training for this will be provided).
  3. Communicating reviewers’ comments to the authors.
  4. Deciding whether revised papers need to be reviewed again.
  5. Making a provisional decision to accept or reject.

IJCC will appoint one of its Co-editors to work closely with the guest editor/s in a supportive manner. The Editors will aim to publish the Special Issue according to the original agreed timeline, but proposers should note, and inform all potential contributors, that IJCC’s Editors may decide to:

  • Run the Special Issue in a later issue than originally planned.
  • Accept only some of the papers and put them instead in a Themed Issue, which also includes papers from elsewhere.
  • 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.

Informal queries prior to submission of a proposal may be sent to the Editors through the journal’s email address:


Prof Sue Yeandle, Editor in Chief, International Journal of Care and Caring, December 2016

Management 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 Advisory Board

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, University of Sydney
Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, USA
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

What are we looking for?
How to Submit
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
How to promote your article (PDF)
Contact Us


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. 
  • 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.  
How to Submit
All submissions should be made online at the International Journal of Care and Caring Editorial Manager website:, in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details. Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file. All submissions will be subject to anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field. The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors. 
Copyright & Permissions
Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Policy Press as publisher of International Journal of Care and Caring. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The copyright assignment agreement can be read here.
Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Policy Press.
General information on rights and permissions can be found here:
To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in International Journal of Care and Caring please email Policy Press:
  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
  • Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an 
  • Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
A custom version of the Harvard system of referencing is used:
  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets, and where there are three or more authors, use 'et al', as shown below:

    (Bettio and Verashchagina, 2012)
    (Duffy et al, 2015)
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference. Do not include dates of access to websites
  • Spell out all acronyms in first instance.
Example of book reference
Dorling, D. (2010), Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.
Example of journal reference
Warin, P. (2012), 'Non-demand for Social Rights: A new challenge for social action in France', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(1): 41–53. 
Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication 
Levitas, R. (2011), 'Utopia Calling: Eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond', in A. Minujin and S. Nandy (eds), Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action, Bristol: Policy Press, pp 449–73.
Example of website reference
House of Commons Debates (2010), Work and Pensions (CSR), Hansard, 4 November, col 337WH,
Contact Us
If you have queries regarding the submission process, please email the International Journal of Care and Caring office for assistance: