As the official journal of the CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy, the UK’s leading adoption and fostering charity, the journal supports CoramBAAF’s aims of promoting the highest standards of practice in adoption, fostering and childcare services, to increase public understanding of the issues and to provide an independent voice for children and families, disseminating new research and practice developments, informing and influencing policy-makers, all those responsible for children and young people, and public opinion at large.
Adoption & Fostering is the only quarterly UK peer reviewed journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues. Edited by Roger Bullock (Fellow, Centre for Social Policy, The Social Research Unit at Dartington), it also focuses on wider developments in childcare practice and research, providing an international, inter-disciplinary forum for academics and practitioners in social work, psychology, law, medicine, education, training and caring.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
|Jane Aldgate||The Open University, UK|
|Hedi Argent||Independent Child Care Consultant, UK|
|Ravinder Barn||Royal Holloway, University of London, UK|
|Julie Doughty||University of Cardiff, UK|
|Robbie Gilligan||Trinity College Dublin, Ireland|
|Kim Golding||Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK|
|Harold Grotevant||University of Massachusetts, USA|
|Malcolm Hill||University of Strathclyde, UK|
|Sonia Jackson||Institute of Education, University of London, UK|
|Jeanne Kaniuk||Coram Adoption Service, UK|
|Greg kelly||Queen's University Belfast, UK|
|Susan Kemp||University of Washington, USA|
|Derek Kirton||University of Kent, UK|
|Michael Little||Dartington Social Research Unit, UK|
|Judith Masson||University of Bristol, UK|
|Gillian Schofield||University of East Anglia, UK|
|Peter Selman||University of Newcastle, UK|
|Sarah Serbinski||University of Toronto, Canada|
|John Simmonds||British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), UK|
|June Thoburn||University of East Anglia, UK|
|Michelle Townsend||Southern Cross University, Australia|
|Panos Vostanis||University of Leicester, UK|
|Margaret Williams||University of Calgary, Canada|
|Miranda Davies||British Association for Adoption and Fostering, UK|
- Peer review policy
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
7.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
9.1 File types
9.2 Journal style
9.3 Reference style
9.4 Manuscript preparation
9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
9.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
10.3 SAGE production
- Further information
Adoption & Fostering is the only quarterly UK peer reviewed journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues. It also focuses on wider developments in childcare practice and research, providing an international, inter-disciplinary forum for academics and practitioners in social work, psychology, law, medicine, education, training and caring for children and young children.
1. Peer review policy
Adoption & Fostering operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.
Articles may cover any of the following: analyses of policies or the law; accounts of practice innovations and developments; findings of research and evaluations; discussions of issues relevant to fostering and adoption; critical reviews of relevant literature, theories or concepts; case studies.
All research-based articles should include brief accounts of the design, sample characteristics and data-gathering methods. Any article should clearly identify its sources and refer to previous writings where relevant. The preferred length of articles is 5,000-7,000 words excluding references.
Contributions should be both authoritative and readable. Please avoid excessive use of technical terms and explain any key words that may not be familiar to most readers.
Letters to the Editor. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editor, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print.
Book Reviews. A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the journal's Managing Editor.
Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to:
6–10 Kirby Street
London EC1N 8TS
Telephone and Fax: +44 (0)20 7421 2608
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Adoption & Fostering and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Adoption & Fostering does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Adoption & Fostering additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. The preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.
Adoption & Fostering conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style
Adoption & Fostering adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Avoid confusion between ambiguous characters and take care to ensure that subscripts and superscripts are clear. Numbers below 11 should be written out in the text unless used in conjunction with units (e.g. three apples, 4 kg). Full points (not commas) should be used for decimals. For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Use commas within numbers (e.g. 10,000).
Adoption & Fostering does not currently accept supplemental files.
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Adoption & Fostering with SAGE.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Miranda Davies, Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.