Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

Founding Editor
Prof Bob Gates University of West London, UK
Professor Ruth Northway University of South Wales, UK
Forthcoming Events & Reports Editor
Dr Neil James University of South Wales, UK

eISSN: 17446309| ISSN: 17446295|Current volume: 19|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
This journal provides a medium for the exchange of best practice, knowledge and research between academic and professional disciplines from education, social, and health settings to bring about advancement of services for people with intellectual disabilities.

Related Links:

The Centre for Learning Disability Studies 

"The Journal of Intellectual Disabilities provides evidence of inter-professional scholarship in this applied area. The Journal combines a unique and eclectic blend of evidence of scholarly activity that combines practice development innovation with robust research methodology. The result is a publication that aspires successfully to provide pragmatic solutions to service change and advances in professional practice, based upon best evidence and intellectual rigour. Furthermore, the Journal continues to provide a forum that makes a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters'. Professor David Sines, London South Bank University

"Multi-disciplinary research in the field of learning disabilities is much needed but hard to realise. The Journal of Intellectual Disabilities plays a major role in making this a reality to the benefit of both practitioners and researchers." Professor Roy McConkey, University of Ulster

"The Journal of Intellectual Disabilities appears to provide genuine recognition of a multidisciplinary trend in professional practice and seeks to promote research and scholarly work to advance activities of the caring professions. It draws upon several academic disciplines although its focus is practice-oriented. It would appear to fill a market gap insofar as the other major journal in the area is strongly rooted in the discipline of psychology. Published articles are varied yet have in common a shared concern to enhance professional policies and practice." Professor Nigel Malin, University of Derby

The Journal of Intellectual Disabilities is now covered by MEDLINE!

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic Access:

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities
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The principal aim of the journal is to provide a medium for the exchange of best practice, knowledge and research between academic and professional disciplines from education, social and health settings to bring about advancement of services for people with intellectual disabilities.

The idea of a practice-led journal is both exciting and timely. This journal serves as a medium for all those involved with people with intellectual disabilities to submit and publish papers on issues relevant to promoting services for people with intellectual disabilities.

The editorial committee and advisory board membership will be multi-professional to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of service provision for people with intellectual disabilities. Manuscripts submitted for publication must be highly relevant to practitioners and presented in a scholarly fashion.

In January 2005 Journal of Learning Disabilities was renamed Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. Within the UK the term 'learning disability' is still a relatively new term that is used to describe a group of people with significant developmental delay resulting in arrested or incomplete achievement of the 'normal' milestones of human development. Elsewhere in the world terms such mental retardation and mental handicap are also used, but such terms are felt to portray negative imagery concerning people with disability. Therefore changing the name of our Journal was fraught with problems. This is because we wanted the Journal to have a title that had international meaning, we did not seek to further marginalise people with disability nor did we wish to be seen to further disempower them by imposing yet another name. Thus the decision to change the title of our Journal was not undertaken lightly nor without considerable consultation. Whereas I accept that 'naming is not a simple act' (Luckasson (2003)), the increasing internationalisation of our publication has led myself and others to conclude that it was necessary for the Journal to change its title. I concluded that the term most suited to the aims and scope of this Journal, and that which seems to have most Universal consensus is that of Intellectual Disabilities. The aims and scope of our Journal remain the same and I hope that the readership will welcome this development to our title. As ever the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities continues to welcome scholarly papers from the wide range of disciplines involved in intellectual disabilities to disseminate their ideas, practice, knowledge and research to their peers through an accessible yet authoritative international publication.

Bob Gates, Thames Valley University-London


LUCKASSON, R. (2003) 'Terminology and Power', in S. S. HER, L. O. GOSTIN & H. H. KOH The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Editorial Committee
Professor Owen Barr University of Ulster, UK
Professor Garry Hornby University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Professor Jill Manthrope Kings College London, UK
Professor Duncan Mitchell Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Laurence Taggart University of Ulster, UK
Dr Travis Thompson Minnesota Autism Center, USA
Statistical Reviewer
Professor Martyn Jones University of Dundee, UK
International Advisory Board
Dr Helen Atherton University of Leeds, UK
Professor Michelle A Beauchesne Northeastern University, USA
Dr Catherine Bright Aneurin Bevan Health Board, UK
Dr Thomas Cheetham Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, USA
Dr Sandra Dowling University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Professor Stelios Ioannides University of Hertfordshire, UK and University of West London, UK and the AngloGrecian Institute, Greece
Dr Haitham Jahrami Manama, Bahrain
Dr Robert Jenkins University of South Wales, UK
M.Thomas Kishore University of Hyderabad, India
Andy Lovell University of Chester, UK
Stephen MacDonald University of Sunderland, UK
Professor Nigel A. Malin University of Sunderland, UK
Professor Roy McConkey University of Ulster, UK
Professor Wojciech Otrebski The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Trevor R. Parmenter University of Sydney, Australia
Professor Sue Read Keele University, UK
Jois Stansfield Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Mikaela Starke University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Research Fellow Martin Stevens King's College London, UK
Research Fellow Jane Wray University of Hull, UK
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. 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
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    The aim of the journal is to publish original research or original contributions to the existing literature on intellectual disabilities.


    1. Peer review policy

    Each paper submitted, if considered suitable by the Editor, will be refereed by at least two anonymous referees, and the Editor may recommend revision and re-submission.

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    2. Article types

    Your manuscript should ideally be between 6000 and 8000 words long, and double spaced. Please also supply an abstract of 100-150 words, and up to five keywords, arranged in alphabetical order.

    Books for review should be sent to: Dr Roja D.Sooben, Senior Lecturer Learning Disability Nursing Research Lead, Room 1F300, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Journal of Intellectual Disabilities is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    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.

    Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 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.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    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.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    'Intellectual disability' and 'intellectual disabilities' should be written out in full in all instances and never abbreviated to 'ID'. Please provide a list, in alphabetical order, of abbreviations used, and spell them out (with the abbreviations in brackets) the first time they are mentioned in the text. As far as possible, please avoid the use of initials, except for terms in common use.

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    7. Acknowledgements                                                         

    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.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 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.

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    8. Permissions

    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..

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Journal of Intellectual Disabilities conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style
    Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 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.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    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.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    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.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    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.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    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.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Journal of Intellectual Disabilities does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 SAGE Production
    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 ( 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 Journal of Intellectual Disabilities with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

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