Instructions for Authors


Instructions for Authors

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Contributions are invited from all those employed in and concerned with the field of Child Care. Submissions describing practice and research as well as book reviews, research reviews, training, and conference/course reviews are all welcomed. Child Care in Practice is distributed quarterly and publishes a variety of multi-disciplinary Child Care articles. The journal has an international audience and international contributions are actively welcomed.

Submission Requirements

All submissions should be made online at the Child Care in Practice   ScholarOne Manuscripts site . New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.

Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all document information identifying the author should be removed from the files to allow them to be sent anonymously to reviewers. When uploading files authors will then be able to define the non-anonymous version as “File not for review”.

Acknowledgement and Assessment of Submissions

All submissions are acknowledged immediately, papers then undergo our peer review process. On the basis of the reviewers’ feedback, papers will be accepted unconditionally, accepted subject to revision or rejected. On acceptance, the Editor retains the right to make necessary stylistic changes and decide on the date of publication (generally within three to six months of acceptance).   



All article submissions should contain a structured abstract of no more than 300 words in length. Key words should also be outlined.


Main Text: between 3,000 – 7,000 words (including references)

  • Should be clearly organised with headings and subheadings as required.
  • It should contain no errors of spelling, grammar or punctuation.
  • Check the accuracy of all mathematical calculations, citations and references.
  • Insure that you are consistent in your use of abbreviations, terminology and references throughout your paper.
  • Avoid the use of the first person.
  • Statistics should be proportionate and capable of being understood by the general and non-statistically qualified reader; and discussion should comprehensively clarify statistics.
  • Ensure that you are writing for an international audience by providing some context about the local situation you are working from.


Authors should note that while we accept papers up to 7000 words in length, shorter papers are likely to have a shorter turnaround time.

Electronic Processing

We welcome figures sent electronically, but care and attention to these guidelines are essential as importing graphics packages can often be problematic.

  • Figures must be saved individually and separate to the text. Please do not embed figures in the text file.
  • Avoid the use of colour and tints for purely aesthetic reasons.
  • Figures should be produced as near to the finished size as possible.
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. figure 1, figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. figure 1(a), figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the paper, and numbered correspondingly.
  • The file name for the graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.
  • Files should be saved as on of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (Encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).



The Journal uses APA reference style. References should be carefully checked, as the Editors cannot take responsibility for errors.

APA Guide


House style

Papers will be edited to conform to house styles with regard to spelling and presentation. Unnecessary capitalisation and underlining should be avoided, and quotations should be in normal type. Papers should be no longer than 7000 words in length (including references), although exceptions are made. Any consistent spelling style is acceptable. Use double quotation marks with single within if needed.


 Authors will be notified when the proofs of their article are ready. Corrections should be confined to typographical errors or matters of accuracy. Extensive amendments are not acceptable at this late stage. Authors should return proofs as soon as possible, preferably within three working days of receipt.


Events of national or international multidisciplinary interests must be submitted at least six months before the event and are subject to editorial approval.


Copyright and authors’ rights

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Taylor & Francis. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors retain many rights under the Taylor & Francis rights policies, which can be found at . Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.


The Journal has no free colour pages within its annual page allowance. Authors of accepted papers who propose publishing figures in colour in the print version should consult Taylor & Francis at proof stage to agree a financial contribution to colour reproduction costs. Figures that appear in black-and-white in the print edition of the Journal will appear in colour in the online edition, assuming colour originals are supplied. Charges for colour pages are £250 per figure ($395 US Dollars and $385 Australian Dollars). If you wish to have more than 4 colour figures, figures 5 and above will be charged at £50 per figure ($80 US Dollars and $75 Australian Dollars).


Free article access

As corresponding author, you will receive free access to your article on Taylor & Francis Online. You will be given access to the My authored works section of Taylor & Francis Online, which shows you all your published articles. You can easily view, read, and download your published articles from there. In addition, if someone has cited your article, you will be able to see this information. We are committed to promoting and increasing the visibility of your article and have provided guidance on how you can help.

Reprints and journal copies

Corresponding authors can receive 50 free reprints and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article. Complimentary reprints are available through Rightslink® and additional reprints can be ordered through Rightslink® when proofs are received. If you have any queries about reprints, please contact the Taylor & Francis Author Services team at . To order extra copies of the issue containing your article, please contact our Customer Services team at .

Liability for and Accuracy of Submissions 
A contribution is accepted on the strict understanding that its author is responsible for the accuracy of all information contained in it and that references to named people and/or organisations are both accurate and without libellous implications. It will be the responsibility of contributors to gain permission from relevant sources before submitting an article.

Open access

Taylor & Francis Open Select provides authors or their research sponsors and funders with the option of paying a publishing fee and thereby making an article permanently available for free online access – open access – immediately on publication to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This option is made available once an article has been accepted in peer review.


Visit the Author Services website for further resources and guides to the complete publication process, including advice and resources for editing and translation.