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2016 Impact Factor: 1.768
2016 Ranking: 14/32 in Gerontology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

John Keady The University of Manchester, UK and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Phyllis Braudy Harris John Carroll University, Cleveland, USA

eISSN: 17412684 | ISSN: 14713012 | Current volume: 17 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Now accepted for inclusion in the Social Sciences Citation Index

Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice has proved an exciting step forward for the field of dementia care generally, and social research specifically. Dementia acts as a major forum for social research of direct relevance to improving the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia and their families.

The Journal has proved an exciting step forward for the field of dementia care generally, and social research specifically.  It acts as a major forum for social research of direct relevance to improving the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia and their families.

"Dementia will be of interest to all clinical disciplines involved in dementia research and the care of individuals with dementia and will be a valuable addition to many libraries and personal collections. It undoubtedly fills a gap among the mass of journals and will make a significant contribution to the effective dissemination of research and the development of high-quality clinical practice." Times Higher Education Supplement

"There is now increasing attention being given to psycho-social aspects of the dementias, with a better balance with biomedical factors being apparent. The journal Dementia has played a key role in developing good quality research in this domain, across a variety of disciplines. It has already contributed to developing and disseminating better practice and quality of care, as we have come to understand better the impact of social and psychological factors on people with dementia and their supporters." Bob Woods, Bangor University

"The field of social research and practice development in dementia care is growing rapidly. There is a compelling need for the key players - people living with dementia, their families and the range of professions supporting them - to work together towards realising the full potential of people living with dementia. The Journal provides just such a forum." Murna Downs, University of Bradford, UK

"Dementia research has come of age and recognizes the value of studying psychosocial aspects related to this disease. Dementia serves an important role in the dissemination of studies on how to improve quality of care and thereby quality of life in people with dementia and their informal carers. It also offers a forum for studies on care staff, which is increasingly important since many countries struggle with a lack of well-educated staff. Dementia helps academics, educators, students, professionals working in dementia care and policy makers in acquiring knowledge and valuation of psychosocial aspects related to dementia. It is a new but well-regarded journal, with an international perspective and a willingness to publish cross-boundary and innovative research which makes it essential reading." Prof. M. Vernooij-Dassen, Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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

The aim of the journal is to publish original research, or original scholarship contributions, to the existing literature on social research and dementia. The journal will consider all relevant designs, methods and methodologies that meet this aim. The journal will also consider narrative-based and/or other forms of literature review that seek to answer social research questions in dementia studies; however, such reviews need to have a systematic approach to literature collation and reporting. All original research published in the journal must comply with ethical approval processes.

Dementia is hosted on SAGE track; a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOneTM Manuscripts. Please visit to log in and submit your article online.

All original papers must be submitted to the journal via the online system. The online submission process follows a standard format and contributors will be asked to confirm that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other paper-based or electronic journal. All submissions should avoid the use of insensitive or demeaning language. In particular, authors should use ‘dementia-friendly’ language in positioning people living with dementia in their article and avoid using pejorative terms such as ‘demented’ or ‘suffering from dementia’. We recommend that authors refer to the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) guidance [], which was developed by people living with dementia and offers a range of advice and support, including writing dementia-friendly information. Alternatively, Alzheimer’s Australia sets out guidelines for dementia-friendly language [ Please also consider how you are using abbreviations in your submission. Whilst QoL (for quality of life) and MMSE (for Mini-mental State Examination) may have common usage, please try to avoid unnecessary abbreviations in the submission of your manuscript, such as PWD (for people with dementia) and abbreviations that detract from the overall flow of the manuscript.

Special editions of Dementia are commissioned by the journal’s Editors and we welcome suggestions for such copy. If you would like to consider being a Guest Editor(s) of Dementia and have a topic in mind, please contact prof John Keady ( and/or prof Penny Harris ( in the first instance.

Reviews: Books and educational resources for review / requests to review should be sent to Dr Caroline Swarbrick, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Jean McFarlane Building (6th floor), The University of Manchester, University Place, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL, UK (email:

Innovative Practice: The journal also welcomes short papers on various aspects of innovative practice in dementia care. Jo Moriarty at King’s College London, UK ( is the Editor for this section of the journal which is published twice a year. Submissions for Innovative Practice are generally between 2500-3000 words, but longer papers can be received in exceptional circumstances. Please visit to log in and submit your Innovative Practice article online. This section of the journal is not peer reviewed.

For all other original articles, including literature reviews, Dementia 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(s). We aim for each manuscript to be reviewed by two reviewers but the Editors reserve the right to return the decision to the author with more, or less, reviews depending upon the context and circumstances of the submitted article. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible and correspondence with the main author will be undertaken electronically. All submitting authors should be mindful that their manuscript may be reviewed by a person living with dementia as part of the journal’s Editorial Board.

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Book Reviews and Educational Resources Editor
Caroline Swarbrick The University of Manchester, UK
Innovative Practice Editor
Jo Moriarty King’s College London, UK
Editorial Board
Ruth Bartlett University of Southampton, UK
Michael Bauer La Trobe University, Australia
Renee L. Beard College of the Holy Cross, USA
Anne Bourbonnais Université de Montréal, Canada
Dawn Brooker Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, UK
Suzanne M. Cahill Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Paul M. Camic Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Linda Clare Exeter University, UK
Charlotte L Clarke University of Edinburgh, UK
Richard Coaten South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Louise Daly Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Scottish Dementia Working Group, in collaboration with Dot Weaks, Liz Taylor and Nick Jenkins Scotland, UK
Amit Dias Goa Medical College, India
Pascale Dorenlot La Fondation Oeuvre de la Croix Saint-Simon, France
Murna Downs University of Bradford, UK
Rose-Marie Droes VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Richard H. Fortinsky University of Connecticut, USA
Cesar Giserman State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ingrid Hellstrom Linko¨ping University and Ersta Sko¨ndal University College, Sweden
Lars-Christer Hyden Center for Dementia Research, Linköping University, Sweden
Ian James Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Pia Kontos Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network, Canada
Rebecca Logsdon University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Jill Manthorpe Kings College London, UK
Heather Menne Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cleveland, USA
Christian Muller-Hergl Universität Witten/Herdecke, Germany
Deborah O'Connor University of British Columbia, Canada
Stephen G Post Stony Brook University, USA
Ingalill R. Hallberg Lund University, Sweden
Andrew Robinson Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania, Australia
Assumpta Ryan University of Ulster, UK
Steven R Sabat Georgetown University, USA
Victoria Traynor University of Wollongong, Australia
Richard Ward University of Stirling, UK
Peter J Whitehouse University Hospitals of Cleveland, USA
Heather Wilkinson University of Edinburgh, UK
Bob Woods University of Wales, Bangor, UK
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Dementia will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Dementia, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Dementia welcomes original research or original contributions to the existing literature on social research and dementia.

    Brief articles should be up to 3000 words and more substantial articles between 5000 and 6000 words (references are not included in this word limit). At their discretion, the Editors will also consider articles of greater length.

    Dementia also welcomes papers on various aspects of innovative practice in dementia care. Submissions for this part of the journal should be between 2,500-3,000 words. Innovative practice papers should include the words 'Innovative Practice' after the title of their article when submitting to the journal. For further inforamtion about innovative practice papers, please refer to the guidelines.

    The journal also publishes book reviews.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Dementia 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. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission,
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors,
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted.

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    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.

    2.4 Funding

    Dementia requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Dementia to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Dementia 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Dementia offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    Language and terminology. Jargon or unnecessary technical language should be avoided, as should the use of abbreviations (such as coded names for conditions). Please avoid the use of nouns as verbs (e.g. to access), and the use of adjectives as nouns (e.g. dements). Language that might be deemed sexist or racist should not be used.

    Abbreviations. As far as possible, please avoid the use of initials, except for terms in common use. 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.

    4.2 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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Dementia adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Dementia is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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.

    Innovative Practice papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please email Jo Moriarty

    Books for review should be sent to: Book Review Editor, Dementia, Caroline Swarbrick University of Manchester, UK

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Dementia editorial office as follows:

    Individual Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, E-access

    Institutional Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

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