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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: 16 | 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.

Electronic Access

Dementia is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

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 750 – 1500 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.

Social media and Website

The journal’s twitter account can be accessed at: @DementiaJournal

The journal’s main website can be accessed at:

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
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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    1. Peer review policy
      1.1 Authorship
    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

    Dementia publishes original research or original contributions to the existing literature on social research and dementia. The journal 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.


    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.

    1.1 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.

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    2. Article types

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

    Dementia also welcomes papers on various aspects of innovative practice in dementia care. Submissions for this part of the journal should be between 750-1500 words.

    The journal also publishes book reviews.

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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.

    Dementia 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: If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.

    All original 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.

    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, Heather Wilkinson, College of Humanities & Social Science, University of Edinburgh, 55-56 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU, UK. Email:

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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.

    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 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. 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 include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading 'Declaration of Conflicting Interests'. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: 'None Declared'. Alternatively, you may wish to state that 'The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest'.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    Please acknowledge the name(s) of any medical writers who contributed to your article. With multiple authors, please indicate whether contributions were equal, or indicate who contributed what to the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    6.1 Informed consent

    Submitted manuscripts should be arranged according to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals". The full document is available at When submitting a paper, the author should always make a full statement to the Editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work.

    Ethical considerations: All research on human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate research body in accordance with national requirements and must conform to the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki (http:/ as well as to the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects and the International Guidelines for Ethical Review for Epidemiological Studies (http:/ An appropriate statement about ethical considerations, if applicable, should be included in the methods section of the paper.

    6.2 Ethics

    When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

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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), Dementia 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 and DOCX. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Dementia conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    Lengthy quotations (over 40 words) should be displayed and indented in the text.

    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.

    9.3 Reference Style

    Dementia adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout with generous left and right-hand margins. 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. Innovative practice papers should be between 750-1500 words and should include the words 'Innovative Practice' after the title of their article when submitting to the journal.  

    9.4.1 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. The abstract should be 100-150 words, and up to five keywords should be supplied in alphabetical order.

    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

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on 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 English Language Editing Services 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 work to the highest production standards. We attach great 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 Dementia with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    Dementia offers 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 at

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