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Abstract

Writing for publication is not as difficult as it may seem as long as contributors follow some simple ground rules

Introduction

Learning Disability Practice aims to inform and to encourage critical reflection among nurses caring for people with learning disabilities by publishing articles with clear implications for practice. We welcome contributions to all sections of the journal, including opinion, resources, features, continuing professional development and careers. Articles should be informative, have something new to say or offer a fresh approach to an old subject, challenge current thought or practice or predict future trends. One of the best ways of understanding how to write articles is to read a selection of those already published in the journal. They can be literature reviews, original research, descriptions of practice or case studies. We also welcome letters to the editor. Learning Disability Practice also seeks to encourage new authors - do not think writing for publication is too difficult or that no one will want to read what you have to say. You may have several reasons for wanting to publish. You may want to share knowledge and advance your field of practice, to disseminate important findings or opinions, or even to contribute to topical policy debates. In all cases, it is advisable to contact the editor to discuss your ideas. For more advice email the editor, Colin Parish at colin.parish@rcnpublishing.co.uk or telephone 020 8872 3153.

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