Contribute to the 6th edition of the journal

27 June 2019

On behalf of the International Journal of Nurture in Education, the editorial advisory board is issuing a call for research-led papers relating to nurture and the wider application of nurturing principles in education, in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of nurture groups in schools.

The advisory board welcomes papers exploring themes related to the effectiveness of nurture groups, nurture in education, whole-school approaches to nurture and related subjects in the field of social and emotional wellbeing. The intention of the Journal is to present the most up-to-date research of how nurture principles and practice improve the socio-emotional functioning and academic achievements of children and young people.

Topics of particular interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Longitudinal studies investigating changes in social emotional behavioural difficulties following nurture provision
  • Views of nurture children and/or parents
  • Application of nurture in secondary schools and other educational settings
  • Application of nurture principles to the whole school
  • Role of the senior leadership to promote and support nurture in school
  • Quantitative data from the Boxall Profile and other tools measuring social emotional behavioural difficulties (eg. SDQ, BIOS)
  • Support and supervision of staff engaged in social and emotional dimensions of education
  • Studies in the wider field of emotional wellbeing in which nurture is situated.  

Manuscripts should be in the form of either:

  • A research paper, where an empirical study has been designed and data collected to answer a specific research question. This type of manuscript should include the following sections: introduction, methods, results, discussion, recommendations (if appropriate) and conclusion. Please note that all authors working with research participants should follow the BERA code of ethics (please see here for more information).
  • A literature review, describing the literature on nurture and related topics with the aim to assess the studies available and summarise the current state of research. 
  • A theoretical perspective, highlighting how a new theoretical approach or model could advance nurture practice or nurture research.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 6,000 words excluding an abstract of less than 200 words and references, and authors should follow the writing guidelines outlined here.

Authors should submit their manuscripts for double-blind peer review before midday 30 September 2019.

For any queries, or to submit your manuscript, please contact Dr Florence Ruby via email at