Contributor’s Guidelines

About the EAPC blog
 (http://www.eapcnet.wordpress.com)
As part of the EAPC’s information strategy and wider social media activities, the blog aims to provide an online platform for opinion, debate and personal perspectives on palliative and hospice care in Europe and beyond  – from moving stories to improved care.Our multiprofessional editorial board ensures that we deliver a robust, timely and supportive reviewing process enabling us to publish good quality, topical content very quickly that may be of interest to anyone interested or involved in hospice and palliative care.

We publish just one short article, or ‘post’, twice a week – ideal for busy people and to allow time for ongoing debate between each post. The blog is interlinked with the EAPC main website (www.eapcnet.eu), and our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds. 

Who reads the EAPC blog?
The blog reaches an international audience of mostly health and social care practitioners, academics, researchers and advocacy consultants in palliative/end-of-life care in about 170 countries of the world. Our viewing statistics for 2018 show that 40% of views were from North America, 39% from Europe,with the remainder from Asia (10%), Latin America and the Caribbean (5%), Oceania (4%) and Africa (1%), so your post should reach a wide, international audience. The average daily viewing of the blog in 2018 was 354. Viewing statistics are accumulative as people frequently look at posts months, or even years, after initial publication.

Who contributes to the EAPC blog?
Contributors include: researchers, academics, health and social care practitioners, national and professional palliative care associations, hospice and palliative care services, advocacy consultants and international organisations. While Europe remains the principal source of contributed posts (77.58 per cent of all posts contributed in the first nine months of 2018 came from Europe), there is still a wide geographical spread of contributions from Asia, the Americas, Africa and Oceania, demonstrating the importance of the EAPC in the global palliative care community. Sometimes we commission a ‘post’ to ignite debate or to bring an expert view on a topical issue. But we also welcome contributions from other individuals and organisations involved in the palliative care community and beyond.

You may want to submit a post of your own, or simply to comment on someone else’s post, but whatever you choose to do please join in. All we ask is that in order to encourage a lively and constructive discussion your comments should be fair and respectful of others. 

What about editorial control?
While we encourage personal views and opinions on topical issues in palliative care, as a guiding principle we insist that content conforms to the mission and ethical standards upheld by the EAPC and we therefore reserve the right to refuse any contribution that contravenes these principles. Language should be fair and respectful and we ask you to avoid targeting the professional performance of identifiable individuals, teams or specific services.

We reserve the right to modify posts for length and readability. (Hints on preparing your post are included further down in these guidelines). Sometimes we may reject a contribution because it is not sufficiently topical or personal but we will always discuss this with you so that you can re-submit a revised version.

Promotion of events
We do not publish posts that overtly promote an upcoming conference or course unless there is a specific theme that is developed in the post. Please contact the editor if you wish to discuss this. Reviews of past events are welcomed. EAPC members are encouraged to promote events via the EAPC online calendar of events or via our social media links.

Please note that the EAPC accepts a post for publication on the understanding that it has not been published before online or in print, or is not due for publication elsewhere.

What do you publish on the blog?
The strong focus on European perspectives of palliative care, balanced with worldwide contributions, enables readers to explore and share different cultures and different settings. We welcome contributions such as:

General opinion pieces – topical issues in palliative care: advocacy, bereavement care, clinical practice, education and training, models of care, policy, public education, research, social media, spiritual care and volunteering.

Personal stories– stories from patients, families and professionals.

EAPC activities:

  • Task Forces, Reference Groups and special projects – updates, resources and surveys
  • Publications – including white papers and work in progress.
  • Posts related to selected articles published in the official research journals of EAPC, Palliative Medicine and Journal of Palliative Medicine or other journals. 
  • EAPC board members – visions and passions …
  • Country and regional news – updates from national palliative care associations about palliative care activity.
  • Individual or collective member participation in international events.
  •  Congresses – calls for papers, updates and reviews of past congresses.

Global news – new developments in advocacy, policy and service delivery.

Hints on preparing your ‘post’ 

  • Please only submit content that is original which has not previously been published, or intended to be published, elsewhere online or in print.
  • Keep it short, simple and focused – 450-500 words maximum. Use links to extra online information.
  • Link your comment to current activities – don’t just provide an overview.
  • Consult your manager or team members if submitting a post about some aspect of your service.
  • Submit your text in English. If English is not your first language don’t worry because we can help you with editorial and language support. Once your text has been approved for publication, you may translate it into your own language and we will publish both versions. We reserve the right to seek validation of the translation.
  • Build up your story with the most important things first. Keep your sentences to a maximum of 30-35 words. Where appropriate, include a learning point or a key message.
  • Engage your readers. Make your text lively, use active words instead of the passive tense wherever possible; use ‘I’ ‘you’ and ‘We’. Ignite a debate by encouraging readers to comment and share their experiences. (A previous post resulted in a lively debate from readers in five continents).
  • Include a personal perspective in your post. For example: a short story about a patient, family or someone who inspired your work. What made you write about this topic at this time? Why did you do this research study? Why is this subject important to you? What have you learnt from it? What are the outcomes? How can you take it forward? A quote from someone that underlines how your work has impacted on practice also helps to personalise your text. You won’t have room for all of these suggestions but do try to bring a personal touch.
  • Make sure that the language is fair and respectful. Be mindful of the consequences of writing a post that is critical of the professional performance of identifiable individuals or teams, or specific services.
  • Respect patient confidentiality– please use pseudonyms or initials for patients’ names.
  • Avoid too much jargon or specialised language –your post should be easily understood by everyone regardless of discipline and language ability. Some readers may not be experts or specialists in your particular field and many readers do not have English as a first language.
  • Write out abbreviations in full, for example: WHA (World Health Assembly).
  • Include a brief byline: your name, job title and place of work.
  • Verify any references you cite. Please keep references to a maximum of three.
  • Provide a JPEG image to accompany your post, eg yourself, members of your team, the cover of a publication, your place of work, an illustration, a cartoon etc. But please make sure that you have permission to use the image – if applicable use Creative Commons (https://search.creativecommons.org). If the photo includes patients and families please send written confirmation of their permission to use the image on the EAPC blog. Provide a caption to the photo if you wish, or give relevant information to the editor.
  • Make your post more interactive by including links to other media, eg a relevant film clip on YouTube, links to other resources and websites.
  • Think of a short, engaging title. But if you can’t we’ll try to help.

Next steps…
Please send your post to the editor at avriljacksoneapc@gmail.com You are welcome to contact her, or other members of our editorial board, if you would like to discuss potential ideas before submitting your contribution.

Please submit your post in English. On occasion, by arrangement with the author, we may publish a post in another European language as well as English. Non-English posts will also be uploaded to the main EAPC website in the ‘EAPC documents in other languages’ section.

The editor reserves the right to modify the length of the article and to make any necessary changes to grammar to conform to accepted style guidelines, but any major alterations will be confirmed with you. After initial editing, and you have confirmed that you agree to any changes, your post will be sent for final review to the editorial board. Occasionally we may ask you to make further revisions before accepting for publication. (Acceptance by the editorial board is necessary in all cases; no posts will be automatically published). Once accepted for publication, we will publish your post as soon as possible. Priority is given to time-sensitive posts, otherwise we publish on a first-come first-served basis throughout the year.

Please note that all posts will be considered to be the personal opinion of the writer, and not to be the official EAPC position, unless otherwise stated. 
 
How can I access the EAPC blog?

Who manages the EAPC blog/social media activities?
All social media activities are managed by the EAPC head office.

Social media team
Work is guided and supported by the social media team, which comprises:

Julie Ling, EAPC CEO, Ireland;
Natasha Pedersen, EAPC Board Member, theologist and healthcare worker, founder of the Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care (FFB), Norway;
Lukas Radbruch, EAPC member, Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany, and President of the German Association for Palliative Medicine;
Irene Murphy, EAPC member and Director of Bereavement and Family Support Services, Marymount University Hospice, Cork, Ireland;
Nicoleta Mitrea, EAPC member and Director of Education and National Development – Nursing, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Romania;
Carlo Leget,EAPC member and Professor of Ethics of Care and Spiritual Counselling Sciences at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands;
Dr Mark Taubert, EAPC member and Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Director Palliative Care for Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom;
Lyn Silove, EAPC member and Palliative Care Resource Nurse, Hospitalisation at Home, Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France;
Eduardo Garralda Domezain, EAPC member, Research assistant, ATLANTES programme, ICS, University of Navarra, Spain;
Avril Jackson, Social media lead/Editor EAPC Blog, EAPC Head Office, United Kingdom. 

Read more about the social media team here: https://eapcnet.wordpress.com/members-of-the-social-media-team/

Editorial board
Julie Ling, Lukas Radbruch, Natasha Pedersen, Irene Murphy, Nicoleta Mitrea, Mark Taubert, Lyn Silove, Eduardo Garralda Domezain and Avril Jackson.

How to contact us:
To contribute an article to the EAPC blog, please contact Avril Jackson avriljacksoneapc@gmail.com

To discuss matters relating to EAPC Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, please contact as below:

EAPC Twitter: Julie Ling julie.ling@eapcnet.eu or Irene Murphy imurphy@marymount.ie; reenamurphy58@gmail.com

EAPC LinkedIn: Avril Jackson avriljacksoneapc@gmail.com or Carlo Leget c.leget@uvh.nl

EAPC Facebook: Avril Jackson avriljacksoneapc@gmail.com

EAPC Instagram: Natasha Pedersen np@barnepalliasjon.no

Past members of the EAPC social media team
Sheila Payne (2012-May 2015); Esther Schmidlin (2012-September 2015); Katalin Hegedus (2012-Jan.14); Phil Larkin,EAPC President (May 2015-June 2016). 

Contributor’s Guidelines can be downloaded at www.eapcnet.wordpress.com 

EAPC social media activity reports can be downloaded at https://www.eapcnet.eu/about-us/our-team/social-media-team

Revised July 2019.

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  16. Louise Farrand says:

    Can someone help me find someone to care for my dear friend in Neufra as she is slowly dying of terminal cancer. I am in the USA and need help finding someone to go care for her. She has not eaten in days and cannot get out of bed. Please someone reply

    • pallcare says:

      Dear Louise
      Thank you for your comment. We’re very sorry to hear about your friend’s illness – it must be very hard for you when you are so far away.

      We have checked the German Hospice Directory (http://www.wegweiser-hospiz-palliativmedizin.de/) and there does not seem to be a specialist palliative care or hospice care service very near to Neufra so we would suggest that your friend, or someone on her behalf, contacts the coordinator of the next nearest volunteer group in Sigmaringen (see below), who could either provide support from their group or give more information and addresses.
      Hospizgruppe Sigmaringen e. V. 
Postfach 1328
      72488 Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg.
      Tel +49-7571-12047

      We hope this will be helpful to your friend. Kind regards, EAPC social media team.

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