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 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, researchers and advocacy consultants. Seventy-one per cent of our readers are from Europe with the remainder from the Americas and the Caribbean (15.62%); Asia (5.68%); Oceania (3.84%); Middle East (1.81%) and Africa  (1.75%).

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. People and organisations from more than 30 countries have so far contributed. 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. Guidelines for Contributors, a disclaimer and full terms and conditions, are available at www.eapcnet.wordpress.com 

We also 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. We do not publish posts that overtly promote an upcoming conference or course; instead we encourage you to use the EAPC events calendar and to evaluate the event via a blog post after it has taken place. If appropriate, we may be able to support your event through our Twitter links. (In the first instance please contact the editor for guidance).

Please note that the EAPC accepts a post for publication on the understanding that it has not been published before, 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 on:

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

Personal stories – from patients, families and professionals.

EAPC activities:

  • Task Forces and special projects  – updates, resources and surveys
  • Publications – including white papers and work in progress
  • Posts related to selected articles published in the official journals of    EAPC, Palliative Medicine and the European Journal of Palliative Care
  • 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 and has not previously been published, or intended to be published, elsewhere online or in print.

  •  Keep it short, simple and focused. 450 words maximum. Use a link to extra online information.
  • Link your comment to current activities – don’t just provide an overview.
  • Don’t forget to consult 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.
  • 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? How can you take it forward? A quote from someone that underlines how your work has made a difference can also help to personalise your text. You won’t have room for all of these suggestions but do try to bring a personal touch.
  • 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: ATOME (Access to Opioids and Medications in Europe).
  • Include a brief byline: your name, job title and place of work.
  • Verify any references cited in the text. 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. If the photo includes patients and families you must send written confirmation of their permission to use the image on the EAPC Blog. Provide a caption to the photo if you wish, or relevant information so that the editor can write a caption.
  • 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.

Please also read our notes on ‘Editorial control’ above.

Next steps…
Please send your post to the editor at the address below. You are welcome to contact me, 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 your post is accepted 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. Thank you for your interest in contributing to our Blog.

How can I access the EAPC Blog?

The Blog is published on a WordPress site at http://www.eapcnet.wordpress.com where you can sign up to receive an email notification each time a post is published. The Blog is fully integrated with the EAPC website and so you can also follow all the blog activity at Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @ EAPCOnlus

Who manages the EAPC Blog?
The blog and other social media activities are managed by the EAPC head office. (CEO: Dr Julie Ling).

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

Julie Ling, EAPC CEO,  Dublin, Ireland;
Lukas Radbruch, EAPC member and Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany;
Irene Murphy, EAPC board 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 board member and Professor of Ethics of Care and Spiritual Counselling Sciences at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands;
Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Director Palliative Care for Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff, Wales, UK;
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
, Editor/Information Officer, EAPC Head Office. 

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

Past members of the EAPC social media team
Philip J Larkin, (May 2015-June 2016). Sheila Payne (2012-May 2015); Esther Schmidlin (2012-September 2015); Katalin Hegedus (2012-January 2014).

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

To discuss matters relating to EAPC Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter pages, please contact as below:

EAPC FacebookAvril Jackson, avriljacksoneapc@gmail.com
EAPC Linkedin: Carlo Leget c.leget@uvh.nl or Avril Jackson avriljacksoneapc@gmail.com
EAPC Twitter:  Irene Murphy imurphy@marymount.ie; reenamurphy58@gmail.com

Revised 10 September 2016.

Contributors’ Guidelines can be downloaded at www.eapcnet.wordpress.com

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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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