Contributors’ Guidelines

About the EAPC blog
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 (, and our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Who reads the EAPC blog?
We publish articles at least twice a week aimed at health and social care practitioners, academics, researchers and advocacy consultants involved in palliative/end-of-life care. Viewing statistics for 2021 show that our blog reached almost 158 countries and 23 dependent territories of the world. Europe (60%views), North America (16%), Asia (11%), Oceania (6%), Latin America and the Caribbean (5%), and Africa (2%). Viewing statistics are accumulative as people frequently look at posts, months, or even years, after initial publication. You can access the blog via the EAPC website or at

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, global organisations and stakeholders. While Europe remains the principal source of contributed posts (82% in 2020), 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 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. 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. Acceptance by the editorial board is necessary in all cases; no posts will be automatically published.

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, either 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 on:

General opinion pieces, practice development, research  – 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.
  • 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.
  • EAPC Congresses – calls for papers, previews of congress presentations (plenary and oral communications), and reviews of past congresses, eg presentations and posters, etc.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 impacted on practice also helps to personalise your text.
  • If your post links to a published journal article, it should enable people to read it as a ‘standalone’ piece – ie it should not just be a ‘teaser’ for the longer article. Consider what inspired you to do the research or project? What is already known, the background to the work? What does the paper add, what are the benefits to patients and families and any other implications for practice, theory or policy?
  • 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 another European language on condition that it reflects accurately the approved text. We reserve the right to seek validation of the translation. Non-English posts will also be uploaded to the main EAPC website in the ‘EAPC documents in other languages’ section.
  • 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 initials for patients’ names.
  • 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).
  • Consult your manager or team members if submitting a post about some aspect of your service; if necessary, obtain your manager’s approval before submitting for publication.
  • 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 try internet sites that offer freely available images, eg Creative Commons (, Unsplash (
  • 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 relevant information for 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 email your post to the editor. 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.

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/editorial board
Work is guided and supported by the editorial board/social media team, which comprises:

Julie Ling, EAPC CEO, Ireland;
Sandra Martins Pereira, EAPC Board Member and Principal Investigator funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology at CEGE: Research Center in Management and Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguea, Portugal.
Lukas Radbruch, EAPC member, Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany;
Nicoleta Mitrea, EAPC member and Director of Education and National Development – Nursing, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Romania;
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;
Cathy Payne, Project Officer EAPC and Project Manager All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Ireland.
Avril Jackson, Social media lead/Editor EAPC Blog, EAPC Head Office, United Kingdom. (Until 31 January 2022)
Catherine White, Editor EAPC blog, EAPC head office, United Kingdom (From 1 February 2022).

Read more about the social media team here:

How to contact us:

To contribute an article to the EAPC blog, please contact Catherine White (from 1 February 2022).

To discuss matters relating to EAPC Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, please contact EAPC Head Office.

Past members of the EAPC social media team
Sheila Payne, EAPC President (2011-May 2015); Esther Schmidlin (2012-September 2015); Katalin Hegedus (2012-Jan.14); Phil Larkin, EAPC President (May 2015-June16); Irene Murphy (2012-October 2019); Carlo Leget (2012-October 2019); Natasha Pedersen (July 2019-April 2020).

Contributors’ Guidelines can be downloaded at

Revised 28 January 2022.