Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Aim: Vulnerable Groups and Inclusion aims to contribute to knowledge on inclusion of people at risk of becoming marginalized as a result of their health situation. The premises for developing health differ across individuals and the life course, and health resources are distributed differently among populations.  Conditions for health are also related to participation in working life, family life and other forms of social participation. Individual and social conditions therefore lead to different possibilities for inclusion. Marginalisation in relation to health can be based on an interplay between different factors – for example access to health care services, health policies and politics, personal disability or illness, gender, age, ethnic group, poverty and social context. VGI seeks to bring together new theoretical and empirical knowledge about these areas and how they contribute to inclusion.

Subject matter: The journal welcomes research from across disciplines and subject matter, including but not limited to: health sciences, rehabilitation science, public health, social work, sociology, psychology, disability research, gender studies, aging studies, studies on indigenous groups, migration studies, etc.

Qualitative as well as quantitative studies are welcome, just as theoretical and methodological studies and case reports. The editors are particularly interested in stimulating the publication of research results from different countries and on different topics of inclusion related to a global perspective.

Types of articles: Original research articles, empirical studies, systematic literature reviews, theoretical studies, methodological studies, articles summarizing the state of knowledge within a specific field, case reports, commentaries, debate pieces and book reviews will be considered for publication.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Critical Debate Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Working life stress, rehabilitation counselling and inclusion

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Modern working life and inclusion

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

PhD Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Reconciling Work and Eldercare

Editors
  • Fiona Alpass
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Indigenous Issues in Disability, Rehabilitation, and Inclusion

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Concepts on Disability among Indigenous People

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Vulnerable Groups & Inclusionare subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal.

Papers are sent to at least two independent referees. Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The peer referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or linguistically sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 3 months for revision. After 3 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles are posted online immediately they are ready for publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion is published under the Open Access model whereby authors retain copyright (see copyright section) and at the same time agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, allowing third parties to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it, under the condition that the authors are given credit, that the work is not used for commercial purposes, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear.

Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay. Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.vulnerablegroupsandinclusion.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

The Open Access model used for Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion implies that production costs are partly covered by publication fees normally paid for by the author’s institution or funding agency. The total sum will be charged to the author(s) upon acceptance of his/her article. Author from institutions that have difficulty in paying may be eligible for a full or partial waiver of the publication fee. The Publisher would be happy to provide more information or discuss individual cases. The ability of authors to pay remains unknown to the Editors prior to possible acceptance.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post manuscripts, incl supplementary material, submitted to Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication)