The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities is published three times a year.

The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities aims to keep clinical psychologists working in the field of intellectual (learning) disability informed about:

  • Innovative practice and latest research
  • Updates on service provision and legislation related to people with intellectual disabilities, both at national and regional level
  • Practice updates and articles that reflect the Faculty priorities.

The Bulletin also provides a means for clinical psychologists, trainees and assistants to make contact with colleagues working with similar issues or projects. The editorial group are happy to consider suggestions for special issues.

Scheduled publication frequency:

  • Three issues per a year

Editorial board:

  • Kate Theodore
  • Sabiha Azmi
  • Hayley Thomas

To contact the editorial team please email [email protected]

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Who are the contributors?

Clinical psychologists, trainees, assistant psychologists, researchers and academics working with people with intellectual disabilities. The Bulletin has a wide readership, and as such is an ideal vehicle for promoting discussion and reporting research. Trainees and assistants as well as qualified clinicians new to publishing their work are likely to find the Bulletin a useful medium for raising their profile and bringing their work to the attention of others.

What are the criteria for publication?

Contributions are welcome on any topic relating to clinical psychology and the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The Editorial Team may also commission papers. The length of papers can be anything from a short report of 500 words through to a substantial research feature of up to 4000 words, including references and tables.

The title page of your submission should clearly state the title of the paper and full author details, including affiliations and contact email for corresponding author.

Submissions must follow the BPS House Style, which follows APA style for referencing.


We ask contributors to include a brief abstract (100 words).

Easy to read summary

We ask contributors to include an easy to read summary of their article, in addition to the abstract. We introduced this in June 2020, with an aim is to make the findings of articles in the Bulletin more accessible to people with intellectual disabilities. We also think it makes the Bulletin easier for all readers to scan the main findings of the papers included. Therefore for each submission, please include an easy to ready summary in place of an abstract. This should:

  • Summarise the content of the paper in bullet points (3 – 4 bullet points maximum)
  • Express this summary using straightforward language
  • State simply why the work is important and should matter to people with intellectual disabilities.


Please provide up to 5 keywords for the article.

Review process

When you submit your article, it will be received and logged by a member of the Editorial Team, and assigned to a member of the editorial team, or wider FPID committee member, for review. Articles can either be accepted, accepted following minor or major revisions or rejected if unsuitable for the Bulletin.

From September 2021, we are introducing a new process to enhance service user involvement in our work, which will involve a group of researchers with intellectual disabilities undertaking reviews of some journal articles for the Bulletin. Therefore, once the article is submitted, the editorial team will initially review whether the article may be appropriate for service user review. This will involve the service user organisation making an accessible version of the paper, and groups of service user researchers meeting together to review the paper and give feedback. This process will take approximately 8 weeks. The service user reviewers will give feedback to the editorial team, who will pass to the author for consideration. Any further changes will be agreed by the editorial team, who will review that these are in line with the recommendations from the service user reviewers.

How to submit

Please submit your copy electronically to The Bulletin via this email address: [email protected]

Submissions can be made at any time and will be considered for the next edition of The Bulletin.

Hard copy subscriptions to The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities are not available.

Single issues are available for purchase in pdf format via the BPS Shop online.

Members of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities can download copies of this publication for free.

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