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The FPOP Bulletin

Scheduled publication frequency:

  • Four issues a year


Any contributions should be sent to both editors.

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The following submissions are welcome for publication: Articles, Research Updates, Letters to the Editor, Book Reviews. These can be on any aspect of psychological theory or practice with older people. 


Articles form the bulk of contents submitted to the FPOP Bulletin. As the Bulletin aims to cover a broad, cross section of work with older people, we are happy to consider academic, descriptive, discursive, or review articles for publication.

These can cover empirical investigations, pilot studies, descriptions of service developments, audits and evaluations. Articles should be submitted three months before publication (i.e. October for the January issue, January for the April issue, April for the July issue, and July for the October issue).

Articles of any length, up to a maximum of 3000 words (including references) will be considered. Experimental reports should follow convention in terms of subheadings and sections: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References.

References should follow conventional format as in journals such as Psychological Review and the BPS Style guide:

  1. Book reference:

    Mischel, W. (1986). Introduction to personality. New York: CBS.

  2. Journal article:

    Martin, A. & Fedio, P. (1983). Word production and comprehension in Alzheimer’s disease: The breakdown of semantic knowledge. Brain and Language, 19, 124–141.

  3. Paper in a book:

    Garrett, M. (1980). Levels of processing in sentence production In B. Butterworth (Ed.), Language Production (Volume 1) Speech and Talk. London: Academic Press.

Research Updates

The FPOP Bulletin is particularly keen to publish contributions concerning ongoing research. These can reflect any stage in the research process, for example, ideas for discussion or early stage results, which are not ready for formal publication.

Please try to keep these submissions below 500 words.

Letters to the Editor

We welcome correspondence that combines brevity with rational argument. Letters may be edited if more than 250 words in length.

Book Reviews

Submissions up to 250 words reviewing a text of relevance and interest to the FPOP membership will be considered. These submissions must include full details of the book (including publisher and place of publication).

The Editorial Board reserves the right to make minor changes to any submissions. Where major editing is necessary, the authors will be informed.


The FPOP Bulletin is published in black-and-white. It is not advisable to send complicated, colour diagrams. If you are unsure, try printing the image or photograph out on a mono laser printer to check for clarity.

Please send original image files (.tif, .jpg, .eps or the like), not simply a Word document with the pictures imported into it, as these do not print correctly.

Submission Procedure

All submissions must be written in language that is inherently respectful to older people and consistent with the British Psychological Society’s guidelines.

All contributions must be word processed. Formatting should be consistent with the British Psychological Society’s guidelines.

Please submit articles as a Word file via email.

When submitting articles please send the following information:

  • Full name
  • Affiliation (title, place of work)
  • Contact details (should you be willing to be contacted by the membership)
  • Acknowledgements (as appropriate)

Finally, all reports of research should indicate whether or not Ethics Committee approval was awarded, and by which Ethics Committee, or whether the work was carried out as an audit/service evaluation project.

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