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Call for Submissions - Lapidus International Journal Spring 2020

We would like to invite you to support articles and creative work to the next edition of the Lapidus International Journal. All input is welcome - research, articles, reports, advice, creative writing, knowledge sharing and more. Our guidelines are below. Deadline 15th February.

Contact Francesca on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

General guidelines

o  For the website keep it under 800 words.

o  For the journal aim for anything between 300 – 1500.

o  Name your piece as Edition Year Name Title – e.g. Summer 2018 F Baker Journal Guide

o  Include a third person bio, of max 100 words.

o  Send a headshot.

o  Include a summary/abstract if you like, but it’s not compulsory.

o  Ask yourself what the point of your work is. What are you trying to say? Have a purpose.

o  Photos are useful. We like photos. Please attach high res versions as separate files.

o  Please send to Francesca on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Punctuation and spelling

 o  Article titles and headings: Headline style (capital/lowercase). Capitalize only the first word and proper names. ) e.g. A reflective piece on writing, not A Reflective Piece On Writing.

o   When using acronyms write it out in full first, with the acronym in brackets. E.g. National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)

o   Titles within a text should be in italics. e.g. I loved reading Pride and Prejudice.

o   Use double quotation marks for speech. e.g. “Gosh,” said Dora. ‘This is great.’ We usually put a comma before speech e.g. Dora said, ‘Isn’t this interesting?’ A quote begins with a capital letter if the sentence itself does.

o   Write single digit numbers in words, and those 10 and above in figures. e.g. one, seven, 10, 78. Exceptions are in percentages.

o   Write % not percent.

o   Put a space before and after hyphens and slashes.

o   One space after full stops – not two.

o   Paragraphs are demarcated by a line space between them, not indented.

o   Use th or nd after dates. Write as Wednesday 22nd September 2019, not 22nd Sept, or any other way.

o   Write times in the format: 8am - 5.30pm or 8am to 5.30pm, not 8:00a.m.-17:30p.m.

o   When abbreviating use full stops. e.g. e.g. not eg, ml. not ml, Dr. not dr

o   We like Oxford commas. They make life easier. The Oxford (or serial) comma is the final comma in a list of things. For example: Please bring me a pencil, eraser, and notebook. But use your discretion. Read it out loud. What makes sense?

o   Don’t capitalise every word in a sentence. It doesn’t look important, just like you got confused.

o   We use British spelling, not American. That means s’s rather than zs, re rather than er etc.

o  Wellbeing is one word.

o  Semicolons are useful when listing words and phrases that could stand alone as sentences.

If a job/project is a proper title, it can be capitalized. Otherwise, it’s lower case.

Tone of voice

o   Be authoritative, but friendly.

o   Ask yourself what the point of your work is. What are you trying to say? Have a purpose.

o   We inspire and inform.

o   Know when you are speaking as yourself, and when it is from the point of view of Lapidus International. Make it clear.


o  We’re words for wellbeing, not just writing.

o  Check your pronouns – is someone a him, her, or they?

o  Don’t use complicated words when simple ones will do.

o  Where possible use the active not passive (passive can be confusing and long-winded, active is more immediate and demands more of a response).

o  Use ‘you’ and ‘we’ (as if you were speaking to the person in front of you).

o  It’s wellbeing not well-being.


o  Remember that most people are short of time – keep it brief.

o  Use the ‘pyramid principle’ – start with the most important point first, and add supporting statements and description later.

o  Use Harvard referencing – in the text refer to the name of the author and the year in brackets. e.g. Baker (2017) said that ‘bla bla bla.’ In the reference list use this format Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, Page(s).

o  Keep your sentences short – usually not more than 25 words long.