Focus and Scope

Communicare is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing original articles and research by people from the RGU community on topics of interest to patients, carers, students, educators and practitioners working within the caring professions, social work and social sciences. Communicare is dedicated to building a strong reputation by providing an opportunity for scholars to participate in the academic publishing process and contribute to developing and challenging the theoretical and practical knowledge of its contributors and readers.

The editors would particularly welcome contributions that address such themes as ethics, health and social policy, integrated health care, law and society, professional identity, fitness to practice and competence.

Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All submissions are refereed using a blind review system. Typically, 3 reviewers will be used in reviewing a submission. Evaluative criteria include:

significance of topic, clarity of presentation, style of writing, usefulness to practitioners and/or importance for scholarship, contribution to the health and social care professions and/or IPE, the quality of methodology.

Reviewers will be advised that they are required to submit reviews within 10 days from receiving the submission.

Reviewers will be recruited from among the RGU academic community.

Reviewers contributions will also be subject to review.

Notification of acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts will be made by the editor. All manuscripts received and approved for publication will be made available on open access licence terms and conditions. All others will be returned on request. The editor reserves the right to edit or rewrite accepted articles to meet the standards expected by the Board.

Publication Frequency

Journal items will be published as parts of an issue with its own Table of Contents. There will be 2 issues per calendar year, in autumn and spring.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content, under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    More information on Creative Commons licences.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

  4. Authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe third-party copyright. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any third-party material for online – and print, if applicable – publication in perpetuity. It is also the authors’ responsibility to include any acknowledgements requested by copyright holders, and to mark clearly third-party material used with permission, material that has separate licensing terms, and material used under exceptions or limitations to copyright.

More information is available from the UK's Intellectual Property Office and Creative Commons.


It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse articles published in this journal, provided that reuse is in line with the article’s Creative Commons licence and attribution to the author(s) and the published article is maintained. Please note that these terms do not extend to any material that has separate licensing terms specified or any material that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to reproduce third-party material must be obtained directly from the copyright holders concerned.


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.

Take Down Policy

What Robert Gordon University Library will do if you believe content in this journal infringes any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

We make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Should you discover content in this journal that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the Robert Gordon University Library, who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the Editorial team will:

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint
  4. Refer the complaint to the Robert Gordon University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the authenticity of your complaint has been verified and the Editor has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the item will be removed from public access.

If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

Please contact:

University Library
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Robert Gordon University
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Please note the Robert Gordon University Library for the purposes of responses in relation to this policy is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.

Journal History

The journal's Latin title is inspired partly by scholarly tradition but mostly by the the happy conjunction of "Communication" and "Care" and the importance of their excellent application to patients, carers and practitioners.

The original idea for a journal was borne out of discussions between academic colleagues in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at RGU. It evolved through further involvement of University Library colleagues at RGU and Edinbugh University Library and their awareness and promotion of open access journal initiatives, including PKP and OJS.

Throughout its gestation the scope has changed and evolved to the point where there are no strict boundaries with regard to content other than to be committed to communication of excellence in all care settings, publishing research and reflection from practitioners and students.


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Sources of Support

Communicare is grateful for the support of Robert Gordon University Library and Robert Gordon University IT Services.

Privacy and Consent Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviours, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this journal platform (Open Journal Systems – OJS) may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project (PKP) in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here.

This journal uses the Robert Gordon University Library’s journal platform (OJS), which is hosted by Edinburgh University Library.

Registered users

Users who register with this journal, including authors and peer reviewers where applicable, consent to having the personal information being stored in the Robert Gordon University’s journal platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams.


Authors who make a submission to this journal consent to the personal information they supply as part of the submission being stored in the Robert Gordon University Library’s journal platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors who make a submission have the responsibility to ensure that all contributors have read this Privacy and Consent policy and consent to having their personal information that is supplied as part of the submission process being stored in the Robert Gordon University Library’s journal platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors published in this journal are also responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported in the journal.

Website visitors

The Robert Gordon University Library’s journal platform (OJS) collects anonymised usage log data, including IP addresses, pages visited, date visited, browser information, and geographical data. This information is not used to identify visitors personally and it is not used for any purpose other what is described here. The platform also uses cookies to manage session history and provide a better user experience – more details can be found in the Cookies section below.

Rights of the Individual

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

All users whose details are stored in the Robert Gordon University Library’s OJS installation can exercise their rights of the individual, as they are detailed in the GDPR.

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