We are pleased to invite presenters from our 2019 conference, “Children should be seen AND heard”, to submit a paper based on their conference presentation for an edition of the Digest to be published in Autumn 2020.

"Children Should be Seen AND Heard" is both an invitation to celebrate, share and learn from each other about what we are doing well in terms of engagement and inclusion of children and young people, and an opportunity to consider how we may continue to overlook, forget or ignore certain voices. At the conference, we accepted a variety of different presentations, including traditional oral presentations, spotlights, posters and workshops. We invite all these presenters to submit a paper.

The Digest accepts two types of submissions:

  • Short articles of between 1200 and 1800 words (excluding references, tables/graphs). These can take the format of review pieces, research articles, evidence-informed practice examples, or analysis of relevant policy/legislation. They should address the thematic focus of the particular issue.
  • Summaries of approx. 600 words (excluding references, tables/graphs). These summaries may provide a link to work that has already been, or that is intended to be published elsewhere. In the case of the current issue, this format may be particularly suitable for conference light-bulb presenters, or for those new to writing of this kind.

Guest Editor

We are delighted to announce that Professor Imelda Coyne will act as Guest Editor for this issue.

Imelda Coyne is Professor in Children's Nursing & Co-Director of the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC). Ambassador for the Children's Participation Hub, Irish Government, she promotes the importance of children's participation and voices in policies that affect children's lives. Underpinning her programme of research is valuing children's and young people's voices and promoting their participation in matters that affect their lives. Professor Coyne has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored over 150 conference abstracts, conducted international workshops and delivered keynote addresses at several international scientific conferences. Check out Professor Coyne's Trinity College Dublin profile


General Guidelines for Authors

The Children’s Research Digest provides a platform for members of the Children's Research Network to disseminate their research findings, policy analysis or synthesis of ongoing research or evidence-informed practice.  The Digest has an open access policy and is distributed as a PDF to members of the Network and beyond, via our website and social media.  

Submissions for each issue should address the thematic focus of the particular issue and can be written by academics, practitioners or policy makers.

All papers submitted should be well written, free from errors and all references provided. Authors are encouraged to use the article template. For new writers, the Research Coordinator is available to provide advice and guidance. It is very important that no plagiarism of other’s work occurs. Where an author wishes to reproduce a graph/figure/table/photo in its entirety, relevant permissions of the original author must be provided.

CRN Research Digest Style Guide (Download)

CRN Research Digest Article Template (Download)

Deadline for Submissions

Authors must submit their paper for consideration along with a completed submission form by 6th May 2020. For further information on any aspect of the submission process, please email childrensresearchnetwork@tcd.ie.

Reviewing Process

All articles will undergo a review process by an Editorial Panel consisting of members of the CRN Advisory Committee and the Research Coordinator. The Guest Editor will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on each article. The process of review will not be blind (anonymous), but discretion and confidentiality will be assured. The reviewer will be asked to provide feedback which is fair and explained clearly and this will be communicated with the author. Where a reviewer perceives a conflict of interest, this shall be declared by the reviewer to the Research Coordinator and an alternative reviewer shall be appointed. The final decision to publish will be made in conjunction between the Editorial Panel, Research Coordinator and Guest Editor, having due regard to the reviewers’ comments and the author’s response to them. An article may be:

  1. accepted in its entirety
  2. accepted subject to revisions (major or minor)
  3. declined either due to issues of quality or lack of relevance to the particular issue. A suggestion may be made to submit an article for a future issue if deemed appropriate.