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British Journal of Learning Disabilities

The British Journal of Learning Disabilities is an interdisciplinary international peer-reviewed journal which aims to be the leading journal in the learning disability field. It is the official Journal of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. It encompasses contemporary debate/s and developments in research, policy and practice that are relevant to the field of learning disabilities.

It publishes original refereed papers, regular special issues giving comprehensive coverage to specific subject areas, and especially commissioned keynote reviews on major topics.  In addition there are reviews of books and training materials, and a letters section. 

The focus of the journal is on practical issues, with current debates and research reports.  Topics covered could include, but not be limited to: 

  • Current trends in residential and day-care service 
  • Inclusion, rehabilitation and quality of life 
  • Education and training 
  • Historical and inclusive pieces [particularly welcomed are those co-written with people with learning disabilities] 
  • Therapies 
  • Mental health issues 
  • Employment and occupation 
  • Recreation and leisure; 
  • Ethical issues, advocacy and rights 
  • Family and carers 
  • Health issues 
  • Adoption and fostering 
  • Causation and management of specific syndromes 
  • Staff training 
  • New technology 
  • Policy critique and impact


Its readership is wide comprising members from the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, as well as academics, family carers, practitioners, staff in health and social care organisations, as well as a wide range of others with a personal and professional interest in learning disability, and who wish to promote enriched lifestyles, as well as high quality services and support for adults and children with learning disabilities. 

You can read summaries of articles from all issues of BJLD on Wiley Online Library

Published quarterly.

Editor in Chief

Professor Bob Gates
University of West London, Institute for Practice, Interdisciplinary Research and Enterprise (INSPIRE) bob.gates@uwl.ac.uk

Editorial board

Khamis Al-Mamari,
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Oman 

Professor Owen Barr,
University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Professor Karin Barron,
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Professor Michelle Beauchesne,
North Eastern University, Boston, United States of America 

Professor Michael Brown,
Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland 

Professor Stephen Beyer,
Cardiff University, Wales

Ann Chivers,
CEO British Institute for Learning Disabilities, UK 

Dr Darren Chadwick,
University of Wolverhampton, England

Dr Rohhss Chapman,
University of Manchester, England

Dr Judy Clegg
University of Sheffield, England

Dr Elizabeth Forbat,
University of Sterling, Scotland

Professor Juliet Goldbart,
Manchester Metropolitan University, England 

Professor Matthias Grünke,
University of Cologne, Germany

Professor Gary Hornby,
 University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Professor Kelly Johnson,
University of New South Wales, Australia 

Dr Biza Kroese,
University of Birmingham, England

Professor Henry Kwok,
VP (Asia-Pacific) - IASSIDD, Hong Kong

Professor Nigel Malin,
University of Sunderland UK

Dr Alex McClimens,
Sheffield Hallam University, England

Professor Melanie Nind,
University of Southampton, England

Professor Mary McCarron,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Peter Oakes,
University of Hull, England

Professor Sue Ralph,
University of Northampton, UK

Professor Paul Russell,
Christian Medical College, India

Professor Timothy Stainton,
University of British Colombia, Canada 

Professor Kirsten Stalker,
University of Strathclyde, Scotland 

Professor Jan Tøssebro,
PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway 

Louise Townsend,

Professor Rannveig Traustadottir,
University of Iceland, Iceland 

Professor Kitty Uys,
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Professor Jan Walmsley,
Jan Walmsley Associates, England 

Books Review Editor

Associate Professor Dr Kay Mafuba,
University of West London, England 


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Online subscriptions to the British Journal of Learning Disabilities can be obtained free as part of BILD Membership.

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