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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Primary Health: Is Commissioning the Solution for Better Health Outcomes?
02/27/2015
Australian Journal of Primary Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Primary Health: Is Commissioning the Solution for Better Health Outcomes?

We are preparing a special issue of Australian Journal of Primary Health on the following topic:

Is commissioning the solution for better health outcomes?

Guest editors: Professor Hal Swerissen and Kate Silburn
(Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing)

In any health system there are mechanisms for organising and delivering services to meet community needs. Increasingly, many of the organising functions are being devolved to geographically defined catchment-level (or regional) structures. These structures typically include a governing body that is given the responsibility for a range of actions, which might include assessing population health needs, setting priorities, specifying outcomes, designing appropriate services, allocating resources, contracting with providers, monitoring progress and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the services that are delivered. The combination of these functions is often referred to as ‘commissioning’.

The United Kingdom (Smith et al. 2004) and New Zealand (McCormick and Hooton 2011) have significant experience in this, and commissioning is now attracting interest in Australia. But the experience of commissioning has been mixed and a number of different approaches to catchment-level health system organisation have emerged over time (Checkland et al. 2012). This special issue of Australian Journal of Primary Health will explore the potential and the problems of commissioning and other catchment-level mechanisms as an approach for improving health.

Key questions

What is the problem commissioning is trying to solve?

What impact does commission have on the organisation of health care providers?

What are challenges of implementing commissioning?

How successful has commissioning been in improving health outcomes?

Which models and approaches to commissioning are more successful?

Papers should be submitted to the journal through our online journal management system ScholarOne Manuscripts by 27 February 2015.

The Australian Journal of Primary Health is published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing and the School of Public Health, La Trobe University.

The Australian Journal of Primary Health publishes Forum articles, including: policy reports, literature reviews, research papers, letters and practice & innovation papers. We encourage practitioners, service providers and consumers to write about their experiences in field or case studies about their experiences of commissioning or contracting in health services under the Forum or Practice & Innovation sections of the Journal.

References

Checkland K, Harrison S, Snow S, McDermott I, Coleman A (2012) Commissioning in the English National Health Service: what’s the problem? Journal of Social Policy 41(3), 533–550.

McCormick IA, Hooton R (2011) The ‘A, B, C’ and ‘1, 2, 3’ of alliances in health. New Zealand Doctor 31(July).

Smith JA, Mays N, Dixon J, Goodwin N, Lewis R, McClelland S, McLeod H, Wyke S (2004) A review of the effectiveness of primary care-led commissioning and its place in the UK NHS. The Health Foundation, London, UK.

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Primary Care Physician, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics: Biomarkers for Autoimmune Diseases
12/31/2014
Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics: Biomarkers for Autoimmune Diseases

The journal Genomics Proteomics & Bioinformatics (GPB) is now inviting submissions for a special issue (to be published in April of 2015) on the topic of “Biomarkers for Autoimmune Diseases”.

Autoimmune diseases (AIDs) are the third most common category of disease after cancer and heart disease and affect more than 5% of the general population. AIDs result from a complex interaction of genetic and epigenetic variations as well as triggering environmental factors. In the past decades, multi-omics approaches, including genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, proteomics and metabolomics, have been widely applied in the studies of AIDs and have led to the discovery of various biomarkers. The area of “biomarkers” in AIDs covers a wide variety of topics including predisposing genetic variations (e.g., SNPs), disease susceptibility genes, epigenetic modification (e.g., DNA methylation and miRNA), autoantibody profiling and metabolic molecules, etc. In particular, high-throughput techniques such as microarray and next-generation sequencing (NGS), have generated large amount of data which in combination with various data analysis platforms, facilitated the discovery of multiple disease biomarkers and assessment of genes, proteins, metabolites and network analysis of complex biologic or pathways implicated in specific AID conditions. Comprehensive understanding the relationship between the biomarkers and AIDs will not only provide valuable tools for disease prediction, early diagnosis and prognosis, but also shed light on the identification of novel therapeutic target for treatment of the diseases.

We are pleased to announce a special issue on “Biomarkers for Autoimmune Diseases” to provide a platform for publication of high-quality papers on recent advances and developments in this important area. Drs. Edward Wakeland and Quan-Zhen Li from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are Guest Editors of this issue. The topics may include (but not be limited to):

• Genetic biomarkers of autoimmune diseases

• Epigenetic biomarkers for autoimmune diseases

• Transcriptomic biomarkers for autoimmune diseases

• Proteomic biomarkers for autoimmune disease, including autoantibody profiling, multiplex cytokines, etc.

• Metabolomic biomarkers for autoimmune diseases

• High-throughput platforms for biomarker discovery in autoimmune diseases

• Application of biomarkers in the diagnosis and prognosis of autoimmune diseases

Original studies, reviews, methods, application notes, etc. are all welcome. The portfolio will be open for incoming manuscripts till December 31, 2014.

Manuscripts can be submitted online at http://ees.elsevier.com/gpb/. The Guide for Authors is also available on that web site. Note to mention that the submission is for this special issue.

For further information, please contact us:

Dr. Wakeland (edward.wakeland@utsouthwestern.edu);

Dr. Li (Quan.Li@UTSouthwestern.edu);

The Editorial Office of GPB (editor@big.ac.cn). 

Cell Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Physician Researcher
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics: Disease Biomarkers
02/28/2015
Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics: Disease Biomarkers

As an emerging index, disease biomarkers have demonstrated the potential application in diagnosis and prognosis. The detection of the disease indicators at molecular level, DNA, RNA, protein or metabolites, could gain highly sensitive and specific signals that truly reflect the pathological changes and fully facilitate diagnostic analysis at early phase with invasive mode. Revolution of high-throughput techniques, such as genome-sequencing and mass spectrometers, greatly promotes the discovery and application of the disease biomarkers. The existing disease biomarkers have covered nearly all the macromolecular categories as well as their variants and modifications, including predisposing genetic variations (such as SNPs), mutations, epigenetic modifications, miRNAs, splice isoforms, abnormal proteins and autoantibodies. Although some biomarkers have been adopted in clinical practice, there are still great needs for studies on identifying new ones, understanding the existing ones and applying the well-studied ones in practice.

We are pleased to announce a special issue on “Biomarkers for Diseases” in GPB, which is likely to provide a platform for the quality papers focusing on biomarker discovery and application. Dr. Siqi Liu from Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Edwin Wang from the National Research Council Canada are Guest Editors of this issue. The topics may include (but not be limited to):

• Discovery of disease biomarkers using next-generation sequencing

• Epigenetic evidence and disease biomarkers

• Discovery of disease biomarkers through evaluation of gene expression

• Exploration and application of disease protein biomarkers using proteomic analysis

• Alternation of metabolic pathways responding to disease

• Integration of omics data for discovery of disease biomarkers

• High-throughput platforms for biomarker discovery

• Techniques for measurement of disease biomarkers in the clinical diagnosis

• Algorithms and computational methods used in biomarker discovery

Original studies, reviews, methods, application notes, etc. are all welcome. The portfolio will be open for incoming manuscripts till February 28, 2015.

Manuscripts can be submitted online at http://ees.elsevier.com/gpb/. The Guide for Authors is also available on that web site. Note to mention that the submission is for this special issue.

For further information, please contact us:

Dr. Liu (siqiliu@big.ac.cn);

Dr Wang (Edwin.Wang@cnrc-nrc.gc.ca);

Editorial Office (editor@big.ac.cn).

Cell Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Physician Researcher
Call for Papers for a Special Themed Section of Clinical Therapeutics: Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment
11/30/2014
Clinical Therapeutics

Call for Papers for a Special Themed Section of Clinical Therapeutics: Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment

to be published March 2015

John G. Ryan, Dr.P.H., the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Other Endocrine Disorders Topic Editor for Clinical Therapeutics, announces a call for papers in an upcoming themed section of the journal entitled Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment.

The journal features specific themed sections in each issue dedicated to specific topic areas, with free online access to published manuscripts. Dr. Ryan will serve as guest editor for this upcoming themed section.

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been associated with impaired cognition from numerous conditions including cerebrovascular disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. T2D may cause cerebrovascular disease, contributing to vascular cognitive impairment. Depression appears to have a bidirectional association with T2D. Depression may damage glycemic control as a result of a host of factors, such as limited participation in diabetes self-care activities and medication non-adherence. Evidence also suggests that people experiencing depression have an increased risk of diabetes. Recent research suggests that newly diagnosed T2D is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but a possible mechanistic association remains somewhat controversial.

To this end, Clinical Therapeutics is interested in updating and bringing new knowledge to readers that will provide a foundation upon which clinicians, clinical investigators, health services researchers and health policy researchers can support their patients with diabetes and the field of cognitive health among people with T2D.

For this Call for Papers, we seek papers that describe innovative approaches to better understand and explain epidemiologic or mechanistic descriptions of associations between T2D and conditions such as medication-associated impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and depression. We are especially interested in papers that compare how different subpopulations may experience cognitive impairment in conjunction with type 2 diabetes.

Papers should be submitted by November 30 2014, for publication in the March 2015 issue. Authors should identify submissions to this call in their cover letters. Submissions are accepted online. Papers that are not accepted for publication in the Update will still be considered for publication as featured content throughout the year.

Clinical Therapeutics, an Elsevier publication, is a peer-reviewed journal that serves an international audience and is indexed by all major biomedical abstracting databases. Clinical Therapeutics strives to expedite the translation of reliable and evolving clinical and health services research into medical practice, and consistently publishes cutting-edge research about topics that are used by clinicians in practice, clinical scientists, health policy investigators and health sciences researchers. For more information about this the journal, visit the Clinical Therapeutics homepage.

Endocrinologist, Neurologist, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health: Gender Issues
03/01/2015
International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health: Gender Issues

Submission deadline: March 1, 2015

Although females represent a minority of the forensic psychiatric and prison populations, worldwide the number of girls and women committing violent crimes has increased steadily over the past two decades. Most of the research in the forensic field, however, is still devoted to male populations and there are growing concerns about whether the theoretical knowledge we have on violence in males and on violence risk assessment and management in boys and men is sufficiently valid and useful for girls or women. There is a similar paucity of knowledge on effects of treatment in females and a need for more treatment programmes that are responsive to the needs and issues of female offenders.

For this special issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, we are looking for high quality research or theoretical papers into gender issues. This special issue aims to enlarge empirical and theoretical knowledge on (violent) offending, assessment, and treatment in women and girls. Examples of topics include (but are not limited to):

-  Nature of violence in girls or women

-  Gender specific pathways into offending

-  Gender similarities and differences in offending and violence

-  Theoretical explanations of gender differences in offending

-  Gender differences in criminal responsibility

-  Gender differences in psychopathology in forensic mental health settings

-  Gender-responsive treatment models

-  Effects of gender-responsive treatment programs

-  Specific violence risk or protective factors in girls or women

-  Predictive validity of risk assessment tools for girls or women

-  Psychopathy in girls or women

-  Gender specific theory and empirical findings regarding relevant subpopulations

(sexual offending, stalking, intimate partner violence, child abuse, arson)

-  Female case studies

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is the official publication of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. The journal is intended to provide an international forum for disseminating research and practical developments to forensic mental health professionals. Forensic populations include both adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system, particularly mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders. The target audience for the journal is psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, and other professionals whose research or practice focuses on forensic mental health. The journal has recently been approved for an impact factor.

Manuscripts can be submitted before March 1, 2015 on-line (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ufmh) and should conform to either the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the Uniform System of Citation. This special issue will be edited by Vivienne de Vogel, Head of Research Department Van der Hoeven Kliniek, the Netherlands and Tonia Nicholls, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia; both are associate editors of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Clinical Psychologist, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: ASD in Adulthood: Comorbidity and Intervention
12/15/2014
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: ASD in Adulthood: Comorbidity and Intervention

Guest Editors

Susan W. White, Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, Child Study Center & Antoinette Sabatino, Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute

Scope

Rates of identification and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have been rising for the last 20+ years. It is now estimated that approximately 1 in every 68 children has ASD (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). The number of adolescents and adults who have been identified with ASD has been steadily increasing (VanBergeijk, Klin, & Volkmar, 2008). We can expect to see precipitous growth in the number of adults with ASD requiring treatment and services. Current estimates indicate that a majority of individuals with ASD have at least one comorbid disorder (Mazefsky et al., 2012), encompassing neuro-cognitive and nonpsychiatric conditions. Comorbidity in young people with ASD continues well into adulthood and is associated with more impaired social functioning. Relative to the amount of research on comorbid problems in other disorders, there has been almost no research on interventions involving comorbid presentations in ASD.

The purpose of this special issue is to feature both basic and applied research related to comorbidity and intervention for adults with ASD. This special issue will provide an international forum for researchers to present new scientific findings and methodological and clinical advances. Although we will consider all proposals, we encourage submission of empirical papers that present new data from clinical samples. We also encourage applied research that focuses on special issues faced by adults with ASD with comorbid disorders and treatment evaluation research. Please email Susan White (sww@vt.edu) if you would like to inquire about a possible submission.

We are accepting one-page abstracts (results do not need to be complete) until December 15th. Abstracts must include study objectives, methods, and findings (preliminary). Authors will be invited to submit manuscripts based on review of the abstract. Full manuscripts, once invited, will be due February 28th, 2015.

Behavioral Scientist, Neurologist, Neuroscientist, Physician Researcher
Call for Papers: Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind 23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph
01/30/2015
23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph

Call for Papers: Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind 23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph

Editors: Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard

The sociology of dementia is a relatively neglected but increasingly important topic in studies of health and illness. The 23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph will bring together theoretical and empirical contributions to progress a distinctive sociological understanding of this rapidly developing and globally significant field. The Monograph will be published in 2017. It will address the following cross-cutting themes:

Dementia and the construction of personhood. Topics coming under this theme might include the social construction of dementia, the idea of dementia as the social death of the person and the usefulness of Tom Kitwood’s location of the ‘problem’ of dementia within a ‘malignant’ social psychology. Contributions are welcome that draw parallels and contrasts between dementia and other heath care conditions where agency and personhood are called into question.

The social representation of dementia. As dementia rises up the agenda of ‘globalisation’, contributions are solicited on the wider range of representations of this condition that go beyond the ‘conventional’ bifurcation between dementia as normal ageing and the ‘medical model’ as a neurological disorder. This could include issues concerning professional-patient interaction, the diagnostic process and the treatment of dementia. We particularly seek perspectives from the global south that situate dementia as a major challenge facing the global community.

The social framing of care. Contributions are invited on formal (paid) and informal (unpaid) care and on the role of professional discourses in ordering relationships between different groups engaged with the provision of care. We would also welcome contributions examining the social categorisation both of people with dementia and of those paid to look after them. We welcome contributions investigating the intersectional links between the care of people with dementia and issues of ethnicity, gender and power.

The social imaginary of a fourth age. We invite contributions examining dementia as an unsuccessful, failed and ‘frailed’ old age contrasted with successful, productive and active later life. Issues that we would expect to be addressed include the moral conflict between a ‘positive’ view of later life and those wary that such advocacy risks further marginalising those disadvantaged by dementia and disablement.

The monograph will appear both as a regular issue of the journal and in book form in February 2017. Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 600 words to p.higgs@ucl.ac.uk by 30th January 2015. Abstracts should clearly indicate the proposed paper’s sociological importance. Informal email enquiries prior to submission are welcome. Name and institutional affiliation of author(s) should also be supplied, including full contact details. Proposals will be reviewed and potential authors notified by 31 March 2015. Short-listed authors will be invited to submit their work by 31 July 2015. Submissions will be refereed in the usual way and should follow the journal’s style guidelines

Academic, Geriatrician, Gerontologist, Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Canadian Psychology: Positive Psychology
02/15/2015
Canadian Psychology

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Canadian Psychology: Positive Psychology

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015

Editors

Editor: Professor Martin Drapeau, McGill University

Guest Editor: Professor Marie-Hélène Budworth, York University

Canadian Psychology, a Canadian Psychological Association journal published jointly with APA, invites the submission of manuscripts for a special issue on positive psychology.

While review papers (including narrative reviews and systematic reviews) and meta-analyses are preferred, we will consider other types of submissions, including original studies if they are of potential interest to a broad proportion of psychologists.

We would like to encourage submissions from a range of disciplines within psychology including social, personality, clinical, developmental, health, and organizational.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

the application of positive psychology interventions in various contexts (e.g., clinical settings, organizations, educational institutions)

the extension of theories within psychology in general to the area of positive psychology (e.g., understanding how our knowledge of psychology applies to the science of personal growth and well-being)

developing our understanding of how to test positive psychology constructs (e.g., a review of the scales, instruments and methods used to assess positive traits, interventions, or outcomes)

proposing new theoretical and methodological approaches that advance both the science and practice of positive psychology

Canadian Psychology has a mandate to present generalist articles in areas of theory, research, and practice that are of interest to a broad cross-section of psychologists. Therefore, papers for the special issue should present issues and/or methods having wide applicability.

Critical literature reviews and summaries of the scientific literature, knowledge syntheses, meta-analyses/meta-syntheses, narrative reviews and guidelines are most welcome.

Letters to the Editor and commentaries will also be accepted.

We will accept regular articles, which should be approximately 20-40 pages, including references, and brief reports which should normally be no more than 14 pages in length, including references and tables. Briefer papers of less than 14 pages will exceptionally be considered for this special issue. All submissions will undergo peer-review.

Manuscripts can be submitted via our online portal. Authors must indicate clearly in their cover letter that their submission should be considered for this special issue.

For questions or further information please contact the Editor, Dr. Martin Drapeau and Guest Editor, Dr. Marie-Hélène Budworth.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Psychologist
Call for Papers for a Special Section of Psychological Services: Self Help Approaches to Change in Organized Care Settings — The Role of Psychological Services
12/01/2014
Psychological Services

Call for Papers for a Special Section of Psychological Services: Self Help Approaches to Change in Organized Care Settings — The Role of Psychological Services

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014

Submission Details

The editorial staff of Psychological Services extends an invitation for manuscripts to be considered for a special section on psychological services and self-help approaches to change that occur within organized care settings.

Manuscripts including those reporting general outcomes data and clinical assessment methods are welcome, but must attend to the focus of the call: the role of psychological services in self-help approaches to change within organized care settings.

Some examples of such clinical assessment methods are as follows:

cost savings analyses

customer satisfaction

mental health symptom change

increased assessment reliability and validity

intervention impact on various spheres of psychosocial functioning

Review papers, theoretical papers, and empirical papers are also welcomed for submission.

Please follow the Instructions to Authors information located on the Psychological Services website.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Web Portal.

Please specify in your cover letter that the submission is intended for the special section on psychological services and self-help approaches to change and address your letter to Dr. Phil Magaletta, Associate Editor, Psychological Services.

All submitted papers will be initially screened by the editorial board and then sent out for blind peer review, if evaluated as appropriate for the journal.

For further questions related to this special section, please email Dr. Magaletta.

Background

Scholarship repeatedly acknowledges that the set of beliefs, practices and experiences collectively known as self-help, are the most frequently attempted method of change. Across care settings, populations, and type of disorder, these approaches to change are used more frequently than any other.

Broadly acknowledging the numerous ways that psychological services can be used to introduce, support, or extend the impact of these approaches to change, this special section is soliciting studies on the role of psychological services in self-help approaches to change within organized care settings.

Examples include:

The use of psychological service assessments, treatments, or mobile applications to extend or support various self-help outcomes.

The extension and modification of psychological interventions, clinical assessments, and mobile applications to introduce self-help methods of change.

Studies examining psychological services as a mechanism of influence proximal to 12-step or other self-help approaches.

Program evaluations of a-synchronous, interactive journaling programs or structured bibliotherapies as a self-administered, psychological service.

Scholarly reviews of self-help literatures across various organized care settings with recommendations for psychological service extension, support, or modification.

Psychological services or programs focused upon re-entry after incarceration using self-help methodologies to build pro-social networks of support.

Psychological services or programs for individuals upon return to a family after a chronic illness, hospitalization, military deployment, or substance abuse treatment that use self-help methodologies to build pro-social, health focused support networks.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Psychologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Nursing Education Perspectives: Simulation in Nursing
04/01/2015
Nursing Education Perspectives

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Nursing Education Perspectives: Simulation in Nursing

The National League for Nursing research journal Nursing Education Perspectives is planning a special issue on the use of simulation in nursing education for September-October 2015. Dr. Pamela R. Jeffries, editor of the NLN's Simulation in Nursing: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (2nd ed.) and vice provost for digital initiatives, Johns Hopkins University, will serve as guest editor.

We are seeking multisite research studies on the use of simulation experiences in nursing education. In particular, we are seeking studies on the integration of simulation as a substitute for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical hours in pre-licensure education. And, we are interested in manuscripts on instrument development, particularly instruments designed to evaluate outcomes of simulation.

We are also seeking pilot studies on the use of simulation for our Research Briefs section, along with innovative strategies in the use of simulation for our Innovation Center.

Pease review our at Author Guidelines and submit your manuscript by April 1, 2015. Be sure to note in the MANUSCRIPT COMMENT box that your submission is intended for this special issue.

Nurse Educator, Nurse Researcher

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