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Call for Chapters: Encyclopedia of E-Health and Telemedicine
Proposed Book

Call for Chapters: Encyclopedia of E-Health and Telemedicine


Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha
Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave

Isabel Miranda
Municipality of Guimarães

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014

Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2014

Health and social care, e-Health, Telemedicine, are at the center of the research policies, on the research agenda of the world governments and are facing major developments.

This publication intends to put together, in a comprehensive way, the problems of ageing, health, health care, social care, mobility, ageing well, quality of life of people with special needs, user needs analysis, and the recent approaches provided by ICT, such as e-Health and Telemedicine, new technologies, new applications, emerging trends, the ethical and legal implications (eg. clinical records) and case studies. It is an ambitious project of addressing the social, technological, organizational, ethical and legal aspects of the topic.


The mission of the Encyclopedia of e-Health and Telemedicine is to discuss the main issues, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to this new field of knowledge able to transform the way we live and deliver services, from the social, technological and organizational dimensions, in a very comprehensive way, and to disseminate current developments and practical solutions and applications.

The overall objectives are:

To discuss the importance of e-Health, Telemedicine, ICT-based healthcare and social care delivery, and the emerging technological developments and practical solutions.

To introduce the state-of-the-art supporting technology.

To introduce and discuss the challenges associated with e-Health developments, from the social, organizational and technological perspectives.

To introduce recent technological developments and associated human, ethical and legal implications.

Target Audience

The encyclopedia intends to be a tool for researchers, academics, professionals of medicine, healthcare and social care, professionals of IT, providing some of the most advanced research, concepts, applications, developments, discussions and case studies on digital crime and digital threats from one side, and security, privacy, information assurance, law and regulation, and human aspects, on the other.

Recommended Topics

The Encyclopedia intends to collect the most recent contributions on the social and technological dimensions of the largely multidisciplinary field of e-Health and Telemedicine. It is intended to cover the following aspects:

The technological dimension that enables and supports teleservices, telemedicine, teleoperation and telemonitoring. The technological dimension includes:

Information systems and technologies

Communication technologies

Monitoring technologies

Information and systems integration

Electronic medical records

Electronic devices

The social and human dimensions, which explores motivations, benefits and emergent effects of e-Health project implementations, and which include, for example:

Increased quality of life

Increased life expectancy

Trust and privacy issues

Ethical aspects

Legal aspects


Organizational aspects and management of e-health services

Business and entrepreneurial perspective focusing on the added value of specific applications

Impact, implications and challenges (social and technological) of e-Health

On individuals, families and communities

On organizations and business

On scientific knowledge and on research

Ongoing developments, applications and case studies

Emerging solutions

Relevant R&D projects

Integration between applications and solutions

Current development trends

Integration with other disciplines:




Distributed technologies and systems

Knowledge management

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a chapter proposal (an extended abstract of around 300 to 500 words) clearly explaining the mission and concerns of a proposed chapter by May 18, 2014. Submissions should be made through the link at the bottom of this page. Please include all information about the author and co-authors, affiliations and email addresses when submitting your chapter proposals. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 25, 2014 about the status of their proposals. Full articles (at around 3,000 to 5,000 words) are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2014. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: May 25, 2014

Full chapter submission: September 30, 2014

Notification of acceptance: December 30, 2014

Revised version of accepted chapters: January 15, 2015

Submission of Final Chapters: April 30, 2015


Isabel Maria Miranda,

Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha,

Behavioral Scientist, Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Nurse Researcher, Physician Researcher, Psychologist, Social Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Process Safety and Environmental Protection: Bhopal 30th Anniversary
Process Safety and Environmental Protection

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Process Safety and Environmental Protection: Bhopal 30th Anniversary

The release of poisonous chemicals from the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal, India on 3 December 1984 remains the world’s worst industrial disaster.  An unintended reaction caused a cocktail of deadly chemicals to be released from a large storage tank containing 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC).  On that night thousands, may be as many as 20,000, people died and the health of half a million more was severely affected.  The deaths are still continuing.

Unfortunately for Bhopal it now symbolises the worst that can happen around a process facility. The plant was:

located near a densely populated area and shanty towns were allowed to develop around its perimeter;

built from the wrong concept (the MIC route) – it was inherently unsafe;

a bad design (emergency handling not properly sized) – it was also inherently unsafe; and

under-staffed, under-resourced, badly managed and badly maintained.

When the accident happened everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong and conspired to make the effects worse.

Subsequently, the survivors have struggled to obtain redress and the compensation that has been paid has been pitiful.  Even now the site remains, unremediated and there are still huge problems with contaminated land and ground water.  The disaster and its aftermath destroyed Union Carbide, once one of the largest chemical companies in the world.  Cases against the company and its management are still on in various courts.

Lest we forget about this awful accident and its ongoing consequences, we are publishing a special issue of PSEP to mark the 30th anniversary of this terrible disaster.  Papers are sought on any aspect of the plant – its design and implementation, lessons learned for safety in design and management, the incident, the actions by various Governments and International Bodies, the Courts, NGOs, Chemical companies, Professional Associations, Academic Institutions, Insurance companies, and the like.  Further, papers are also sought on the effect of Bhopal tragedy on other industries (non-chemical) to clean-up their act.  Summaries of actions, as a follow-up of Bhopal tragedy, taken by major countries are also welcome.

Let us make this a bumper edition of PSEP with papers that are a fitting memorial to those who died, which help the living who are still affected and provide ideas and methods to help us do things better in the future and to make sure that another such terrible accident never happens again.

You are invited to submit an abstract (200 words) of your proposed paper by 30 June 2014 to the journal's Managing Editor Catherine Cliffe. Proposals will be reviewed and you will be informed of the decision by the end of July. Full papers, which will be due by the end of September, will be peer- reviewed in accordance with journal policy.  The issue will be published early in 2015.

Readers of this call are requested to pass the word around to their associates who might be in a position to contribute.

Special issue editors:

Dr David Edwards, Granherne, UK and Professor Jai Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Academic, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: Mental Health and Substance Use
Mental Health and Substance Use

Call for Papers: Mental Health and Substance Use

You are invited to submit your article to Mental Health and Substance Use. This international and interdisciplinary journal provides a single authoritative source of reference for clinicians, managers, service developers, researchers, educators, trainers, and students. The journal’s primary aim is to explore the complex issues arising from co-existing mental health and substance use. The journal informs, develops, and educates professionals by facilitating, sharing, and pooling knowledge, thus enhancing expertise in this fast developing field. It covers assessment, intervention, treatment, prevention, innovation, opinion, conceptual exploration and analysis, service delivery, service development, policy and procedure, research and debate.

The journal is not about mental health or substance use in isolation - as individual topics. It concentrates on concerns specifically related to coexisting mental health and substance use, referred to by some as ‘dual diagnosis.’ Such concerns relate to the individual, the family, and the future direction of services, interventions, and treatment. The journal presents a balanced view of what are best quality standards today. In doing so, it sometimes challenges concepts to stimulate debate and understanding, thus, exploring all sides of the development in treatment and intervention, facilitating reflection, discussion, and adoption of research lead best quality standards of practice.

Papers published in Mental Health and Substance Use include:

• Research papers

• Conceptual exploration and analysis

• Critical reviews

• Original papers

• Case studies

• Media reviews

• Clinical practice

• Policy and procedure

• Service user and carer perspectives

• Service development

• Legal and ethical issues

• Transcultural and ethnicity issues

• Debate

Allied Health Professional, Ethicist, Psychiatric Nurse, Psychologist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Social Worker
Call for Papers by Reproductive Health Matters: Using the Law and the Courts
Reproductive Health Matters

Call for Papers by Reproductive Health Matters: Using the Law and the Courts

Volume 22 Number 44  November 2014

The law plays a crucial role in both restricting and supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and over the years, advocates have often relied on legal strategies to further their aims. While these have led to important precedents being set in many jurisdictions, their implementation is not always fully achieved.

Using domestic courts, challenges to restrictive abortion laws have led to significant liberalization, especially since the 1960s. Regional and international human rights mechanisms have also become a focus of attention for activists seeking to develop legal standards around sexual and reproductive health. Civil and political rights and, more recently, economic and social rights (articulated with broader efforts to demonstrate their justiciability) have been applied to identify human rights violations arising, for example, from forced sterilization, denial of services, abortion bans, among others. Tackling the complex systemic issues – resource allocation, neglect and poor quality of care, access to medications and treatments, discrimination, the functioning of health systems – involved in the violation of sexual and reproductive rights has been a focus of national public interest litigation and suits brought before international and regional human rights bodies.

The explicit application of international norms to SRH issues – through jurisprudence and ‘soft law’ interpretations – can support national strategies for law reform and litigation, and vice versa. Those involved in using the law and the courts point to the symbolic power of jurisprudence, the importance of legal approaches to accountability, and the ability to bring justice and reparation to individuals and communities. However, there are also concerns about possible negative consequences. For example, in Mexico, when the legalisation of early abortion in Mexico City led to other states passing more restrictive abortion statutes, or when large numbers of individuals pursue access to expensive medications through court orders, which may skew a national health budget. This is not in any ways to suggest ruling out the value of legal strategies, but to call for caution about whether such strategies are the most appropriate means of achieving progress in complex political, economic and social contexts.

In reaction to the growing number of successes of legal strategies, it is important to recognise that anti-SRHR groups have begun to develop counter-strategies for curbing and rejecting SRHR protections through the law and the courts. Effective ways of responding are crucial and complex.

For this journal issue, we welcome submissions on using local, national, regional and international laws and courts, including quasi-judicial bodies (treaty bodies, regional human rights commissions) and others developing global standards (such as UN Special Rapporteurs).

The following are some examples of the issues we think are interesting:

Evaluating approaches that have used community, national, regional and international law and courts to further the protection of SRHR and larger efforts for social change.

Implementation and non-implementation of court decisions: justice for individuals? achieving broader reforms? reinforcing a culture of impunity?

Establishing state responsibilities vis-à-vis the private sector, and putting the private sector in the dock.

Who are the petitioners, the victims and the litigants?

Creating narratives regarding the law and public opinion through litigation: victims, winners and losers.

The pros and cons of using legal strategies where the rule of law is shaky.

Types of laws applied to SRHR and how these have been used to protect or restrict rights: international, constitutional, national, penal, religious, traditional and/or customary law.

Litigating internationally: supporting or undermining efforts to achieve change locally?

Experiences of fighting the opposition in the courts: implications and reflections.

Trusting the judiciary and what to do when they get it wrong.

Working “with” the law and “in spite of” the law. How legal strategies have, or have not, worked well alongside other strategies to advance SRHR.

Acting within or breaking the law to seek justice.

Effects of legal strategies on health care provision.

Dedicating resources to legal advocacy: at the cost of movement-building or good value for money?

Court cases are creating demands and expectations on governments, but even the best law reforms and legal decisions still require implementation and social justice.

Litigating for access to medicines: help for individuals or whole population groups? Effects on health budgets and access to treatment.

Role of the courts alongside the role of government ministries, parliaments, etc.

Differential access to the law and courts for individuals due to the costs of litigation and legal fees.

Please share this with anyone who may be interested in submitting a paper.

RHM author and submission guidelines are at:

Read them before you start writing and again before you submit!!

Submissions due 1-31 May 2014

RHM’s submission and peer review system has moved online to: All submissions must be received through this system.

Academic, Community Activist, Lawyer, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

The journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks.

Within the scope of the 7th Framework Programme, the European Commission has funded two projects (TELL ME and Ecom@EU) which are currently investigating the factors that impact on and influence communication strategies and their relative effectiveness during a pandemic. This special issue aims to bring together the most relevant research from these projects, as well as invite other contributors who have an interest in this area.

We welcome paper submissions from a variety of disciplines for this special issue. Submissions for research, editorials, commentaries that fit the theme of this special issue will also be considered.

Thematic areas

Contributions are welcomed in the following thematic areas (but not limited to):

• Crisis preparedness framework

• Tools for outbreak communication

• Models for outbreak communication

• Information management and access

• Public involvement in communications

• Governance and policy issues

• Ethical and legal issues

• Socio-cultural contexts

• Vaccination campaigns

• Social marketing

• Business continuity

• Mass media / Social media

• Training and education

• Risk and uncertainty

Important dates

Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014

Print Publication: October, 2014

Submission guidelines

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at

Guest Editors
Prof. Pier Luigi Lopalco, MD
Head of Scientific Assessment Section
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Immunization Action Coalition

Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Criminal Justice Policy Review: Justice-Involved Offenders With Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Problems
Criminal Justice Policy Review

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Criminal Justice Policy Review: Justice-Involved Offenders With Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Problems

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2014

Criminal Justice Policy Review (SAGE Publications) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal committed to the study of criminal justice policy through quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methodological approaches. The journal is published quarterly and accepts appropriate articles, essays, research notes, and book reviews. It also provides a forum for occasional special issues on notable topics in crime and justice. The journal appeals to criminologists, sociologists, political scientists, and practitioners with an interest in criminal justice policy.

For more information about Criminal Justice Policy Review, please go to

The journal currently is soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on justice-involved offenders with mental health and/or substance abuse problems.

Manuscripts considered for this special issue could:

• present exploratory, descriptive, explanatory, or evaluation research;

• focus on either adult or juvenile offenders;

• examine offenders at any stage of justice system processing (e.g., arrest, pre-trial, adjudication/conviction, sentencing, incarceration, and community corrections); and/or

• examine offenders being processed in specialty courts (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, and veterans courts).

All submitted manuscripts should contain discussion of relevant implications for criminal or juvenile justice policy and practice.

The online submission and review system for Criminal Justice Policy Review is available at

Manuscripts should be submitted in current APA format (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association).

Further questions can be directed to Emmaleigh Kirchner at or 724-357-2720.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Child Psychologist, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Social Scientist, Social Worker
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sport Management Review: Doping in Sport: Current Issues and Challenges for Sport Management
Sport Management Review

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sport Management Review: Doping in Sport: Current Issues and Challenges for Sport Management

James Skinner, Griffith University, Australia, email:

Terry Engelberg, Griffith University, Australia, email:

Sport is a major global industry generating billions of dollars in sponsorship, media rights and gambling funds. In recent times a number of sports have been tarnished by doping scandals. These incidents pose threats to the integrity of sport both nationally and on a global scale. In response, sporting organisations and governments have introduced legislation and accompanying punishments to deter the use of both performance enhancing and recreational drugs. However, it could be argued that effective strategies for combating doping in sport are hindered by a lack of organisational commitment, varying opinions on how the problem should be managed and a lack of reliable information and empirical data to formulate and implement appropriate doping policy.

It is timely for sport managers to focus on the topic of doping, as public concerns over the use of drugs in sport cause significant damage to the sports industry, with consequences such as reduced attendance at sporting events, reduced sponsorship and possible impacts on broadcasting rights amongst some of the most pressing concerns.

The aim of this Special Issue is to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the management of doping in sport. We are aware that scholarly research in this field has evolved from various science disciplines and therefore we are keen to encourage cross-disciplinary contributions, encompassing a variety of methodologies (such as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods), whilst keeping a sport management focus. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

• Drug Policies: International Comparisons

• Doping in Sport: Managing Community Expectations and Concerns

• Impact of Doping on Spectators and Participation

• Implications of Doping for Marketing and Sponsorship

• A Review of Drug Testing Agencies

• Attitudes Towards Drug Testing: Implications for Managing Doping

• Organisational Culture and Incidence of Doping

• The Economic Implications of Managing Doping

• Drugs and specific groups, e.g., females, sport with a disability

• The Impact of Doping on Mega Events

• Drugs in Sport and the Law

• Managing the Ethics of Drug Testing

• Educating Athletes on Doping

• Public Relations and Doping Scandals

• Media Reporting of Doping and its Implications for Sporting Organisations

• The Role of Social Media in Managing Doping

• Athletes’ Rights and Doping Legislation

• The Future of Anti-Doping for Sport Organisations

• Redefining Doping Policies for the 21st Century

The list is indicative and the editors welcome approaches from authors who would like to discuss ideas for papers. The focus of the special issue will be conceptual and empirical research with a strong contextual, theoretical or methodological basis that advances knowledge. Case studies and review papers are welcomed, as per the SMR guidelines.

Deadline for submissions

Submissions are due on or before September 1, 2014 via the SMR online submission system at To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for review in relation to the special issue it is important the authors select ‘Doping in Sport’ when they reach the ‘Article Type’ step in the submission process.

All manuscript submissions must adhere to the Sport Management Review ‘Guide for Authors’ available at

Special Issue editors contact details

Professor James Skinner
Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management
Griffith Business School
Griffith University, Gold Coast
Phone: +61 7 5552 9162
Fax: + 61 7 5552 8507

Dr Terry Engelberg
Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management
Griffith Business School
Griffith University, Gold Coast
Phone: +61 7 5552 7675
Fax: + 61 7 5552 8507

Forsensic Scientist, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Health and Ecological Destruction: Fracking and Beyond
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Health and Ecological Destruction: Fracking and Beyond

The deadline for submission for this issue is September 1, 2015.

Laura Purdy and Wendy Lynne Lee

“Which questions moral philosophers choose to study—and choose not to study—is itself a moral issue,” wrote Virginia Warren in her groundbreaking 1979 article. Indeed, bioethics has often focused on important, but relatively narrow issues based on the assumption that health is a natural lottery and that the chief moral questions have to do with the quality of care, and fair access to it, or with the implications of new technologies to treat or cure, and questions about reproduction and death. Of course, some writing has always acknowledged many influences on health and thus longevity, encouraged, no doubt, by scholarship in epidemiology, the social determinants of health, interest in food/agriculture issues, and concern about occupational and environmental pollution.

This special issue of IJFAB aims to examine, through a feminist lens, human activities such as fracking, that, by negatively impacting the environment, threaten health.

Science fiction, such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, abounds with post-apocalyptic nightmares, but rarely devotes any attention to how they came about or whether they could have been prevented.

Yet, as ever more paths to environmental disaster are opened up by corporate and governmental decisions, the preventable is being touted as inevitable, natural, and good.

Many of us now live in disbelief at the deliberate dismantling of the conditions required for human (and nonhuman) flourishing by people apparently oblivious or disdainful of the consequences. If these forces continue to prevail, it is only a matter of time before the consequences of widespread lack of access to clean water, air and land pollution, desertification, and deforestation, will drastically reduce human life spans, and quite possibly lead to human extinction. The process will exacerbate the fight for survival at all levels, from the individual to the national.

We encourage readers to think about the many ways human activities are putting at risk human health, shortening lives, and risking species suicide.

Possible Topics:

Basic Theories/Concepts:

• Public good vs. Property Rights

• Precautionary Principle vs. Cost/Risk/Benefit

• Environment/Ecology

• Industrialized extraction

• Feminist environmental bioethics

• Thriveability/Flourishing


• Climate Change

• Energy Production Policy

• Food/Agriculture Issues

• Environmental/Health Legislation

• Drugs (Legal and Illegal)

• Exploitation of Public Assets

• Wildlife Preservation

Our main goal is to evaluate the health consequences of activities intended to maintain and expand dependence on fossil fuels, and technology in general, especially that held to be necessary for sustaining rapidly growing populations, no matter at what cost to the environment. These goals, in turn, reflect the needs and interests of continued western hegemony. We encourage potential contributors to contact us for a more detailed description of possible topics. In addition, we hope for submissions on the many related topics not listed here, such as mountain top removal, tar sands development, or as yet unidentified threats.

Academic, Bioethicist, Community Activist, Ethicist, Philosopher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disability Studies Quarterly: the Americans with Disabilities Act
Disability Studies Quarterly

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disability Studies Quarterly: the Americans with Disabilities Act

In 2015, Disability Studies Quarterly will publish a Special Issue to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has been a watershed in American disability policy, with far-reaching effects on the status of Americans with disabilities, but has fallen far short of the expectations for social transformation with which it was enacted in 1990.  The Special Issue will commemorate the ADA’s 25th anniversary with both a look back at how the ADA has affected the disability community and the larger society, and an assessment of future prospects for attaining the ADA’s goals of inclusion and empowerment.

Papers that are related (broadly) to the ADA are invited from scholars from any academic or professional discipline, disability policy professionals and advocates, and from disability activists. The issue will strive to incorporate a diverse variety of perspectives within disability studies. Priority for selection will be given to manuscripts that are broadly framed and advance our understanding of the direct and indirect consequences of the ADA for people with disabilities, rather than those which focus on narrow legal, policy, or technical aspects of the Act.

Some examples of potential paper topics include, but would not be limited to:

The History of the Americans with Disabilities Act; The ADA and Disability Law; The ADA and the Workplace/Workforce; The ADA and Public Accommodation; The ADA and Community Living; The ADA and Disability in the Arts and Popular Culture; The ADA and Health Care; Disability Culture and Pride Since the Passage of the ADA; Disability Politics Since the Passage of the ADA; The Global Impact of the ADA and the U.N. Convention; Technology, Disability, and the ADA

All submitted papers will be subject to peer review, and revisions may be requested for inclusion in the Special Issue.  The deadline for submission of proposals is June 1, 2014.  We anticipate that peer review and editing would be completed, and the complete issue will be submitted to DSQ before the end of 2014.

Proposals or questions about the Special Issue may be directed to Richard Scotch, Special Issue Editor, at

Academic, Historian, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers on Public Sector Reforms and Workplace Ill-Treatment for Public Money & Management
Public Money & Management

Call for Papers on Public Sector Reforms and Workplace Ill-Treatment for Public Money & Management

Guest editors: Tim Bentley (New Zealand Work Research Institute, AUT University, New Zealand); Duncan Lewis (Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University, UK); and Stephen Teo (New Zealand Work Research Institute, AUT University, New

There is strong evidence that workplace ill-treatment, including negative acts such as bullying and harassment, is costly for public sector organizations internationally. A recent study into the extent of workplace ill-treatment in the UK, for example, reported that these activities are prevalent in Britain, with just under 50% of the workforce experiencing some form of ill-treatment at work. Not only can bullying and other forms of ill-treatment result in severe psychological and psychosomatic harm to the target, these behaviours often result in lost productivity, absenteeism and turnover, and consume considerable management time
and energy. While some research has looked at this phenomenon in the public sector, there is little published work that has explored the impact of new public management (NPM) on the way in which the public sector manages its workforce.

The impact of public sector reforms on employees delivering public goods is a contested terrain. Early research focused on the benefits of implementing NPM—characterized by service delivery standardization, increased efficiency and effectiveness, in addition to increasing the discretionary power for management so as to control and standardize the outputs of professionals. Negative characterizations of NPM, however, have pointed to increasing evidence of ill-treatment, including bullying and harassment. Indeed, public sector employees have been found to be more at risk of bullying, harassment and violence than those employed elsewhere.

This Public Money & Management (PMM) theme. which will be published in PMM’s Vol. 35 in 2015, seeks empirical manuscripts which examine the consequences of workplace illtreatment in public sector organizations from a broad international perspective, particularly those offering critical examinations or undertaking comparative analyses of the phenomenon
of ill-treatment. The papers in this special issue will examine construct issues, the complex interplay of antecedents and consequences for employees as public sector organizations undergo a variety of change initiatives. As the international literature on the prevention of ill-treatment in the public sector is weak, papers concerned with intervention in this field are particularly welcome. The journal publishes three types of article (see and the guest editors will consider any of these:

• Main papers (up to 5,500 words including references) must meet high standards of intellectual argument, evidence and understanding of practice in public management. They will be double-blind refereed by both an academic and a practitioner.

• New development articles (up to 3,000 words) discuss issues in a detached, informed and authoritative way. These articles are not normally refereed, but are subject to editorial scrutiny.

• Debate articles (usually under 1,000 words) are personal statements, expressing an argument, supported by examples or evidence. They, too, are subject to editorial scrutiny.

The final deadline for submission of complete papers is 1 September 2014.

Submissions and questions to:

Stephen Teo, Professor of Human Resource Management, New Zealand Work Research Institute, AUT Business School, AUT University, Building WF, Room 844, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist