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Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of World Health & Population: Attacks on Healthcare Workers in Conflict Zones
World Health & Population

Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of World Health & Population: Attacks on Healthcare Workers in Conflict Zones

World Health & Population (WHP) is publishing a theme issue on the nature and impacts of attacks on health workers, facilities, transports and patients in times of armed conflict or civil unrest – and strategies for protection. We are seeking submission of original manuscripts on this topic.

In the past few years, awareness of the extent of the global problem of violent interference with healthcare services has grown. We have come to understand that attacks take place not only in armed conflict, but in situations of political volatility, and that local providers are often the victims. There remains a paucity of evidence on the dynamics and impacts of attacks on providers and patients.

Further, more robust policy solutions are needed to increase security, advance protection and end impunity. This issue seeks to fill these gaps.

WHP welcomes submissions for the theme issue in the form of empirical studies, evaluations and policy analysis including the broad range of issues as listed below:

• Studies exploring the vulnerabilities of healthcare in situations of armed conflict or civil unrest

• Studies on the short, intermediate and long term impacts of violence on health systems

• Strategies for supporting the safety and well-being of civilian health and human resources in situations of armed conflict or civil unrest

• Policies and actions at the national, regional and global level that can promote the respect and protection of healthcare.

WHP has been committed to supporting and encouraging applied research and policy analysis from diverse international settings for more than 15 years. Guidelines for submission of manuscripts are found on the WHP website ( and all submissions are subject to editorial and external peer review.

WHP is indexed by MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, Global Health, and Ulrich’s. Citations from articles, indexing terms, and the abstract are searchable using PUBMED, offering significant visibility for the journal and its contributors.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions. We look forward to many interesting and important submissions. The due date for submissions is June 9, 2014, with an anticipated publication date of the WHP Theme Issue on Attacks on Healthcare Workers in Conflict Zones for Fall 2014.

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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.

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Futures: Confronting Future Catastrophic Threats To Humanity

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Futures: Confronting Future Catastrophic Threats To Humanity

The purpose of this special issue is to discuss possible opportunities to prevent major future global catastrophes or to help human civilization endure them.

A variety of ethical views emphasize the importance of addressing major catastrophic threats to human civilization, often known as global catastrophic risks or existential risks. These catastrophes threaten the entire future of human civilization. Likewise, actions taken today can help address both present and future catastrophic threats. Preparing for future threats is especially important because threats noticeable today could have large-scale future effects. These include threats from environmental degradation, such as climate change, and risks from emerging technologies, such as biotechnology and artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, the catastrophes that could occur now, such as pandemics and nuclear war, also pose threats in the future, in potentially different and more challenging ways. Finally, there can also be future threats not yet noticeable today.

This special issue seeks to identify and discuss opportunities for action now that can help humanity prepare for catastrophic threats it may face in the future. Of interest are both actions to prevent the catastrophes, or to reduce their probability, and actions to help humanity endure them. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Novel proposals for actions to address specific threats

Proposals for overcoming barriers to action

Development of scenarios for preventing or enduring particular catastrophes

Analysis of trends in threats and actions to address the risks

Epistemic challenges in quantifying the uncertainties surrounding the threats and actions to address them

Strategies for action given the uncertainty and difficulty of quantifying risk

Governance and institutional challenges

Ethical issues that arise for particular actions

Uncertainty about the threats and the impacts of actions aimed at reducing them

Evaluation of tradeoffs in which one action affects multiple threats

The relevance of particular Futures Studies methods in confronting catastrophic threats

Submission Guidelines

Papers should follow the normal format for Futures Journal (see link to guide below). Each paper will be double blind peer reviewed. The papers should address the aims of the call and be consistent with the mission of Futures Journal which “seeks the rigorous examination of possible and alternative futures of all human endeavours”.

The Futures Journal Guide to Authors is available at:

Deadlines and Timeline

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors at their earliest convenience to discuss possible article themes (see contact info below).

Initial paper submissions are due by 1 September 2014, at which point peer review will begin. Submit papers online at:  Submission may be made from August 15th onwards.

Peer review and revisions will occur during September 2014 through around January 2015.

Expected online publication is Feb-March 2015 and printed publication by summer 2015.

Please direct any inquiries to Seth Baum ( and Bruce Tonn (

Guest editors:

Seth Baum
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute

Bruce Tonn
University of Tennessee

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Call for Papers: LGBT Health
LGBT Health

Call for Papers: LGBT Health

LGBT Health is the quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting optimal healthcare for millions of sexual and gender minority persons worldwide by focusing specifically on health while maintaining sufficient breadth to encompass the full range of relevant biopsychosocial and health policy issues. This Journal aims to promote greater awareness of the health concerns particular to each sexual minority population, and to improve availability and delivery of culturally competent healthcare services. LGBT Health also encourages further research and increased funding in this critical but currently underserved domain. The Journal provides a much-needed authoritative source and international forum in all areas pertinent to LGBT health and healthcare services. Contributions from all continents are solicited including Asia and Africa which are currently underrepresented in sex research.

LGBT Health facilitates and supports the efforts of researchers, clinicians, academics, and policymakers to work toward improved health status and healthcare delivery for all segments of the LGBT community and other sexual or gender minorities. Spanning a broad array of disciplines, the Journal brings together the research, clinical, and health advocacy communities to overcome barriers to healthcare and other current challenges, as well as to expand options for treatment and prevention.

LGBT Health coverage includes:

• Health concerns of individual sexual and gender minority populations

• Health concerns as impacted by age, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality and geographical region

• Health issues in intersex conditions and disorders of sex development

• Transgender-specific health issues, including those of transgender children and adolescents

• Mental and physical health impact of stigmatization

• Healthcare disparities and barriers to care related to sexual and gender minority status

• Cultural competence in healthcare settings

• Reproductive health and assisted reproduction

• Lifecycle development and aging in sexual and gender minority populations

• HIV/AIDS, STDs, at-risk LGBT youth, and risk factors

• HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illness

• Screening programs and disease prevention

• Family concerns involving sexually and gender variant children

• Parenting by gender and sexual minority individuals

• Best practices and guidelines

• Model programs

• Professional training and education of physical and mental healthcare providers

• Public health policy, healthcare and insurance reform

The journal publishes original research, reviews, clinical reports, legal and policy perspectives in all of the areas identified above, and select book reviews.

Community Activist, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Nurse Researcher, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of The Lancet: The Legacy of the First World War
The Lancet

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of The Lancet: The Legacy of the First World War

In the first few months of 2014, the UK media have already provided saturation coverage to mark a century since the outbreak of the First World War. Education Secretary for England Michael Gove had described it as a “just war”; others have recalled the words of the late Harry Patch, the last surviving veteran of the conflict, who called it “legalised mass murder”. There has been controversy over the necessity of the war itself, and of the form that commemoration should take. What can a medical journal add to this?

During the conflict, The Lancet published papers on the diverse medical challenges of warfare—from surgery to psychiatry. This year, we would like to remember the war—and those who lost their lives, soldiers and civilians alike—by considering how it shaped and defined the challenges to human health of today's world. Massive social convulsions such as the First World War force both citizens and their leaders to face issues that would otherwise have been ignored or unaddressed. The role of the state in providing public health and health care; the rights of those with disabilities; the toll of mechanised warfare; the health impact of population movement: these are just some of the facets of human health that we will explore in a special issue later this year. We invite submissions of relevant original research or review articles. Please submit your work via our online submission system, stating in your cover letter that the submission is in response to this call for papers. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.

To submit a paper go to

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology: Nudges
Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology: Nudges

Guest editors: Adrien Barton and Till Grüne-Yanoff

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: May 15, 2014

Originally introduced by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, nudges have been defined as any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way, without merely informing, forbidding a course of action, or significantly changing the economic incentives. Nudges include for example default choices (e.g. people being considered as organ donors by default), physical arrangements of the environment (for instance displaying healthy food in a cafeteria line) or changing temporal perspectives (like the “Save More Tomorrow” program for retirement savings). Nudges have been taking an increasing importance in public policy with initiatives such as the “Behavioral Insights Team” dedicated to the public use of nudges in the UK.

The goal of this special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology is to bring together works from various disciplines to raise new lights on the study of nudges. In particular, we encourage submissions clarifying the status of nudges and their interactions with psychological processes. This requires a detailed analysis of the connections between nudges and fundamental notions including: heuristic; bias and rationality; decision, choice and action; causality; control, freedom of choice and consent; influence and manipulation. We also welcome papers investigating the ethics of nudges, the implication of nudges for political philosophy, or the contextual analysis of specific nudges. We encourage submissions from experts of various fields, including – but not restricted to – philosophy, cognitive science, economics, medicine, and law.

Guest author and commentator

This issue will feature an invited article from Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and a commentary by Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard Law School and co-author of NUDGE, addressing the contributions accepted to this issue.

Instructions for authors

Contributions should describe original and previously unpublished work. The submission process will include two phases: submission of an extended abstract, which will be blind-reviewed by the guest editors; and (if selected) submission of a full paper, which will be blind-reviewed by two anonymous referees.

For the first phase of abstract submission, authors should send two pdf files to

- a document stating the title of the proposed article as well as the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)

- an anonymized extended abstract of maximum 1000 words.

Important dates

- Deadline for the submission of the extended abstract: May 15, 2014

- Deadline for the submission of the full paper: October 15, 2014

- Target publication date: June 30, 2015

About the journal

The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN: 1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by Springer, which focuses on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science. The journal’s aim is to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences. The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a call for papers.


For any queries, please email the guest editors: and

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Call for Papers: Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR)
Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR)

Call for Papers: Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR)

Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR) is soliciting studies, policy analyses, and program evaluations that use rigorous, scientific research methods. We are interested in papers addressing changes in coverage, quality, access, the organization and delivery of health services, payment for health services, and innovative methods. Do not presume from the title that the scope is narrowly defined to include only research directly involving the Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) programs. It is not. However manuscripts should have results or conclusions that pertain at least indirectly to these programs.

Illustrative examples of topics include but are not limited to:

Development, use, and effects of quality-based and bundled-service payment models

Impact of changes in cost sharing and coverage on care utilization patterns and outcomes

Impact of Medicaid eligibility changes on the organization and delivery of care

Descriptive analyses of longitudinal utilization and cost patterns among Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries

Impact of changes within the private health care system on Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP

Analyses of the types of health research questions amenable to quick study and implementation, and those questions that are not.

Submitted manuscripts must report the results of original scholarship. Manuscripts that are primarily editorial or opinion-based will not be considered. Manuscripts with results that directly support actionable recommendations will receive priority for publication.

All manuscripts must be submitted online according to the Author Guidelines (see button on right). Criteria for selection of manuscripts include:

quality, rigor, and originality,

significance and usefulness for informing the future of Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP; and

clarity of writing and presentation.

For questions:

Please contact David Bott, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief,

Academic, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Marketing Channels: Food Safety and Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities
Journal of Marketing Channels

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Marketing Channels: Food Safety and Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Editors:

Xenophon Koufteros, Texas A&M University

Guanyi Lu, Oregon State University

The Journal of Marketing Channels is pleased to announce and invite submissions for a Special Issue on “Food Safety and Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities”. The deadline for manuscript submission is December 31, 2014 with publication of accepted papers planned during late 2015 or early 2016.

As supply chains now span the globe and outsourcing has become ubiquitous, firms find that they have little direct control over the production of all of the materials that enter their supply chain. This involves necessarily some level of risk if the quality and integrity of the materials have been compromised along the value chain, but not detected prior to product production and delivery to end customers. Also, firms have to ensure that their internal processes and distribution channels are capable of producing and delivering safe products to their customers.

Protecting the supply chain is, however, quite germane to some industries, such as that of food and beverage (F&B), because their products are consumed by the public: products that have been compromised have the potential to cause illness and, in some cases, death. This of course will likely have adverse financial effects on the company and tarnish its reputation. These effects on the company can be rather tangible and may be felt in a short period of time despite recovery attempts and honest efforts to reassure the public.

We welcome manuscripts that are (1) theoretically innovative and well-grounded in theory and (2) based on solid empirical research which provides insights into the dynamics of practices in the F&B industries. Manuscripts which do not rest on strong theoretical grounds or do not engage in theory building will be desk rejected.

Empirical research which tends to be longitudinal in nature is strongly encouraged.

A Special Editorial Review Board will be convened by the Guest Editors for this Special Issue of JMC. However, the reviewing process will follow the same norms as those of the regular editorial team.

Some examples of research that would be welcomed include:

• Encouraging scholarly interest in the growing complexity and dangers that underlie global F&B supply chains.

• Examining the implications of these dangers for the firm and the public at large.

• Learning more about the role of increasing global interdependence among supply chain members.

• Uncovering best practices to assure the integrity of products in the F&B industries.

• Uncovering the type of processes/practices other industries employ to ensure safety and security which may be transferable to the F&B industries.

• Considering relevant performance metrics.

• Examining the differential effects of key practices on relevant performance metrics.

• Studying how firms might recover from crisis attributed to F&B safety/security breaches.

• Examining whether the cultural and ethical environment at the firm level and/or at the country level play a role in F&B safety and security.

• Studying whether organizational structure plays a role in F&B safety and security.

• Researching the role of international standards, such as ISO, in promoting F&B safety and security.

• Considering if and how government regulations impact F&B safety/security over time.

Academic, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Proposals: Twenty-Third Volume in the Monograph Series Sociology of Health and Illness
Proposed Volume in the Monograph Series Sociology of Health and Illness

Call for Proposals: Twenty-Third Volume in the Monograph Series Sociology of Health and Illness

Proposals are invited for the twenty-third volume in the monograph series to be published by the Sociology of Health and Illness in conjunction with Wiley-Blackwell.

The monograph will be up to 85,000 words in length comprising up to 12 peer-reviewed papers and will appear both as a special issue of the journal and in book form. The planned publication date is February 2017 and agreed proofs will appear online prior to the print issue. The proposal should contain the following elements:

1. Justification of the proposed topic in terms of its academic merit, how it fits into the monograph series and how links between medical sociology and other substantive areas will be established.

2. A statement of 3 or 4 themes that might be addressed and how these can be broken down into sub-themes.

3. Consideration of the proposal’s appeal to: o regular readers of the journal and to readers who might buy it as a book; medical sociologists and to readers from sister disciplines; sociologists from Europe, the Americas, Australia & New Zealand and other parts of the world where the sociology of health and illness is developing as a discipline.

4. Competitor publications should be noted and the distinctiveness of the proposal explained in relation to any such competition.

5. An account of how the call for papers would be advertised to reach a range of contributors to include junior and well established authors and an international range of contributors.

6. A list of potential contributors who might be approached.

7. Brief indication of a proposed publication launch event.

8. A short biographical note about the proposed editors. The proposal, including the short biographies, should be no more than 2,000 words in total.

Proposals can be discussed informally with the Monograph Editor Ian Rees Jones before submitting the final document. Finalised proposals should be sent to Ian Rees Jones by 5:00 pm on Friday 11th July 2014.

The editorial Board of Sociology of Health and Illness will review proposals in September 2014 and the outcome will be notified by 1st October 2014. Visit previous volumes in the monograph series.

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sex Education: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Everyday Spaces of Schooling
Sex Education

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sex Education: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Everyday Spaces of Schooling

Deadline: 1 June 2014

Sex, gender, and sexuality circulate in every moment and space of the school day. Ideas about who and what students can and should be and inform curriculum, school policy, rituals and traditions, pedagogy, physical spaces, classroom materials, discipline procedures, dress codes. Sex, gender, and sexuality infuse social interactions among those who occupy school space, constitute exclusions and inclusions that create, maintain, and sometimes challenge heteronormative school cultures.

In this Special Issue of Sex Education, we seek papers that explore the ways normative expectations around sex, gender, and sexuality are multiply present throughout the school. We aim to map how daily practices of heteronormativity in schools affirm gender and sexual conformity and position students, teachers, and families who do not conform as “Other.” We seek empirical and theoretical papers from anthropology, cultural geography, education, and sociology that consider sex, gender, and sexuality across primary and secondary school contexts and at all ages. We are especially interested in papers that consider sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with other social differences and identities, including ability, class, ethnicity, and race.  Contributions may address one or more of the following questions:

How does heteronormativity help enforce regimes of health, wellness, and ability?

How do ideas about sex, gender, and sexuality create and foreclose interactional possibilities among and between teachers and students?

What is the relationship between systems of student prestige and the performance of hegemonic gender and sexuality?

How do sex, gender, and sexuality interrupt or affirm racialized and classed experiences of schooling?

What are the limits of character education and anti-bullying efforts for creating sexual and gender equity and reducing violence in schools?

What role might LGBTQ inclusive classrooms play in reducing school violence?

How do educators understand their roles in systems of power that enforce gender conformity?

Guest editors:

Jessica Fields is Associate Professor of Sociology and a member of Research Faculty at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University, USA.

Elizabethe Payne is Director of the Queering Education Research Institute (QuERI) and a part-time Associate Professor in the Cultural Foundations of Education Department at Syracuse University, USA

Instructions for Submissions

Peer review: Papers for the Special Issue will be subject to normal peer review in line with the procedures of the journal Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning.

Timeline: Please submit papers by June 1, 2014.

Mark papers clearly for consideration for publication in the special issue “Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Everyday Spaces of Schooling”.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Educator, Health Services Researcher, Social Scientist