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Call for Papers: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Call for Papers: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

The JBI welcomes both reports of empirical research and articles that increase the theoretical understanding of medicine and health care, the health professions, and the biological sciences. The JBI is also open to critical reflections on medicine and conventional bioethics; the nature of health, illness, and disability; the sources of ethics; the nature of ethical communities; possible implications of new developments in science and technology for social and cultural life and human identity; and the impact of social policies and current world events on health, welfare, and systems of power. We welcome contributions from perspectives that are less commonly published in existing journals in the field as well as studies using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.

Contributions discussing bioethical issues in different geographical and cultural settings are welcomed and encouraged.

In addition to original research, each issue of the JBI includes a symposium edited by guest scholars focusing on a specific bioethical topic as well as regular features such as: Editorials; Letters to the Editor; Critical Perspectives; Recent Developments (particularly in law); Book, Film, and Art Reviews; and Case Studies to which readers respond and comment.

The JBI accepts contributions from authors working in or across disciplines, including—but not limited to—the following:

Philosophy, Bioethics, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Feminism, Gay and Lesbian Studies, History, Law, Linguistics and Discourse Analysis, Literature and Literary Studies, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Social Theory, and Theology and Religious Studies

Academic, Bioethicist, Epidemiologist, Ethicist, Philosopher, Physician, Physician Researcher, Psychologist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Social Scientist
Call for Manuscripts: Technology and Innovation (T&I)
Technology and Innovation (T&I)

Call for Manuscripts: Technology and Innovation (T&I)

We are currently solociting manuscripts for issues of Technology and Innovation (T&I). T&I presents information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation, and welcomes manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.  We publish original articles in basic and applied research, critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent and book reviews of interest to our readers. Manuscripts for general issues are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.

Contributions on the following topics are invited:

• Advances in transformative technology and translational science

• Critical assessments of specific segments of science, engineering, medicine or other technologies

• Economics of a technology, governmental and policy action, and innovation as related to intellectual property

• Environmental (including human health) impact of various technologies

• Historical, societal, ethical, and related aspects of science, engineering, medicine, or technology

• The process of innovation and invention


Paul Sanberg

Diana Vergara

Academic, Bioethicist, Ethicist, Historian, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Scientist, Social Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Japanese Economic Review: Economics of Aging in Japan and Other Societies
Japanese Economic Review

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Japanese Economic Review: Economics of Aging in Japan and Other Societies

In Japan, the population is aging at the fastest pace in the world. In order to establish a sustainable social security system, it is indispensable to construct a policy infrastructure by accumulating evidence based on high-quality micro-data on the diverse aspects of the lives of elderly people. As an important part of this process, Japanese Economic Review (JER) is very pleased to announce a special issue on the economics of aging. We invite the submission of original research contributions covering all aspects, broadly defined, of the economics of aging using the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR) and/or other family surveys such as:

Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

English Longitudinal Survey on Ageing (ELSA)

Survey on Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)

Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA)

Chinese Health and Retirement Survey (CHARLS)

Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)

Priority will be given to studies using JSTAR data.

Language: English

How to submit your papers

Submit your papers to:

Deadline: By the end of October 15, 2014 (GMT)



Academic, Policy Analyst, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research: Social Work Intervention Research
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research: Social Work Intervention Research

Guest Editors: Daniel Herman, Ph.D. & Diane DePanfilis, Ph.D.

Manuscript Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014

The Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research (JSSWR) announces a special issue dedicated to studies of social work interventions.

This issue will broadly define social work interventions to include intentional action strategies designed to promote positive outcomes (or prevent adverse outcomes) among individuals, groups, organizations, or communities served by the social work profession.

Scope and Topics of Interest

While all high-quality manuscripts focused on social work intervention research will be considered, we are particularly interested in papers that describe methods and key findings of intervention studies and discuss applications to practice and/or public policy. In addition, we are seeking papers that will contribute to scholarly debate regarding the development and use of methods for carrying out intervention research. We invite both qualitative and quantitative manuscripts.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Completed experimental and quasi-experimental studies testing social work interventions;

• Studies using systematic methods to develop new interventions or to adapt existing interventions for new populations or settings;

• Studies of implementation of social work interventions;

• Methodological research on strategies for intervention research, including advances in statistical methods for analyzing dosage data and data from observational studies (where the intent is to assess the impact of a service or programfrom a quasi-experimental design).

Authors are invited to contact the guest editors to discuss ideas for submissions.

Daniel Herman, Hunter College (

Diane DePanfilis, University of Maryland (


All papers must be prepared for masked review by three peer reviewers.

For submission instructions and Author Guidelines, please go to JSSWR’s page on the University of Chicago Press Journals website (

Note. During the submission process, make sure to identify your submission as intended for the Special Issue on Social Work Intervention Research.

Send questions regarding the submission process to JSSWR Managing Editor Diane Wyant at

Academic, Social Scientist, Social Worker
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: Health and Disability
Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: Health and Disability

Edited by

Sophie Mitra, Fordham University

Jennifer Prah Ruger, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2014

The Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (JHDC) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Health and Disability . This call for papers aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding health, disability and human development, as well as the linkages among them and a range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence such links and their dynamics. Submissions related to this topic are welcome. In particular, though not exclusively, we welcome submissions in the following themes: i) Social justice and resource allocation; ii) Health system financing and access; iii) Public health and health policy; iv) Disability, poverty and human development; v) Social determinants of health and disability; vi) Disability definition and measurement; vii) HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapies; viii) Health care services and provision, and; ix) Maternal, child and reproductive health.

Full papers in English, in .doc or .docx formats should be submitted by November 30th, 2014. Strict compliance with this deadline is required. Papers submitted will be evaluated through a standard peer review process. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by e-mail. Submission of a paper implies that the author has the intention of publishing the paper in the JHDC, and it is not currently under evaluation at another journal.

Submission procedure

Please submit papers online at: According to the JHDC’s guidelines for preparing manuscripts, please send the paper identified as “Main Document”, with all information identifying the authors removed to allow it to be refereed anonymously. The main document should include the following:

-- The title of the paper.

-- An abstract of approximately 150–200 words.

-- Up to five key words.

-- Numbered pages in sequence.

-- All necessary material (e.g. figures and tables and their captions; appendices).

In addition to the main manuscript, a separate file should also be sent, identified as “Title Page”, and must include all of the following information:

-- The title of the paper

-- The names of the authors

-- The full postal and email addresses of all the authors

-- Affiliation details for each author (job title, institution, city, country)

-- A brief biographical note for each author (around 100 words)

-- One author should be indicated as “Corresponding author”. He/she will be notified of the selection outcome after submission of the manuscript to an anonymous peer review process, and if the paper is selected.

Complete instructions for authors can be found at the publisher’s website:

For inquiries, please contact Sophie Mitra ( or Jennifer Prah Ruger (

Journal information

The Journal of Human Development and Capabilities is the peer-reviewed journal of the Human Development and Capabilities Association. It was launched in January 2000 to provide new perspectives on challenges of human development, capability expansion, poverty eradication, human well-being, markets, growth, social justice and human rights. The human development approach recognizes that development is about more than just economic growth; it is also about improving the well-being of people, and expanding the choices and opportunities they have.

The Journal publishes original work in economics, philosophy, social sciences and other disciplines that expand concepts, measurement tools and policy alternatives in the area of human development. It provides a forum for an open exchange of ideas among a broad spectrum of policy makers and academics, addressing issues at global, national and local levels.

The human development school of thought has become increasingly influential within academic institutions as well as within government bodies and non-governmental organizations. The Journal acts as a conduit for the further advancement and critique of this approach.

For more information about the Journal:

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the History of Education Review: Schools and the Management of Public Health
History of Education Review

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the History of Education Review: Schools and the Management of Public Health

Editors: Dr Helen Proctor and Dr Kellie Burns, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

Schools have a long history of intervention in the health of children and adolescents. Their implication in the administration and management of public health has impacted significantly on relationships between family, school and the state, and on ideas about the role of the school in the creation of healthy, productive citizens. Understandings of health and hygiene have had ongoing and changing moral and political dimensions, and concerns about health have varied across gender, sexuality, race, social class, age and place. Further, shifting meanings of health and illness in schools have continued to reflect and produce contested views of difference.

The journal History of Education Review will publish an international special issue focusing on the historical involvement of schools in the production, management and bureaucratization of public health. A wide variety of topics related to this history will be considered, including but not limited to:

• gender and gendered understandings of the body and education

• sex, sexuality and bodily discipline

• family-school-community relations

• citizenship and governing

• colonialisation, race, assimilation and eugenics

• hygiene, vaccination and civic morality

• nutrition, food provision, obesity and healthy eating

• (early) childhood and adolescence

• parents’ role in public health programs

• communicable diseases and ideas about illness and wellness

• class, social control and the economics of public health

• changing and contested conceptions of expertise and professional knowledge around medicine, psychology, school teaching and parenting

• teachers’ health and wellbeing

• buildings, classrooms and school design.

In the first instance please submit a detailed paper proposal (1000 words maximum) to Dr Helen Proctor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney:, by 31 January, 2015.

Full papers (from accepted proposals) will be due 31 January, 2016.

The History of Education Review is an international journal committed to the publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed research and theoretical papers located in the history of education. It is the official journal of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (

Full author guidelines for the journal can be found at

Enquiries regarding this special issue of History of Education Review may be directed to Dr Helen Proctor:

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Historian, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy: The Normalisation Thesis – 20 years Later
Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy: The Normalisation Thesis – 20 years Later

Editors: Fiona Measham (guest editor) & Amy Pennay

Over the past 20 years, a growing body of literature has debated whether the regular, recreational use of some drugs, such as cannabis and ecstasy, has become ‘normalised’ amongst young people. The original proponents of this thesis argued that the recreational use of some drugs had become a normal, common feature of life for some young people in their pursuit of leisure and pleasure. They also argued that the use of some drugs had become socially and culturally accepted by many members of the non-drug using population (Measham et al., 1994; Parker et al. 1998).

The normalisation thesis is one of the most significant recent theoretical developments to have emerged in the youth and drug studies literature, because it differed from previous criminological and psychological theories that associated drug use with deviance or resistance, subcultural affiliation, and pathology or disease. Instead, it aimed to explain why there was such an increase in recreational drug use among people of different gender, class and ethnicity.

The normalisation thesis has been debated by researchers in the UK, other parts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Some of this work has supported the normalisation thesis, while some has contested it. More recent work has explored concepts such as differentiated normalisation and the micro-politics of normalisation. This special issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy will explore current developments in the normalisation thesis, particularly in the context of fairly stable trends in illicit drug use in western countries.

Manuscripts are encouraged that examine normalisation, and also de-normalisation, either through drawing on newly collected empirical data or providing critical reflection of facets of the theory in light of social or cultural shifts in drug use. We encourage manuscripts that address a range of licit and illicit drug types (i.e., emerging psychoactive/synthetic drugs, cannabis and e-cigarettes, as just a few examples). We hope to include a variety of different types of articles, as described in the Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy's Instructions for Authors, available at the journal's website, and we encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors, i.e., more experienced and junior researchers and researchers from developing and developed countries. 

Submission process: Potential authors should submit a 500-1000 word proposal. Guest Editors for the Special Issue will review the proposals and invite selected authors to submit a full manuscript, subject to peer review. Submissions should be in English and proposals should clearly state the aims, methods and findings of the article proposed.

Abstracts should be emailed to Fiona Measham ( and to Amy Pennay ( by 1 December 2014. The email subject heading should read "DEPP Special Issue: The Normalisation Thesis – 20 years later". The editors will inform authors by 16th January 2015 whether to proceed to full submission. If selected, complete manuscripts will be due on 1st May 2015. All manuscripts will be subject to the normal DEPP peer review process. The special issue will be published in mid 2016.

Measham, F., Newcombe, R. & Parker, H. (1994) The normalisation of recreational drug use amongst young people in north-west England. British Journal of Sociology, 45(2): 287-312.

Parker, H., Aldridge, J. & Measham, F. (1998) Illegal Leisure: The normalisation of adolescent drug use, London: Routledge.

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Understudied Populations
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Understudied Populations

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2015.

Sexual and reproductive health services are most effective when tailored to the specific circumstances of particular populations. To that end, much research and programmatic effort has gone toward understanding the behaviors and service needs of teenagers, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and socioeconomically disadvantaged men and women. Other groups, however, have received less attention: individuals with disabilities, incarcerated persons, homeless men and women, military personnel and transgender people, to name but a few. The December 2015 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health will include a special section devoted to exploring the sexual and reproductive health needs of understudied populations—those mentioned above and others whose distinctive situations have been largely overlooked in the literature and in the policy and service arenas. We will consider original research and review articles (with a maximum length of 6,000 words), as well as commentaries (up to 3,500 words).

Academic, Community Activist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems: Assistive Technology and Impacts on Innovation
International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems: Assistive Technology and Impacts on Innovation

Guest Editors:

Dr. Fabiana Bonilha, Dr. Sílvio Spinella and Mrs. Vanessa Ferreira, Center for Information Technology Renato Archer (CTI), Brazil

This special issue will focus on the impacts of assistive technology on innovation systems for improved function and access of individuals with disabilities and/or mobility impairments. We would like to emphasise technologies that assist in overcoming attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder the full and effective access, participation, inclusion and achievement of persons with disabilities.

Assistive technology plays a key role in organisation ecosystems in terms of transition and innovation challenges and impacts. Communities of experts in this ecosystem (e.g. occupational therapists, physical therapists, educators, engineers, assistive technology professionals, independent living specialists and others) have an important role in this spiral of innovation.

Technologies may include aids for daily living, augmentative/alternative communication, aids for computer access, environment control units, architectural elements, mobility aids, vehicle adaptations, orthotics and prosthetics, seating and positioning, recreation and leisure, sports, aids for blind people or people with low vision, and aids for people with hearing deficit or deafness.

In this context, particular topics will be very significant in the future:

• The integration of theoretical models and techniques of assistive technology in contexts of dynamics of smart environments

• The integration into models of emerging societal concerns related to assistive technology and smart working environments

• Evaluation of assistive technology and societal problems

• The adaptation of standards to assistive technology

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Accessible toys, play and playgrounds

• Assistive technology in rehabilitation

• Community access technologies

• Computer access technologies

• Education access

• Employment access

• Environment access

• Functional seating and positioning

• Home access technologies

• Independent living

• Recreation, leisure and sports

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

The Guest Editors are happy to discuss initial ideas for papers and can be contacted directly:

Dr. Fabiana Bonilha:

Dr. Sílvio Spinella:

Mrs. Vanessa Maria de Vargas Ferreira:

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 30 September, 2014

Feedback to authors: 14 November, 2014

Submission for the second review: 30 December, 2014

Notification of final acceptance: 15 January, 2015

Final submission: 20 January, 2015

Allied Health Professional, Audiologist , Biomedical Engineer, Occupational Therapist, Orthotist, Policy Analyst, Prosthetist, Social Scientist, Speech Pathologist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization: Experimental and Behavioral Economics of Healthcare
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization: Experimental and Behavioral Economics of Healthcare

Guest Editors:

James C. Cox
Georgia State University

Ellen P. Green
Arizona State University
(College of Health Solutions)

Heike Hennig-Schmidt
University of Bonn

The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (JEBO) will publish a special issue on experimental studies in health economics. Experimental economics provides a paradigm for research on the healthcare market and problems with information and incentives in the provision of healthcare. The interaction between experimental and health economics enriches our understanding of decision-making in the healthcare market and encourages novel methods of healthcare research.

The aim of this special issue is to gain insight into the incentive and information problems in the healthcare market that have led to inefficiencies. We welcome submissions that apply experimental methods, mechanism design and decision support information technology in the laboratory or the field.  We encourage supply-side topics and applications to insurance, physician behavior, or behavior of other providers.

Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2014.  When submitting, please select “Health Experiments” as the article type.  Submission fees are waived for this special issue.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Psychologist, Social Scientist