CFS: Birth & Origins

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation requests submissions of manuscripts on the topic of Birth and Origins for consideration in the 2nd issue of our peer-reviewed academic journal, the Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture. Please NOTE: Authors who are selected to have their articles published in this Issue will receive a $500 honorarium.

We invite scholars in all fields to submit papers relevant to the theme. Theoretical as well as empirical manuscripts are welcome. Collaborations between scholars from different fields are particularly encouraged as are single-author works with an interdisciplinary scope. Some topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • birth of a specific cultural practice
  • background and origin of a specific term or element of your field
  • etiology of a specific pathological or physiological process
  • early histories of a paradigm or society

 To submit, email your manuscript to  by December 1, 2011. Please consult our website for submission guidelines:

CFS: Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

Call for submissions: Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

Housed at the Ohio State University, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men is a new and exciting peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, published by Indiana University Press. We invite submissions of original, previously unpublished manuscripts that engage issues related to any and all aspects of Black men’s lived experiences. Specifically, the journal welcomes manuscripts that examine the social, political, economic, and historical factors that influence the life chances of Black Men wherever they may be in the world. Authors may address such topics using a number of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches. The inaugural issue is scheduled to appear in spring 2012. We encourage authors to submit their work by December 1. Manuscripts should be sent to:

CFS: Real Stories of Nurses

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays by and about nurses for a new collection, Becoming a Nurse: Real Stories of Nurses, Their Lives and Their Patients. We’re looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints, and we are hoping you will help us reach your members. Most Americans will be hospitalized at some point in their lives, and nurses will be their most consistent point of contact with the health care establishment. While doctors have long been the subjects of the more glamorous pop culture depictions of medicine, nurses provide the day-in, day-out care for patients and families. But what motivates nurses to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the healthcare system? Becoming a Nurse will present readers with the world of medicine from the perspective of nurses in hospitals, in-home care programs, long-term care facilities, hospices, and the armed forces as they tell stories that recall and recreate the most salient moments of their careers. We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about this profession for a collection of essays, which will be published by Creative Nonfiction. Essays can be from 2,500-5,000 words but should be written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters and a distinctive voice.

To submit, please send your manuscript to: Creative Nonfiction Attn: Becoming a Nurse 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202 Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please include a word count on the first page of the essay, as well as your contact information and an SASE or email address for response. Any additional questions can be directed to:
Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2011.

CFP: History Women’s Health

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its seventh annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.  We invite interested persons to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Friday, November 11, 2011 for consideration.  The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on women’s health issues from the late 18th century to the present.  This conference encourages interdisciplinary work.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, obstetric and gynecology issues (fertility, infertility, birth control methods, menopause), adolescence (health, cultural influences, body image, puberty, eating disorders), mental health topics, geriatric concerns, overall women’s health, access to health care, minority health, nursing, midwifery, female healers, and more.
The History of Women’s Health Conference began in 2006 as part of the Pennsylvania Hospital’s celebration of co-founder Benjamin Franklin’s tercentenary.  Each year since, scholars from the humanities and health care professionals gather to discuss the past, present, and future state of women’s health.  The conference is jointly sponsored by the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collection.
Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, is a 515-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution.  For more information please visit our web site at    For more on our collections or the history of Pennsylvania Hospital, please visit
Please e-mail your one to two page proposals to: Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital Please call (215-829-5434) or e-mail with any questions or for more information.

CFS: J of Assoc Nurses AIDS Care

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) is the official journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. JANAC‘s mission is to support nursing practice, research, and education through the scholarly dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge and practice standards. JANAC provides a forum for the interdisciplinary discussion of clinical practice, education, research, prevention, public health, health administration, international health, legal-ethical issues, social issues, and public policy issues related to all aspects of the HIV epidemic. JANAC invites original articles from nurses and other healthcare professionals that focus on a broad spectrum of issues related to HIV, nursing, and health care.
Submission of Manuscripts. JANAC reviews manuscripts with the understanding that they have not been previously published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. JANAC invites contributions in the form of featured manuscripts (maximum 20 pages); research, practice, or program briefs (8-10 pages); and topical columns and commentaries (6-8 pages). Letters to the editor and guest editorials are also welcome.
JANAC uses an online manuscript submission and review system. Please visit to submit your manuscript electronically. The Web site guides authors through the initial registration process, including the uploading of requisite files. Please note that original source files – not PDF files – are required. Inquiries regarding manuscript submission or status should be directed to the Managing Editor, Kristen Overstreet, at 303-420-3570 or via email at All other inquiries should be directed to the Editor, Lucy Bradley-Springer, at 303-315-2515 or via e-mail at All correspondence, including the Editor’s decision and requests for revisions, will be delivered by e-mail to the corresponding author. Manuscript status information is always available for registered authors via the journal’s online submission system.

Peer Review. Manuscripts are evaluated according to their relevance and significance, the degree to which they advance knowledge, the quality of scholarly presentation, the integrity of research methodology, and clinical content relevant to nursing practice and HIV care. The author(s) may be asked to revise an accepted manuscript to conform to the standards and editorial style of JANAC.

Other Submissions. Submissions for research, practice, or program briefs; topical columns and commentaries; guest editorials; and letters to the editor are not subject to blinded review. These submissions consist of one file that includes the title, the author(s) contact information, the manuscript text, and references in APA (5th ed.) format. If tables and figure are included, they should be submitted in separate files as described above. More information at:

CFP: Advance Care Planning (Conference)

The 3rd International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Conference (ACPEL) Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for original work for consideration as an oral or poster presentation in the ACPEL program. The conference is designed both for those who are at the early stages of learning about effective advance care planning programs and for those who are dealing with more complex implementation problems. Abstracts will be selected so as to provide content to a broad range of delegates. The Scientific Committee will select abstracts that represent a range of settings, issues, and both practical/clinical as well as theoretical concerns.

This year’s conference theme is: Informed Choices: Keeping the Person at the Centre of Care. The purpose of the conference is to provide state-of-the-art advance care planning and end-of-life communication from a clinical, ethical, educational, research, legal, and policy perspective. The conference will meet in Chicago, 31 May to 2 June 2012.

Conference objectives:

  • Identify key elements in developing evidence-based advance care planning programs.
  • Describe cutting-edge, innovative strategies that improve advance care planning and end-of-life communication.
  • Discuss sound evaluation and research methods to examine the impact of advance care planning.


Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts 20th January 2012

Authors Notified of Acceptance February 2012

Author Registration & Early Bird Deadline 19th March 2012

ACPEL seeks to ensure that all abstracts are free of commercial bias and under no circumstances should the submission include promotion of a product or service. Abstracts may not exceed 250 words in length and are due no later than 20th January 2012. Full information at:

CFP: Health Communication, Artificial Intelligence

Call for proposals for a special issue of Patient Education and Counseling: Health Communication Meets Artificial Intelligence

Guest Editors: Nancy Green (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA) Sara Rubinelli (University of Lucerne, Switzerland) Donia Scott (University of Sussex, UK)

Patient Education and Counseling invites the submission of manuscripts for a special issue on artificial intelligence and health communication. There is a large and growing interest in the development of automated systems to provide health services to patients and consumers. In the last two decades, applications informed by research in health communication have been developed, e.g., for promoting healthy behavior and for managing chronic diseases. While the value that these types of applications can offer to the community in terms of cost, access, and convenience is clear, there are still major challenges facing design of effective health communication systems. Communicating health information is a challenging task. The sender often comes from the expert domain of medicine, while its receiver consists of patients who for the most part do not have expertise in medicine but who may have the lived experience of a health condition. Thus, what is relevant from a medical point of view might not be relevant from the patient’s perspective, and vice versa. Communication is not a one-way activity, and so it is necessary for a health communication source to be able to engage the patient’s interest and trust, to elicit and interpret information from the patient, to monitor his comprehension and state of mind, and to tailor the on-going exchange appropriately. Designing an automated system for health communication that can engage in an interaction with its users is a challenging task. It is hoped that this challenge can be addressed by use of artificial intelligence techniques in combination with empirically-based theoretical frameworks from the field of health communication and related areas of communication studies, discourse studies, public health and psychology. This Special Issue aims to provide a platform of discussion from theory to practice, bridging the gap between health communication and artificial intelligence. It is expected to comprise a collection of reviews, empirical, conceptual and methodological papers and intervention studies, prefaced with an editorial introduction on the purpose and value of this effort and summarizing the main achievements and the implications from a conceptual and practical level. We encourage submissions in the following areas:

• Healthcare provider-consumer communication • Health literacy • Risk communication, including written and visual formats • Use of behavioral, persuasion, and argumentation theories for healthy behavior promotion. • Virtual healthcare counselors (e.g. helping with chronic disease management or medication compliance) • Risk communication and visualization • Patient-tailored decision support, explanation for informed consent, and retrieval and summarization of online healthcare information • Tailored access to medical record supporting both providers and patients • Tailoring health information for low-literacy, low-numeracy, or under-served audiences • Communication interventions (e.g. cognitive prostheses, speech therapy, virtual or robotic companions) • Virtual patients for training healthcare professionals • Intelligent interactive monitoring of patient’s environment and needs • Intelligent interfaces supporting access to healthcare

Abstracts will be reviewed and authors notified of whether they are invited to submit full manuscripts. These manuscripts will then be reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in a special issue in the March issue of PEC 2013, vol. 90. Abstracts of potential articles for the special issue may be submitted before December 1 2011 to Dr. Sara Rubinelli

CFP: Health Promotion Summit

Call for Abstracts Extended until November 9th

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is requesting innovative disease prevention and health promotion programs for presentation at the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit: Prevention. Promotion. Progress., April 10-11, 2012, in Washington, DC.

This is an exciting era for health promotion. Health reform’s Affordable Care Act has elevated the importance and potential of prevention in improving health. The clearly articulated focus on prevention corresponds well with the ambitious goals and objectives recently set by the latest iteration of Healthy People. For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving the quality of our Nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions. Healthy People 2020 has grown significantly to encompass an even broader range of issues, greatly expanding the settings of health promotion programs and the experience and background of those working in the field.

Federal, state and local governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and other groups are using Healthy People 2020 in their strategic planning and to benchmark their efforts. Large scale national initiatives and a wide array of community programs are also using Healthy People 2020 to track progress and measure success. Examples of the national initiatives include: National Prevention Strategy, Let’s Move, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, to name just a few.

Your work is part of this collective effort. With this Summit, HHS will highlight the vast number of disease prevention and health promotion efforts that are working to improve the health of all Americans. We invite abstracts that demonstrate innovative efforts from all sectors. No matter where you fit into this collaboration, the Summit provides an opportunity to showcase your contributions as we gather to share ideas, learn from one another, generate momentum, and celebrate the many new opportunities during this unprecedented time.

Full information at:

Mentoring and “Secret Knowledge”

In another in her series of articles on mentoring junior faculty toward tenure, Kerry Ann Rockquemore discusses this week in Inside Higher Ed the “secret knowledge” that one must discern to “Sink or Swim.”

The secret knowledge is the hidden information about how things really work and the strategies to actually be successful. In other words:

•How to align my time with the criteria by which I would be evaluated for tenure

•How to teach efficiently and well

•How to establish a healthy and sustainable writing routine,

•How to manage conflict with people who have more power than me (my senior colleagues) and those with less (my students),

•How to establish authority in the classroom in the midst of inexperience and insecurity

•How to cultivate a broad network of mentors, sponsors, collaborators, and opportunities

•How, when, and why to say “no”

•How to keep moving forward in the face of numerous and inevitable rejection that come frequently from academic journals, presses, and funding agencies.

•How to create accountability for writing so it feels as pressing on a daily basis as the demands of teaching and service.

•How to make time for my physical, emotional, familial and relational health and well-being.

These are things that had nothing to do with my specific discipline and that I (like many others) had to figure out through the most ineffective, painful, and time consuming ways possible: trial and error, making humiliating mistakes, and cobbling together bits and pieces of information from assigned mentors.

CFS: Health Sociology Review

An international, scholarly peer-reviewed journal, Health Sociology Review from eContent Management explores the contribution of sociology and sociological research methods to understanding health and illness; to health policy, promotion and practice; and to equity, social justice, social policy and social work. Health Sociology Review is published in association with The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) under the editorship of Dr Fran Collyer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney. Health Sociology Review publishes original theoretical and research articles, literature reviews, special issues, symposia, commentaries and book reviews. Health Sociology Review publishes one regular issue of feature research articles and three topic-based special issues per annum. Special issues are also released as books with their own ISBN for use as course readers or separate sale to non-subscribers. Evaluation copies of all special issues are available to Course Coordinators from the publisher at:  Health sociologists, medical anthropologists, cultural studies researchers, health policy and social work researchers, psychologists, counsellors, nurse and medical researchers, are invited to contact the Editor in Chief or Associate Editors with proposals for special issues. Proposals should be grounded in the sociology literature. Special issue proposal guidelines are available from the publisher:  More information on its Web site:


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