CFS: Women’s Health (BRN)

BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH FOR NURSING (Integrating Biobehavioral Research into Health Care)

SPECIAL ISSUE: Women’s Health Across the Lifespan

Guest Editors: Margaret McLean Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN; Carol A. Landis, DNSc, RN, FAAN; Nancy F. Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN

Deadline: September 15, 2009

Health disparities between men and women start at the beginning of life, with fewer male infants than female surviving their first year. Through the remaining lifespan, men and women experience illness and disease differently, culminating in a shorter lifespan for men than women but more morbidity in old age among women than among men. Challenges for women’s health researchers include 1) extending and integrating knowledge of biobehavioral and sociocultural dimensions of women’s health, 2) expanding understanding of the etiology of disease risk and the means to improve health outcomes among vulnerable subpopulations of women, and 3) advancing interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts to develop and test interventions to promote, maintain, and restore women’s health. The goals of this special issue are to 1) provide recent findings related to the biobehavioral determinants of women’s health, 2) demonstrate the importance of examining sex in clinical problems and outcomes, and 3) promote the examination of sex as an important variable to be considered in biobehavioral research. Manuscripts focused either on women’s health or on disparities in health based on sex will be considered.

Submissions of basic science, clinical and applied research and theoretical-research-practice linkages from multiple disciplines are encouraged as long as they address translational relevance to nursing practice.

Biological Research for Nursing is the only journal specifically intended to deliver basic, clinical, and applied research about biological changes in healthy and unhealthy populations to nurses. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles that address issues such as:

> Theoretical foundations that increase understanding of biological and physiological changes in health and illness

> Enhancements in health care interventions developed through biological and physiological research findings

> New methods, instruments, and techniques for biological and physiological research

Author Guidelines: Complete manuscripts (including illustrations, figures, etc.) should be submitted electronically at . Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Concurrence of all listed authors is assumed. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal; nor should authors submit manuscripts that have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.

For more detailed author guidelines, please go to

Editorial Contact Information

Margaret M. Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Tel: 206 543 1091,

Nancy F. Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor & Dean, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle Tel: 206 543-8732

Carol A. Landis, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Tel: 206 616-1908 

Contact the managing editor with questions about the manuscript-submission process:

Marnie Wiss, Managing Editor, Tel: 352-335-4195, Fax: 352-378-2731, Email:


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