CFP: 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference

Call for abstracts: 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference

The 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference will be held on 10th – 13th September 2012 at the University of Leeds. The theme for this year’s conference, held in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) is ‘Nursing in the 21st Century’.

The practice of nursing has changed in response to a number of external and internal drivers such as government policy, professional body requirements, the impact of globalisation and economic upheaval. Advanced practitioners with far reaching skills are a feature of modern nursing and, in some countries, there is a substantial increase in the number of non qualified assistant practitioners. Programmes that prepare students to become registered practitioners are mostly at undergraduate level and in some instances post graduate level, and it is not uncommon for practising nurses to hold masters degrees and doctorates. But what are the effects of these and other changes on what might be thought of as the traditional values of nursing such as caring, maintaining dignity and individualised care.

 Papers presented at the 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference seek to address the meaning of nursing in the 21st century. We will discuss what is understood by the practice of nursing in the 21st century, how we may describe nursing in 2012, and explore what the future holds.

 Abstracts of 250 words in length are invited for oral presentation in concurrent sessions. Each presenter is allocated a maximum of 30 minutes for presentation including time for discussion. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 11th May 2012 and authors will be told if their abstract has been accepted by 25th May 2012.

 To submit an abstract and for conference booking please go to:


Inside Higher Ed: Scholarly Publishing

Three articles in Inside Higher Ed today came to our attention.

The controversial proposed law originating in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the Research Works Act, which would have prohibited the government from requiring open access publication of studies funded by the federal government, lost a key supporter, Elsevier Publishing and has been withdrawn by the bill’s co-sponsors. Steven Kolowich’s “A Significant Flinch” reports on the controversy and the fate of the bill, reminding readers that Elsevier’s support, crucial for the success of the bill, evaporated after a substantial global boycott of the mega-publisher.

Felicia LeClere’s essay “Grant Review Panels as Prom Committees,” despite its snarky title, extolls what she has observed while serving on grant review committees, suggesting that review panels work fairly more often than not.

And what about the anonymous reviewers of journal article manuscripts? Brian Rathbun’s “Dear Reviewers, a Word?” speaks to them, asking them to temper their rejections.


AIDS Care provides a forum for publishing in one authoritative source research and reports from the many complementary disciplines involved in the AIDS/HIV field. These include, among others: psychology, sociology, epidemiology, social work and anthropology, social aspects of medicine, nursing, education, health education, law, administration, counselling (including various approaches such as behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, family therapy etc). AIDS and HIV infection, the planning of services, prevention and the fear of AIDS affects many echelons of society ranging from individuals, couples and families through to institutions and communities. A particular aim is to publish work emanating from many centres and in so doing address the global impact of AIDS. Readers of AIDS Care include Psychologists, Sociologists, Epidemiologists, Social Workers, Anthropologists, Medical Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Health Education Teachers, Public Health Specialists, Counsellors (including various approaches such as Behavior Therapists, Psychotherapists and Family Therapists).

CFP: 7th Int’l Congress, Peer Review & Biomed Publ.

The Seventh International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication will be held September 8-10, 2013, in Chicago, IL. As with the previous Congresses, our aim is to improve the quality and credibility of biomedical peer review and publication and to help advance the efficiency, effectiveness, and equitability of the dissemination of biomedical information throughout the world.

Call for proposals:

Suggested topics:

Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 1, 2013.

UConn Study Abroad Recruits Faculty

UConn Study Abroad Seeks Faculty. Contact

CFS: J of Religion & Health

Journal of Religion and Health | Editor-in-Chief: Donald R. Ferrell

Journal of Religion and Health explores the most contemporary modes of religious and spiritual thought with particular emphasis on their relevance to current medical and psychological research. Taking an eclectic approach to the study of human values, health, and emotional welfare, this international interdisciplinary journal publishes original peer-reviewed articles that deal with mental and physical health in relation to religion and spirituality of all kinds. Founded in 1961 by the Blanton-Peale Institute, which joins the perspectives of psychology and religion, the journal provides a scholarly forum for the discussion of topical themes on both a theoretical and practical level for scholars and professionals of all religious faiths and backgrounds.

CFS: J Med & Philosophy

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press)

A Series of Special Thematic Issues on the Philosophy of Medicine | George Khushf  and Ana Iltis 

Since its inaugural issue in 1976, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy has been at the very center of critical debate in the philosophy of medicine, and papers on all aspects of the topic are always welcome. Additionally, we invite essays for a series of special thematic issues that focus on Clinical Reasoning and Evidence Based Medicine. Authors may address any of a wide range of topics, including:

  • what counts as evidence and how it is used
  • critical analysis of applications of decision theory; the role of artificial decision support systems as replacements for, or augmentations of, clinician decision making
  • integration of empirical/behavioral and conceptual/logical aspects of reasoning
  • use of case studies in medical reasoning to address long-standing problems in the philosophy of science
  • causal inference in medicine
  • what is meant by “mechanistic reasoning”, and why this is criticized in some accounts of evidence based medicine
  • implications of the systems turn (e.g., associated with Institute of Medicine reports on error and quality) for the way clinical reasoning is understood
  • the social epistemology of health care practices
  • ways information science and technology alter/inform clinical reasoning
  • a philosophical analysis of psychological accounts of medical reasoning, including work on heuristics and biases
  • the nature, function, and logic of “taking a patient history”
  • nature of differential diagnosis, and the way disease taxonomies structure clinical reasoning and decision making
  • scope and limits of Bayesian accounts of clinical reasoning
  • use of operations/ human factors/ systems engineering and/or management sciences to “manage” clinical reasoning and decision making
  • the appropriateness of using formal accounts as normative for clinical reasoning
  • the nature of clinical competence and capacities, and the role an analysis of capacities might play in understanding the reasoning process
  • what of importance might be lost (if anything) with efforts to make fully explicit the “art” of clinical reasoning and judgment.

To help with planning future issues, potential contributors are encouraged to send tentative topics and/or titles to the editors. This, however, is not a prerequisite for inclusion in upcoming issues, and all essays will be vetted through the same peer review process. Essays should be prepared for blinded peer review, with author and identifying information appearing only on a cover sheet, and submitted to both George Khushf and Ana Iltis (emails listed above).

Papers may be up to 25-35 typed double spaced pages in length, including notes and references, although that is only a rough guideline. Longer treatments of key topics may be considered. Papers should conform to Journal style:  

Deadline for the first issue in this series: August 15, 2012.

Other essays on the philosophy of medicine that do not fit with the special topics theme should be sent directly to the editorial office of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy at: