CFS: Critical Public Health

Critical Public Health (CPH) is a respected peer-review journal for researchers and practitioners working in public health, health promotion and related fields. It brings together international scholarship to provide critical analyses of theory and practice, reviews of literature and explorations of new ways of working. The journal publishes high quality work that is open and critical in perspective and which reports on current research and debates in the field. CPH encourages an interdisciplinary focus and features innovative analyses. It is committed to exploring and debating issues of equity and social justice; in particular, issues of sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. Originally titled Radical Community Medicine, CPH has been in existence since 1979 providing ‘cutting edge’ thinking in public health and related fields. In 1991 the journal moved to a theme-based format providing publications to a large constituency, and in the mid-1990s it was relaunched as a fully international scholarly journal, welcoming high quality contributions from around the world in public health and related areas. While primarily of interest to those working within health and related areas, it includes contemporary empirical and theoretical work from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, cultural studies, epidemiology, health studies, health promotion, history, politics, sociology, medicine, public health, social policy, psychology, nursing, geography, ethnicity, and gender studies as well as basic and applied sciences that contribute to the promotion of health and prevention of disease. It brings all these disciplines to bear on world-wide public health topics in broad focus. The journal is an essential resource for a wide audience of practitioners, researchers, policymakers, planners, managers and academics involved in health debates, including doctors, nurses, community workers, policy analysts, social workers, educators, town planners, geographers, communications experts and others. The content of the journal is of international interest and reflects public health debate around the world. The journal includes short report, comment and book review sections.


CFS: Progress in Community Health Partnerships

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action

The mission of the journal is to facilitate dissemination of programs that use community partnerships to improve public health, to promote progress in the methods of research and education involving community health partnerships, and to stimulate action that will improve the health of people in communities. Communities, as defined by the journal, may be based on geography, shared interests, or social networks. The journal is dedicated to supporting the work of community health partnerships that involve ongoing collaboration between community representatives and academic or governmental partners. This area of research and evaluation may be referred to as community-based participatory research (CBPR). The W. K. Kellogg Foundation defines CBPR as a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community and has the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.

To submit a manuscript, authors should use the Journal’s web-based system Manuscript Central at:

If an author has trouble accessing the site, please contact the editorial office (email   phone 410-955-6669; fax 410-955-0825).

You, me, patients.


CFS: Faith-Based Initiatives to Promote Health

Call for Papers for a Thematic Issue of Family & Community Health: Faith-Based Initiatives to Promote Health

Social scientists and theologians have noted that churches and other faith-based organizations can have a considerable impact on society and its members. Over the past decade, government-sponsored faith-based initiatives have raised the profile of faith-based organizations as those that can provide services to disadvantaged individuals and communities. During this time, an increasing number of health scientists and public health practitioners have begun to work with faith-based institutions in health promotion and disease prevention efforts designed to improve the health of “hard to reach” or “at-risk” populations. The emergence of these efforts has sparked interests in examining the relationship between faith and health. “Faith” like “health” is a concept with multiple descriptions and applications, making it difficult to specify elements of successful collaboration between scientific and spiritual institutions.

This thematic issue will build on the foundation laid in Volume 32, Issue 4 which highlighted the diversity of faith-based programs and their potential impact for individuals and their communities. We invite investigators to contribute original research as well as review articles that will further broaden the understanding of the relationship between faith and health. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Papers that discuss or refine existing theoretical models undergirding current faith-based research
  • Papers that highlight seemingly subtle distinctions (i.e., faith-based orientation vs. church-based orientation) that can lead to considerable differences in approaches and outcomes
  • Descriptions of epidemiological studies examining associations between faith and health
  • Descriptions of intervention studies in faith settings and/or that incorporate faith-based elements

We especially welcome manuscripts that have leaders of faith-based organizations (e. g., pastors) as contributing authors.

Submissions: Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at:

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal’s system at:  no later than October 1, 2012.

CFS: Poverty, Access to Health Care

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Developing World Bioethics: Ethics and Treatment Access Activism: Courts, Health Policy and Health Economics

Guest Editors: Maurice Cassier, Marilena Correa | Closing date for submissions: 15 September 2012 |

This Special Issue of Developing World Bioethics will focus on the emergence of ethical analyses pertaining to impoverished patients’access to medical care and to medicines. The main focus of this issue will be on the fight against HIV/AIDS and the “neglected” diseases of the last two decades. New ethical understandings have been developed in different contexts and expressed in governmental health policies, and through tribunals, public discussion forums, patients association claims, humanitarian organizations and funds, research programs, governmental health departments, international health organizations, etc. In each case, what is at stake are norms such as equity, as well as equality and justice, which provide an important foundation for individual and collective forms of activism as well as governmental actions. The Special Issue of Developing World Bioethics aims at bringing about a critical discussion of the variegated ethical arguments for improving access to treatment and medicines, which have been put forward by different social actors.

The editors welcome early discussion of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email. Papers can be sent to Maurice Cassier and Marilena Correa. Upon submission authors should include full contact details and a few lines of autobiographical information in a separate electronic file. We discourage papers of more than 5000 words. For further submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted to Developing World Bioethics online at: .

Please ensure that you select manuscript type ‘Special Issue’.

Maurice Cassier is a sociologist and economist Senior researcher at CNRS ; directeur d´etudes EHESS. CERMES, Site CNRS, 7, rue Guy Môquet, VILLEJUIF Cedex 94801, FRANCE

Marilena Corrêa MD, PhD in sociology of health Full Professor at the Institute of Social Medecine of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IMS-UERJ) Instituto de Medicina Social Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Rua São Francisco Xavier 524, 7 andar, bloco D Rio de Janeiro RJ zip code 20559.990 BRAZIL

Academic Spring: A Wellcome Moment

As Monica H. Green (Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State U) recently brought to the attention of members of Medieval Medicine listserv (MEDMED):

Some of you have already heard about a movement among scientists to break the stranglehold that a small number of publishers have on scientific journal publication. Now dubbed the “Academic Spring” (obviously after the “Arab Spring”), researchers are signing a petition to boycott those journals that restrict free sharing.

Given that most publications of scientific work in paleopathology and paleomicrobiology are in major scientific journals by these same publishers, this is an issue that affects those medievalists interested in keeping up on the new work on plague, leprosy, etc. The Wellcome Trust has now joined this movement, not in boycotting the journals but in insisting that research conducted with its monies be made available open-access within six months of publication. See:

This moment is of relevance to health researchers.



The New York Times reports on a growing concern about researchers’ misconduct and journal editors’ need to retract previously published articles:

The journal [Infection and Immunity] wound up retracting six of the papers from the author, Naoki Mori of the University of the Ryukyus in Japan. And it soon became clear that Infection and Immunity was hardly the only victim of Dr. Mori’s misconduct. Since then, other scientific journals have retracted two dozen of his papers, according to the watchdog blog Retraction Watch.

The article “A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform” by Carl Zimmer is on line.