IHE: Why Some Academics Publish More

Writing in Inside Higher Ed, Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education reports on a new European study of scholarly productivity:

Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load. That is the central conclusion of work by researchers from University College Dublin led by Jonathan Drennan, lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. Drennan’s team looked at the responses of almost 11,000 full-time academics from 12 European countries assembled for the Changing Academic Profession survey and the more recent data obtained by the Academic Profession in Europe: Responses to Societal Challenges (EUROAC) project.

. . . Although time spent working on research was unsurprisingly linked with research productivity, “teaching or administrative workloads were not found to be predictors across any of the 12 countries,” according to a paper presented at the Higher Education and Social Change Final Conference in Berlin last month. . . . Far more significant in predicting whether someone was likely to generate a steady stream of papers were “a stated preference for research over teaching and involvement in the wider research community.

The article is available on line and open access:



CFS: Moral Distress Stories (Narrative Inquiry Bioethics)

Call for Stories: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics — Narrative Symposium: The Many Faces of Moral Distress Among Clinicians

Edited by Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, F.A.A.N. and Renee Boss, MD, MHS

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue devoted to personal stories from clinicians regarding situations that cause moral distress and how they have responded to them. Moral distress arises when professionals find that they are unable to act in accordance with their moral convictions. The focus of this inquiry is on the personal and professional short- and long-term impact of moral distress and the ways that clinicians respond to and make meaning from that distress. Appropriate contributors might include nurses, physicians, social workers, nursing assistants, clinical ethicists, occupational and physical therapists, and professionals in training. We want true, personal stories in a form that is easy to read.

In writing your story, you might want to think about:

  •  Which specific clinical situations give rise to moral distress? Why?
  •  How do you experience moral distress—physically, psychologically, socially or spiritually?
  •  How do you deal with moral distress? In past distressing situations …
    •  Did you take actions that allowed you to uphold your deepest values?
    •  What conditions within yourself, the people involved, and the external environment allowed you to do this?
    •  How did you made sense of the situation?
  •  What have been the short or long term consequences?
    •  Have you ever been professionally disciplined for acting upon your moral conviction?
    •  How has moral distress affected your job performance or your commitment to your job?
    •  What has been left undone or been the residual impact?
    •  How have your own values evolved as a result of moral distress?
  •  How would you change the system (e.g., policies, hierarchies, processes) to alleviate moral distress within your position? Do you think it can be alleviated, or is it inevitable?

You do not need to address all of these questions—write on the issues that you think are most important to share with others. You do not need to be a writer, just tell your story in your own words. We plan to publish 12 stories (800 – 2000 words) on this topic. Additional stories may be published as online-only supplemental material. We also publish two to four commentary articles that discuss the stories in the journal.

If you are interested in submitting a story, we ask you first to submit a 300-word proposal—a short description of the story you want to tell. Please include a statement about what type of clinician you are and what kind of environment you work in (no institutional names are needed). Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email: narrativebioethics@gmail.com  We will give preference to story proposals received by Oct 31st. For more information about the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, the guidelines for authors, and privacy policies, visit our webpage with Johns Hopkins University Press at: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/guidelines.html

CFP: Global Conference, 21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being

Call for Presentations: 1st Global Conference, 21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being, Wednesday 30th January – Friday 1st February 2013, Sydney, Australia

This project is about the conjunction of science, medicine, agency and well-being and the interface between modern, or institutionalised, and natural sciences. In particular this is about approaches that challenges the precepts of the accepted scientific establishment of a particular time and culture. Whilst focused upon current and emerging practices and methodologies it is also about the cultural and historical contexts from which they have previously emerged. This will necessarily reference previous ages, cultures and ideologies that find the roots of today’s anti-establishment medical movements in yester years occult and esoteric knowledge. Such knowledge which saw its birth and development in the natural sciences has become oppositional to the forces of modern empirical knowledge which can be largely seen to ignore anything which cannot be directly measured, categorised or controlled. As Foucault has stated, this form the basis of the medical gaze which restricts and controls as much as it heals and treats. Natural or anti-establishment methodologies then return control of the healing process away from large corporate or nationalised institutions back into the hands of those who require treatment.

In this framework the patient themselves become both agents and communicator of alternative methods of treatment, healing and well-being. As agents of the ‘anti-establishment science movements’, ‘lay’ people become involved into everyday science and knowledge production, they become protoscientists. For example, blog discussion on the side-effects of a particular medicine/drug can be more personal, revealing and informative and can go beyond what an information leaflet or a clinician may offer. While blogging, the ‘lay’ person generates and exchanges knowledge with the other bloggers that may be useful for one’s health. There is a paucity of literature depicting these movements as ‘bottom up’ challenges of establishment science literature. This kind of authority challenge has only marginally been considered by the ‘establishment’ science (for example: Fuller (2010)) and this conference will provide a platform for such consideration and discussion with specific focus on self-healing, health knowledge co-production and DIY treatments. This conference welcomes papers from various fields of study, such as social sciences, humanities, medical sciences and philosophy.

Presentations, papers, performances, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on any issues related to the following themes:

Ideological Approaches:

  • -The effect of the DIY practices on established health systems and peoples’ personal lives
  • -The embeddedness of protoscience in the everyday life and the philosophical underpinnings of protoscience as everyday science
  • -Alternative and self-healing practices beyond the relational milieu vis-à-vis a conventional/non-conventional medicine binary
  • -The consequences of the anti-establishment science movements for economic relations determining the health care industry

21st Century Practices Practices:

  • -Alternative and Complimentary Medicine
  • -Mind-Body Intervention, Meditation, Spiritual and Self-Healing
  • -Homeopathy, Energy Medicine, Manipulative Therapy and Holistic Healing
  • -Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Psychotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics

Traditional and Non-Western Approaches:

  • -Faith Healing, Johrei, Crystals, Maharishi Vedic Medicine; Shamanism
  • -Folk Medicine, Herbalism, Ayurveda
  • -Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Korean Medicine, Native American Traditional Healing, Traditional Aboriginal Bush Medicine; rongoā Māori (traditional healing), Traditional medicine in the South Pacific island countries

Historical and Anthropological Approaches to Health and Medicine:

  • -Historical-Anthropological accounts of pre-clinical medicine
  • -Ancient Health paradigms, Sramana and Classical Indian Philosophy, Gnosticism, Alchemy (Indian, Chinese and Modern), Kabbalah, Hermeticism
  • -Medical anthropology, applied medical anthropology
  • -Community Health Paradigms and culturally appropriate health provision Diasporic and Minority Health

Literary and Media Representations of CAM and Scientific Medicine:

  • -Representations of CAM and Scientific medicine through Media: Medical Infotainment, Reality TV, Medical Soaps
  • -Doctors, Alternative healers and patients/health consumers in films and novels
  • -Media representations of health vis-à-vis Paganism, Occultism, Witchcraft, Magic
  • -Literary representations of health and healing agents: Gothicism, Romanticism and Science Fiction

Contemporary Communities of Health and Well-Being:

  • -The empowering effect of the free and open source technology vis-à-vis the status of the individual/the agent as knowledgeable agent in the field of health
  • -The effect of the DIY practices on established health systems and peoples’ personal lives
  • -Discussion of the relevance of these movements in relation to the existent theories of power
  • -The relevance of the historical and socio-political context regarding what constitutes ‘mainstream’ in the health sector
  • -E-health and online communities, representations in popular media and self-help and support groups

We actively encourage participation from practitioners and non-academics with an interest in the topic as well as pre-formed three paper panels

What to Send:

300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs by Friday 19th October 2012; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. E-mails should be entitled: SCIENCE Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternativeelectronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs: Irena Veljanova: I.Veljanova@uws.edu.au | Rob Fisher: 21science@inter-disciplinary.net  

The conference is part of the Ethos programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. For further details of the conference, please visit:


Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

CFS: JAMA (Child Health Research)

Journal of the American Medical Association: Challenges to Excellence in Child Health Research

JAMA is committed to encouraging excellence in child health research. In demonstration of this commitment, in May 2013, preceding the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, we will publish a third theme issue on child health, following our previous theme issues in 2007 and 2009. We are particularly interested in studies with rigorous designs: randomized controlled trials, multicenter studies, and longitudinal prospective cohort studies. Submission of systematic reviews, particularly meta-analyses, and scholarly Viewpoint articles on child health topics of current interest is also encouraged. Studies that are accepted for presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting will be highlighted. Articles submitted to JAMA but not determined to have sufficiently high priority for JAMA publication may be referred to another journal in The JAMA Network. Articles received by December 1, 2012, will have the best chance of consideration for the theme issue. Authors should consult the Instructions for Authors for guidelines on manuscript preparation and submission.


CFP: Athens Institute Health & Med Sci Conference

Athens Institute for Education and Research-ATINER  Call for Papers and Participation

1st Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences, 6-9 May 2013, Athens, Greece

The The Health Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 1st Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences, 6-9 May 2013, Athens, Greece. For further details, please go to the conference website: http://www.atiner.gr/healthsciences.htm  

The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of health & medical sciences. Areas of interest include (but are not confined to): pharmaceutical sciences, drug research, neuropharmacology, neuroscience, experimental pharmacology, pharmacy practice, pharmacy administration, biological sciences, cell biology, microbiology and immunology, neurobiology and behavior, biomedicine, biotechnologies, physics, chemistry/biochemistry, medicine, exercise sciences, sport medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, pediatrics, nursing, psychiatry, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, food access and health equity, psychology, health education, counseling and applied educational psychology, speech language pathology and audiology, public health, health economics, health policy, computer health sciences.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by email, health@atiner.gr, by 8 October 2012 to: Dr. Paul Contoyannis (C.V.), Head, Health Research Unit, ATINER & Associate Professor, McMaster University, Canada., 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671Athens, Greece. Tel.: + 30 210 363-4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission.

Please use the abstract submitting form available at: http://www.atiner.gr/2013/FORM-HSC.doc

Decisions are reached within 4 weeks. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a mini conference or a panel (session), chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, (gtp@atiner.gr), President, ATINER.

CFP: NBNA Conference

National Black Nurses Association

Call for Abstracts: 39th Annual Institute and Conference “NBNA Celebrating 40 Years of Nursing Excellence”

Wednesday, July 13 – Sunday, July 17, 2011

JW Marriott Hotel

Indianapolis, IN

Deadline: Abstracts must be received on or before November 15, 2010


CFP: CSHM/CAHN Annual Conference

2013 CSHM/CAHN Annual Conference: Call for Papers | Appel de communications

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing are issuing a call for papers for a joint annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Congress for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Victoria, on Saturday 1 June to Monday 3 June 2013. Abstracts on all topics relating to the history of nursing, medicine, health and health care are welcome.

Please submit your abstract and one-page c.v. for consideration by 30 November 2012 to: Kristin Burnett and Jayne Elliott, program co-chairs kburnett@lakeheadu.ca | jelliott@uottawa.ca

Abstracts must not exceed 350 words. The Committee will notify applicants of its decision by 15 January 2010. /All presenters must be members of one of the societies and, if invited to present at the meeting, must to provide a translation of their abstract for the bilingual program book.