CFS: Public Health in Middle East & North Africa & Middle Eastern Populations

Call for Papers Special Issue The International Journal of Health Planning and Management

Approximate Impact Factor: 1.21

International Public Health Focus on Public Health in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) & Middle Eastern Populations

Editor –in-Chief, Professor Calum Paton, Keele University. United Kingdom | Guest Editor, Professor M. Z. Younis, Jackson State University, USA

The Public Health field in Arab Countries and the rest of the Middle East has been ignored until recently. Rapid changes in the area due to the explosion of oil prices beginning in the 70’s and the resulting economic and social development and increases in urbanization have raised considerable interest in the region. The Middle Eastern populations have homogeneity in term of language, religion (mostly Muslims, with minorities of Christians and Jews). However, the Middle Eastern region is heterogeneous and faces high levels of disparities with respect to: wealth, political systems, extent of free trade, and restrictions on movements of labor AND their healthcare systems (Universal Healthcare in Kuwait, Qatar, and other wealthy oil producing countries and moderate to poor health care system in other countries such as Yemen, Syria, Egypt Tunisia and Morocco. There have been some attempts in the past to model the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] after the European Economic Community (ECC). The GCC was established in an agreement concluded on 25 May 1981 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These countries declared that the GCC was established to reflect the special relations among them, their similar political systems based on Islamic beliefs, joint destiny and common objectives. The GCC, composed of monarchies,is a regional common market with a defense planning council as well. Several attempts were made in North Africa to create a similar economic community. However, currently they have not had the success made by the GCC.

Aims and topic of the call: This issue is open, but not limited, to theoretical and empirical papers in international health, health promotion, health evaluation, health policy & management, nursing homes, health disparities, and the financing of health services for the populations and countries mentioned. For example we would be interested in issues related to the PUBLIC HEALTH of the entire Middle East (including Turkey, Iran, Arab East Africa, & North Africa, (MENA) ,as well as pubic health issues related to specific countries in MENA.

Subject Coverage –Example of suitable topics includes articles on (but not limited to):

  •  Drug Abuse & Addictions Among the Elderly. Mental Health • Cancer among the aging populations in Middle East
  •  Comparative Studies across a number of countries are encouraged
  •  Health Information and the Adoption of Technology • Health Policy & Management • Health Economics & Finance, Health Policy
  •  Health Promotion Efforts • Aging and the Elderly

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information f on section under Author Guidelines

Important Dates: Deadlines for submission: September 30, 2013 ARTICLES SUBMISSION Submission is accepted via E-MAIL ONLY

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail to the following: Professor M. Z. Younis, Guest Editor E-mail:

Manuscript style: The language of the journal is English. Please use twelve-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  •  You must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs (the ‘corresponding author’).
  •  Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .
  •  Enter an abstract of up to 250 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and it should be understandable is without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  •  Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

The journal accepts a number of types of manuscript for publication: Articles, ‘Perspectives’ (see Editorial, Vol 22 No 2), Invited Responses, Invited Reviews, and Book Reviews. The maximum word count is 10,000 for Research/Conventional articles, and maximum of 5,000 for ‘Commentaries’/Policy articles.

Reference style: References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. All references must be complete and accurate and must use Index Medicus journal abbreviations for links to MEDLINE. To check for correct abbreviations Where a paper is published online only, the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should also include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Black D. 1997. Introduction to medicine. Basil Blackwell: Oxford, 1-10.

Lust JA. 1988. The impact of benefit availability on employee benefit satisfaction. In Proceedings of the Southern Management Association Meetings, Ray D (ed); University of Georgia, College of Business: Atlanta, GA.

Gaal P, McKee M. 2004. Informal payment for health care and the theory of ‘INXIT’. Int J Health Plann Manage 19: 163-178. DOI: 10.1002/hpm.751

All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

• Black and white and colour photos: 300 dpi

• Graphs, drawings, etc: 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum

• Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour): 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in Microsoft Excel, the file should be attached separately.

CFS: Ageing In’tl.

Call For papers: Ageing International Special Issue

Chief Editor, Professor S. E. Levkoff, Harvard Medical School, USA | Executive Editor, Hongtu Chen, Ph.D. Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA | Guest Editor, Professor M. Z. Younis, Jackson State University, USA

The purpose of the proposed special issue is to examine the issues related to Ageing in USA and other countries. This issue is open , but not limited, to theoretical and empirical papers in international health, nursing homes, health economics policy, healthcare financing, health disparities for the elderly,

Subject Coverage—Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Nursing Homes, Long Term Care , Medicare , Health Policy for the Aging
  •  International & Comparative Health,
  • Gerontology, Critical Care, Nutrition

We welcome articles that cover the aging issues from the view points of Health Policy, Health Economics and Financing, or any other aspect of public health.

Notes for Prospective Authors: Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Papers Submission section under Author Guidelines

Important Dates: Deadlines for submission: October 15, 2013

ARTICLES SUBMISSION: Submission is accepted via EMIL ONLY You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail to the following:

Professor M. Z. Younis E-mail:<>

CFP: How Did Nursing Become Science?

How Did Nursing Become Science?

Proposed panel session at History of Science Society’s annual meeting, 21-24 November 2013, Boston, MA, USA

Emerging as a clinical practice in the mid-nineteenth century with the development of formal hospital apprentice programs and hospital diploma nursing programs, clinical nursing eventually shifted its education to college and university degree programs in the twentieth century. The professionalization of academic nursing, initially through doctoral degrees in education and social science, created a field for practices and discourses claiming space and epistemic authority as a unique nursing science (allied with but distinct from life sciences, social sciences, and medicine). This multidisciplinary panel will examine the development of nursing science in the twentieth century. Interested scholars should contact Thomas Lawrence Long, Center for Nursing Scholarship, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut,  with a one-page proposal and a one-page vita, by March 28.

CFS: Int’l Health Economics & Financing (J of Health Care Finance)

Call for Papers: Special Issue Journal of Health Care Finance

“International Health Economics & Health Care Financing”
Guest Editor, Professor M. Z. Younis, Jackson State University, Chief Editor, Jim Unland
The purpose of the proposed special issue is to examine topics related to public health economics & finance from USA, Europe and the rest of the world. This issue is open, but not limited, to theoretical and empirical papers in international health, pharmoeconomics, health economics, health care financing, urban and rural health, health disparities, environmental health , and epidemiological studies.

Subject Coverage—Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
Health care administration Health policy and management Health management information Health informatics Pharmoeconomics Pharmacy administration Public health policy International health Health economics and finance
Notes for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All papers are refereed through a peer review process.
Guidelines for manuscripts submitted for review:
All manuscripts submitted for review should have structured abstract, key words, authors’ name, biographical sketch, and email address). Papers should be double-spaced with standard fonts and margins and formatted according to APA style guidelines. Tables, figures, and graphics should be inserted as in the place they should appear in the  text rather than as an appendix. All author identifiers must be removed from the manuscript before submission; a cover letter with author contact information should be attached as a separate file.

Guidelines for accepted articles: Accepted articles must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents conforming to the following:
All text must be fully justified. Margins (top, bottom) should be set at 2.0.” Margins (left, right) should be set at 2.25.” Please use Times New Roman 10 font size for the abstract; Times New Roman font size 12 for all other text. All figures, tables, and charts must conform to the marg ins listed above, and be embedded in the text. All graphics must be in Portrait orientation, and be typed in a font size no smaller than Times New Roman 8. Note that the entire submission (manuscript, biographical sketch, abstract, and contact information) must conform to these format specifications. All credited authors must complete and return a publication contract. References should appear as endnotes at the end of the manuscript.
Important Dates
Deadlines for submission: September 30, 2013
Editors and Notes: You may send one copy (email submission only) in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (Author) to the following: Professor M. Z. Younis, Jackson, MS, USA, E-mail:

CFP: Reducing Disparities, Interprofessional Teams

Call for Presentations: Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, The 43rd Anniversary Meeting, October 17-19, 2013, The Hotel Viking ● Newport, Rhode Island

“Humanizing Health Care: Reducing Disparities through Interprofessional Teams”Submissions accepted February 19 – April 22, 2013

All submissions must be made online at

The 2013 Meeting Theme: The future of health care in this country will require a team approach that involves all professional provider groups. To be successful, we must establish an environment characterized by mutual respect, diversity, and excellent communication. Achieving this level of interdisciplinary cohesion is neither quick nor easy. When ABSAME first started over 40 years ago, its mission was to bring together behavioral scientists and clinicians to share their ideas and develop interdependent knowledge and skills to humanize patient care. In the 21st century, it has become abundantly clear that every provider must be ready to contribute actively for us to attain our goal. Massive changes over the next few years will drive the way health care is provided, administered, and financed. The primary mission of ABSAME is to remain at the forefront in promoting interprofessional competencies that caring for our patients will demand. To be leaders in developing policy and implementation strategies, we must understand how collaborative effort and distributed responsibility enhance efficiency and efficacy.

Submit a Proposal: ABSAME encourages submission of presentation abstracts relevant to the conference theme as well as other areas relevant to the behavioral sciences and health professions education in general. Proposals will be accepted in the five presentation format categories and must be submitted via the online system by the deadline of 5 pm PT on April 22. Detailed instructions are available at The ABSAME Review Committee retains the right to recommend changes in the type of presentation, or to suggest modifications to titles and descriptions. Notice of acceptance will be made on or before June 1, 2013. PLEASE NOTE: ALL presenters are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fee. Reduced rates are available for residents, graduate students, and students.


CFS: Med Humanitarianism (Soc Sci & Med)

CALL FOR PAPERS: SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE SPECIAL ISSUE Medical Humanitarianism: Culture, Health, and States of Emergency


‘Medical humanitarianism’ – the delivery of health-related services by international non-governmental organizations – has a prominent international presence in contexts of violence, famine or natural disasters. Increasingly, social scientists find themselves working alongside medical humanitarians in fieldwork conditions best characterized as states of emergency or crisis.

Goals of this special issue: We seek to provide social science analyses of medical humanitarianism and establish a dialogue in the field of humanitarian practice. Our goal is to a) develop a base for comparison, analysis, and insight, and b) promote direct engagement between social scientists and humanitarian practitioners. We seek (i) systematic, comprehensive, or critical reviews of the literature, (ii) original research articles, that provide make a substantive empirical and original contribution, (iii) well-articulated critiques that go further than a personal overview or commentary. We thus seek original papers that make strong empirical and theoretical contributions, and have strong policy relevance. Of interest are the following issues:

  •  What is the content of medical humanitarian services? What makes their uniqueness in terms of healthcare delivery?
  •  What insights are generated from a comparative perspective on medical humanitarianism?
  •  How do medical humanitarians take culture, social relations, and issues of demography, equity, and justice into quotidian practice?
  •  What are the characteristics of relations and transactions in medical humanitarian encounters?
  •  How do personal relations structure the dynamics and shape of medical humanitarianism?
  •  How do medical humanitarians negotiate need vs. scarcity, limits vs. access, independence vs. negotiation, and other critical conflicts in humanitarian practice?
  •  Issues of funding, policy, translational research, clinical medicine, public health interventions, or the application of medical humanitarianism to International Criminal Court proceedings, human rights testimonies, or political witnessing.

Abstract submission: Please submit a 250 word abstract (and also your 3 key take-home messages of the paper) by email to 20 March 2013 to Sharon Abramowitz (University of Florida) or submit online at All abstracts will be reviewed by guest editors for originality and substance – your abstract must specify issues, sample, and analysis. If your abstract meets our quality requirements, you will be asked to write a full article on health and humanitarianism in states of emergency. Papers submitted to the journal will need to undergo the rigorous review process of Social Science & Medicine with no guarantee of final publication.

Sharon Abramowitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Center for African Studies, University of Florida, PO BOX 117305, 494 Grinter Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: 352-273-4763, Fax: 352-392-2435, Email:

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CFS: Yale J for Humanities in Medicine

Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine welcomes submissions for publication from doctors, nurses, patients, family members, and others interested in the humanities and medicine. We welcome poetry, essays, and arts reviews with some flexibility in those categories. Please familiarize yourself with the journal and read the entirety of this page before submitting so that you can be sure to follow the stated requirements. If your submission is not in accordance with these guidelines, it will not be considered.