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.

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