CFS: Health Sociology Review

An international, scholarly peer-reviewed journal, Health Sociology Review from eContent Management explores the contribution of sociology and sociological research methods to understanding health and illness; to health policy, promotion and practice; and to equity, social justice, social policy and social work. Health Sociology Review is published in association with The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) under the editorship of Dr Fran Collyer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney. Health Sociology Review publishes original theoretical and research articles, literature reviews, special issues, symposia, commentaries and book reviews. Health Sociology Review publishes one regular issue of feature research articles and three topic-based special issues per annum. Special issues are also released as books with their own ISBN for use as course readers or separate sale to non-subscribers. Evaluation copies of all special issues are available to Course Coordinators from the publisher at:  Health sociologists, medical anthropologists, cultural studies researchers, health policy and social work researchers, psychologists, counsellors, nurse and medical researchers, are invited to contact the Editor in Chief or Associate Editors with proposals for special issues. Proposals should be grounded in the sociology literature. Special issue proposal guidelines are available from the publisher:  More information on its Web site:


CFS: Intl Soc Sci Rev

The International Social Science Review, the peer-reviewed journal of Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society in Social Sciences published semi-annually, invites the submission of manuscripts in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human/cultural geography. Articles must be based on original research, well-written, and should not exceed thirty pages in length (including end notes, double-spaced, and written in Times New Roman 12 font). End notes and style must conform with Kate Turabian, A Manual of Style for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th ed.) and Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), respectively. Deadline for submissions for publication in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of the journal is June 15, 2011. Authors interested in publishing in the ISSR are asked to submit a 100-150 word abstract of their manuscript, three hard copies of the paper, contact information (phone number, mailing address, e-mail address), and an abbreviated c.v. to: Dean Fafoutis, Editor, International Social Science Review, Department of History, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801,  | (410) 546-6004

NSF Grand Challenges

As part of its long-term strategic planning effort, the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) invites researchers to submit brief papers (up to 2000 words) describing grand challenges for the SBE fields over the next 10-20 years. The SBE Directorate funds the bulk of psychological research within NSF. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. For full announcement see:

Inside Higher Ed: New NSF Agenda, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary

In news of interest to nurse researchers, according to today’s issue of Inside Higher Ed:

Seeking to move “beyond near-term funding cycles,” leaders of the National Science Foundation briefed sociologists here Sunday about plans to create a strategy to support the social sciences over the next decade.

Myron Gutmann, assistant director for the social, behavioral and economic sciences at the NSF, told those gathered for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association that this is an “unparalleled time” in terms of interest across the sciences in working with social scientists on some of the top issues of the day.

. . . He stressed, in his remarks and in answers to questions, that the NSF is strongly committed, in its current grant programs and in the new agenda, to seeking out and supporting interdisciplinary projects — both among the social sciences and in projects linking the social sciences to other sciences. In some respects, this is going on even before the 10-year plan is developed.

. . . Gutmann also said he believes that universities remain slow — despite many statements they make to the contrary — to truly supporting interdisciplinary work. He said that many graduate programs are not teaching interdisciplinary approaches in graduate programs, and that many universities “are less than perfect” when it comes to rewarding interdisciplinary work in the tenure and promotion process.

The article, “New NSF Social Science Agenda,” is available on line.

CFS: Sociology of Diagnosis: Negotiation, Mediation and Contingency

Call for Papers, Social Science & Medicine, Special Issue: Sociology of Diagnosis: Negotiation, mediation and contingency

Guest Editors: Annemarie Jutel and Sarah Nettleton

Social Science and Medicine is calling for papers for a special issue on the sociology of diagnosis to be guest edited by Annemarie Jutel and Sarah Nettleton. Papers may focus on diagnosis as classification or as process; on professional or lay-diagnosis; on the micro and macro levels of diagnosis; or on any other aspect of the social framing or consequences of diagnosis.

This special issue will provide the opportunity to crystallise discussions and forge an innovative strand of work within the sociology of health and illness, and engage pertinent sociological questions such as:

  • What constitutes a diagnosis?
  • How is diagnosis negotiated within the clinic?
  • How do structural variables such as gender, ‘race,’ age, and class permeate the diagnostic process?
  • What are the social and experiential consequences of ‘expert’ and ‘lay’ diagnoses?
  • How do lay people identify and communicate diagnoses?
  • How, and/or to what extent, do market forces contribute to the fabrication and dissemination of a diagnostic category?
  • To what extent are diagnoses contested, challenged and or politicised?
  • What are the drivers and the consequences of innovations in diagnostic and predictive technologies?
  • Will diagnosis have a different place within the surveillance medicine of an increasingly risk-based social context?

The deadline for submission is 30th June 2010 and papers should be submitted here . When asked to choose an Article Type, authors should stipulate “Special Issue Article”, and in the ‘Enter Comments’ box the title of the Special Issue should be inserted, plus any further acknowledgements. All submissions must meet the Social Science & Medicine guide for authors which can be found on the above website.

If you have any questions, please contact either Annemarie Jutel on  or Sarah Nettleton on .

NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network

The NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network

(OppNet) is seeking input from the scientific community, health professionals, patient advocates, and the general public about current and emerging priorities in basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR).  A formal request for information (RFI) has just been published in the NIH Guide: .

We encourage your participation in this RFI by recommending top priority challenges for b-BSSR.  For detailed information about the RFI and to submit your ideas, please go to .

This information will enable OppNet to strategically plan future investments in b-BSSR.   The deadline for responding to this RFI is February 19th, 2010.  We are seeking your help in identifying broad priority areas.  The purpose of this RFI is not to solicit ideas for specific, individual research proposals.

The mission of OppNet is to pursue opportunities for strengthening b-BSSR at the NIH while innovating beyond existing investments.

Further information about OppNet, including the definition of what is meant by basic-BSSR (critical to understand if you are going to identify priority areas for investment) can found at .  As partial  background, OppNet ‘s mission is to pursue opportunities for strengthening b-BSSR at the NIH while innovating beyond existing investments. Its goals are to:

   * Advance b-BSSR through activities and initiatives that build a body of knowledge about the nature of behavior and social systems.

   * Prioritize activities and initiatives that focus on basic mechanisms of behavior and social processes that (a) are relevant to the missions and public health challenges of multiple NIH ICs and Offices, and (b) build upon existing NIH investments without replicating them.

NIH: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Interactive Textbook

New from NIH: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Interactive Textbook

Under a contract from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research ( ), The New England Research Institutes (NERI) ( ) has developed an interactive, online course on research methods and tools for researchers engaging in behavioral and social sciences (BSS) research on health-related topics.

Reflecting this mission, the e-Source online resource for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research advances the methodological skill set of new and established researchers on the latest research methods, approaches and translation of BSS research. It also provides an easy means by which investigators can efficiently obtain answers to emerging methodological concerns. Specifically, it:

  • Demonstrates the considerable potential of BSS research to enhance biomedical research;
  • Serves as a resource center for the most current and high quality BSS research methods with references to and examples of well designed studies in BSS research and information on how to easily and efficiently obtain authoritative answers to methodological questions;
  • Provides information on how to integrate BSS research into a variety of biomedical research activities; and
  • Updates and strengthens the impact of BSS research by identifying consistent and high quality standards for the research community.

To view this course, go to . Recognized international experts in their fields are developing the 16 modules for this web-based learning site:

  • Determining Appropriate Methods (John B. McKinlay, PhD)
  • The Concept of ‘Science’ in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (Jeffrey Coulter, PhD)
  • Theory Development and Construction (Stephen Turner, PhD)
  • Concepts in Sample Surveys (Sarah M. Nusser, PhD and Michael D. Larsen, PhD)
  • Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing Steve Woodland, PhD)
  • Administrative Data Systems in Behavioral and Social Science Research on Health and Aging (Vincent Mor, PhD)
  • A Reporting Checklist for Observational Studies (Richard Berk, PhD)
  • Using Qualitative Methods to Study Health and Illness (David Silverman, PhD)
  • Conversation Analysis as an Approach to the Medical Encounter (John Heritage, PhD)
  • Integrating Software and Qualitative Analysis (Eben Weitzman, PhD)
  • Clinical Trials (Duolao Wang, PhD and Ameet Bakhai, MD, MRCP)
  • Cluster Unit Randomized Trials (Allan Donner, PhD)
  • Multi-level Modeling: A Conceptual and Methodological Overview (S. V. Subramanian, PhD)
  • Operationalizing, Measuring and Defining Psychosocial Variables (Keith Widaman, PhD)
  • Ensuring Conceptual Cultural and Equivalence (Leo Morales, PhD)
  • From Quality of Life to Patient-Reported Outcomes (Donald L. Patrick, PhD and Gordon Guyatt, PhD)

The mission OBSSR is to:

  • enhance behavioral and social science research in the NIH,
  • integrate a bio-behavioral perspective across the research areas of the NIH, and to
  • encourage the study of behavioral and social sciences across NIH’s institutes,centers, and offices.

For further information: