WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2020) — Women’s health in the United States has long lagged behind other high-income countries on critical issues including reproductive health, maternal mortality, chronic disease, mental health, and gender-based violence. The COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing epidemic of police violence have highlighted this country’s persistent racial inequities. Providing thought leadership to set agendas for research and policy across the range of women’s health topics can help drive progress regardless of the outcome of the 2020 elections. Women’s Health Issues invites timely submissions of commentaries addressing “Setting a Research and Policy Agenda for Women’s Health: Beyond Election 2020.”
The purpose of this call is to provide a timely forum for high-quality commentaries that address critical gaps in research and policy issues of importance to the health of women. Authors are encouraged to provide viewpoints on addressing these issues to inform the policy and research agendas needed to improve women’s health and wellbeing. We invite submissions beginning immediately and will expedite the peer review process while adhering to the journal’s standards. All commentaries will be available online for free at https://www.whijournal.com/.
Commentaries should make a compelling, novel, evidence-based argument for a research or policy agenda related to any aspect of women’s health or health care. Arguments should be supported by references. Authors should conclude with a discussion of implications and concrete recommendations or next steps for either policy or research. Commentary submissions will be evaluated based on the topic’s timeliness and importance, strength of the argument, use of evidence, and overall writing quality, including clarity and flow. Commentary manuscripts do not require abstracts and do not need to follow the structure of full-length articles. The text should contain no more than 2,000 words.
To submit your commentary, go to https://www.editorialmanager.com/WHI/default.aspx and either log in or create an account. For the Article Type, select “Commentary” from the drop-down menu. If you have any questions about WHI or the submission process, contact managing editor Liz Borkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the Associate Editors.
Women’s Health Issues is the official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health and has a particular focus on women's health and policy in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes. It is a journal for health professionals, health services researchers, social scientists, policymakers, and others concerned with the complex and diverse facets of health care delivery and policy affecting women.