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Health and Human Rights: Call for Submissions
Health and Human Rights, a peer-reviewed open access journal under the editorship of Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, is published semi-annually, with new issues released in June and December. Selected papers in press are made available prior to issue publication, thereby fast-tracking access to new research and enabling authors to cite their work. Submissions are welcomed at any time.
Original articles (research, commentary, and analysis) suitable for scholarly peer review are invited (3,500–7,000 words). In addition to research papers, we seek manuscripts that emerge from and reflect on practical efforts for the realization of social and economic rights (up to 7,000 words). The form and style of these pieces is flexible, but they should be of genuine relevance to people engaged in related work. Like all other submissions, papers for this section will be peer reviewed.
Health and Human Rights welcomes articles that explore the centrality of the right to health in all social, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts. We are interested particularly in the themes of (1) climate change and the right to health; (2) health rights and effectiveness of international treaty law; (3) interdisciplinary explorations of health and human rights; (4) rights-informed innovations in health program design; (5) health and human rights as “well-being.” Topics might include (but are not limited to): women’s health, maternal mortality, refugees and other vulnerable populations, asylum, children and adolescents at risk, current conflicts in civil disturbances, environmental concerns, global health delivery, sustainable development goals/post-2015 development agenda, community mobilization, and new developments in human rights that relate to health and international law.
The editors also invite short letters, brief research or fieldwork summaries, and short opinion or perspective essays (up to 2000 words) for publication as “Letters to the Editor.”
Manuscripts submitted to Health and Human Rights must not be before another journal for consideration. All submissions are subject to initial assessment to determine their suitability for consideration. Papers accepted for formal review will be sent to at least two independent referees with all authorship details removed. Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 3 months. If necessary, revised manuscripts may be returned to the initial referees, usually within 1 month. The referees and editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript, and alternative referees may also be invited to review the manuscript at any time.
In addition to general submissions, we are accepting submissions for consideration in upcoming special issues.
For specific format details, please see “Author Guidelines.”
Papers in Press
Recent Perspectives Pieces
Sex Work and Trafficking: Can Human Rights Lead Us Out of the Impasse? (10/21/14)
Tripti Tandon, Gabriel Armas-Cardona, Anand Grover
Health Litigation in Colombia: Have We Reached the Limit for the Judicialization of Health? (9/23/14)
Daniel Alzate Mora
Navigating the Access to Information Challenge in Health Rights Litigation in Uganda (9/23/14)
Law, Human Rights, and Health Databases: A Roundtable Discussion (9/11/14)
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