2022 Special Inaugural Calls for Papers on
Prevention Research, Evidence, and Translation for Inclusivity in People, Methods, and Outcomes
Submission deadline: Rolling submissions through October 31, 2022.
Submission site: https://www.editorialmanager.com/focus/default1.aspx
To celebrate the launch of AJPM Focus and highlight its important aim of increasing inclusivity in people, methods, and outcomes in preventive medicine and public health, we invite submissions reflecting these themes for two special issues in 2022. Submissions must be cutting edge and address the theme of inclusivity in people, methods, and/or outcomes. Topics can be drawn from any of the wide range of fields and subfields within the global spectrum of public health and preventive medicine research, education, and practice.
Each special issue will address a different side of the prevention evidence continuum. What is this continuum? On the one hand there’s research, and on the other hand there’s the translation of this research into practice or policy. Research includes any study design that follows traditional methods for the generation or synthesis of data, seeking to uncover generalizable or transferable mechanisms, pathways, causations, and associations, focusing on prevention-related questions. Research evidence then feeds into the other side of the continuum, which is the translation of this evidence into practice or policy. This type of scholarship may or may not follow traditional methods for the generation of data but uses logical, thoughtful approaches to document, link, explain, or demonstrate the benefits and applications of research evidence in the real world.
This journal seeks to bring to light the evidence from both sides of this continuum, but with a special focus on inclusivity. The Oxford dictionary defines inclusivity as “the fact or quality of being inclusive, especially the practice or policy of not excluding any person on the grounds of race, gender, religion, age, disability, etc.” This journal embraces an expanded definition of inclusivity to also welcome diverse study methods and a variety of outcomes beyond those traditionally considered in the work of prevention. Unfortunately, much remains to be done to align prevention with this principle. These special issues present cutting-edge prevention evidence that reflects inclusivity across the domains of people, methods, and outcomes. In line with the journal’s scope, these issues cover the wide range of fields and subfields on the global spectrum of public health and preventive medicine research, education, and practice.
To highlight but distinguish these twin priorities of the evidence continuum, one issue will focus on original research or the synthesis of such research, while the other will focus on the translation of evidence into practice or policy. The editors understand that research at the cutting edge will often be in the preliminary stages and therefore strongly encourage this type of study to be submitted, as long as the authors can demonstrate that logical, thoughtful, and scholarly approaches were used in achieving early results or findings by the time of submission.
All articles submitted to AJPM Focus before December 31, 2022, will receive a 50% discount on the Article Publishing Charge (APC). Limited full waivers will be available and will prioritize scholarship with potential for high impact that gives voice to the traditionally unheard or unseen.
Call 1: Prevention Research for Inclusivity in People, Methods, and Outcomes
For this first special issue, submissions should focus on research study designs that generate original prevention evidence or synthesize such evidence. This can include basic science research demonstrably relevant to prevention (e.g., psychosocial or physiological mechanisms underlying health behavior change, epigenetics, the role of inflammation in conditions of public health significance), clinical and population health research, or the synthesis of such research.
Manuscript types include research articles (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods), review articles (systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, or rapid reviews), case study articles, pilot data analyses or preliminary result articles, negative or null study articles, replication study articles, and primary or secondary research protocol articles. See the requirements for each article type and other details in our Guide for Authors: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/ajpm-focus/2773-0654/guide-for-authors. In Editorial Manager, select article type VSI: Prevention Research for submitting these articles.
Call 2: Prevention Evidence Translation for Inclusivity in People, Methods, and Outcomes
For this second special issue, submissions should focus on study designs that address prevention issues at any point on the knowledge translation continuum. This can range from narrative reviews to implementation science, interdisciplinary scholarship that brings nontraditional fields into the prevention realm (e.g., human ecology, evolutionary medicine, salutogenesis, sociology), and any other study design that brings research evidence into practice or policy.
Manuscript types include certain review articles (narrative reviews or integrative reviews), implementation science articles, translational science articles, synthesis science articles (studies on methods for systematic reviews or other types of reviews), program evaluations, quality improvement articles, and policy analyses. See the requirements for each article type and other details in our Guide for Authors: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/ajpm-focus/2773-0654/guide-for-authors. In Editorial Manager, select article type VSI: Prevention Translation for submitting these articles.
About the Journal
AJPM Focus is the official open access journal of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the American College of Preventive Medicine. The aim of this journal is to serve as the academic open access repository for high-quality prevention evidence across the global spectrum of health.
AJPM Focus is interested in articles relating to one or more of the journal’s five foci:
- community medicine, community health, and global health;
- assessment, policy development, and assurance;
- health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention;
- population medicine, population health, and population health management, such as health systems and services delivery;
- clinical preventive medicine, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine.
Papers that interconnect or thoughtfully dissect topics within these foci are particularly desirable.
Manuscript Submission Information:
Further information about submission requirements can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/ajpm-focus. Authors should select VSI: Prevention Research (for Call 1) or VSI: Prevention Translation (for Call 2) when uploading their article. For additional information, please contact the Editorial Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication timeline: Articles will undergo peer review as per journal guidelines. After passing the peer review stage, articles will each be published online immediately upon acceptance and completion of all production processes (e.g. copyediting, typesetting). Accepted articles will not be held for publication on a single date: instead, they will be organized into a special issue once all articles in the issue have completed the production/publication process.