[URBANTH-L] Call for Articles: new Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute journal

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Wed Dec 14 17:31:11 EST 2005

Call for Papers

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute in conjunction with the WK 
Kellogg Foundation announce the launch of a national peer-reviewed 
journal dedicated to community health partnerships.  Progress in 
Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action addresses 
topics focusing on the growing field of community-based participatory 
research (CBPR) while promoting further collaboration and elevating the 
visibility and stature of CBPR as a means toward eliminating health 

The mission of the Journal is to facilitate dissemination of programs 
that use community partnerships to improve public health, to promote 
progress in the methods of research and education involving community 
health partnerships, and to stimulate action that will improve the 
health of people in communities. Communities, as defined by the Journal, 
may be based on geography, shared interests, or social networks. The 
Journal is dedicated to supporting the work of community health 
partnerships that involve ongoing collaboration between community 
representatives and academic or governmental partners.

Articles will include:
*Original research (methods sections must provide details on how 
community partners were involved in the project; community partners of 
accepted articles will be interviewed by a member of the editorial team 
for a question and answer interview that will be published along with 
the article)
*Works in progress and lessons learned
*Community perspectives
*Policy and practice perspectives
*Theory and methods
*Education and training
*Practical tools
*Systematic reviews
*Invited editorials

The first issue is expected in Spring/Summer 2006. For more information, 
including how to subscribe and how to submit papers, visit the Journal's 
website at http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/pchp

Meet Journal Editor Eric Bass and Deputy Editor Darius Tandon at the 
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health conference on May 31, 2006 in
Mineapolis, MN USA when they will lead a pre-conference institute on
"Practical Guidance for Authors Writing About Community-Based 
Participatory Research."  (see description below).  Registration is 
limited to 50 participants.  For more information, visit

Practical Guidance for Authors Writing About
Community-Based Participatory Research

CBPR has an important role to play in improving health and health care, 
but many investigators involved in CBPR have had difficulty getting 
their work published in peer-reviewed journals. Most peer-reviewed 
health-related journals accept only a minority of manuscripts and may 
have little experience reviewing manuscripts about CBPR. As a result, 
the peer review process may be a significant barrier to dissemination of 
CBPR. Furthermore, academic and community partners may struggle to reach 
agreement on how to write up the results of their efforts. Often, the 
problem in reaching agreement stems from an inadequate understanding of 
what peer reviewed journals expect.

To help academic and community partners overcome these barriers, 
recommendations will be presented and discussed for strengthening 
manuscripts about CBPR studies. The recommendations are based on lessons 
learned from the review of manuscripts that were submitted for 
publication in a special issue of a medical journal. Academic and 
community partners are encouraged to participate in this institute as a 
co-authorship team.


By the end of the institute, participants will be able to:

1. Identify distinguishing features of community-based participatory 
research (CBPR) that should be described in manuscripts submitted for 
publication in peer-reviewed journals

2. Organize and present a report on a CBPR study so that journal 
editors, reviewers, and readers will understand the unique contributions 
of the study

3. Write clearly and succinctly

4. Anticipate and address concerns that are likely to be raised by 
journal editors and reviewers in the peer review process


Eric B. Bass is the former Editor of the Journal of General Internal 
Medicine, and the current Editor of the the new journal Progress in 
Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action that is 
being launched by the Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute 
with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. He is a general 
internist and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and 
Management at the Johns Hopkins University.

S. Darius Tandon is the Deputy Editor of the the new journal Progress in
Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. He is a 
community health psychologist whose research interests focus on the 
design and evaluation of community-based preventive interventions in 
urban populations. He is a Research Associate in the Department of 
Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University, and a Senior Faculty 
Research Fellow in the Urban Health Institute. As a CCPH Fellow during 
2002-2003, he developed a CBPR curriculum for pediatricians-in-training:

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