Call for Abstracts: Reproductive Wellness for Women with Chronic Conditions

Sponsored by: The WK Kellogg Foundation
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 4, 2022

With sponsorship from The WK Kellogg Foundation, Health Services Research (HSR), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Jordan Institute for Families and the UNC Collaborative for Maternal and Infant Health are partnering to publish a series of special sections of upcoming issues focused on reproductive wellness for women with chronic conditions. The special sections will be edited by HSR’s team of Senior Associate Editors and Editor-in-Chief, with co-editor guidance from Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, and Natalie Hernandez, PhD, MPH.

These special sections will focus on reproductive wellness and preconception care for women with chronic conditions. Recent work listening to women of color with chronic conditions has underscored many gaps in care. These gaps contribute to maternal mortality and morbidity, infertility, miscarriage and infant loss, and long-term health impacts for women and their families. We are seeking to curate a series of articles, to be published in a special section across several regular HSR issues, that will highlight work being done across a variety of sectors — health care, public health, social work, community leadership, maternal and child health, chronic disease, and others — that offers solutions and strategies toward improving care.

We hope to receive abstract proposals from a range of disciplines and organizations, including community-based organizations and community leaders, and strongly encourage and welcome abstracts from community-based organizations and community leaders. From abstracts received, the editors will invite manuscripts, which will undergo peer review. Topics of interest include qualitative analysis of experience of care; quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research revealing outcomes of current models of care, promising practices, partnership approaches, or strategies to foster equity; exploration of new data or measurements pertaining to reproductive wellness for women with chronic conditions. Articles may include in their discussions evidence-based recommendations for systems and/or policy change. We welcome abstracts from community-led organizations. If the abstracts are moved forward, the UNC Jordan Institute for Families can offer some writing assistance for these organizations. Geographically, articles should be focused on studies or initiatives within the United States. All articles in the special sections will be open access.

The deadline for abstract submissions is February 4. Abstracts may not exceed 300 words and must be formatted as indicated in the HSR Author Guidelines. These abstracts will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary review panel that will select authors to receive invitations to submit full manuscripts. The evaluation criteria will include: (1) responsiveness to the themes articulated in this call; (2) quality, rigor and originality; and (3) significance and usefulness for advancing knowledge.

Manuscripts invited for submission will undergo the same HSR peer review process as all regular manuscripts. All accepted articles will be published electronically within a few weeks of acceptance using Wiley’s Early View process. Articles published through Early View are fully published, appear in PubMed, and can be cited. Approximately 12 articles will be subsequently selected for print publication in a special section of a regular issue of HSR that will appear in several issues between December 2022 and December 2023. Accepted manuscripts that are not selected for the Special Sections will be automatically scheduled for print publication in a regular issue.

Key dates for authors

  • Friday, February 4, 2022: Abstracts submission deadline
  • Friday, March 4, 2022: Notification of manuscript invitation
  • Friday, June 3, 2022: Manuscripts submission deadline
  • December 2022-December 2023: Publication of manuscripts in special sections of regular HSR issues

If you would like to submit your abstract for consideration, please email your abstract and co-author contact information to the editorial office at hsr@aha.org, using the subject line “Special Section on Reproductive Wellness for Women with Chronic Conditions.”