Special Issue Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Veterans Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative and Evolution of Learning Health Systems

Submission deadline for abstracts: July 17, 2023

Health Services Research (HSR) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Quality Enhancement Initiative (QUERI) are partnering to publish a Special Issue to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the QUERI, with a particular focus on the evolution of improvement science and evidence-based policy methods in a learning health system. The special issue will be edited by Melissa Garrido, PhD, and Amy Kilbourne, PhD.

This special issue aims to highlight scientific contributions and real-world impacts emanating from 25 years of initiatives stemming from QUERI and other learning health systems in the U.S. and abroad that reflect the more rapid translation of research into practice.  Submissions are encouraged that highlight empirical implementation, evaluation, or policy research involving health systems; implementation and evaluation of multisite or national programs and policies; emerging translational methods; and new endeavors to train and mentor the future learning health system workforce. Papers must report the results of original investigations. Framework, review, summary, and commentary articles will be solicited separately.

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Call for stand-alone commentary proposals

Health Services Research (HSR) publishes two types of commentaries in most issues: those discussing a research article in the same issue and stand-alone commentaries that are not tied to another article in the issue. With an ambition to expand the diversity of topics and voices that are typically underrepresented in health services research while remaining true to the HSR mission including relevance to U.S. health care policy and practice, we are calling for proposals for stand-alone commentaries.

A proposal for a stand-alone commentary should take the form of a brief (300-word maximum) summary of the issue you wish to address. As all commentaries must be evidence-based, this summary should indicate at least some of the research on which it draws (references do not count toward the word limit). The summary should be accompanied by a statement (not counting toward the word limit) of how the proposed commentary would further HSR’s ambition articulated above — to expand the diversity of topics and voices while remaining true to the HSR mission.

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Open Call for Papers on Topics in Inequities Due to Marginalized Social Identities

Submission deadline for abstracts: None (rolling consideration, submissions will be considered anytime)

Health Services Research (HSR) welcomes all manuscript submissions from the field that are consistent with its vision, mission, and values. In brief, those are to provide researchers and users of health services research with new knowledge on methods, concepts, and results related to the financing, organization, delivery, evaluation, and outcomes of health services.

Expanding upon the goals articulated in our report on structural racism and in the accompanying summary editorial, this call is a specific invitation for manuscripts that explore inequities due to marginalized social identities, such as race and ethnicity, as they relate to health and/or the health care system — whether structural, interpersonal, or internalized. While racism is the most severe and enduring form of marginalization in the U.S., this call is also open to papers that explore inequities based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, and other marginalized social identities.

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