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Human Rights in Healthcare

Journal re-launch promotes equality and human rights in health and social care

United Kingdom, 24 July 2014 - Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society, is pleased to announce that the journal formerly known as Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, will be re-launched as the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH) from the first issue of 2015. The title change reflects the journal’s new positive focus of promoting equality of treatment and access to health and social care, and also expands the scope of the journal to explicitly cover all aspects of potential discrimination in healthcare. (such as religion, ethnicity/race, geographic location, financial status, sexuality, gender, age and disability).

Dr Theo Gavrielides, Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, Founder and Co-Director of Restorative Justice for All; and Editor of the Journal, said: “The human rights discourse allows a more holistic vision of equality both for theoretical and practical development within health and social care.

“Without losing its international and interdisciplinary focus, our re-launched journal aims to become the leading peer-reviewed publication that will breach the barriers of human rights and equality in healthcare provision internationally. As a result, we will be publishing 25 percent more papers in 2015.  We are looking for more reviewers to carry out our rigorous double blind review process and submissions for a special issue to publish in 2015.”

The journal will retain its unique practical approach to promoting equality, inclusion and human rights in health and social care by publishing scholarly research and practice-focused articles and case studies which:
• Explore what is currently known about discrimination and disadvantage with a particular focus on health and social care
• Push the barriers of the equality discourse by identifying new avenues for practice and policy
• Create bridges between policymakers, practitioners and researchers
• Identify and understand the social determinants of health equity and practical interventions to overcome barriers.

The journal is a valuable source of information for researchers and academics internationally, students, practitioners, managers, policy-makers, NHS Trusts and commissioning bodies in the UK and abroad, local authorities, social workers, psychologists, nurses, voluntary sector workers, service users and carers. 

To mark the journal’s new direction and name, the Editor is calling for papers for a special issue on ‘Human Rights Revisited: Tackling race inequalities in health and social care’ to publish in 2015. Submissions must be received by 1st January 2015.  For more information, please see the full call for papers.

In line with the re-launch of the journal, the Editor is currently recruiting individuals to carry out double blind peer review.  For more information please see the call for reviewers.

Notes to the editor

The journal is one of 31 titles in the Health & Social Care eJournal collection published by Emerald Group Publishing:

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