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Call for papers: International best practices in health care management

Deadline for 1-page Précis: February 1, 2014
Deadline for Manuscript Submission: April 15, 2014

Guest Co-Editors

Sandra C. Buttigieg, PhD, University of Malta, [email protected]
Wilfried von Eiff, PhD, University of Münster, [email protected]
Cheryl Rathert, PhD, University of Missouri, [email protected]

Managing Editor

Jim Goes, PhD, Cybernos and Walden University, [email protected]

Series Editors

Grant T. Savage, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, [email protected]
Leonard Friedman, PhD, George Washington University, [email protected]
Jim Goes, PhD, Cybernos and Walden University, [email protected]

Advances in Health Care Management, a biannual research series published by Emerald Publishing Group, is pleased to announce a special issue focusing on international best practices in health care management, with publication planned for fall of 2014.

Significant variations in the quality of health care management practices are present both within and across local, regional, and international health systems (Clancy & Cronin, 2005).  With increasing globalization of health services, both quality and efficiency of care can benefit from shared learning on a regional or global basis. Although systems and quality of health care delivery differ across the world, empirical research has found that human beings involved in health care, whether in the role of patients or health care providers, have similar wants and needs. Identifying and documenting best practices within and across countries is more important than ever. Best practices in health care management organize clinical and administrative processes in ways that achieve leapfrog results as compared to normal standards in industry, potentially earning brand status.

Volume 17 of the Advances in Health Care Management research series seeks exemplary research that addresses and helps to shape emerging thinking about what constitutes best practices in health care management. We invite articles that compare two or more health systems and focus on specific topics in international best practices in health care delivery, including the following:

  1. What constitutes best practices for people management in health care organizations?  Examples could include identifying best human resources management practices for optimal patient outcomes, as well as practices that lead to optimal organizational performance and innovation.
  2. What are best practices for patient experiences?   How can ‘optimal patient experiences’ be defined? Do the different types of health care systems influence patient experiences? How is patient autonomy viewed in different countries?
  3. Does health literacy influence patient experiences? Does the issue of health literacy differ across countries, and does it affect health care outcomes?
  4. How can health care operations management predict optimal quality of healthcare delivery? How do best practices in health care operations vary depending on local resources or political contexts?
  5. In what ways does clinical performance management vary across regions, cultures, or health systems? Examples might include papers focusing on clinical audit, key performance indicators and international benchmarking, or experiences with continuous quality improvement and Six Sigma.
  6. Which performance metrics are countries focusing on that lead to better results? Does use of common performance metrics lead to more effective care delivery across regions or systems? Examples might include papers that examine how pay for performance has been implemented and evaluated.
  7. What are some exemplar case studies of best practices in health care management across different health systems?

Empirical papers that extend or test existing theories or approaches to globalization of health services or clinical performance management compared across two or more different political, social, and regulatory contexts are sought for this special issue. The editorial focus of Advances is the management of organizations, not the treatment of disease. We are therefore particularly interested in papers that use qualitative, quantitative, or combined approaches to explore organizational and structural questions facing health care managers and policy makers.

Paper proposals will be blind-reviewed by the guest editors and invited referees; accepted proposals that result in paper submissions will be double-blind reviewed.  The guest editors will select the papers for this special volume on a competitive basis, based on the recommendations of the reviewers.  Specific guidelines for submission are provided on the following page.  Your email should request that the manuscript be specifically considered for this special research volume on international best practices in health care management.

Send all submissions to the managing editor, Jim Goes, PhD, Cybernos, LLC, [email protected].

Key Dates

February 1, 2014 - 1-page proposal (e.g., outline or summary) due
February 15, 2014 - Proposal feedback returned to authors
April 15, 2014 - Manuscripts due
May 30, 2014 - Reviews returned to authors
July 15, 2014 - Revised final manuscripts due
August 1, 2014 - Final decisions; AHCM volume 17 delivered to publisher
October 15, 2014 - AHCM volume 17 published

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Authors should follow the American Psychological Association's style guidelines (6th edition) in preparing manuscripts, while also adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Order of Material for Submissions
    • Title Page: Title of paper, name and affiliation of author(s), author(s') complete current address(es) and telephone number(s) e-mail address(es), and any acknowledgement of assistance. For multiple author papers, please indicate contact author.
    • Abstract: Title of paper without author(s') name(s) and a structured abstract of no more than 150 words summarizing the article and its findings/conclusions.
    • Main Text: Title of paper without author(s') name(s)
    • Acknowledgements
    • Appendix
    • References
    • Figure Legends: Numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
    • Tables: Numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.

  • Other Issues for Preparing Your Manuscript
    • Use 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman for all text and tables. When typing:
    • Distinguish between the digit 1 and the letter l (also 0 and O).
    • Use tabs for indents, not spaces.
    • Display titles and headings in a consistent manner.
    • Double-space between all lines of the manuscript. Single spacing is only acceptable on tables.

In-text citations should be indicated by stating the author's last name (in parentheses) followed by the date of the paper or book; or with the date in parentheses, as in 'suggested by Fletching (1975)'. Quotations of more than one line of text from cited works should be indented and the citation should include the page number of the quotation; e.g. (Thomas 1979: 56).

Tables and Figures: Begin each table or figure on a separate page. In the text of the manuscript, indicate the approximate placement of each table by a clear break in the text inserting:


Set off by double spacing above and below; all figures/tables should be numbered consecutively, e.g., table 1, figure 1.