Future Thematic Issues of Health Affairs
Health Affairs has devoted many of its issues to the in-depth exploration of particular policy topics. These thematic issues gather together in one place the top research, important data, and policy thinking of leaders in the field. We have found that Health Affairs' readers refer to these thematic volumes for years afterwards--using them as classroom textbooks, primers, and resource material.
The process for a typical theme issues begins with a planning meeting several months to a year before publication involving a small group of experts; the aim of the meeting is to identify appropriate topics and authors for consideration for the issue. Following this session, Health Affairs may directly invite some authors to submit work for consideration; we may also issue a "Request for Abstracts" to a group of potential authors identified at the planning session and through other processes. We typically invite authors of 10-12 of these abstracts to submit a full paper for consideration for the issue. There are currently no open requests for abstracts for any of our planned theme issues; we will update this list with abstract due dates as needed.
We also consider unsolicited papers on related topics for these theme issues, as long as the papers arrive by the appropriate deadline for the issue. Invitation or submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication; all papers (including invited papers) go through the internal review process, then, if selected for advancement, the external review process, and our publication decisions are based partly on these processes.
Tentative schedule of future theme issues (subject to change)
Reinventing Emergency Care
Manuscript submissions due no later than July 1, 2013
HIV/AIDS in America
Manuscript submissions due no later than August 1, 2013
Manuscript submissions due no later than September 1, 2013
Jails and Health
Manuscript submissions due no later than October 1, 2013
Request for abstracts: Abstracts due August 1, 2013
Manuscript submissions due no later than November 1, 2013
Ongoing New Section of Journal
The Care Span
Request for papers issue March 2011