Building Common Ground for Public Health and Population Health

AJPH Call for Papers:

Building Common Ground for Public Health
and Population Health

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) invites editorials, commentaries, notes from the field, qualitative notes from the field, and research articles for a special section on Building Common Ground that critically summarize and highlight best practices for building common ground in public health.

Common ground occurs when different people or groups, often political opponents, find strategies, tactics, and areas of programmatic agreement, even when they do not agree about ideology, policy, or politics. Building common ground has always been challenging in public health policy, but the current political and ideological division in the US has reached levels that threaten progress in many domains.

This call for papers follows an AJPH special section On Building Common Ground published in October 2023. In the inaugural section, the Journal published comments, editorials, and notes from the field that offered opinions, principles, and models related to building common ground.

We hope to build on the previous section by prioritizing articles that tell the stories of successful (and unsuccessful) attempts to build common ground using rigorous research and evaluation methods. While papers that broadly describe building common ground will be considered for publication, going beyond opinion pieces to report on research and evaluation findings are highly encouraged. Any data collection must have been collected at least until 2021.

We will prioritize papers that clearly describe the convener, the major parties in the process and their positions and differences; the processes used to maintain negotiating equipoise and reach common ground; the intervention chosen through negotiation; the methods by which the intervention was evaluated or researched; and the results achieved through the process of negotiation and through the selected intervention. Prioritized papers will also discuss lessons learned and thoughts about scalability. We will consider common ground processes that were unsuccessful, especially describing implications for future efforts.

Papers will be considered in any public health or population health topic area. However, we will prioritize papers focused on the link between building common ground and building democracies; communications strategies to overcome misunderstanding to facilitate building common ground; and on developing negotiation and other skills among public health professionals to help build common ground.

We encourage submissions from policymakers, public health practitioners, population health scientists, other public health practitioners in local, state, and federal governmental organizations, academics, and community-based organizations. We will prioritize articles submitted by multidisciplinary or cross-sector teams.

Potential authors should visit the AJPH website (www.ajph.org) to review the Instructions for Authors and specific guidelines for the various types of manuscripts. Importantly, submissions must include a cover letter formatted as requested in the Instructions for Authors and should specify that the submission is for the Common Ground special section. In all manuscripts, the number of words, references, and tables/figures must correspond to a specific AJPH article format.

Select manuscripts will undergo editorial review and eventual peer review by the AJPH editors and peer referees as defined by AJPH policy. Submissions are due on May 3, 2024, and can be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/ajph. If you are planning to submit a research article and will not be able to meet the submission deadline, please contact Steven Fiala ([email protected]) to request an extension.

Guest Editors: William Kassler MD MPH, former Chief Medical Officer, New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services, and Howard Rodenberg MD MPH, former State Health Officer, Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

AJPH Editor: Steven C. Fiala MPH, AJPH Deputy Editor for Open Access Supplements

For more information, visit the American Journal of Public Health website or contact the editorial team.

Antecedents of Adolescent Mental Health Challenges

Special Section on Antecedents of
Adolescent Mental Health Challenges

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) invites submission of manuscripts on the important topic of adolescent mental health for a special section to be published in March 2025.

Adolescence can be a challenging time of life for developmental reasons. Social, emotional, and physical maturity increase during adolescence, and adolescent brains continue to develop. This period is also marked by new social and physical challenges, including sensation seeking, risk-taking behaviors, and navigating peer influence. Contemporary challenges include violence, pressure to assume adult roles, exposure to technology and social media, social isolation, and changing opportunities to build effective social skills. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many existing problems and inequalities, with significant impacts on adolescent mental health.

We invite manuscripts that address various concerns related to adolescent mental health, including evaluations of interventions, the effects of technology and social media, social isolation, substance misuse, suicide and self-harm, disruption in schools, violence, and the impacts of COVID-19, among others. Manuscripts can explore disparities in underserved communities, sexual health, social skills, and more.

Potential authors should visit the AJPH website (www.ajph.org) to review the Instructions for Authors and specific guidelines. Submissions must include a cover letter specifying that the submission is for the Adolescent Mental Health special section. Select manuscripts will undergo editorial review and peer review by the AJPH editors and peer referees.

Submissions are due on September 30, 2024, and can be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/ajph. For those unable to meet the deadline, please contact Evan Mayo-Wilson ([email protected]) to request an extension.

AJPH Editors: Evan Mayo-Wilson, Tanya Telfair Leblanc, Jihong Liu, Michelle Livings.

For more information, visit the American Journal of Public Health website or contact the editorial team.