The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), are partnering with the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) to publish a special issue with the goal to advance research efforts that integrate genetics and the behavioral and social sciences to inform our understanding of human health and development. In order to achieve this goal, we plan to highlight science that exemplifies this integration while also highlighting a fundamental heuristic which is often neglected: social causation is non-linear, time dependent, evolving and varied by scale. In order to provide much needed discourse on the direction forward in this area, we are interested in conceptual papers that directly address issues, challenges, theory, methods, etc. central to conducting research at the intersection of genetics and the behavioral and social sciences. In other words, we are not interested in papers that only report new data, but rather, papers that articulate critical thinking at the vanguard of this area.
This special issue will be comprised of invited papers, along with several selected papers identified through this open call for abstracts. If you are interested in being a part of this special issue, please submit a brief abstract, less than 250 words, with a proposed title and likely co-authors to describe what you would like to discuss in your contribution. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected authors will be invited to develop their ideas into a full article for inclusion in the special issue.
To submit: Please send your proposed abstract, title, and co-authors to SI.Abstracts@mail.nih.gov. Abstracts must be received no later than 5pm EST, December 1st, 2011. Notifications will be sent mid to late December, 2011. Individuals invited to participate will be asked to send in a complete draft (or detailed outline) by April 1st, 2012 and then will submit completed manuscripts to AJPH for peer-review by July 1st, 2012. Contact SI.Abstracts@mail.nih.gov with questions or for additional information.