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Health Sociology Review

Aims and Scope 

Health Sociology Review is an international peer-reviewed journal, which publishes high quality conceptual and empirical research in the sociology of health, illness and medicine. 

Published three times per year, the journal prioritises original research papers, papers that advance theory and methodology in the field of health sociology and special issues on matters of central importance to health sociology and related fields.

Review articles are published upon occasion, but must extend conceptual understanding in health sociology, not just review what is known about a particular topic.  
Submissions must make a clear contribution to sociological inquiry relevant to health, but may be informed by conceptual and empirical debates from a broader range of health and social sciences. All submissions must demonstrate methodological rigour, adherence to ethical research principles, and potential for contribution to knowledge in health, health care and wellbeing.

All manuscript submissions must be less than 7,500 words in length (including all text, footnotes and references). Suggestions for occasional themed special issues are welcomed.

All submissions to  Health Sociology Review are subject to double-blind peer review by at least two reviewers. 

Editors in Chief:
Karen Willis - La Trobe University, Australia
Sarah MacLean - La Trobe University, Australia

Associate Editors:
Katherine Carroll - Australian National University, Australia
Luke Gahan - La Trobe University, Australia
Kim McLeod - University of Tasmania, Australia (Book Review Editor)
Fernando De Maio - DePaul University, USA
Megan Williams - University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Senior Editorial Advisors:
Joanne Bryant - UNSW Sydney, Australia
Christy Newman - UNSW Sydney, Australia


Managing Editor:

Sally Daly

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2021 Special Issue
2021 Special Issue
Call for Papers for special issue of Health Sociology Review

Towards a Global Sociology of Trans and Gender Diverse Health

After years of advocacy for improved recognition and action, the health and well-being of trans and gender diverse people is receiving overdue attention. In some parts of the world, gender-affirming care is made available in forms which explicitly support a diverse range of gender identities, service preferences and affirmation goals. However, good quality models of care are unevenly available and face a range of threats, creating heightened uncertainty for those who need to access them.

The aim of this special issue is to enhance knowledge on what supports and complicates the provision of health care and support for trans and gender diverse people across different parts of the world.

We are seeking both empirical research and theoretical contributions on such topics as:

Health care expectations and experiences
o Systems and training for inclusive and affirming healthcare
o Relationships between public, private and community health systems
o Impact of violence, poverty and homelessness on health and well-being
o Interplay of media, political, policy and research perspectives
o Community representation and leadership, including peer inclusion
o Challenges collecting, sharing and reporting accurate and meaningful data
o Experiences and pressures for health and other professionals

We encourage submissions which speak to different cultural contexts and health systems and recognise the diverse needs and understandings of health and well-being among trans and gender diverse people, including in the types of care and support desired. We value approaches which recognise diversity in gender expressions and identities, including transgender, gender diverse, non-binary, genderqueer, and others. Partnerships with established and emerging trans and gender diverse researchers, theorists, clinicians and community leaders are particularly encouraged. We also hope to feature a range of approaches to informing sociological inquiry, including quantitative and qualitative research, arts-based and reflective methods, and critical and conceptual analyses.

The special issue will be edited by a team of researchers and advocates working at the intersections of health, gender and sexuality: Associate Professor Christy Newman (UNSW Sydney), Dr Cristyn Davies (University of Sydney), Professor Kerry Robinson (Western Sydney University), Emeritus Professor Peter Aggleton (UNSW/ANU), Dr Son Vivienne (TransGender Victoria, Minus18) and Liz Duck-Chong (transgender writer/advocate). A commentary will be provided by Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell.

Submission guidelines
Full paper submissions are due: 15 June 2020. Please email Associate Professor Christy Newman at to indicate your interest and to access the 'Intention to submit' document, which we ask all prospective authors to complete as soon as possible.

Please review our Instructions for Authors to ensure you have everything required to move through peer review, production and publication. When you submit your manuscript, please mark your paper for consideration in the Trans and Gender Diverse Health special issue.

Health Sociology Review is ranked Q1 in Scimago and offers a generous 7,500 word limit, and a short review timeframe. Submissions must make a clear contribution to sociological inquiry relevant to health, but may be informed by conceptual and empirical debates from a broader range of health and social sciences. All manuscripts will undergo the usual blind peer review process and only those that comply with standards for publication in HSR will be accepted.

The above details can be shared using: 2021 SI: Towards a Global Sociology of Trans and Gender Diverse Health

Kate Huppatz (L) and Steve Matthewman (R) congratulating Michelle Peterie on being the 2018 JoS Best Paper Award winner for Docility and Desert: government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate