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Society Health and Vulnerability
Co-Action Publishing
Peer reviewed
Open access

Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

Begun in 2010, Society, Health & Vulnerability “aims to contribute to our understanding of vulnerability and marginalization in society in light of health-related factors… [shedding] light on the varying circumstances and resources different individuals and groups face in relation to maintaining and improving health.” In their aim of “bring[ing] together new theoretical and empirical knowledge from various scientific disciplines about these issues globally, locally and contextually” the editors welcome quantitative and qualitative research, as well as conceptual and theoretical contributions.” The specific types of contributions they seek to publish include: Editorials; Invited Editorials; Review Articles; Invited Review Articles; Original Articles; Critical Debate Articles; Commentaries; Book Reviews; Working life stress, rehabilitation counselling and inclusion; Modern working life and inclusion; PhD Reviews; Reconciling Work and Eldercare; Indigenous Issues in Disability, Rehabilitation, and Inclusion; and Concepts on Disability among Indigenous People.

The journal is published under the Open Access model, with authors retaining copyright while at the same time agreeing to publish their articles under the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Production costs are “partly covered by publication fees normally paid for by the author’s institution or funding agency…[with] the total sum be[ing] charged to the author(s) upon acceptance of his/her article. Author from institutions that have difficulty in paying may be eligible for a full or partial waiver of the publication fee.” In addition, “authors are permitted and encouraged to post manuscripts, incl. supplementary material, submitted to Society, Health & Vulnerability on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).”

You can browse the most current issue of the journal or through the archives, arranged by year. The most recent, currently available issue (2015) holds an editorial, a review article (“Barriers to health care access among undocumented migrant women in Norway”), and seven original articles: “Time strain among employed and self-employed women and men in Sweden,” “Deaf and hearing high-school students’ expectations for the role of educational sign-language interpreter,” “Temporary agency workers as outsiders: an application of the established-outsider theory on the social relations between temporary agency and permanent workers,” “Self-rated health among young Europeans not in employment, education or training with a focus on the conventionally unemployed and the disengaged,” “Are the self-employed really that poor? Income poverty and living standard among self-employed in Sweden,” “Work inclusion: self-perceived change in work ability among persons in occupational rehabilitation,” and “‘A fine balance’ - how child welfare workers manage organizational changes within the Norwegian Welfare State.” The previous issue, for 2014, offers three original articles (“Daily newspaper reporting on elderly care in Sweden and Finland: a quantitative content analysis of ethnicity- and migration-related issues,” “Gender as headline and subtext: problematizing the gender perspective in an occupational health project,” and “Housing support workers as equilibrists between instrumentality and situation”) as well as a special section on Reconciling Work and Eldercare, beginning with an Editorial and followed by three articles: “Caregiving men of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers in Nuevo Leo´n (Mexico): experiences and meanings,” “Capability to care and work: when dual roles intersect,” and “Informal and formal reconciliation strategies of older peoples’ working carers: the European carers@work project.”

Although much of the content is produced by authors in Scandinavia some material pertains specifically to other regions of the world, and many of the articles hold information that will be of interest and import to all health care workers, social workers, and those studying society, culture, and health care issues. This journal should be brought to the attention of those of your users studying in these areas.

31 Jan 2016
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