Sunday, August 20, 2006



Special Issue
Women and Harm Reduction: Spanning the Globe

Guest editors:
Susan Sherman, Adeeba bte Kamarulzaman and Patti Spittal

Outline abstracts or other short descriptions (not exceeding 400
words) are invited for contributions to a forthcoming special issue of The
International Journal of Drug Policy on “Women and Harm Reduction:
Spanning the Globe.”

The issue aims to examine:
Ø the unique factors (e.g. cultural, relational, legal or economic) that contribute to women's use of psychoactive drugs (licit and illicit);
Ø the stigma associated with women's drug use;
Ø proximal and distal effects of drug use on the lives of women
drug users as well as drug users’ female sexual partners;
Ø examine patterns of use and consequences of different types of
drugs (e.g. ATS, alcohol, opiates);
Ø to explore the effects of different types of drugs;
Ø to examine gender-related policies regarding harm reduction
services and treatment; and
Ø to examine innovative programs targeting women drug users.

The issue aims to include work representing a range of geographic
regions (e.g. former Soviet Union, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast
Asia, Africa, Europe/North America).

Papers must be relevant to harm reduction and policy.

We invite several types of contribution:

Scientific review papers (max 8,000 words)
Original research papers (3,000 – 7,000 words)
Short research reports (up to 1500 words)
Descriptions of interesting (positive or negative) programmes or
policies (2,000 – 5,000 words)
Descriptions of problems (e.g. structural barriers) in gaining
access to needed services or programmes (2,000 – 5,000 words)
Policies and/or historical analyses (3,000 – 7,000 words)
Commentaries (max 4,000 words)
Editorials (1,500 - 2,500 words)

The deadline for outline abstracts is September 23, 2006.

Outline abstracts should be sent to If selected
for submission, the deadline for completion of draft contributions will
be in December, 2006. Submissions will be made on the Elsevier on-line
electronic submission system and will be subject to peer-review.

Susan G. Sherman,
Pattricia Spittal,
Adeeba bte Kamarulzaman,

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