Reverse innovation in global health systems: Call for papers

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The initial call for submissions for the new thematic series, ‘Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries’ from Globalization and Health has generated immense interest from across the world. This series aims to move beyond the narrow constraints of traditional thinking to promote bi-directional learning that challenges and rethinks traditional practice within global health systems. The guest editors of the series are Shamsuzzoha Syed and Viva Dadwal and all manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review according to the journal’s policy.

Recognizing the momentum and interest in this rapidly evolving field of enquiry, Globalization and Health has decided to make this call an ongoing collection that will continue to accept manuscripts past the initial due date. Accordingly, submissions in this field will be accepted for review on an open and on-going basis. The inaugural group of articles in this series will be published in summer 2013 alongside an editorial.

With this series, we aim to move beyond the narrow constraints of traditional thinking to promote learning that challenges and rethinks traditional practice within global systems. The series will focus primarily on innovations in low-income countries and their applicability to middle and high-income settings to answer the following questions:

• Can health innovations designed for a developing country setting be applied in a developed country setting?
• Is it time for developed countries to learn from the lessons of developing countries?
• How can we move away from the synthetic barriers to progress and the boundaries associated with being developed and developing countries?

We would like to remind authors that we are soliciting papers of a practical nature and articles can focus on any of the six WHO health systems components. A recently published review in Globalization and Health provides an overview of the existing literature in this area. A framework for submissions is also available. When submitting, please indicate ‘Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low–income countries’ thematic series in your cover letter, via our online submission system.

For further information, please visit the Globalization and Health website, or contact the Editorial Office.