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Inequalities in Health is a specialty section within Frontiers in Public Health, and is interested in receiving research at the crossroads of social and biomedical sciences. We consider a wide array of factors to constitute the drivers of health inequalities, including social, socio-economic, psychological, psychosocial, gender and economic factors.
Inequalities in Health are observed both within and between countries and across many pathological processes. They are often characterised by a social gradient in health or disease outcomes: the less socially disadvantaged you are, the better your health is likely to be. The social gradient in health is the result of both socially distributed exposures and access to care. This section in Frontiers in Public Health welcomes papers aiming to describe inequalities in health and understand how they arise across place & time. Work on describing and evaluating public health interventions are also within our scope. We are interested in receiving research at the crossroads of social and biomedical sciences, including innovative research questions and interdisciplinary methods but also « solid » descriptive or replicative studies. We consider a wide array of factors to constitute the drivers of health inequalities, including social, socio-economic, psychological, psychosocial, gender, economic, demographic etc. Likewise, health may be defined as a pathological or biological outcome – or as a variety of survey-based reported measures, including morbidity, wellbeing, quality of life, and psychological health. Research articles combining multiple exposures and novel approaches to measuring health, such as social-to-biological approaches, will be of particular interest in this section. We are also interested in comment & debate paper formats to push ideas and methods towards a better grasp of the processes behind health inequalities and how to reduce them. The section does not accept submissions based on clinical research.
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Inequalities in Health welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Classification, Correction, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Inequalities in Health, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Inequalities in Health will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Public Health.
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