Special Collection

Young Voices in the Time of COVID-19

In collaboration with ISSOP, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health

BMJ Paediatrics Open and ISSOP, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, are pleased to announce a call for papers on the theme of ‘Young voices in the time of COVID-19’.

The main aim of this special collection is to capture the experiences, needs and strengths of diverse populations of children and young people during the pandemic. We want to raise awareness around the experience of particular groups of children and young people who may be marginalised or disadvantaged and privilege the experiences of those from the majority world.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advancing children’s rights and supporting their agency
  • Street and working children
  • First nations: the experience of indigenous and tribal children/young people
  • Outside looking in: young people on the fringe
  • Voices from the global south
  • Ethics and methods of research on marginalised young people
  • Policy initiatives and government action responding to young people

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2021.
Accepted articles will be formally published as soon as they are ready to avoid delays. Promotion of the collection is planned from autumn.

Further information

The Editor-in-Chief will be happy to discuss ideas for articles in advance. ISSOP members, independent from the peer review process, will also be available to work with authors without previous experience writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. BMJ PO’s usual peer review standards will apply.

There will be a 25% reduction in APCs for all articles accepted into the collection.

The collection is open to all article types usually published in the journal. There are no charges for articles authored by children/young people. Further waivers and discounts are available. See here for more information on waivers and discounts; authors from the UK and Sweden should also see here.

BMJ Paediatrics Open (BMJPO) is an open access journal dedicated to publishing original research, study protocols and clinical reviews that deal with any aspect of child health. There is also a dedicated Young Voices section. The provision of child health is multidisciplinary and international. The journal welcomes papers from all health care professions from anywhere in the world. BMJPO is an official journal of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.

The mission statement for ISSOP, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, is: ‘Professionals acting locally and globally to improve the health and well being of children and young people with a focus on social pediatrics and child health.’
ISSOP is a non-profit organization grounded in the principles of child rights, equity, and social justice—focused on addressing critical regional and global issues impacting the health and well-being of children and youth. ISSOP is the only global Social Pediatrics organisation and over recent years has emerged as a convening organization with substantial reach to many other professional organisations and global agencies.