Calls for papers


International Journal of Services and Standards
International Journal of Services and Standards


Special Issue on: "Healthcare Management: Quality and Standards in a Global World"

Guest Editor:
Yvette Essounga-Njan, Fayetteville State University, USA

This special issue aims to publish papers looking at the global healthcare environment after the Affordable Health Care Act was enacted in the US, the largest economy in the world, and the latest to offer affordable healthcare to its citizens.

The issue solicits conceptual and empirical papers that pursue either theory building or theory testing related to demonstrating that quality and setting standards are critical in the management of healthcare in the US, and in the rest of world. Papers based on empirical methodologies (e.g. case research, survey research, etc.), simulation, modelling or literature review and theory that fulfil the mission of the journal are encouraged. The issue also welcomes interdisciplinary papers that support the same mission.

Quality is critical for setting standards in the management of a healthcare system the scope and magnitude of that of the US. The US may learn from other healthcare systems in the world already offering services of high quality and doing so efficiently; neighbouring Canada and countries in Europe such as Germany and France have met the challenge of quality healthcare at efficient costs. This is the kind of healthcare management the US aspires to achieve.

The objective of this call is to disseminate research that is relevant to practitioners and that identifies avenues for measuring the impact of the newly enacted Affordable Health Care Act, and that enhances and streamlines the quality of healthcare delivery in the US and in the world.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Healthcare management: do quality and standards vary based on national culture?
  • Motivation medicine and healthcare management
  • Ethics in healthcare management
  • Global healthcare management: similarities and differences
  • Advances in electronic healthcare management
  • Performance measurement of the Affordable Health Care Act
  • The Affordable Health Care Act: why it needs standards if it is to succeed

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 1 April, 2014

Notification to authors: 25 April, 2014

Final versions due by: 15 May, 2014