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Call for papers: Gun violence epidemiology and prevention

Edited by Cassandra Crifasi and David Hemenway
Injury Epidemiology

© Ivan KokoulinGun violence is a major public health issue that is affecting the lives of individuals around the world and is the cause of more than 500 deaths and 2,000 injuries per day. However, the effects of gun violence are not evenly spread across the globe. Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred within only six countries, Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.  

In 2017, over 38,000 deaths and 80,000 injuries within the US occurred as a result of gun violence. This is far higher than any other OECD nation, and more Americans die from guns than from motor vehicle crashes.

Mass shootings, such as Sandy Hook, are the most visible form of gun violence; however, these account for a tiny proportion of all gun deaths. Other more prevalent forms of gun violence include suicides, homicides, unintentional deaths and serious injuries.

Gun violence prevention through sensible firearms policy remains a hot topic in the media, in the US Congress and in the forthcoming general election. This collection aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding gun violence and gun violence prevention.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Domestic violence
  • Mass shootings
  • The long term health effects of gunshot wounds
  • The spatial patterns of injury incidence as a result of gun violence
  • The cost associated with firearm related injuries
  • The role of firearms in suicide

All articles that are submitted to this collection will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection. 

For further advice on what funding is available to you, or for guidance in approaching funders and institutions, please visit our funding page or contact OAfundingpolicy@springernature.com.  

This is an open-ended collection and articles will be accepted for on-going publication. 


  1. Temporary, voluntary storage of firearms away from the home during times of risk is a recommended strategy for suicide prevention. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are often suggested as storage sites, and onli...

    Authors: Marian E. Betz, Sara Brandspigel, Leslie M. Barnard, Rachel L. Johnson, Christopher E. Knoepke, Ryan A. Peterson, Frederick P. Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:24
  2. Suicide is the second most common cause of death among adolescents and young adults. In the pediatric population, gunshot wounds (GSWs) and hangings are common mechanisms of pediatric suicide. Comorbid psychia...

    Authors: Christina M. Theodorou, Kaeli J. Yamashiro, Sarah C. Stokes, Edgardo S. Salcedo, Shinjiro Hirose and Alana L. Beres
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:13
  3. Police shootings are unevenly spatially distributed, with substantive spikes throughout the USA. While minorities are disproportionately the victims of police force, social or structural factors associated wit...

    Authors: Timothy F. Leslie, Cara L. Frankenfeld and Angela J. Hattery
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:8
  4. Little is known about voluntary divestment of firearms among US firearm owners. Here, we aim to estimate the proportion of handgun owners who divest their handguns in the years following their initial acquisit...

    Authors: Sonja A. Swanson, Matthew Miller, Yifan Zhang, Lea Prince, Erin E. Holsinger, Zachary Templeton and David M. Studdert
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:2
  5. Research on violence exposure emphasizes discrete acute events such as direct and witnessed victimization. Little is known about the broad range of experiences of violence (EVs) in daily life. This study asses...

    Authors: Garen J. Wintemute, Amanda J. Aubel, Rocco Pallin, Julia P. Schleimer and Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:1
  6. Inter-related sustained upward trends in firearm purchasing, violence, and political extremism are converging to put the USA at risk for disaster and threaten our future as a democracy. This narrative review p...

    Authors: Garen J. Wintemute
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:64
  7. Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are a relatively new type of law that are being considered or implemented in many states in the United States. Colorado’s law went into effect on January 1, 2020, after s...

    Authors: Leslie M. Barnard, Megan McCarthy, Christopher E. Knoepke, Sabrina Kaplan, James Engeln and Marian E. Betz
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:59
  8. Suicide is complex, with psychiatric, cultural, and socioeconomic roots. Though mental illnesses like depression contribute to risk for suicide, access to lethal means such as firearms is considered a key risk...

    Authors: Rocco Pallin and Amy Barnhorst
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:57
  9. Unstably housed women experience high levels of violence. While previous studies have investigated psychological, physical, and sexual violence, weapon and gun violence are rarely delineated. We examined facto...

    Authors: Rose M. C. Kagawa and Elise D. Riley
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:52
  10. Multi-victim homicides are a persistent public health problem confronting the United States. Previous research shows that homicide rates in the U.S. are approximately seven times higher than those of other hig...

    Authors: Katherine A. Fowler, Rachel A. Leavitt, Carter J. Betz, Keming Yuan and Linda L. Dahlberg
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:49
  11. We discuss barriers to recruitment, retention, and intervention delivery in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of patients presenting with firearm injuries to a Level 1 trauma center. The intervention was ada...

    Authors: Anthony S. Floyd, Vivian H. Lyons, Lauren K. Whiteside, Kevin P. Haggerty, Frederick P. Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:37
  12. There has been concern about the risk of suicide among veterans returning from deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF...

    Authors: Tim Bullman and Aaron Schneiderman
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:40
  13. Off-the-books, untraceable “ghost guns” can now be manufactured at home, easily, and in large numbers; they contribute ever more frequently to firearm violence, including hate violence and domestic terrorism. ...

    Authors: Garen J. Wintemute
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:13
  14. No previous study has identified the specific brands of guns owned by gun owners. This study aimed to: (1) ascertain and describe patterns of brand- and model-specific gun ownership among US gun owners; and (2...

    Authors: Michael Siegel, Devon Dunn, Faizah Shareef, Miriam Neufeld and Claire Boine
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:12
  15. Comprehensive state firearm policies related to intimate partner violence (IPV) may have a significant public health impact on non-lethal IPV-related injuries. Research indicates that more restrictive firearm ...

    Authors: Tiara C. Willie, Trace Kershaw, Rachel Perler, Amy Caplon, Marina Katague and Tami P. Sullivan
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:8
  16. The prevalence and characteristics of handgun purchasers’ criminal charge histories have never been described for a large population of firearm owners, but such information is critical to understanding risk fa...

    Authors: Veronica A. Pear, Mona A. Wright, Aaron B. Shev, Garen J. Wintemute and Rose M. C. Kagawa
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:7
  17. Due to the differences in the way gun law permissiveness scales were created and speculation about the politically motivated underpinnings of the various scales, there have been questions about their reliability.

    Authors: Paul M. Reeping, Christopher N. Morrison, Kara E. Rudolph, Monika K. Goyal and Charles C. Branas
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:2
  18. Educational achievement, particularly among youth, may mitigate risk of exposure to violence and negative related health outcomes such as crime and gang activity. Few studies to date have examined relationship...

    Authors: Michael J. C. Bray, Mary E. Boulos, Galen Shi, Kevin MacKrell and Paul S. Nestadt
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:20