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Call for papers - Health inequalities and meeting the needs of sexual and gender minority groups

Guest Editor

Amal Khanolkar, PhD, King’s College London, UK

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 March 2025

BMC Global and Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on addressing health disparities in minority populations. This Collection seeks to explore the multifaceted challenges faced by sexual and gender minority (SGM) groups worldwide, examining the intersecting factors that contribute to health inequalities and the strategies for effectively meeting their needs.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-BeingSDG 5: Gender Equality, and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities.

Meet the Guest Editor

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Amal Khanolkar, PhD, King’s College London, UK

Amal is a social and life course epidemiologist with a keen interest in methodology (especially longitudinal methods), specializing in health inequalities and non-communicable disease epidemiology. His strengths lie in observational epidemiology and mixed methods, data management and analysis, teaching (basic and advanced epidemiology and biostatistics, methods for health inequalities research and social medicine), project management, and supervision of research projects (specifically MSc dissertations and PhD projects). In the past 5 years, he has developed a strong interest in non-communicable diseases, mental health, and specifically the comorbidity between mental and physical health and associated inequalities, especially those related to marginalized and minority groups. He currently leads a mixed-methods project examining mental health inequalities in individuals with multiple minority identities (expanding on intersectionality and the minority stress and cultural relational theories). He runs several projects in sexual and ethnic minority health.

About the Collection

BMC Global and Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on addressing health disparities in minority populations. This Collection seeks to explore the multifaceted challenges faced by sexual and gender minority (SGM) groups worldwide, examining the intersecting factors that contribute to health inequalities and the strategies for effectively meeting their needs.

By fostering dialogue and collaboration among researchers, policymakers, healthcare providers, and community advocates, this Collection aims to advance knowledge on topics such as:

  • Understanding the social, psychosocial, material and other determinants of health affecting sexual and gender minority populations
  • Identifying barriers to healthcare access and utilization among SGM individuals
  • Examining the impact of stigma, discrimination, and violence on the health of SGM communities
  • Assessing the effectiveness of policies and interventions aimed at reducing health disparities among SGM groups
  • Exploring innovative approaches to promoting health equity and inclusion for sexual and gender minorities
  • Investigating the role of healthcare providers and institutions in addressing the unique health needs of SGM populations

We encourage work from local, regional, national, and global partnerships and collaboration among multidisciplinary scientists using multiple methodologies. We ask that authors be careful to use non-stigmatizing/preferred language in their manuscripts as outlined in relevant language guidelines for their respective fields.

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-BeingSDG 5: Gender Equality, and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, highlighting the importance of achieving health equity for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Submission Guidelines

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To submit your manuscript, please use the BMC Global and Public Health online submission system SNAPP and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for the ‘Health inequalities and meeting the needs of sexual and gender minority groups’ Collection. If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a manuscript for consideration, please email bmcglobalpublichealth@biomedcentral.com.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.