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Nature Awards for Inclusive Health Research: Collection for the Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement

Edited by:
Heidi Surridge, BA (Hons), MA, National Institute for Health and Care Research, United Kingdom
Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh, BSc, MSc, Nature Africa, Nigeria

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Nature Awards in partnership with Takeda established the Inclusive Health Research Awards to celebrate those who are driving a more inclusive approach to health research. 

The Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement invites the winners and runners-up of the Nature Inclusive Health Research Awards to submit papers for this Collection focusing on inclusive community engagement and involvement in health research.

Ethically and morally, individuals, communities and groups affected by, or as intended beneficiaries of, research should have the opportunity to be involved in both prioritising research topics and shaping research. The focus of this Collection is not directly on those people participating in the research projects (sometimes called research subjects) but on members of communities and groups who are actively engaged and involved in prioritising, planning, delivering, disseminating, and implementing the research.

We are particularly keen to publish papers about the involvement of communities or groups who have been under-served in health research, hence our invitation to the winners and runners-up of the Nature competition. These under-served groups or communities are often those who are marginalised or vulnerable. Often innovative, creative, and transdisciplinary approaches are drawn upon to mitigate power imbalances and equitably involve communities and groups, especially in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Aligning with the United Nations 2030 Agenda's promise to “Leave no one behind”, the award winners and runners-up are encouraged to describe how they have included these communities or groups in shaping or delivering their health research, expanding on the information they gave in their competition applications.

Please, note that this Collection does not accept submissions from non-invited authors.

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Meet the Guest Editors

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Heidi Surridge, BA (Hons), MA, National Institute for Health and Care Research, UK

Heidi Surridge is a Senior Research Manager at National Institute for Health and Care Research - Global Health Research, Community Engagement and Involvement. 

Heidi started her career in nursing, going on to gain a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences and a Masters in Sociological Research in Health Care. Subsequently she worked as a qualitative health care researcher in the UK within areas including dermatology, patient defined “clinical effectiveness” and service development. 

Over the last 15 years Heidi has worked for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) enabling, supporting, and advocating public and community involvement in research and research funding. She is dedicated to enabling communities, patients, and the public to have ethical, relevant, and meaningful involvement in health and social care research worldwide from helping to define research priorities and designing research through to research implementation and dissemination.

Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh, BSc, MSc, Medical Physiology, MPH Health Promotion and Health Education, Nature Africa, Nigeria

Akin Jimoh is the Chief-Editor of Nature Africa. A medical physiologist and health promotion/education specialist by training. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT (2001) and Bell Fellow in Population and Development Studies at Harvard School of Public Health (1995/96).

A leader in promoting science and public health journalism in Africa, Akin was the first news editor for the World Federation of Science Journalists’ website. He was played key roles as a mentor and Anglophone coordinator (2009 - 2013) in the Federation's Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) Project, that trained and mentored early career journalists in science journalism across Africa and the Middle East.

Akin also played leading roles as a Communication Specialist during UNICEF Nigeria's polio eradication programme between 2013 and 2018. He founded Development Communications (DevComs) Network, a media development organisation.

Akin Jimoh served as a judge to the Nature Inclusive Health Research Awards.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection invites participating authors to submit research articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Nature Awards for Inclusive Health Research: Collection for the Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all 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.