Call for Commentaries: “Women’s Health Policies: Election 2020 and Beyond”

WASHINGTON, DC (March 16, 2020) — Critical women’s health issues—including reproductive health, maternal mortality, chronic disease, mental health, and gender-based violence—have not received sufficient attention in the 2020 U.S. elections. Yet, national and state election results will have significant implications for health care, health insurance coverage, and women’s health within and beyond health care settings. Women’s Health Issues invites timely submissions of commentaries addressing “Women’s Health Policies: Election 2020 and Beyond.” 

The purpose of this call is to provide a timely forum for high-quality commentaries that address state and national health policy issues of importance to women that candidates for office, and those eventually elected, should consider. We invite submissions beginning immediately and will expedite the peer review process while adhering to the journal’s standards. For commentaries submitted by April 30th and subsequently accepted, the editorial team will aim to publish them as articles in press within 3-4 weeks, and will publicize them via social media, email, and the Jacobs Institute of Health website in the lead-up to the election. All commentaries will be available online for free at

Commentaries should contain no more than 2,000 words and should present a novel argument. The argument presented must be supported with references. Commentary manuscripts do not need to follow the structure or format of full-length articles (e.g., they do not require abstracts or “Implications for Policy and/or Practice” sections).

To submit your commentary, go to and either log in or create an account. For the Article Type, select “Commentary” from the drop-down menu. If you have any questions about WHI or the submission process, contact managing editor Liz Borkowski at or one of the Associate Editors.

Women’s Health Issues is the official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health and has a particular focus on women's health care in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes. It is a journal for health professionals, health services researchers, social scientists, policymakers, and others concerned with the complex and diverse facets of health care delivery and policy affecting women.