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1 Publishing in Sociology of Health and Illness Clive Seale Centre for Health Sciences Queen Mary, University of London

2 Sociology of Health and Illness Founded: 1979 7 issues per year (includes annual monograph) Impact Factor (2007): 1.759 Ranked 6 out of 96 world sociology journals Average Submission to Final Decision: 54 days Acceptance rate: approx. 25% Online Early ensures early publication after acceptance Editors: Clive Seale (managing editor), Jon Gabe, Steve Wainwright, Clare Williams

3 Sociology of Health and Illness is an international journal which publishes sociological articles on all aspects of health, illness, medicine and health care. We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions in this field in the form of original research reports or review articles.

4 We publish: Research articles Annual monograph Review articles Book reviews Our web site hosts: Virtual Special Issues


6 Monograph series (series editor: Hannah Bradby: ) Bodywork in Health and Social Care 2010 Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens 2009 Pharmaceuticals and Society 2008 Ethnicity, health and health care 2007 The view from here: bioethics in the social sciences 2006

7 Review Papers Review Papers provide a state-of-the-art overview of the literature and valuable summaries for both teaching and research purposes. Review papers editor: Steve Wainwright

8 Book reviews Book review editor: Mildred Blaxter ( ) Book reviews in Vol 30, issue 5 Nature and Sociology - by Newton, T. Mike Bury Kitchen Secrets: the meaning of cooking in everyday life - by Short, F. and Food, Morals and Meaning: the pleasure and anxiety of eating - by Coveney, J. Tony Chapman Sport and Physical Activity: The Role of Health Promotion - Edited by Merchant, J., Griffin, B.L. and Charnock, A. Carole Sutton The Freedom to Smoke: Tobacco consumption and identity - by Rudy, J. Ruth Waterhouse Lifestyle in Medicine - by Hanson, E. and Easthope, G. Mildred Blaxter What Works in Tackling Health Inequalities? Pathways, policies and practice through the lifecourse - by Asthana, S. and Halliday, J. Hannah Bradby

9 To come: Illness, biography and narrative (Julia Lawton) Genetics The body Mass media and internet


11 Impact factor trends

12 Journals, impact factors* and location of editorship Average Editorial impact factor*location 2000-2006 SHISociology of Health and Illness1.494UK BJSBritish Journal of Sociology1.088UK SOCSociology1.175UK SRSociological Review0.768UK SSMSocial Science and Medicine2.129International AJSAmerican Journal of Sociology2.566USA ASRAmerican Sociological Review2.892USA SFSocial Forces1.233USA SPSocial Problems1.253USA JHSBJournal of Health & Social Behavior2.195USA *The impact factor is the average number of times at which an article appearing in a journal is cited in the two years after publication. The figure given here is the average impact factor over the years 2000-2006.



15 Top 10 downloaded articles in 2007-8

16 Papers accepted by country and year (July 7 th to July 7 th ) 2005-62006-72007-8 UK272137 USA337 Canada337 Australia322 New Zealand123 Ireland1-- Israel111 Netherlands32- Denmark-21 Finland--1 Germany--1 Norway-11 Taiwan--1 France-1- Sweden-1-

17 Journal articles by place of origin of author, 1992-2007, percentages. Place*SHI UK general sociologySSMUSA HealthUSA general sociology SHI SR BJS SOC SSMJHSB AJS ASR SF SP USA12.6 2.4 8.2 3.735.696.1 91.1 93.2 93.8 93.8 Canada6.8 1.6 8.2 2.8 2.4 2.6 3.0 England47.9 65.1 54.9 67.321.80.5 3.0 1.8 0.6 0.7 Scotland9.1 7.6 3.5 10.63.40 0.2 0.2 0 0 Wales4.8 8.2 2.9 4.40.90 0.4 0.2 0 0 N.Ireland0.8 1.1 2.9 3.90.20 0.2 0.2 0 0.2 Australia6.4 4.4 6.4 4.16.40 0.6 1.2 0.7 0.5 N.Zealand2.3 1.8 0.7 0.71.60 0.2 0.2 0 0 Israel1.9 1.1 3.8 1.1 0.9 1.1 1.2 Continental Europe**15.1 6.2 12.2 7.0 5.8 3.3 2.2 Central /S. America**0.6 0 0.2 0.73.00 0.4 0.2 0.6 0 Asia/E. Asia /Japan**0 0.4 2.7 1.9 1.7 2.4 0.7 Africa**0 0 0.4 0.23.80 0 0 0 0 Total articles (N) =516 450 452 5655039408 470 658 820 406 all numbers are percentage of total articles but the place of origin of authors is recorded per author, not per article, thus the percentages do not add to 100%. ** These are groupings of countries listed separately in the original database. Because joint authorship of articles involving authors from different countries sometimes occurs, these percentages will be slightly inflated compared with those for individual countries

18 Social Science and MedicineSociology of Health and Illness Psychology: (health) behaviour/ior/s; (social / emotional / family) support Illness experience: identity; lay (people, knowledge, beliefs, understandings); body / bodies / embodiment / embodied; biographical (disruption); everyday (life / experience); experience/s; stigmatised Narrative constructions of the self: accounts; discourse/s; construction / reconstruction; narratives Health services research: utilization; quality; intervention Health economics: economic; cost/s Demography or epidemiology: demographic; fertility Medical profession (and encounters with): medicalisation; profession/al/alisation; power; interactional; negotiation; (medical, professional) dominance; (medical) encounter; authority; proletarianisation Social divisions: income; poor; socioeconomic; rural; urban; age; maternal; education Social divisions: Inequalities; (social) class/es Other: (social) capital Other: Rationing; (social, health) movements Social Science and Medicine and Sociology of Health and Illness: concepts

19 Social Science and Medicine and Sociology of Health and Illness: methods and modes of argument Social Science and MedicineSociology of Health and Illness variable; factors; p; survey; prevalence; n; significant/ly; regression; rate/s; effects; sample; measures; associated; questionnaire; results; were; was (depth / qualitative / semi-structured) interviews; argued; explores; drawing (on); claims; debate; is; empirical; theorising; conceptualisation; conceptions data were obtained from focus groups Telephone interviews were conducted with a sample of… The aim of the study was to describe The results showed that The results indicate that… This article explores the experiences of lesbians who… It is contended that… In this paper it is argued that… Drawing on an analysis of depth qualitative interview accounts…this study describes These ethnographic observations correlate with sociological claims that… This paper sheds light on the debate about.. there has been surprisingly little work, either theoretical or empirical, on the experience of The implications of these data for theorising the nature of contemporary medical practice, power and professional status is explored In this paper I have drawn on the sociological literature relating to the conceptualisation and measurement of poverty

20 Bad titles The use of a semi-structured questionnaire to reveal participants' perceptions of an in-service Masters' course in biological education The strength of social class: a Norwegian case study on the social life of moral orders in policy making Uninformative title Heroic death Better titles Empty ethics: the problem with informed consent Securing our genetic health: engendering trust in UK Biobank Biographical work and returning to employment following a spinal cord injury

21 Too short to convey much Abstract: : During the last thirty years, public discussion of Scottish health care policy has increased so that many people in the population have become more aware of health policy issues. Based on an analysis of Scottish newspaper articles, this paper shows that these representations promote a discourse that favours the privatisation of Scottish health care. Red: Background Blue: Methods Green and bold: findings

22 Few findings described Abstract: The development of psycho-social approaches to care has been influenced by a number of factors, including humanistic psychology, governmental encouragement, and pressure group actions. A difficulty for this new approach is the fact that technological aspects of care are underplayed in approaches to community care, and incorporating technology requires health care staffs understanding of matters which. hitherto, they have not encountered. Specialised services have not had a good track record in catering for this need. Drawing on an interactionist sociological perspective, this study investigates ten case studies of people with Creutzfelds disease so that the relationship between technology and psycho-social care can be better understood in the context of lived experience. Our analysis draws on sociometric methods, in combination with individual interviews with family members and individuals with the disease. Only when policy- makers and clinicians understand that relationships with technology are important for people with chronic illness will programmes of care be designed to meet needs effectively.

23 Abstract: Perspectives on gender and identity that emphasise variability of performance, local context and individual agency have displaced earlier paradigms. These are now perceived to have supported gender stereotypes and language ideologies by emphasising gender difference and homogeneity within genders. In a secondary analysis of health and illness narratives we explore the interaction of class and gender in individuals constructions of gendered identity. High social class men perform gender in particularly varied ways and we speculate that this variable repertoire, including the use of what was once termed womens language, is linked to a capacity to maintain social distinction and authority. Mens performance of conventional masculinity is often threatened both by the experience of illness and being interviewed about personal experience. Lower social class women in particular demonstrate an intensification of a pre-existing informal family and support group culture, marking successful members by awarding them the accolade of being lovely.

24 Abstract: This study examines the construction of age identity among older people with chronic conditions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 45 participants from two senior centers. Applying symbolic interactionism and the concept of stigma to participants narratives, we identified three categories of age identities: definitely old; definitely not old; and ambivalence about their age-identity. Further we examined the metaphors of agelessness and the mask of aging, the relationship between chronological age and age-identity as well as the age-related stereotypes that older people offered in their narratives on their experience of old age. Ideas about the meaning of old age itself varied, with some focusing on predominantly negative descriptors, while others saw it positively, i.e., as a time allowing for more freedom and self-exploration. The influence of chronic conditions on older adults age identities is more complex and nuanced than the characterizations promoted by ageist stereotypes.

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