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About Advances in Global Health

Advances in Global Health seeks to take a new approach to publishing research in the field of global health by aligning the journal with several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals with 169 targets that all 191 UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2030.



As the above infographic from the World Health Organization illustrates, health has a central place in SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. This SDG is underpinned by 13 targets that cover a wide spectrum of WHO’s work. Almost all of the other 16 goals are directly related to health or will contribute to health indirectly. The new agenda, which builds on the Millennium Development Goals, aims to be relevant to all countries and focuses on improving equity to meet the needs of women, children and the poorest, most disadvantaged people.

Advances in Global Health will focus on seven of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG1: Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • SDG2: Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security, and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • SDG3: Good Health and Well-Being: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • SDG4: Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • SDG5: Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and ensure sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • SDG13: Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The journal will be an issueless continuous publication journal that will publish papers upon acceptance and the completion of copyediting and production.  The editorial team will also commission “special features,” which will act as themed collections of research areas associated with a particular topic.

While the final editorial scope will be determined by the founding Editor-in-Chief in collaboration with a board of advisors, the journal will be focused on peer-reviewed research articles.  The journal will also potentially include such article types as policy and practice briefs, case studies, reviews & syntheses, and ideas & perpsectives pieces. Another unique feature of the journal will be that it will deliver blog content that synthesizes major research articles for general readers and presents these accessibly.

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