DLSPH new home for International Journal of Indigenous Health
The Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the DLSPH is the new home of the International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH), a leading scientific journal that advances knowledge and understanding to improve Indigenous health.
“As publisher, we will be able to provide graduate students with an opportunity to work behind the scenes in journal management,” said Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, Research Associate at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, who will serve as the journal’s co-Editor alongside Dr. Suzanne Stewart, IJIH Editor.
“We hope to have graduate students review submissions, work with a copy editor, learn how to manage revisions, and see the process of creating the journal for their own academic writing and to understand the process, which will hopefully lead to to more graduate level publications,” said Mashford-Pringle.
Before moving to the Institute, Dr. Charlotte Loppie from the University of Victoria Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement served as Editor, a role she held since 2012.
The journal is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal that seeks to bring knowledge from diverse intellectual traditions together with a focus on culturally diverse Indigenous voices, methodologies and epistemology. It is published two to three times per year and the latest issue, published earlier this month, explores the social determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health, as well as challenges and opportunities of working with large data sets involving Indigenous health, notably the importance of understanding culture and context when analyzing data.
As new IJIH editors, Drs. Stewart and Mashford-Pringle aim to explore youth mental health and well-being, suicide, education and housing in future publications. The first issue will be published in May 2018 focusing on traditional knowledge of death and dying as well as palliative care. Moving forward, articles will have an international focus and explore what it means to be Indigenous in other countries.
“We’d like to have more community involvement, inviting scholars as well as community members to be peer reviewers on publications,” said Mashford-Pringle.
The IJIH Editorial Advisory Board will meet on October 20, 2017 following which a call for papers for the May 2018 publication will be issued.
The editors invite all scholars, researchers, and knowledge holders to become peer reviewers by submitting a short introduction letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.