Members of the Medical Library
We are calling for your proposals or article
manuscripts for publication in our next issue, Winter, 2001. The theme desired is "identifying and retrieving the
literature of science and health policy."
According to the current paradigm, public policy is
what government does. However, science and health policy encompasses
far more, The "new partnership" of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton
administrations involves the formal association of universities,
government, and industry in research joint ventures (CREADAS) as well as in
billions of dollars in research grants and purchases of services and supplies.
Some describe the university-government-industry relationship as a triple
helix (Lyesdorff,2000; Etzkowitz, 2000). Some point to market
place as the primary source of policy. The field of federalism views
science and health policy to encompass the dynamics of the
individuals, private and public organizations in all spheres of
society. Moreover, the fields of sociology of science and medicine suggests
that neither science nor medicine can be fully understood without considering
the social and cultural environment and determinants.
Needless to say, the above definitions are
vast. Yet, if there is a salient
thread, a schema, that makes science and health policy unique, it is to
be found among the literature. How should students of science and health
policy go about finding the literature. The contemporary field of public
policy studies cuts horizontally through the disciplines. It is
an eclectic but discrete approach according to the issues being
studied. Moreover, the fields of scientific and medical research are
unified by scientific methodology and the philosophy of science as well as by
cross-cutting disciplines. Yet there is some competition between
physical scientists and medical researchers over funding priorities.
Finally, the enterprise of science and the "endless frontier" paradigm a la
Vanaveer Bush that has been the mainstay of US science policy the past fifty
years, views the progress of the physical sciences, medical research,
and health care as integral to the national security and economic
development of the nation.
Given the multitude approaches, integrations,
rivalries, and the rising interest in the field, how can the body of literature
germane to science and health policy be identified and catalogued to
facilitate retrieval? How can the researcher know how to locate
it all or most of it? What is the existing taxonomy and what might it be
changed to? How should a search be conducted? Are changes in information
retrieval needed? Please feel free to approach the subject as you
Articles should be about 5000 words. They can
be expanded to 7000 words if necessary after review. We prefer the Chicago
style of preparation. Submissions should be via e-mail attachment and addressed
to editor@Scipolicy,net . Figure on a deadline of November 1, 2000 for
submission of the first full draft.
If we get enough articles, we will publish a
special issue or supplement on the theme. Such an issue would be very
useful to students, researchers, practitioners, and administrators. It
could also be updated annually to keep it current.
We will review all proposals and
manuscripts internally and let you know if they are being sent out for peer
We look forward to receive your proposals and
Stephen Miles Sacks, MPA, Ph.D.,
The premier issue is for Fall 2000 is now in
publication. The issue focuses on The Future of Large-Scale Health Systems
and includes several articles on health systems and the problems, changes
in institutional ethics, and a case study of the University of Pennsylvania
Health System. Subscriptions and orders for individual copies can be placed on
line at http://www.Scipolicy.net. The
Internet edition of The Journal is also available at the website. Manuscripts
and contributions for the printed and Internet editions are welcome.