In advance of UC Global Health Day on April 24th, the University of California Press and UC Global Health Institute are pleased to announce that Advances in Global Health is open for submissions.  Advances in Global Health is a peer-reviewed, open-access research journal organized around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focused on the worldwide advancement of health equity and the decolonization and democratization of global health worldwide.  

At the 2015 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the organization called for a “supremely ambitious and transformational vision… a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive,” and embodied this vision in a set of seventeen interconnected Sustainable Development Goals.

Advances in Global Health centers health as its focus and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the bi-directional relationship between other key sectors, e.g. poverty, food security, gender equality and planetary health on health outcomes. These sections form the core areas of research inquiry and editorial activity for the journal:

  • Ending poverty in all its forms (SDG 1)
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3)
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG 5)
  • Mitigating the human health impacts of human-caused disruptions to earth’s natural systems (planetary health) (SDG 13 [climate action], 14 [life below water], and 15 [life on land]).

As such, Advances in Global Health invites submissions tying global health to these UN Sustainable Development Goals, and particularly welcomes contributions from researchers in low- and middle-income countries. While Advances in Global Health is an open-access journal with a funding model predicated on author- or institutional-side article processing charges (APCs), UC Press has secured funding to fully subvent APC charges for the first year of publication.  As the journal grows and evolves, one of our primary objectives is to provide a publishing outlet for transformational global health research that is free of barriers to publication, and we are actively seeking to develop funding streams beyond author-funded article processing charges to help support a diversity of worldwide researchers.

For more information on the type of articles solicited, please visit To submit your manuscript, please visit  

Erich van Rijn is Director of Journals and Open Access at the University of California Press.  UC Press publishes a portfolio of 40 subscription and 5 open access journals across a variety of disciplines.


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