Call for papers for the JVIB 2016 Special Issue on Aging

Date Posted: 11/21/2014

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness 2016 Special Issue on Aging

Guest editors:John E. Crews, D.P.A., Vision Health Initiative, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Bernard A. Steinman, Ph.D., Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, University of Massachusetts Boston

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2016

Projected publication date: November-December 2016

Older people with vision impairment represent an important constellation of factors that will define the aging of America and other developed countries. Vision impairment occurs increasingly among the oldest old, and more frequently among racial or ethnic minorities, women, and the poorest of the poor. People with vision impairments are more likely to experience comorbid chronic health conditions, falls, depression, and increased risk of mortality. Though complex, the experiences of older people with vision impairment have the potential for improvement through innovative policies, rehabilitation interventions, public health initiatives, and through improved access to health care and progressive research.

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites papers addressing a variety of topics related to aging and vision impairment. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • innovative application of technology,
  • novel rehabilitation interventions,
  • partnerships and collaborations in state- and community-based programs,
  • access and utilization of vision rehabilitation,
  • family caregiving,
  • outcomes measurement,
  • quality of life,
  • interventions addressing health promotion and chronic conditions,
  • public policy,
  • health policy, and
  • health services research.

International contributions are welcome. Practice papers, as well as conceptual and research papers, are invited.

Authors should feel free to contact the guest editors to discuss potential ideas. John E. Crews can be reached at: Bernard A. Steinman can be reached at:

Guidelines for contributors are available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind: website:; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: The maximum length of full manuscripts is 5,000 words. Maximum length of Research Reports and Practice Reports is 2,500 words.

Submissions should be sent to: Submitted manuscripts will undergo standard peer review.

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