Learning from Failures in Environmental and Public Health Research

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Learning from Failures in Environmental and Public Health Research

As you may already know, I’m part of a group of water, sanitation and health researchers trying to get our sector to admit to, and learn from, our failures. We decided a year or so ago that it would be a great idea to cast the net wider and encourage public and environmental health researchers and practitioners to do the same, beginning with the research community through a journal special issue.
 
After an ill-fated interaction with the journal IJERPH ( read the full story here , which details their racism and classism; note that their practices do not seem to have improved since - a follow-up blog post will be published in a few days on the Engineering for Change website ), we are now Guest Editing a Special Collection of Environmental Health Insights, an open access journal published by SAGE:
 
Special Collection on Learning From Failure in Environmental and Public Health Research
 
So…if you’ve got a story of failure in environmental or public health research that needs to be shared, some unexpected (perhaps disappointing) results which nevertheless should be made public to avoid other researchers unknowingly repeating your work, or perhaps a conceptual piece in mind about the importance of learning from failure so as to make progress in environmental and public health research, we would love you to submit to this Special Collection!
 
Papers are due 31st December 2020. Full open access waivers apply to papers where all authors are based at an institution in a Group A or B country . All other papers receive a 50% discount on the open access fee (bringing the price to US$750), but we are also working with the publisher and a potential sponsor to make all of the papers in this Special Collection free to publish if we can (watch this space!).
 
Please do forward this on to your colleagues, particularly those in LMICs and to ECRs – we want to make this Special Collection the start of better practice globally! I’m also attaching the Call for Papers for you to share.

Regards
Esther
Esther Shaylor
Innovation specialist - WASH and Education
UNICEF Supply Division
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