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  • The author(s) should provide their institutional correspondence (e.g., student or alumni email). If the author(s) are an independent scholar (no affiliated educational institution), personal email address (at the author's own risk) will suffice for correspondence. 
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  • How is your manuscript relevant to the BSUJ? How does your research relate to the behavioural sciences? What novel contribution does your research make? and scientific research?
  • Who is your intended audience? How might your research be potentially beneficial, or potentially harmful?


  • Author should disclose any potential conflicts of ethics (e.g., funding, relationships with journal, editor or reviewer, similar publications, locations of similar data, copyright permissions (see next section) and steps taken to resolve conflict)


  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere, in a journal or venue with restricted copyrights
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  • Authors should include citations and references of any number of similar articles to the manuscript being submitted for publication 
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  • Please submit all data files used for re-analysis, to prepare tables and figures, or links to supplementary data
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  • If human or animal participants were involved, the author(s) must provide:  
  1. the name of the ethics board (EB), and
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  • The manuscript is 20 pages or less double spaced (not including cover, title, references, abstract)
  • The abstract must be 200 words or less, and contain keywords
  • Author(s) must ensure that citations match reference list and reference list matches citations
  • Tables and figures are used where appropriate to reduce text and increase comprehension and ease of reference to material.
    • Tables and figures must be described in text for accessibility 
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  • Links to references and supplementary data are embedded as hyperlinks in the manuscript and full links in references.


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Intersectionality and Healthcare (Special Edition)

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Centring the experiences of Black women, Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989) coined the term “intersectionality” to highlight how various identity-related factors (i.e., racialization, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, disability, status of impoverishment, etc.) each contain barriers created and sustained by social, political, economic (and other) systems of power.

Crenshaw (1989) emphasizes that overlapping identity factors (with a critical focus on the experiences of Black women) are thus accompanied by overlapping barriers, which influence a person or community’s life experiences, access to care, and overall well-being.

This framework can be extended to virtually all areas of Westernized healthcare, as identity factor-related barriers (i.e., medical racism, medical transphobia, cishetsexism, etc.) are overwhelmingly and consistently present.

Examples of Relevant Topics

  • Disproportionate access to mental healthcare
  • Supervised consumption sites as critical infrastructure
  • Inaccessibility of trans and intersex-informed care
  • Gender affirmation as healthcare and suicide prevention
  • Colonial violence and associated healthcare barriers
  • Ageism in healthcare
  • Racial bias in medical testing and treatment
  • Gatekeeping in sciences and medical fields
  • Access to trauma-informed care
  • Intersectional education for prospective medical professionals
  • Representation in healthcare
  • Access to interpreters and translators
  • Alternatives to law enforceament in wellness checks
  • Public housing as healthcare
  • Racialization of drug policy
  • Accessible public washrooms as healthcare
  • Affordable childcare as healthcare
  • Access to comprehensive healthcare benefits
  • Paid leave for health and mental health-related illness
  • Easily-accessible food security as healthcare
  • Costs of pharmaceuticals and treatments
  • Personal experiences and challenges within the healthcare system
  • Decriminalization of sex work and sex workers as healthcare
  • Access to regulated (untampered and consistently-dosed) drugs
  • Harm-reduction approaches
  • Distributions of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Disproportionate impact by COVID-19 policy and financial subsistence
  • Chronic pain stigmatization
  • Access to assistive technologies and equipment


Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 8, 138-167. (no DOI found).

This call was written by Shayla-Rose Somers, who is a white, disabled, queer, non-binary, neurodivergent person, and journal editor for the BSUJ.


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