Towards One Health:
Open Technologies

This is a special call for papers from the African Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, asking contributors for open scientific and technological solutions, including social engineering and biopsychosocial interventions, to tackle the most pressing global health issues: to collectively contribute to laying down the foundation for one health.

Special issue call

Our goal is to gather and publish a compendium of inter-disciplinary medical, scientific and engineering solutions to major health issues keeping in mind the most deprived communities and collectives, and the need for implementable, effective and sustainable approaches.

Submission period from 1st of July to 31th of December 2023

Peer-reviewed journal

Final papers, selected through an open peer-reviewed process, will be published at the African Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN: 2789-3413; DOI prefix: 10.51483/AFJHSS), an international double-blind peer-reviewed open-access widely indexed journal.

Further information on the call to action

Open source and blueprints

Beyond curating and publishing selected papers, an open-source repository of viable ways to tackle major health issues will be maintained on this website, contributing to ensure a way for humanity to minimize the damage done to intself and Earth's ecosystems.

Leading co-editor
Mollie Scanagatta-Long MSc
Biomedical engineering researcher
    Deku Lab manager at Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. Graduate work focused on characterization and electron microscopy of materials and biological samples. Member of the Space Medicine & Life Sciences Project Group of Space Generation.
Leading co-editor
Dr. Luís Falcón MD
Medical Doctor and computer scientist
    Dr. Falcón is devoted to social medicine and the adoption of free software in the public administration. Founder of the non-profit GNU Solidario, an organization devoted to promote the use of Free Software in the areas of Public Health and education, and project leader of MyGNUHealth, a personal health records application for desktop and mobile devices that integrates with the GNU Health Federation.
Leading co-editor
Enric G. Torrents MSc
Biocultural and medical anthropologist
    Physician-scientist and university professor in training (MD-PhD student-researcher), current leader of the Spanish chapter of the Aerospace Medical Students and Residents Organization, part of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). Specialized in cognitive and decision science, ethnopsychiatry, social approaches to mental health, and human bio-cultural diversity and its applications in medicine.

Regular publication fee of $350 per paper. All published papers will be freely accessible for reading and downloading following strict open access standards, with their own assigned DOI, indexed in OCLC WorldCat, Library of Congress USA, Google Scholar, Crossref, Sherpa Romeo and Scilit, among others. All proposals and their data, blueprint and open-source code will be available on this website as part of the special issue repository. Fee waivers or financial support to authors in need will be provided to the best of our abilities, studying the situation in a case-by-case basis.

An hybrid in-person and online symposium on one health and open technologies will be held at the end of 2024, following the publication of the special issue. Invitations to attend will be provided to all contributors to the journal call. Further details will be released during the summer of 2023 on this website.