Call for Papers – Invitation to Submit to a special series on the Economics of Breastfeeding


International Breastfeeding Journal (IBJ) is accepting submissions for a special series entitled “Economic Aspects of Breastfeeding”, which aims to:

  • Provide economic data to inform policy makers about how breastfeeding leads to savings in health costs and other costs;
  • Produce a series on this topic to raise awareness among the academic and wider community;
  • Highlight a new and publicly relevant area of research

We are pleased to announce the following individual points, specific to this series:

a) we are extending the submission date to 30 April 2014

b) offering 5 Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers, and

c) announcing the inauguration of the Marcia de Groot Award for Breastfeeding Research – with the 2014 award to be for a contribution published in this IBJ series on the Economics of Breastfeeding

This information will also be posted at the IBJ webpage:

Further details:

a)     The deadline for submissions is extended to Wednesday, 30 April 2014. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online submission system.

b)     Five Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers are offered to assist those who do not have support for their research. If you would like to be considered for an APC waiver, please provide a 250 word summary of your proposal as soon as possible. We will inform you if you have been granted an APC waiver by 26 March 2014 to enable you to make a submission. Granting of an APC waiver does not guarantee acceptance. If you are granted an APC waiver but do not make a submission by 30 April, then an APC waiver may be awarded to another author.

c)     We are also delighted to announce the inauguration of the Marcia de Groot Award for Breastfeeding Research commencing with the 2014 International Breastfeeding Journal Special Issue on the Economics of Breastfeeding.  The Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor Lisa Amir has established  a new award in memory of her aunt, Marcia de Groot, who passed away suddenly in 2013. Marcia was an educator, a keen writer and supporter of publication. This will be the first Marcia de Groot Award, and this will be awarded annually in the future to the best paper published in the International Breastfeeding Journal.

The recipient of the Award will receive a waiver of the APC plus recognition on the IBJ website, for a research article submitted to the 2014 Special Series on the Economics of Breastfeeding. The competition seeks to draw public attention to environment, social justice, gender and health equity aspects of breastfeeding, and to encourage well written public interest research on breastfeeding. If you would like to be considered for this award, the following rules apply;

Please feel free to contact the guest editor Julie Smith (, or Editor-in-Chief Lisa Amir ( if you would like to discuss a proposed manuscript. Please also forward this email to any other researchers who you think may consider making a submission.

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