Call For Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Transport and Health: Walking and
Walkability: A review of the evidence on health
This special issue is documenting the health effects of walking and walkable communities
in a wide range of areas and exploring the policy and environmental changes that can
result in sustaining these effects. Although the specific examples listed below are
mostly from the USA, submissions are sought from any country. Manuscripts are requested in
the following areas:
1. Evaluation of or testing a new or unique program, policy, or project that aims to
increase the number of individuals walking for recreation and/or transport. This can
include both projects working to increase active transportation/modal shift and/or efforts
to improve population health through broad reaching walking initiatives. We are looking
for unique and innovative approaches that are underpinned by a good theoretical basis.
Manuscripts will be considered whether they examine positive or negative impacts.
* Complete Streets – status of policies across US and experiences with implementing such
policies, recognizing that implementing complete streets may be more complicated than
passing the policy. What has been the experience of communities and states in the
implementation? How have these policies influenced resource allocation and participation
in active transportation?
* Walk Friendly Cities – status of program and impacts from having that certification.
* Update on interactions between walking and use of transit
* Role of legislation and litigation in making communities more walkable, including
accommodations for persons with disabilities as a means to improve walkability for all
* Examples of health institutions and medical care providers who facilitate walking, such
as Walk with a Doc (http://walkwithadoc.org/who-we-are/
), Arkansas’s Medical Mile
), and walking prescriptions
) - what
is the impact of such interventions on walking, and on health?
2. Define and assess walk-friendly policies, provide evidence that the policy or policies
result in more pedestrian activity and can be implemented in other places.
* Comparison of walking facilities and policies by 50 states and 50 major cities using
data from Benchmarking report (www.bikewalkalliance.org/resources/benchmarking
* Interaction of walk friendly and bike friendly policies – where are they synergistic,
where are they in conflict?
3. Examine benefits or unintended consequences of walking and walkability. We would be
interested in papers showing the associations between walking and walkability with
variables such as physical health, behavioral health, cognitive ability, environment,
crime, safety, social cohesion, happiness and well-being. Other possible associations
might include economic, productivity, resiliency, stress and vitality measures. Creative
and advanced measures of walkability are encouraged, especially those that consider
network connectivity and accessibility.
* International comparisons examining national well-being measures and walking and
walkability, based on individual level data. These could include cross national
comparisons or from a single country.
Submission method (Submission via EES)
All papers should be submitted via the Journal of Transport and Health online system
<http://ees.elsevier.com/jth/> . While submitting a paper to the special issue,
please choose the article type “SI: Walking & walkability” otherwise your submission
will be handled as a regular manuscript. All submissions will go through the journal’s
standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution,
and scientific merit, as well as being within scope. For author guidelines, please visit
the website of the journal at
Submission is now open. The deadline for submission is Monday February 29th, 2016.
The deadline for resubmission of revised manuscripts will be July 31st 2016.
Final decisions will be made by November 2016.
All manuscripts will be published online (as e-prints) as soon as they receive final
acceptance and have been processed for publication, prior to being collated in the special
issue. Publication of the Special Issue is planned for early 2017.
Guest Editor contact information:
Kate Kraft, kkraft(a)americawalks.org
Tracy Hadden Loh “tracy(a)railstotrails.xn--org-9o0a
Andrew Dannenberg “adannenberg2(a)gmail.xn--com-9o0a