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Disability at Midlife

Disabled WomanWomen’s Midlife Health is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special theme issue on Disability at Midlife Health. Guest edited by Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez (University of Michigan) and Elsa Strotmeyer (University of Pittsburgh), this special issue will highlight the conceptualization and burden of disability and its impact on health and functioning during the midlife and late adulthood. We are looking for descriptive papers that document the burden and trajectory of disability as women age through the midlife as well as the relative disparities in disability by sex, race, socio-economic position and geography. We are interested in papers from a range of frameworks and conceptualizations of disability and how they augment scientific understanding of the process, burden and impact of disability during the midlife.

The due date for submissions has been extended. We now request that papers be submitted on or beforeAugust 31st 2019. Papers can be submitted at

Thematic Series: Stress in Midlife

This series highlights key questions confronting women and clinicians regarding stress and its impact on health and functioning during the midlife years.

Thematic Series: Pain in Midlife

This series highlights the problem of pain in midlife and its impact on health and health behaviors during the midlife years and as women age.

Featured Article: Neighborhood disorder, exposure to violence, and perceived discrimination in relation to symptoms in midlife women

Some symptoms at midlife are associated with stress, such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, headaches, or depressed mood. Hot flashes have been studied in relation to laboratory stressors, physiological biomarkers, and self-reported stress, but less is known about hot flashes in relation to the larger context of women’s lives. This study examined the risk of symptoms in relation to neighborhood disorder, exposure to neighborhood violence, social cohesion and perceived discrimination. 


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Aims and scope

Women’s Midlife Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers original and review articles focused on the physical and mental health of women during midlife, including articles on aging, reproductive aging and their inter-relationship. The journal focuses on research that provides new insights into the health transitions that occur during midlife, welcoming research that examines the vulnerabilities and opportunities during this life stage and their consequences for healthy aging.

Women's Midlife Health aims to enhance understanding of the bi-directional relationships between changes in reproductive endocrinology and functioning, physical and mental health during midlife. It contributes to clinical and public health knowledge about common underling mechanisms of disease and functional decline and encourages submissions of translational research that may enhance opportunities for healthy aging.

The journal considers clinical and population-based research on health in the mid-life and its determinants and welcomes papers that provide international perspectives or data on the health of midlife women in low and middle income countries. Papers that consider the impact of the environment, occupation, and behavioural or social factors on health and disease processes during this lifestage are encouraged.

Topic areas include but are not restricted to

  • Aging
  • Arthritis and Bone Health
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Cognitive and Physical Functioning
  • Gynecology/ Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Nutrition/ Obesity Diabetes/ Metabolic Syndrome
  • Menopause, Ovarian Aging
  • Mental Health
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep
  • Quality of Life
Dr. Sioban Harlow

About the Editors

Dr. Siobán D. Harlow, Editor-in-Chief

Siobán D. Harlow, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases at the University of Michigan and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University. She is Principal Investigator of the Michigan site of the 20–year multi-ethnic cohort Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) and for the SWAN Repository and chaired the 2011 consensus conference: “STRAW+10: Addressing the Unfinished Agenda of Staging Reproductive Aging”. From 2003–2009, she served on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Division of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization.

Dr. Nancy Woods

Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods, Editor-in-Chief

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, has led a sustained program of research in the field of women’s health. In 1989 Dr. Woods and her colleagues, including Dr. Joan Shaver, established the first NIH-funded Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Dr. Woods has served as president of the American Academy of Nursing, the North American Menopause Society, and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She was honored with the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award and the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research.

Dr. Woods was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) and to the American Academy of Nursing for her research, education, and advocacy advancing women’s health. She was elected to fellowship in the Gerontological Society of America. 


Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    93 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    77 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    231 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    78 mentions

Upcoming conferences

​​​​​​​September 2019
The North American Menopause Society
September 25-28
Chicago, USA

October 2019
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
October 12-16
Philadelphia, PA

April 2020
International Menopause Society World Congress on The Menopause
April 30-May 3 2020
Melbourne, Australia