Journal Reproductive Health Matters Announces Publication of its Latest Themed Issue: Knowledge, Evidence, Practice and Power

Papers published in the issue identify a frequent disconnect between research, policy and practice; themed issue now available on ScienceDirect

London, August 19, 2015

Reproductive Health Matters papers have made important contributions to policy and practice in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. The positive impact research can make is a combination of decisions made about what needs to be studied, which voices and what data are sought out and represented, and which research recommendations are then implemented.

Papers published in this latest themed issue of Reproductive Health Matters explore the way the production of evidence can be determined by research agendas, donors, and governments with institutional or political priorities; and, following publication, the way in which the positive impact of knowledge can be constrained or increased by  those with influence.

Papers published in the issue identify a frequent disconnect between research, policy and practice. Where evidence is ignored for reasons of political expediency it can lead to harmful policies, lack of safety, ill-health and preventable deaths. Conversely evidence-informed advocacy is often the piece of the jigsaw that can translate knowledge into practice, resulting in positive laws and improved programmes.

In her editorial, Dr. Shirin Heidari, Editor of Reproductive Health Matters, notes,“An editor’s foremost responsibility is to assess the limits and possibilities of new knowledge and ensure that research and new findings meet the criteria of rigour and rationale to contribute to the pool of knowledge. The theme of this issue extends beyond knowledge production and engages with the domain of evidence-based policy and practice that appeals to the advocate in me. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has said, ‘Knowing is not enough, we must apply; willing is not enough, we must act.’”

This issue addresses key research gaps and the value of facilitating service users, service providers and advocates to contribute to research in helping to redefine key terms such as efficacy, safety and ethics in terms that acknowledge lived experience.

Papers published are written by authors from countries across the globe, including India, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, Ethiopia, United States, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda.

Papers address a wide range of topics related to the theme, including: abortion law and practice, safe abortion hotlines, young people and contraception; under-representation of marginalised groups in fertility research; facilitating advocates to impact the research agenda; suppression of research on sex workers and HIV; mHealth and ICT in sexual and reproductive health and rights; scaling up family planning interventions; using photos and animation as a vehicle for knowledge generation and dissemination and more.


Notes to editors
The issue “Knowledge, evidence, practice and power” of Reproductive Health Matters, Volume 23, Issue 45 (May 2015) published by Elsevier, is now available on ScienceDirect. Full texts of articles are available to credentialed journalists upon request; contact Lisa Hallgarten at +44 207 267 6567 or Journalists may also contact

About Reproductive Health Matters (RHM)
Reproductive Health Matters is published twice a year, in May and November in English, with editions in translation in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. RHM covers laws, policies, research and services that meet women’s reproductive health needs. Each issue focuses on a main theme and includes feature papers, topical papers on other subjects and a round-up of information from published literature.

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Lisa Hallgarten
Editorial Office RHM
+44 207 267 6567