Author Guidelines - Special Issue on the Consequences of the Corona Pandemic in Later Life

Social, behavioural, and public health consequences of the Corona pandemic in later life

Since the outbreak of the corona virus 2019-nCoV in China in December 2019, the virus spread throughout the world with a speed faster than many held possible. From a handful of visitors of a market in Wuhan, to almost 750.000 cases worldwide and more than 35.000 deaths in barely three months ( on 2020/03/30). The worldwide shortage of testing materials, intensive care units, disinfectants, and facemasks, has put health care institutes and professionals under extreme pressure. Governmental strategies to prevent a too high demand on health care systems are among others slowing the spread of the virus by means of quarantining sick or contaminated people, closing places where people have close contact, reducing movement of people within and across countries, and other forms of social distancing.

Behind the plain facts, there are the gripping testimonials of people living in hard-hit areas, people losing loved ones, people dying in social isolation, and the fear of a collapsing economy. There are disruptive consequences for social, economic and political systems. While the current corona virus outbreak strikes countries and nations randomly, the cumulative impact of the virus on people’s health and wellbeing is patterned according to social class, age and migrant status, affecting the lower social classes, migrants, and most vulnerable people most.

As often with crisis, the world will most likely change, for better or worse. This call for papers intends to collect empirical and theoretical studies among older adults with a social, behavioural, public health or multidisciplinary perspective on key issues related to the latest corona outbreak, with the aim to inform societal stakeholders and policy makers to combat the social, behavioural, and health consequences of the pandemic. 

Topics of interest could include, but are not limited to:

1. Increasing inequalities in the impact of the disease
2. Social consequences of quarantine and social distancing for older people
3. Grand parenting under 'lock down'
4. Social bonds under threat
5. Behavioural consequences of fear
6. Resilience in the face of corona
7. Public health consequences
8. Health promotion while homebound
9. Groups at risk
10. Digital divide enlarging
11. ICT communication and wellbeing
12. Increasing ageism, e.g. treating older people unanimously as victims
13. Informal caregiving
14. Double jeopardy for older migrants

Manuscript submission

The guest editors have already selected promising abstracts for a full paper submission for this special issue. Manuscripts need to be submitted via Editorial Manager.

Submitted manuscripts should adhere to the journal’s guidelines.

Deadline manuscript submission: September 30, 2020
Review and final decision December 2020 (tentative)
Publication special section March 2021 (tentative)

Editorial team:

Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Roemer ( ), director German Centre of Gerontology, Germany

Dr. Giovanni Lamura (, director Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing at INRCA-IRCCS - National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing – Italy

Dr. Marja Aartsen, research professor NOVA-Norwegian Social Research and editor European Journal of Ageing, Norway

Paper submission:

Submitted manuscripts should be original studies, not published before, on the social, behavioral and population health aspects of the corona outbreak, encouraging an integrated approach among these aspects. This could include empirical research, meta-analyses, conceptual papers, including narrative reviews, and methodological contributions.