Keywords: masculinity, men's health, men's studies, male psychology, qualitative studies, quantitative studies
The International Journal of Men's Health begins its fourth year of publication with this issue. Truly international in scope, articles published in the most recent volume discussed men's health issues in Australia, East Africa, Ecuador, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our editorial board includes scholars and practitioners from Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Urgent concerns reported on in the pages of this journal included male reproductive health, HIV-related illnesses in men, prostate disease, testicular cancer, male body image, and the experience of men who participate in commercial "sex work" using the Internet. Concerns of all ages of males, from infancy and adolescence to middle age and old age were addressed.
As we plan for upcoming volumes, critical themes continue to loom large: the reluctance of men of all ages to seek medical care and counseling when they are suffering, the experiences of men who have grown up in poverty and are seeking healthcare, and the increasing numbers of males who will experience diseases unique to the ever-increasing population of men living to extreme old age. Among the areas that deserve our attention and to which the International Journal of Men's Health will pay even closer attention are the special physical and psychological problems of boys and adolescent males, the increasingly complex area of male gender identity formation and diffusion, and the evolving images of masculinity--indeed, the emerging variety of masculinities that have become part of European-American culture.
In the meantime, of course, many issues just being addressed fully and fairly in the technological West are still hardly part of the awareness of men (and women) in many parts of the world. Therefore men's health must also be studied in the context of traditional religious practices, the local lore of everyday life in the rich diversity of cultures found on this earth, and in relation to international trends in health policymaking. The International Journal of Men's Health will retain its international scope and the diversity of topics that this invites for study and discussion. While addressing issues that face boys and men everywhere, questions such as the following will also be considered in our journal's pages: What is the meaning of manhood for the physical and psychological well-being of males? What are the special challenges to the health professions of somatic and psychiatric disorders with a high incidence among men?
As the International Journal of Men's Health renews its mission, the editorial staff encourages the submission of papers from our readers in the areas of medicine and medical anthropology, nursing, healthcare policymaking, education, epidemiology, social work, and clinical psychology. We hope to devote issues to the special health concerns of boys and young men and strategies and methods for working with men at crucial points in the life cycle. We are as interested in the lives of men in the Australian outback or deep in the Brazilian rainforest as the men in metropolitan centers on all six continents. Contributions from colleagues representing the major institutions that serve men and boys are sought and will be welcomed. Empirical studies, qualitative research, reviews of the literature, and brief communications will also find a place within these pages. Finally, beginning with Volume 4, letters to the editor will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Men's Health.
All submissions will continue to be anonymously peer-reviewed by members of our editorial board and other eminent scholars engaged in research on the topics considered by our authors in order to insure the quality and lasting value of the articles we publish.
Correspondence concerning this article should be sent to Miles Groth, IJMH General Editor. Department of Psychology, Wagner College, 111 Parker Hall, One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301 Electronic mail: email@example.com.