The coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) will affect aspects of our lives, all over the world, in many ways. As the coming weeks and months unfold, we will begin to understand better the impacts and effective responses to the outbreak. In broader public health discussions, sexual and reproductive health and rights can be overlooked. Outbreaks can heighten vulnerabilities of different population groups, accentuate gender inequities and lead to neglect of the needs and rights of the most marginalized, including women and girls, refugees, migrants, people living with disability, people living with HIV, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The pressure on health services could disrupt routine maternity, contraceptive, abortion and other sexual and reproductive health services. Social and economic pressures may increase domestic and gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. The protection of human rights is an ongoing concern during this global threat.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters seeks to bring to the fore the best and latest rights-based evidence and analysis on the implications of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health and rights from across the world. We are therefore inviting submissions to our journal in the form of commentaries, perspectives, original research and analytical reviews. We also encourage the submission of narratives from individuals with first-hand experiences and contributions from activists.

Submissions can be made at any time until further notice. Submit papers at: Accepted articles will be published on an ongoing basis in our Open Issue. Please read our Instructions for Authors carefully before submission. Short commentaries and perspectives of 1500 words or less (3 typeset pages) will be free from article publishing charges but longer articles will be subject to a full, discounted or waived charge according to publisher processes.

For more background on the topic, see our editorial.

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