Emerging Themes in Epidemiology [Open Access]
Publisher: BioMed Central
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online
journal that aims to promote debate and discussion on practical and
theoretical aspects of epidemiology.
Combining statistical approaches with an understanding of the biology of
disease, epidemiologists seek to elucidate the social, environmental and
host factors related to adverse health outcomes. Although research
findings from epidemiologic studies abound in traditional public health
journals, little publication space is devoted to discussion of the
practical and theoretical concepts that underpin them. Because of its
immediate impact on public health, an openly accessible forum is needed
in the field of epidemiology to foster such discussion.
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology welcomes submissions from all public
health professionals on any subject related to epidemiology. The journal
will consider manuscripts that comment critically on epidemiologic
practice - in general or within a specific speciality - and present new
concepts or theoretical frameworks. This includes articles from other
fields but which have implications for the conduct of epidemiologic
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology believes strongly that students should
be given the opportunity to contribute to current debates in
epidemiology and be involved at every stage of the publication process,
including peer review. If you are a doctoral student and would be
interested in reviewing manuscripts for Emerging Themes in Epidemiology,
please download our student reviewer information form. Completed forms
can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology considers the following types of articles:
* Analytic perspectives - articles, which can be epidemiology-based
policy analysis, critical analyses of the field and its practices,
various contributions to methodology, philosophy, or other perspectives
on the field. These articles are not commentary or debate, and do not
fit in the format of a research article.
* Commentaries - short, focused opinion pieces on any subject
within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a
contemporary issue, such as recent research findings.
* Debate Articles - present an argument that is not essentially
based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects
of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.
* Hypotheses - short articles presenting an untested original
hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any
new evidence. They should outline significant progress in thinking that
would also be testable.
* Methodology articles - present a new experimental method, test or
procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may
offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe
a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
* Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any
subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually written
by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
Professor Peter G. Smith
Professor of Tropical Epidemiology
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Department of Infectious & Tropical Diseases
Abstracts available online. Articles available in HTML and PDF format.
Current Issue: 1:6 (29 October 2004)
Date: 2 Dec. 2004