Globalization and Health


Globalization and Health

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Publisher: BioMed Central

Globalization and Health is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal
that provides a platform for research, knowledge sharing and debate on the
topic of globalization and its effects on health, both positive and

'Globalization' essentially refers to anything 'supra-territorial', anything
that transcends the geopolitical boundaries of the nation-state. As a
process it is being driven by liberalisation of markets and technological
advancements. In essence, it is about human proximity - people are now
living in each other's metaphorical pockets. Examples of how globalization
affects health are:

* SARS virus and its spread
* The tobacco industry
* Western eating habits and their associated health implications being
adopted all over the world
* Drug discovery and intellectual property rights
* Multilateral trade agreements and their effects on health

As emerging economies are under more and more pressure to participate in
competitive markets, healthcare and welfare are being increasingly

Globalization has enormous implications in terms of health care systems and
decision-making processes and is represented by an increasing number of
scientific publications on the topic. However, until now there has been no
dedicated outlet for publication on this subject. Globalization and Health
will examine both the positive and negative effects of globalization on
public health and will present balanced, challenging and rational debate on
the subject.

Globalization and Health considers the following types of articles:

* Research - reports of data from original research.
* Book reviews - short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a
book. They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.
* Commentaries - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any subject
within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a
contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written
by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
* 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 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
with the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion
leaders, invited by the Editorial Board.
* Short reports - brief reports of data from original research.
* Study protocols - describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a
detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.

All articles will be published and listed in PubMed immediately upon
acceptance (after peer review).

ISSN: 1744-8603

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Globalization and Health
using the online submission system.


Dr Greg Martin, MD, MPH
Research Fellow
United Kingdom


Dr. Derek Yach
Professor of Global Public Health
Yale University School of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Suite 319
New Haven CT 06520-8034
United States

Abstracts available online. Articles available in PDF format.

Current Issue: Volume 1:7 (22 April 2005)

Date: 25 April 2005

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Original posting date: 
Monday, April 25, 2005
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