General Articles on Innovation and Technology in Public Health
Viewpoint and Opinions on Technology and Innovation in Public Health
Reviews on Public Health Technology and Innovation
Equity and Digital Divide
These are primarily data from an existing surveillance system. If a system description has been published previously in JMIR Public Health Surveill or JMIR Res Protoc, then the report does not have to be peer-reviewed again. The methods section must cite the original system description.
Development and description of surveillance systems
Public Health Informatics
Development and evaluation of public health informatics systems
Prevention and Health Promotion
Infoveillance, Infodemiology, Digital Disease Surveillance, Infodemic Management
Infodemiology (Eysenbach 2006, Eysenbach 2009) can be defined as "the science of distribution and determinants of information in an electronic medium, specifically the Internet, or in a population, with the ultimate aim to inform public health and public policy. Infodemiology data can be collected and analyzed in near real time. Examples for infodemiology applications include: the analysis of queries from Internet search engines to predict disease outbreaks (eg. influenza); monitoring peoples' status updates on microblogs such as Twitter for syndromic surveillance; detecting and quantifying disparities in health information availability; identifying and monitoring of public health relevant publications on the Internet (eg. anti-vaccination sites, but also news articles or expert-curated outbreak reports); automated tools to measure information diffusion and knowledge translation, and tracking the effectiveness of health marketing campaigns. Moreover, analyzing how people search and navigate the Internet for health-related information, as well as how they communicate and share this information, can provide valuable insights into health-related behavior of populations. " (Eysenbach 2009). This set of methods and approaches is a key pillar to manage infodemics (Eysenbach 2020).
See also related E-Collections:
Mass Media/Social Media Communication and Campaigns
HIV/AIDS/STI Prevention and Care
Behavioural Surveillance for Public Health
Protocols for Public Health Research and Surveillance
Cross-Sectional Studies in Public Health
Longitudinal and Cohort Studies in Public Health
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Applications in Public Health and Spatial Epidemiology
Environmental health is the branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. This includes issues of air pollution, global warming, housing, food safety, toxins in the environment, waste managements etc. JMIR Public Health focuses on technology solutions to improve, visualize, or monitor the environment for public health purposes.
Obesity and Nutrition as Public Health Problem
Participatory Epidemiology and Surveillance
Participatory epidemiology is an emerging field that is based on the use of participatory techniques for the harvesting of qualitative and quantitative epidemiological intelligence contained within community observations and/or consumer/patient data entries.
Health Care Quality and Health Services Research
Instruments and Questionnaires for Physical Activity and Lifestyle
Rapid Surveillance Report
We support rapid open data sharing and rapid open access to surveillance and outbreak data. As one of the novel features we publish rapid or even real-time surveillance reports and open data. The methods and description of the surveillance system may be peer-reviewed and published only once in detail, in a "baseline report" (in a JMIR Res Protoc or a JMIR Public Health & Surveill paper), and authors then have the possibility to publish data and reports in frequent intervals rapidly and with only minimal additional peer-review (we call this article type "Rapid Surveillance Reports"). Furthermore, during epidemics and public health emergencies, submissions with critical data will be processed with expedited peer-review to enable publication within days or even in real-time.
Instruments and Questionnaires for Nutrition and Food Intake
Descriptive Epidemiology and Population Size Estimates
Health Services in Resource-Poor Settings and LMICs
Notes from the Field
Some more subjective reports and "case studies" from public health organizations or individuals, with a focus on technology in Public Health.
For corrigenda that are discretionary and a result of author-oversight (e.g. corrections in the affiliation etc) we charge a $190 processing fee to make changes in the original paper and publish an erratum. To request a correction, please submit a correction statement (text similar to http://www.jmir.org/2015/3/e76/) as new submission from your author homepage.
Corrigenda and Addenda
Authors can publish corrigenda and addenda. While we publish true errata for free, authors can also submit "discretionary corrigenda and addenda", for example adding new information to published articles, for which we charge $190.
Theme Issue 2017: Improving Global and National Responses to the HIV Epidemic Through High Quality HIV Surveillance Data
Theme Issue sponsored by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London UK (submissions by invitation only). Guest Editors: B Rice, J Hargreaves, S Baral, K Sabin, Paul Mee.
Theme Issue 2017: Participatory Disease Surveillance (Skoll Global Threats/Hunter Medical Res Institute)
- by invitation only -
CDC Theme Issue 2018: Key Population Size Estimations
Key populations at higher risk for HIV infection, including people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM), and female sex workers (FSWs), are disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This theme issue, co-sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is shedding light on the population size of these groups, and presents methods to estimate them.
Dimitri Prybylski, Associate Director for Science, US CDC in Namibia; Joyce Neal, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Division of Global AIDS/HIV
Call for papers (archived)
E-collection 'HIV/AIDS/STI Prevention and Care'
Open Source and Data for Public Health
Descriptions of open data resources and open source software. Where possible, we can and want to publish or even host the actual software or dataset on the journal website.
Statistical Methods for Surveillance and Population Health
Innovative Methods in Public Health and Surveillance
Public Health Training, Education and Capacity Building
Infectious Diseases (non-STD/STI)
Vaccination and Immunization in the Digital Age
Letter to the Editor
Theme Issue 2018: Mass Gathering Preparedness and Public Health Recommendations (Guest Editor: Y. Khader)
Mass Gatherings are defined as an aggregation of people ranging from as few as 1,000 individuals to upwards of 25,000 in a specific location for a designated period of time. Given the complex challenges of mass gatherings, the public authorities and supporting organizations need to be ready to accommodate masses throughout the event including pre-event preparation and post-event activities. For this special issue, guest editors Prof. Yousef Khader, Mark Smolinski, Adam Crawley, and Marlo Libel are seeking research and review articles on patterns and burden of diseases during mass gathering, emergencies during mass gathering, strengths and weakness of surveillance during mass gatherings, and quality and assessment of health care services for mass gatherings. For further details see Call for Papers.
Accident and Injury Prevention
Automobile and Road Safety
Mass Casualty Incidents and Preparedness
Violence including Domestic Violence/Abuse
Connected Health Conference 2018
Disaster Medicine and Mass Casualty Management
Migrants and Refugees Health
Theme Issue 2019: The Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET)
EMPHNET works with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) to strengthen public health systems in an effort to contribute to improved health outcomes. We aim at strengthening public health capacity with a specific focus on applied epidemiology. We are the only Public Health Network in the region and our work is an accumulation of collaborative efforts with Ministries of Health of countries in the region. This EMPHNET-sponsored theme issue is a collection of invited papers from EMPHNET members. Guest editors: Dr. Ezzeddine Mohsni, Dr. Magid Al-Gunaid, Dr. Haitham Bashier Abbas
Food Safety and Foodborne Diseases
Opioid and Related Substance Abuse Crisis
Influenza and Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) Surveillance
Theme Issue 2020-2021: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Rapid Reports
We have created a new theme issue to enable rapid publication and dissemination of research releated to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak, which emerged in January 2020 in Wuhan and which reached pandemic proportions in March 2020.
We accept original papers including rapid surveillance reports, field reports, case studies, and raw datasets related to Covid-19. We are particularly interested in surveillance systems, surveillance data, and public health informatics / population health technologies. See JMIR Public Health & Surveillance COVID-19 Theme Issue Call for Papers.
- JMIR Theme Issue 2020-2021: COVID-19 Special Issue (Articles submitted in response to the J Med Internet Res Call for Papers)
- JMH Theme Issue COVID-19 and Mental Health: Impact and Interventions (JMIR Mental Health)
Other related themes:
Hygiene and Infection Prevention
Outbreak and Pandemic Preparedness and Management
Digital Contact Tracing, Digital Proximity Tracing, Precision Public Health
Systemic Racism and Racial Bias in Health Care and Society
Descriptive research, analysis and interventions that address disparaties in access to health care or that create/mitigate inequalities and health care quality divides across ethnic/racial lines.
Vulnerable Populations in Health Research
Malaria Surveillance and Prevention
Public Health Policy
Theme issue 2021: Outbreaks and Public Health Surveillance research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Theme Issue Guest Editors: Haitham Bashier, Global Health Development; Rami Saadeh, Jordan University of Science and Technology; Mohammad Alyahya, Jordan University of Science and Technology; Magid Al-Gunaid, sponsored by Global Health Development