Emerging Themes in Epidemiology: Open Access journal trains student editors

Epidemiology is a constantly evolving field. From John Snow’s investigations of the spatial distribution of cholera cases in London more than 150 years ago, to modern-day whole genome association studies, epidemiology has a rich history of developing new methods of inquiry into the causes of ill-health and adopting techniques from other disciplines. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE) is a peer-reviewed journal founded in 2005 by doctoral students at LSHTM with the aim of publishing articles that cover these epidemiological developments. ETE publishes original research papers that present new epidemiological concepts and methods, best practices for teaching epidemiological concepts, developments in causal inference, applications of novel technologies in the field, ethical issues in epidemiological research, and methodological developments in molecular and genetic epidemiology.

The ETE editorial board is comprised primarily of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, who run the journal with oversight from more senior faculty. The journal serves a training function, by providing early career researchers with opportunities to gain practical experience in scientific editing and peer-review, key skills for a successful career in research. “Being a managing editor for ETE has given me a better understanding and appreciation of the peer review process, including what makes a good and bad peer review”, says Emily Herrett, a PhD student at LSHTM. Being an editor also exposes early researchers to a wide range of disciplines outside their own fields of research. Josh Mendelsohn, a managing editor for ETE says: “My experience with ETE has enabled me to become familiar with a wide range of cutting-edge topics in epidemiology, as well as providing me with hands-on experience with academic publishing and the peer-review process.”

The journal also encourages submissions from early career researchers. One of ETE’s most cited articles was written by a former LSHTM PhD student and has received more than 70 citations (Howe et al. Issues in the construction of wealth indices for the measurement of socio-economic position in low-income countries. Emerg Themes Epidemiol 2008;5:3). ETE is indexed in the major bibliographic databases, including Pubmed and Scopus, and all its content is available free of charge from the journal’s website and through Pubmed Central. The Open Access platform vastly increases the journal’s visibility: in its short history, ETE has gained an unofficial impact factor of 1.83 and its 10 most accessed articles have been viewed nearly 300,000 times. The journal particularly welcomes submissions from low-income countries. Authors based in 90 countries are eligible for a full waiver of the article processing charges.

To submit an article or to find out more about the journal, visit www.ete-online.com

For pre-submission enquiries, or if you are interested in joining the ETE editorial board, contact ete@lshtm.ac.uk

Dr Clarence Tam, Deputy Editor

Dr Anita Ramesh, Managing Editor

Prof Peter Smith, Editor-in-Chief

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