Information resources for epidemiologists
- Journals and other references
Journals that publish epidemiologic studies and methodological articles include:
- American Journal of Epidemiology (and semi-annual Epidemiologic Reviews) (journal of the Society for Epidemiologic Research)
In February 2001, AJE began a pilot
project to make electronic full-text subscriptions free to government health
agencies, public universities, and other non-profit agencies) in five of the world's poorest countries - Ethiopia, Nigeria,
Indonesia, Pakistan, and Nicaragua - and hope to expand the program to
the remaining 58 low-income countries. (See
Wilcox AJ, Szklo M, Comstock GW, Fox J. American Journal of Epidemiology
Jubilee subscriptions: opening wide the doors. Am J Epidemiol 2001;
153:721-722. Thanks to the efforts of many people and organizations, reinforced now by the
U.S. National Institutes of Health initiative requirement for open access for NIH-funded research,
many journal articles are now available on line. A database is maintained at
- American Journal of Preventive Medicine
- American Journal of Public Health (journal of the American Public Health Association)
- Annals of Epidemiology (journal of the American College of Epidemiology)
- Annual Review of Public Health
- British Medical Journal – full text, including graphs and
tables; fully searchable to 1994; on-line supplements to printed journal - rated 10/10 by Lee Sieswerda (see below), May 2000
- Ciência & Saúde Coletiva para a sociedade
- Current Issues in Public Health
- Emerging Infectious Diseases – published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – full text of all issues since 1995 including unpublished, searchable, Spanish-language version - another 10/10 on Lee Sieswerda's list
- Environmental Health Perspectives – full text of all issues and supplements since 1972 - rated 9/10 by Lee Sieswerda
- Epidemiologic Perspectives and Innovations – a new fully online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal hosted by the online publisher BioMed Central: additional information.
- Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE) - another new fully online, open-access, peer-reviewed epidemiology journal hosted by the online publisher BioMed Central. ETE is run by research degree students at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and affiliated institutions. ETE seeks to promote debate and discussion on theoretical and methodological aspects of epidemiology.
- Epidemiolgia e Prevenzione, Epiprev@zadig.it (journal of the Italian Epidemiologic Association (AIE)
- Epidemiology (journal of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology)
- Epidemiology and Infection
- European Journal of Epidemiology
- European Journal of Public Health (Journal of the European Public Health Association)
- Genetic Epidemiology – rated 4/10 by Lee Sieswerda
- Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America)
- International Journal of Epidemiology (journal of the International Epidemiological Association)
- Journal of the American Medical Association – full text since 1998, searchable - rated 10/10 by Lee Sieswerda
- Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (formerly Journal of Chronic Diseases)
- Journal of Epidemiology [English website] (journal of the Japan Epidemiological Association)
- Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
- Journal of Health and Population in Developing Countries
- The Lancet – 8/10 but has an access hurdle, according to Lee Sieswerda
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – all issues back to 1982 and lots of supplementary information and links – 10/10
- New England Journal of Medicine – full text is available only to subscribers, 8/10
- Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
- Public Health, journal of the
Royal Institute for Public Health
- Preventing Chronic Disease – a new electronic journal published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Preventive Medicine
- Public Health Reports
- Public Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
- Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia
- Weekly Epidemiologic Record, published by the World Health Organization - full text, 7/10
*For ratings of the web sites of epidemiology journals, see Lee Sieswerda's
article in the May 2000 Epidemiology Monitor.
Links to many epidemiology journals (including some not listed here) can be found at: www.jhsph.edu/Departments/Epi/journals.html.
Links to author instructions pages for presumably all health sciences journals,
and in most cases to the rest of a journal's web site, can be found at the web
site of the
Raymon H. Mulford Library of the Medical College of Ohio.
Epidemiologic studies also appear frequently in journals in various subject areas (e.g., Cancer Causes and Control, Circulation,
Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of the National Cancer Institute) as well as in many
clinical journals (e.g., British Medical Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association,
Journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine, The Lancet,
New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics).
Other periodicals with important epidemiologic data and reports are:
See also the growing list of public health journals published in
languages other than English.
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A unique sources of news for epidemiologists is
the Epidemiology Monitor
a monthly newsletter with news items, book reviews,
software reviews, announcements, features, job ads, and a list of open
positions for epidemiologists, including postdoctoral fellows.
The same group compiles and publishes
EPISOURCE, a 1,000+ page collection that lists
epidemiology degree-granting institutions and much other valuable
reference information including over 900 products and services that
epidemiologists might need.
Key sources for public health data are publications and datasets
from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is a primary source for surveillance data of various kinds and a vast array of other information.
The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
) publishes reports and datasets that are essential sources for public health. Their reports are a starting place when preparing proposals and publications.
Many NCHS datasets and documentation can be downloaded free from their
web site or purchased at modest cost (see their web site).
The UNC Institute for Research in the Social Sciences
is a depository for these datasets;
members of UNC-CH can obtain machine-readable data and documentation
for free (bring a blank CD-R disk)
as well as access to technical assistance and a library of documentation.
The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reporter (MMWR)
is its key dissemination channel for disease outbreaks, other surveillance information
(including behavioral risk factor surveys), guidelines, reports, and other important information.
You can sign up to receive the table of contents via e-mail.
The CDC also publishes two “e-journals”, the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Preventing Chronic Disease (see above).
The American Cancer Society publishes an annual compilation of Cancer facts and figures.
Most cancer statistics come from the National Cancer Institute - however, it's not evident how to find cancer statistics through their web site).
The Population Reference Bureau (1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 520, Washington, DC 20009-5728, 202-438-1100, FAX: 202-328-3937, www.prb.org) publishes monthly and quarterly reports on world demography and domestic and international population issues. Almost all new publications, including their World Data Sheet, are available through their website.
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