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Public Health Reviews Mission Statement

Public Health Reviews was a journal published for approximately 30 years in Israel that has subsequently gone out of print. Our current mission is to relaunch the journal aiming for a broader scope and impact than the original. The journal seeks to create its own niche in the public health lexicon by focusing on the publication of systematic review papers, that will place emphasis on the integration of current state of the art knowledge and translational issues, interdisciplinary approaches, diffusion of innovations, emerging public health issues and best practices, for the benefit of a wide audience, including SPH faculty and students, public health professionals, and policy makers. PHR will strive to be agenda setting, addressing evidence based policy and best practices with recommendations for the advancement of the field of public health in Europe and around the world.

The journal will be published on a semesterly basis. Each Issue will be focused on one selected theme, although open to non-thematic reviews. Cross cutting components will be fostered in each issue addressing concepts such as health disparities, social determinants of health, education of the public health work forces, and health care systems. An editorial section will be included, expressing various approaches to the theme topic with a possible pro and con section, as well as editorial board position papers. Efforts will be made to respond and contribute to the EU health related agenda. Articles will be peer reviewed in order to establish and maintain the scientific integrity of the journal content.

PHR will be open source, available freely online, with printed copies provided for a fee. Distribution of the journal via free online access will ensure a broad audience for the journal and increase its impact on the field of Public Health and policy. EHESP will seed fund the journal for (a maximum of) the first 5 years of its existence, seeking, in parallel, a sustainable funding model based on public support (EU, US, Agencies, Universities and SPH…). Staff size will be kept small in order to contain costs and the Editorial Board will consist of an Editor in Chief (Antoine Flahault), three Deputy Editors (Helen Ann Halpin, Theodore H Ted Tulchinsky and Moïse Desvarieux) and a broad representation of international experts in the field of Public Health. Guest Editors from the Board will be designated to oversee the content of each issue.