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About Emerging Themes in Epidemiology

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research papers to promote debate and discussion on practical and theoretical aspects of epidemiology. We welcome primary research and discursive articles. We particularly encourage submissions in the following areas:

    • New epidemiological concepts and methods
    • Novel ways of presenting and providing insights into existing epidemiological concepts and methods, including in a teaching environment
    • Use of epidemiological research methods in non-medical settings (e.g. criminology)
    • Causal inference in epidemiology
    • Applications of new technologies in field studies (e.g. mobile technologies, pattern recognition techniques, social networking tools)
    • Ethical issues in epidemiological research
    • New statistical methods, or novel uses of existing methods, in epidemiological studies
    • Methodological developments in molecular and genetic epidemiology and novel applications in these areas
    • Historical articles and re-assessments of classic papers

The journal considers the following types of article for publication: research papers, analytic perspectives, commentaries, debate articles, hypotheses, methodology articles, reviews.

Open access

All articles published by Emerging Themes in Epidemiology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1370/$2145/€1745 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology include:

  • CABI
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology has an unofficial Impact Factor of 2.06. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology welcomes submissions from all public health professionals on any subject related to epidemiology. This includes articles from related disciplines that have implications for the conduct of epidemiologic research. In particular the journal encourages articles that introduce methodological and technological advances for the collection and analysis of epidemiological data. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • novel study designs
  • novel applications of statistical or mathematical frameworks
  • statistical methods to account for error in epidemiologic studies
  • molecular epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics
  • applications of new technologies in the field
  • ethics in epidemiological research and public health practice causal inference and epistemology in epidemiology
  • historical articles and re-assessments of classic papers
  • introduction of relevant concepts from other disciplines into epidemiologic research frameworks

Also welcome are more discursive pieces that comment critically on epidemiologic practice and present new concepts or theoretical frameworks, whether in general or within a specific speciality. The journal will also consider comprehensive descriptions of study methods - such as those of complex trials or interventions - that require a level of detail not easily accommodated by other journals, but which have implications for future design and conduct of such studies.

Student Reviewer Information

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology recognises the valuable contribution that students can make to the scientific community by contributing to current debates in epidemiology and through involvement in the peer review process. If you are a doctoral student and would be interested in reviewing manuscripts for Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, please download our student reviewer information form. Completed forms can be returned by email to

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, a personalized section of the site.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Emerging Themes in Epidemiology will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to ETE should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology

Articles in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Emerg Themes Epidemiol [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Emerg Themes Epidemiol 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology?

High visibility

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.


Online publication in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Emerging Themes in Epidemiology's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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