Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

EHP Evolution Continues

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

EHP Evolution Continues

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In the May 2007 issue of EHP, we announced that we would cease publication of the Mini-Monograph series this year, instead publishing more Review articles on topics that might once have been covered by Mini-Monographs. Here, we explain that decision and give some historical perspective on the Mini-Monographs.

EHP was begun in 1972 by David P. Rall, then director of the NIEHS. In addition to publishing original research articles, the journal was intended as a means of publishing proceedings of conferences and workshops on environmental health sciences, a field then in its infancy. In 1992, with new NIEHS director Kenneth Olden at the helm, we began publishing the EHP you know today, and proceedings were published separately as EHP Supplements. In 2003, we moved from the Supplements format to the Mini-Monographs to better serve the changing needs of the environmental health science community with a more concise yet comprehensive publication. Each of these formats served the scientific community well at its respective time.

However, scientific publishing has been revolutionized in the past decade. With the explosive growth of the Internet, the introduction of online publishing, and the advent of electronic printing technology, it is critical that research findings be published as soon as possible. We believe that presenting environmental health sciences research in a Review format, rather than as Mini-Monographs, will meet the challenge of constantly changing publishing technologies and the changing needs of our readers; this Review format will also parallel a similar format used by a number of other leading scientific publications. …

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