Magazine article The Nation's Health

APHA's American Journal of Public Health Reveals New Look, Content

Magazine article The Nation's Health

APHA's American Journal of Public Health Reveals New Look, Content

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IN ITS FIRST UPDATE in nearly a decade, the American Journal of Public Health debuted a more modern look and a diverse range of content this year.

Starting with the January issue, new editor-in-chief Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, and his staff have modernized APHA's peer-reviewed journal, revealing a new logo and expanding the categories for author submissions, including editorials, perspectives, policy, ethics, history and practice along with research.

The wide range of categories is just the start for the journal. Available online, AJPH also offers video abstracts, author interviews and podcasts in multiple languages, part of a drive to make AJPH a globally relevant publication. Infographics covering diverse topics, from mobile outreach to sex workers to increase their access to Pap testing to health profiles of newly arrived refugee children in the United States to obesity-related arguments made by the food industry in major newspapers, help to explain complex research in simple, visual storytelling techniques. The infographics are also easy to share via social media.

Morabia, who was named editor-in-chief in 2015, said the updates will provide readers with "the context and the evidence" related to major, ongoing, public health issues, delivered in multiple methods for expanded understanding.

"The journal has been reorganized so that readers find the context in the front part with lots of things to read immediately or during their commute such as news, opinions; debates; book reviews; calls for action or to improve public health; papers about history, law and policy; (and) reports of successful practical experiences," Morabia told The Nation's Health. …

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