American Journal of Public Health
|American Journal of Public Health|
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
|Am. J. Public Health|
|Edited by||Mary E. Northridge|
American Public Health Association (United States)
The American Journal of Public Health is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Public Health Association covering health policy and public health. The journal was established in 1911 and its stated mission is "to advance public health research, policy, practice, and education." The journal occasionally publishes themed supplements. The editor-in-chief is Mary E. Northridge.
The journal contains the following departments:
- Government, Politics, and Law - public health arguments grounded in critical analysis
- Health Policy and Ethics Forum - debates on public health issues
- Field Action Reports - reports on practice-based programs and initiatives with potential to advance the public's health
- Framing Health Matters - articles featuring work in the social sciences and other disciplines
- Faces of Public Health and Going Public - profiles of outstanding leaders and examples of vital public health work
- Images of Public Health, Public Health Then and Now, and Voices From the Past - stories from public health history still relevant today
- Highlights and guidance from the world of statistics
The American Journal of Public Health was voted one of the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the last 100 years by Special Libraries Association. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the 2009 impact factor is 4.241, ranking it second out of 95 titles in the category "Public, Environmental and Occupational Health" of the Social Sciences Edition and 9th out of 122 in the same category in the Science Edition.
Abstracting and indexing
The journal is abstracted and indexed in Ageline, Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts, Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Service, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Food Science and Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Psychological Abstracts, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index, Scopus, and Statistical Reference Index/LexisNexis.
The journal has been criticized for extending its open access embargo from 2 to 10 years as of June 1, 2013. Authors of previously published articles were given the opportunity to continue to make their articles open access "at a steeply discounted rate of $1,000 per article."