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A new way to publish: The Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research

A new platform for sharing health work and research in the New Orleans region is launching next month. The public journal, managed by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), will give local partners an outlet to share lessons learned from local research, programs and campaigns with the rest of the region, country and world.

Fittingly named the Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research, this journal is designed to engage the New Orleans community by providing a free outlet for organizations to publish their health-related work. The journal, which officially launches in January 2015, will provide readers with insights and findings on the work being done by organizations in New Orleans. These publications will have the potential to open up doors for partnerships between author and reader and spark ideas for new and further research.

“By being an open access journal, material is not only published for free, but can be immediately accessed for free by anyone in the community,” said Tulane PRC Director Dr. Carolyn Johnson, who will serve as editor-in-chief of the new journal. “The principle behind this is that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.”

Local organizations are highly encouraged to submit their work at any time in the form of original research articles, brief reports, or field action reports. To ensure material is properly vetted, all submissions will be reviewed by two preselected peer reviewers prior to publication. Because public health is such an expansive topic, the journal will be accepting submissions in the areas of nutrition and physical activity, but also topics such as breastfeeding, minority health, systems planning, and violence. A full list of topics and accepted types of submissions can be found by clicking here.

“Readers will be able to see what works – or doesn’t work – in New Orleans specifically,” said Naomi Englar, Tulane PRC’s communications coordinator and associate editor of the journal. “With the limited budgets most organizations operate on, it is crucial to put resources toward programs and projects that work or have yet to be tested.”

If you are interested in submitting material to the journal please click here to learn more, and click here to register for free on the journal’s site and begin the outlined step-by-step submission process. The submission process will be ongoing, however the journal needs material for its January launch. To find out more, please click here to visit the journal’s homepage or contact journal associate editor Naomi Englar at nking2@tulane.edu or 504-988-7410.

By Kelly Bond

(Photo: Tulane PRC’s Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research is an online open access journal launching in January 2015. Submissions are now being accepted.)

Topics:   community health , health communication

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