About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Focusing on Health Systems in Transition and Global Health

The South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH) is an open-access international peer-reviewed journal involving all areas of health sciences and public health. Devoted to the global health SEEJPH welcomes submissions of scientists, researchers, and practitioners from all over the world, but particularly pertinent to southern and eastern countries in transition.

The editors are especially interested in quantitative and qualitative research examining upstream determinants of population health and health services delivery. This very often implies inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral orientation involving multiple professions and people.

SEEJPH accepts - pending on fast external review within four weeks of submission - original research articles, reviews of relevant literature, short reports, case studies, commentaries, and letters to the editor. Submissions can be online or by email and are checked for plagiarism. Accepted papers are published without delay in the current issue which accumulates successively the most recent contributions.

Journal History

The South Eastern European Journal of Public Health is a major achievement of the Forum for Public Health in South Eastern Europe (see the closed website at: http://www.snz.unizg.hr/ph-see/index.htm), a project funded by the European Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe 2001-2011. The Forum published also more than 3000 pages of teaching books for Public Health/Health Sciences incl. a selected 2nd edition 2014) and organised annual summer schools in all succession states of the former Yugoslavia.

Opening address

As the president of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) for the period 2013/15 it is my pleasure to announce the start of a new public health journal, the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH), published by Jacobs Publishing Company in Germany and managed by the executive editor Professor Dr. Genc Burazeri MPH, PhD, Maastricht and Tirana. Iwish this endeavour full success and assure the editors my full support.

Prof. Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic MD, MSc, PhD, hon.dr.

Selected from the comments on the 1st volume

Alexandre Berlin, Advisor SEE Health Network: Many thanks - a most valuable edition, badly needed - congratulations.

Maria Ruseva, Executive Committee of the SEE Health Network: Invite Public Health professionals and researchers to follow it and to eventually publish articles on their research.

Muhammad Wasif Alam, Dubai Health Authority-Head Quarter: Great job!!! We have been thinking to have a similar journal for the Arab world.

Leon Epstein, Dean emeritus, Brown School, Jerusalem: This is really a terrific achievement.

Yehia Abed, Al-Quds School of Public Health, Gaza, Palestine: Congratulation, we hope all success for you. I will circulate for our group.

Stoyanka Popova, Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Varna, Bulgaria: It sounds great! We are ready to contribute.

Jose M. Martin-Moreno, Advisor, WHO Europe: The first online edition is an excellent example of how varied professional expertise and personal enthusiasm can come together to make a valuable contribution to a new publication championing public health.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts (original research articles, reviews, and short reports) are evaluated by two external reviewers, who are asked to rate the importance and relevance, originality and scientific added value of the manuscripts. The Editors make every effort to get the reviews done within 4 weeks after submission. SEEJPH employs a single-blind reviewing policy which implies that the names of the reviewers are not disclosed to the authors. The COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers are available at: COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

Publication Frequency

For the time being this new journal is publishing 2 Volumes per year at the end of the first and of the third quarter.

Accepted contributions are published immediately in the Current Issue.

Open Access Policy

SEEJPH provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Benefits of Publishing Open Access

Larger audience, free view, downloading and printing, Increased number of citations, articles are published rapidly, special discounts as announced.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The South Eastern European Journal of Public Health is obliged to and acts in accordance with the codes of conduct and international standards on publication ethics and publication malpractice established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and available free of charge on its website (http://publicationethics.org/). For details see: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines.

SEEJPH conforms to the “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals”, as specified by the statements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org).

SEEJPH adheres to the basic principles of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association (http://www.wma.net/en/20activities/10ethics/10helsinki/). If human participants are involved, a statement of approval by an institutional review board (IRB) and the participants’ informed consent should be provided. If IRB approval was not obtained or sought, a short explanation is required.