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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Find a selection of articles published across Springer Nature, as well as additional commentary and books relevant to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research.

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Supporting equity in academic publishing

New Content ItemAt BMC, we strive to be inclusive and provide equal opportunities to authors based in low- and middle-income countries who might face challenges in publishing their work. Follow us here for guidance on submitting your research to the BMC Series and get in touch with feedback on what else we can do to help move to a more equitable publishing system.

Vaping epidemic a major threat to public health

26th March 2020: As vaping can cause dangerous lung and respiratory problems, public health experts are concerned that it could aggravate COVID-19 symptoms.

With the CDC warning about a life-threatening vaping illness called EVALI, or 'E-cigarette or Vaping-Associated Lung Injury', this indicates that e-cigarette users may fall among the 'high-risk bracket' of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Long term studies are needed as we still do not know the full effects of vaping and multiple mechanisms are likely involved in increased susceptibility to COVID-19. 

Carrying out research on e-cigarettes or vaping? We would be delighted to consider this. Submit your work here

Want to learn more about vaping? Visit our dedicated page to view research published in BMC Public Health.

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Featured article & blog: How organisations promoting vaccination respond to misinformation on social media: a qualitative investigation

New Content Item  Vaccine-promoting organizations must deploy a range of strategies to respond to vaccine misinformation on social media, including fostering trust and communicating simply.

The authors discuss their findings here.

Featured collection: Ebola research highlights

New Content ItemOn 17 July 2019, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. Please click here to find relevant research published in BMC Public Health and other journals.

Call for Papers: Developments in Global Tobacco and Alcohol Policy

BMC Public Health is pleased to announce an upcoming cross-journal series to focus on tobacco and alcohol policy. Read the full 'Call for Papers' description for more information. 

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Call for Papers: Environmental Justice and Policy Research

BMC Public Health is delighted to announce the launch of a new thematic series. Read the full 'Call for Papers' description for more information. 

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Associate Editor Acknowledgements

In recognition for their outstanding work, please see our most active Associate Editors for the year 2019. 

Section Editor Highlights

Take a look at the highlighted papers as chosen by the journal's Section Editors. 

Press Releases

Take a look at published papers that have received national and international press coverage. 

Featured article: Peer crowd-based targeting in E-cigarette advertisements: a qualitative study to inform counter-marketing

Tobacco users like and provide richer descriptions of characters and social situations in the advertisements featuring their own peer crowd more than the advertisements featuring a different peer crowd.

Featured article: Companion dog acquisition may reduce loneliness

Acquisition of a dog is associated with a reduction in loneliness within three months, with the observation persisting to the end of the study.

Featured article: Almost half of women in Britain have poor sexual health

Almost half of British women have poor sexual health, with nearly a third of all women experiencing difficulties rooted in a lack of interest in sex.

Visit Our Open Access Public Health Research Page

New Content ItemVisit our page dedicated to highlights from over 60 Public Health and related Open Access Journals.


Aims and scope

BMC Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the epidemiology of disease and the understanding of all aspects of public health. The journal has a special focus on the social determinants of health, the environmental, behavioral, and occupational correlates of health and disease, and the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on the community.

Read our highly accessed articles

New Content ItemCharacteristics and patient pathways of Lyme disease patients: a retrospective analysis of hospital episode data in England and Wales (1998 - 2015)

New Content ItemCalculating incidence rates and prevalence proportions: not as simple as it seems

New Content ItemExperiences of racism among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults living in the Australian state of Victoria: a cross-sectional population-based study

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Section Editors

Assistant Editors

  • Megan Barling, BioMed Central
  • Maxine Dillon, BioMed Central
  • Kevin Zhu, BioMed Central​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

An interview with Dr Shankar Viswanathan, Section Editor of 'Biostatistics and Methods'

Dr Shankar Viswanathan, Section Editor of the Biostatistics and Methods section of BMC Public Health explains the important role biostatistics play in public health and informs us of the types of submissions he encourages to his section.

Shankar Viswanathan, Section Editor

Dr. Shankar Viswanathan is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. He received his doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His methods research focuses on multivariate survival analysis, longitudinal data, and missing data analysis. His applied area focusses on Global Health, Injury Epidemiology, and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2018.

Summer Hawkins, Section Editor

Associate Professor Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, MS, joined the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) faculty in 2012. She is a social epidemiologist with an interest in addressing policy-relevant research questions in maternal and child health. Her research examines the impact of policies on health disparities in parents and children, particularly using methodology that integrates epidemiology and economics. She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2018.

Zohra Lassi, Section Editor

Dr. Lassi, Section Editor of the Global health section, is a Perinatal Epidemiologist working as a NHMRC Public Health and Health Services Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Her research work has primarily focused on maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition issues particularly in marginalized and low resource settings. She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in April of 2019.

Jianguang Ji, Section Editor

Associate Professor Jianguang Ji, Section Editor of the Chronic disease epidemiology section, is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Epidemiology at Lund University. His research has a strong focus on the influence of genetic and environmental factors on chronic diseases, with a main focus on cancer incidence and mortality.

Noriko Cable, Section Editor

Dr. Noriko Cable, Section Editor of the Mental health section, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. She works on social relationships, alcohol use and mental health from childhood to late adulthood as well as cross-national examinations of mental health.

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