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World Food Day: 16th October 2020

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On the 16th October 2020 we celebrate World Food Day. To support efforts towards promoting worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all, the Editor of BMC Public Health has curated a series of related content published in the journal.

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Collection: Hepatitis C

The 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for their discovery of Hepatitis C virus. In celebration of what they started and showcasing areas of research that have since emerged, we here present a collection of articles from the BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Genome Medicine and the BMC Series Journals on biology, diagnosis and treatment and wider public health and medical outcomes of the Hepatitis C virus and its infection.

Editor's Picks

Early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and sedentary behavior in children living in the U.S.

Children in the U.S. were less physically active and more sedentary during April and May compared to February. Furthermore, an existing trend, wherein older kids tend to exercise less than younger ones, worsened during the first months when various lockdowns were put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

States with fewer criminalizing immigrant policies have smaller health care inequities between citizens and noncitizens

Each additional state criminalization policy is associated with a lower odds that noncitizens have a usual source of care compared to US born citizens as noncitizens in a more criminalizing state may face greater barriers to health care access.

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.

Featured article & blog: What influences NHS Health Check behaviors?

New Content Item National Health Service Health Checks were introduced in 2009 to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks and events. Since then, national evaluations have highlighted the need to maximize the program's impact by improving coverage and outputs. A systematic review published in BMC Public Health identifies behaviors and actors relevant to uptake, delivery and follow up of NHS Health Checks and influences on these behaviors.

The authors discuss their findings here.


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.

The journal welcomes submissions in these broad areas of public health research:

Biostatistics and methods
Chronic disease epidemiology
Dental public health
Digital health
Disaster and emergency preparedness and response
Education and training in public health
Environmental health
Global health and human rights
Health behavior and health promotion
Health communication
Health economics and outcomes research
Health policies, systems and management
Infectious disease epidemiology
Injury and violence prevention
Maternal and child health
Mental health
Nutritional health and epidemiology
Occupational health
Physical activity and health
Public health informatics
Social determinants of health

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Call for Papers

Collection open for submissions: Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

This cross-journal collection brings together in one place articles outlining diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread of infectious diseases, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome. A full list of participating journals can be found following the link above. Deadline: 31 December 2020

Collection open for submissions: Environmental justice and policy research

This cross-journal collection calls for papers from a broad range of subject areas that shed light on the contribution that evidence-based research can give to develop better practices and policies towards stronger environmental justice.

Collection open for submissions: Developments in global tobacco and alcohol policy

This cross-journal collection aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding global alcohol and tobacco policy, from a variety of different viewpoints.

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