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Call for papers: Digital public health

© PhotoPlus+ / stock.adobe.comIn recent years the world has seen a rapid expansion in the development and use of digital technologies. These developments have had a significant impact on the lives of the global population, ranging from the widespread use of mobile phones and the introduction of social media, to 3D printers, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Digital technologies also have the potential to benefit the health of the population through the application of novel technologies within a health system. This can be through simple interventions such as the use of smart watches to track activity levels, to the use of 3D printing as a training tool for medical professionals. 

This collection is interested in manuscripts that address digital (e-health) interventions and their applications in health care and public health. We are also interested in manuscripts that address the added value of e-health interventions with regard to usual care. 

Some topics of interest in this collection include:

  • Technology support of essential public health operations 
  • Public health interventions and disaster risk reduction using mobile technologies
  • Serious games and digital storytelling 
  • Citizens science, participatory surveillance, and crowdsourcing
  • Internet of Things/sensors
  • Big data modeling and machine learning
  • Preparedness and response to emergencies
  • The utility and application of technology in public health education
  • Application of technology in community engagement
  • Infection control and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Methodological and technological challenges in the reutilization of routine data
  • Methodological and technological challenges in the implementation, transfer, and/or scaling up of e-health 
  • Case studies of the application of natural language processing to health care and public health 
  • Studies on the effectiveness and safety of e-health
  • Economics of the implementation of e-health – cost-effectiveness, budgetary impact, and opportunity costs  

Participating journals

For more information about each participating journal, including article-processing charges, submission guidelines, and the journal scope, click on the relevant journal title above. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the participating journal’s online submission system. In the submission system please make sure the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' tab. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the collection. Each article in the collection followed the peer review policy of the journal it was submitted and accepted in.

This is an open-ended collection and articles will be accepted for on-going publication.

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  1. Internet use is a double-edged sword for older adults’ health. Whether internet use can prevent cardiometabolic diseases and death in older adults remains controversial.

    Authors: Ziyang Ren, Shuangbo Xia, Jinfang Sun, Duoduo Wang, Yushan Du, Ning Li and Jufen Liu
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2023 19:81
  2. The association of lifestyle habits of parents and of their children has been widely investigated as an important determinant for healthy habits in youth. Although parental sociodemographic characteristics are...

    Authors: Eduardo Duarte de Lima Mesquita, William Rodrigues Tebar, Dayane Cristina Queiroz Correia, Juziane Teixeira Guica, Wésley Torres, Rômulo Araújo Fernandes, Ricardo Ribeiro Agostinete and Diego Giulliano Destro Christofaro
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2023 81:189
  3. Tele-dentistry has been increasingly used for different purposes of visit, consultation, triage, screening, and training in oral medicine. This study aims to determine the main facilitators, barriers, and part...

    Authors: Fatemeh Niknam, Roxana Sharifian, Azadeh Bashiri, Maryam Mardani, Reza Akbari, Haitham Tuffaha, Loc Do and Peivand Bastani
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2023 81:104
  4. Neuromotor rehabilitation and improvement of upper limb functions are necessary to improve the life quality of patients who have experienced injuries or have pathological outcomes. Modern approaches, such as r...

    Authors: Khadijeh Moulaei, Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy, Ali Akbar Haghdoostd, Mansour Shahabi Nezhad and Abbas Sheikhtaheri
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2023 81:84
  5. The importance of accurately costing implementation strategies is increasingly recognised within the field of implementation science. However, there is a lack of methodological guidance for costing implementat...

    Authors: Thomasina Donovan, Bridget Abell, Manasha Fernando, Steven M. McPhail and Hannah E. Carter
    Citation: Implementation Science 2023 18:7
  6. Sexual harassment is undoubtedly widespread, and many countries have enacted laws to punish and prevent it as insulting behavior. However, its impacts on the job, psyche, and physical health, especially reprod...

    Authors: Mulugeta Dile Worke, Zewdie Birhanu Koricha and Gurmesa Tura Debelew
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2023 81:7
  7. Medication adherence among older adults (aged 60 and above), particularly those with chronic conditions who take several medications, is critical, and tele-pharmacy services are a way to improve medication adh...

    Authors: Fatemeh Emadi, Arash Ghanbarzadegan, Sulmaz Ghahramani, Peivand Bastani and Melissa T Baysari
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:199
  8. Upper limb (UL) disabilities have attracted worldwide attention due to the high economic costs of health care and the negative effects on the quality of life of patients with these disabilities. Telerehabilita...

    Authors: Khadijeh Moulaei, Abbas Sheikhtaheri, Mansour Shahabi Nezhad, AliAkbar Haghdoost, Mohammad Gheysari and Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:196
  9. The risk of Cardiovascular disease (CVDs) among adult populations is influenced by environmental factors, and immigrant populations tend to be more vulnerable. This study examined the effectiveness of a 24-wee...

    Authors: Youlim Kim, Hyeonkyeong Lee and Misook Lee Chung
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:181
  10. Information for Action! is a Joint Action (JA-InfAct) on Health Information promoted by the EU Member States and funded by the European Commission within the Third EU Health Programme (2014–2020) to create and...

    Authors: Juan González-García, Francisco Estupiñán-Romero, Carlos Tellería-Orriols, Javier González-Galindo, Luigi Palmieri, Andrea Faragalli, Ivan Pristās, Jakov Vuković, Janis Misinš, Irisa Zile and Enrique Bernal-Delgado
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:221

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2022 80:116

  11. The use of machine learning techniques is increasing in healthcare which allows to estimate and predict health outcomes from large administrative data sets more efficiently. The main objective of this study wa...

    Authors: Romana Haneef, Sofiane Kab, Rok Hrzic, Sonsoles Fuentes, Sandrine Fosse-Edorh, Emmanuel Cosson and Anne Gallay
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:168
  12. Child maltreatment and consequently child protection are highly relevant and current issues in our society. Medical institutions are widely regarded as places of healing, care and support. But they also hold r...

    Authors: Elisa König, Anna Maier, Jörg Michael Fegert and Ulrike Hoffmann
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:122
  13. Ministries of health in low- and middle-income countries often lack timely quality data for data-driven decision making in healthcare networks. We describe the design and implementation of decision-support ele...

    Authors: Diego Rios-Zertuche, Alvaro Gonzalez-Marmol, Francisco Millán-Velasco, Karla Schwarzbauer and Ignez Tristao
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:33
  14. The availability of data generated from different sources is increasing with the possibility to link these data sources with each other. However, linked administrative data can be complex to use and may requir...

    Authors: Romana Haneef, Marie Delnord, Michel Vernay, Emmanuelle Bauchet, Rita Gaidelyte, Herman Van Oyen, Zeynep Or, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Luigi Palmieri, Peter Achterberg, Mariken Tijhuis, Metka Zaletel, Stefan Mathis-Edenhofer, Ondřej Májek, Håkon Haaheim, Hanna Tolonen…
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:55
  15. The EBMeDS system is the computerized clinical decision support (CCDS) system of EBPNet, a national computerized point-of-care information service in Belgium. There is no clear evidence of more complex CCDS sy...

    Authors: Annemie Heselmans, Nicolas Delvaux, Annouschka Laenen, Stijn Van de Velde, Dirk Ramaekers, Ilkka Kunnamo and Bert Aertgeerts
    Citation: Implementation Science 2020 15:5
  16. Clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) may promote practitioner adherence to evidence-based guidelines. This study examined if the addition of a CDSS influenced practitioner delivery of a brief intervention...

    Authors: Nadia Minian, Dolly Baliunas, Aliya Noormohamed, Laurie Zawertailo, Norman Giesbrecht, Christian S. Hendershot, Bernard Le Foll, Jürgen Rehm, Andriy V. Samokhvalov and Peter L. Selby
    Citation: Implementation Science 2019 14:85
  17. Discrete choice experiment (DCE) is a quantitative technique which helps determine preferences from a definite set of choices. DCEs have been widely used to inform health services in high-income country settin...

    Authors: Marwa Abdel-All, Blake Angell, Stephen Jan, D. Praveen and Rohina Joshi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:20
  18. Integrating mental health providers into primary care clinics improves access to and outcomes of mental health care. In the Veterans Health Administration (VA) Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) pr...

    Authors: Richard R. Owen, Eva N. Woodward, Karen L. Drummond, Tisha L. Deen, Karen Anderson Oliver, Nancy J. Petersen, Scott S. Meit, John C. Fortney and JoAnn E. Kirchner
    Citation: Implementation Science 2019 14:33
  19. Smokers usually abstain from tobacco while hospitalized but relapse after discharge. Inpatient interventions may encourage sustained quitting. We previously demonstrated that a decision support tool embedded i...

    Authors: Steven L. Bernstein, June Weiss, Michelle DeWitt, Jeanette M. Tetrault, Allen L. Hsiao, James Dziura, Scott Sussman, Ted Miller, Kelly Carpenter, Patrick O’Connor and Benjamin Toll
    Citation: Implementation Science 2019 14:8