Thomas Friemel, U Zurich, Switzerland
Doreen Reifegerste, U Erfurt, Germany
Julia van Weert, U Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gert-Jan de Bruijn, U Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sarah Geber, U Zurich, Switzerland
The European Journal of Health Communication (EJHC) is a peer-reviewed open access journal for high-quality health communication research with relevance for Europe or specific European countries. The journal aims to represent the international character of health communication research given the cultural, political, economic, and academic diversity in Europe.
EJHC presents the full breadth of health communication research. It will publish articles that relate to the following health communication issues with an emphasis on the relevance for Europe:
EJHC publishes original research papers, theoretical and methodological papers, review articles and living reviews, as well as brief research reports in English.
As an online journal, EJHC is able to publish all types of electronic supplements. The idea of supplements is to provide information that are not essential for the basic understanding of the article but nevertheless provide the reader with additional insights into instruments, measures, datasets, statistical models etc.
All articles undergo a rigorous peer review process. Once the paper has been assessed as appropriate by the editors (with regard to form, content, and quality), it will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers in a double-blind review process, meaning that reviewers are not disclosed to authors, and authors are not disclosed to reviewers. To ensure short review and publication processes, EJHC builds on a broad editorial structure and immediately publishes articles online after their acceptance.
As an alternative to the traditional article types and review process, EJHC provides the opportunity to “pre-register” original research before data collection. For this purpose, authors are called to submit a proposal for a scientific question, presenting the theoretical background, hypotheses, and a detailed methods and analysis plan (up to 4,000 words). The proposal will be reviewed and if it is evaluated positively, the study receives an “in principle” acceptance. After completion of the study, authors submit the second part of their work presenting and discussing their results (additional maximum of 1,000 to 2,500 words). Though the second part will undergo a review round (to evaluate whether the results and discussion sections meet the standards of the journal), the manuscript will be published regardless of whether the hypotheses are supported or not.
Academic research is publicly funded and both editors and reviewers work voluntarily. Therefore, EJHC supports the idea of open science and will be established as a platinum standard open access journal. This means that neither the users nor the authors will be charged. This open access strategy will heighten the visibility of the European field of health communication and ensure that authors obtain the maximum possible exposure for their work. Articles are distributed under the "Creative Commons Attribution"-License (CC BY).
All articles will receive a unique digital object identifier (DOI). This will ensure their unambiguous identification by databases, search engines, and other researchers. After its launch, the journal aims to be listed in the relevant indices of its field. The editors will manage the journal with the aim to qualify the journal for the relevant indices.