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Founded in 2010, the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response journal (WPSAR) is an open access, peer reviewed journal on the surveillance of and response to public health events in the Western Pacific Region. WPSAR publishes work on acute or ongoing communicable diseases, natural disasters, food safety, bioterrorism, and chemical and radiological events.
The aims of WPSAR are:
- to provide an open access journal to publish articles on the surveillance of and response to public health events and emergencies in the WHO Western Pacific Region and in areas with relevance to the Western Pacific Region; and
- to build capacity in communicating epidemiological and operational research within the WHO Western Pacific Region.
Our objectives are:
- to provide a platform for people working in surveillance and response in the Western Pacific Region to share their scientific and operational findings;
- to publish a broad range of articles not limited to conventional research articles:
- to disseminate short reports on outbreak investigations;
- to publish analyses of surveillance data on communicable diseases;
- to encourage the publication of evaluations of new and existing surveillance systems;
- to promote the use of risk assessment for public health by facilitating risk assessment articles;
- to support preparedness and response to public health events and emergencies through the dissemination of lessons learnt from such events; and
- to build capacity in communicating epidemiological and operational findings in the Western Pacific Region through pre-submission assistance.
WPSAR covers all activities related to the surveillance of and response to public health events and emergencies, with a focus on topics that are relevant to the Western Pacific Region. Public health events may be acute or ongoing and can fall under any of the following areas: communicable diseases, natural disasters, food safety, bioterrorism, and chemical and radiological events. Other events and topics may also be considered. Response activities include those for acute events, e.g. responding to natural disasters, or for response to cases or epidemics of disease.
Why publish in WPSAR?
WPSAR is not limited to conventional research. It publishes a broad range of articles, including short outbreak investigation reports, lessons from the field, analyses of surveillance data, evaluations of surveillance systems and risk assessments for public health events. There are limited opportunities to publish these types of articles in other journals. We also accept the more traditional original research, perspectives and case reports/case series articles.
WPSAR articles are indexed in: PubMed/MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Western Pacific Region IndexMedicus (WPRIM/APAMED central), EBSCO and Google Scholar.
Data in these articles are freely available for unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction, as long as the original work is cited, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 IGO licence. [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/]
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