Journal History

Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal (WPSAR) is a publication managed by the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO).

WPSAR commenced publication in late 2010 and is the first open access journal on the surveillance of and response to public health events in the WHO Western Pacific Region.

WPSAR articles have been indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM), EBSCO and Google Scholar since 2011. WPSAR was accepted into Medline in June 2012 and into PubMed in May 2013.

In mid-2014, an online survey of WPSAR subscribers indicated that the profile, visibility and readership of WPSAR was growing. As of November 2015, 21 issues of WPSAR had been published comprising 172 non-editorial articles. The average time from submission to publication is about 4 months. WPSAR has considerable reach to 28 countries around the world and has a record of over 60 000 readers per issue in 2015.

WPSAR publishes a broad range of articles, including epidemiological and operational research, short field and 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 accepts all articles that fit the scope of the journal and that meet the minimum publication standards. We are especially interested in field epidemiology and operational research.

WPSAR aims to build capacity in scientific writing and encourages submissions from authors with little or no experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The Coordinating Editor often works with new authors on submissions that fit the scope of WPSAR to ensure the article meets the minimum standards for publication.