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Publishing on policy: trends in public health.

Eyler AA, Dreisinger M - Prev Chronic Dis (2010)

Bottom Line: Our goal was to explore the number and topics of policy articles published in general public health journals.We conducted an audit of articles in 16 public health journals from 1998 through 2008.Results showed no trends for the decade studied; only 3.7% of all articles published in these journals were policy-related, and the topics most represented were smoking/tobacco, health care, and school policy.

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Affiliation: Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, 660 S Euclid, Box 8109, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA. aeyler@wustl.edu

ABSTRACT
Our goal was to explore the number and topics of policy articles published in general public health journals. We conducted an audit of articles in 16 public health journals from 1998 through 2008. Results showed no trends for the decade studied; only 3.7% of all articles published in these journals were policy-related, and the topics most represented were smoking/tobacco, health care, and school policy. As policy research on public health issues continues to develop, researchers have an opportunity to increase dissemination through publication in general public health journals.

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Number of articles published on policy topics in 16 general public health journals, 1998-2008. The journals are listed in the Appendix.
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Figure 2: Number of articles published on policy topics in 16 general public health journals, 1998-2008. The journals are listed in the Appendix.

Mentions: Of 19,438 articles published during 1998-2008, 725 (3.7%) were related to policy (Figure 1). The percentage of policy articles published per year in the 16 journals ranged from 4.7% in 2001 and 2003 to 2.7% in 2006. The Journal of School Health, American Journal of Health Promotion, and American Journal of Public Health had the highest percentage of policy articles during the study period. Of the 725 articles, 149 were international policy articles. The most common policy topic was smoking/tobacco (n = 183) (Figure 2), which showed an overall increasing trend during the 10-year period: 14 articles in 1998 increased to 24 articles in 2008. Health care was the second-most frequent policy topic (n = 170) followed by school policy (n = 82). School policy articles also showed an increasing trend over time.


Publishing on policy: trends in public health.

Eyler AA, Dreisinger M - Prev Chronic Dis (2010)

Number of articles published on policy topics in 16 general public health journals, 1998-2008. The journals are listed in the Appendix.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 2: Number of articles published on policy topics in 16 general public health journals, 1998-2008. The journals are listed in the Appendix.
Mentions: Of 19,438 articles published during 1998-2008, 725 (3.7%) were related to policy (Figure 1). The percentage of policy articles published per year in the 16 journals ranged from 4.7% in 2001 and 2003 to 2.7% in 2006. The Journal of School Health, American Journal of Health Promotion, and American Journal of Public Health had the highest percentage of policy articles during the study period. Of the 725 articles, 149 were international policy articles. The most common policy topic was smoking/tobacco (n = 183) (Figure 2), which showed an overall increasing trend during the 10-year period: 14 articles in 1998 increased to 24 articles in 2008. Health care was the second-most frequent policy topic (n = 170) followed by school policy (n = 82). School policy articles also showed an increasing trend over time.

Bottom Line: Our goal was to explore the number and topics of policy articles published in general public health journals.We conducted an audit of articles in 16 public health journals from 1998 through 2008.Results showed no trends for the decade studied; only 3.7% of all articles published in these journals were policy-related, and the topics most represented were smoking/tobacco, health care, and school policy.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, 660 S Euclid, Box 8109, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA. aeyler@wustl.edu

ABSTRACT
Our goal was to explore the number and topics of policy articles published in general public health journals. We conducted an audit of articles in 16 public health journals from 1998 through 2008. Results showed no trends for the decade studied; only 3.7% of all articles published in these journals were policy-related, and the topics most represented were smoking/tobacco, health care, and school policy. As policy research on public health issues continues to develop, researchers have an opportunity to increase dissemination through publication in general public health journals.

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