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Aims and Scope
Most social science disciplines have one or more journals devoted entirely to methodology. Epidemiologic Methods aims to provide such a journal for the field of epidemiology.
Epidemiologic Methods seeks contributions comparable to those of the leading epidemiologic journals, but also invites papers that may be more technical or of greater length than what has traditionally been allowed by journals in epidemiology. The journal aims to:
- More quickly bring novel methodology to the epidemiologic community
- Foster closer ties and interactions between epidemiologists and statisticians
- Provide a forum for longer or more technical papers on epidemiologic methods
- Serve as a repository of methodologic contributions focused on advancing and improving epidemiologic analysis
Methodologic contributions should be clearly relevant to the theory and practice of epidemiology. In particular, we encourage contributions concerning methods in genetic epidemiology, infectious disease, pharmaco-epidemiology, ecologic studies, environmental exposures, screening, surveillance, social networks, comparative effectiveness, statistical modeling, causal inference, measurement error, study design, and meta-analysis. Applications and examples with real data to illustrate methodology are strongly encouraged but not required. The provision of sample code is strongly suggested. With more technical contributions, authors are also encouraged to include a section or appendix on "Epidemiologic Practice" which summarizes, in a broadly accessible manner, how the methodology proposed (or a special case thereof) may be used in practice.
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MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION GUIDELINES
This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication.
The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgem.
Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.
Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards.
Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.
Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Epidemiologic Methods. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.
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