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New Opportunities for Disseminating Environmental Justice Research

By Eddy Ball
June 2008

Senior Editor Ken Olden is shown during his 2007 sabbatical at Harvard University.
Senior Editor Ken Olden is shown during his 2007 sabbatical at Harvard University. (Courtesy Ken Olden and Harvard University)
The cover of the inaugural issue of the journal Environmental Justice.
The cover of the inaugural issue of the journal Environmental Justice. (Photo courtesy of Karen Ballen and Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.)

Opportunities for Environmental Justice researchers have increased due to two recent developments. On May 14, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. announced the publication of the first issue of its new journal, Environmental Justice, featuring NIEHS Director Emeritus and Principal Investigator Ken Olden, Ph.D., in the position of senior editor. Earlier in the month, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) issued "A Call for Papers: Environmental and Occupational Justice" for a special issue to be published in 2009.

The first issue of the new Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publication is available free online. Along with Olden, the journal is published under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Sylvia Hood Washington, Ph.D., N.D., a research associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and an illustrious editorial board.

According to the publisher's news release, the inaugural issue of the journal focuses on analyses of past and contemporary environmental compliance and enforcement, activism, and corrective actions, environmental politics, environmental health disparities, environmental epidemiology, environmental sociology and environmental history.

"I think this new journal will give our grantees and other people working in the field more options for getting the results of their good work out to the public and policy makers," Olden commented. "I hope that libraries of all kinds - not only medical and science libraries - will support the endeavor by making new issues readily available to their patrons."

In the May announcement of its upcoming special issue on Environmental and Occupational Justice, the AJPH specified that one of the key topics it expects to be addressed in research articles and briefs is exposure assessment, especially as it relates to cumulative risk. Others include environment-related diseases and community-based approaches to improving exposure and disease surveillance for populations that are hard to track.

The journal also anticipates publishing evaluations of partnerships designed to promote health research, education, and prevention/intervention programs for low-income, immigrant and minority populations who may be disproportionately exposed to environmental and occupational stressors.

Submissions for the AJPH special issue should be sent to the journal's submission site( Exit NIEHS Website by August 1, 2008 with publication anticipated in April 2009.

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