Editorial. Eurosurveillance 15-year Anniversary
Published: 15.08.12 Updated: 15.08.2012 14:48:13
K. Kutsar, Editor-in-Chief
Citation: Kutsar K. Eurosurveillance 15-year Anniversary. EpiNorth 2011; 12: 101.
In November 2011 Eurosurveillance Journal celebrated its 15-year anniversary. Eurosurveillance, the European peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases, focuses on topics that are of relevance to Europe. During the last three years (2009–2011) more than 600 articles were published from 29 EU/EEA countries and over 30 countries in the rest of the world. Presenting timely information about ongoing outbreaks and relevant information on trends in infectious diseases from all European countries to enable timely public health action is one of the Eurosurveillance’s main goals.
The Eurosurveillance 2010 reader survey showed that most of the journal’s readers work in infectious disease epidemiology or public health, and a large number are microbiologists. Many readers and contributors to the journal hold senior positions across the world, and use the journal in their everyday work.
Eurosurveillance was founded in 1995 and the first editor-in-chief was Jean-Baptiste Brunet. Two complementary projects, Eurosurveillance monthly and Eurosurveillance weekly were published in 1996-2007. The Eurosurveillance editorial board was expanded several times: Norway joined in 1999, Estonia in 2000 and Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in 2004. The project was jointly funded until March 2007 by the European Commission, the Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS) in Paris and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in London. In 2006 the editorial office was established at ECDC and since March 2007, Eurosurveillance has been published by ECDC in Stockholm. In 2007 Karl Ekdahl was appointed editor-in chief and since 2011 the position has been held by Ines Steffens.
The collaboration with the EpiNorth Journal started in 2008 and the first memorandum of understanding was signed.
The journal is open-access and as non-profit publication has no financial conflicts of interest. All articles in Eurosurveillance are indexed by PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, and Embase.
Eurosurveillance has been selected for coverage by Thomson Reuters and is indexed and abstracted in the Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch) and in the Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition beginning with Volume 14(1) 2009. In January 2010, Eurosurveillance was accredited by the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation as adhering to the HON code of conduct (HONcode). HON is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with the purpose of supporting users to identify sound, reliable and trustworthy health information on the Internet.
The Eurosurveillance plans for 2012 include obtaining an impact factor that will be allocated in July, the purchase of a submission system and a software for detecting plagiarism.