Editorial.The EpiNorth Journal will be History

  Published: 09.01.13 Updated: 09.01.2013 14:36:55


K. Kutsar, Editor-in-Chief
Citation: Kutsar K. The EpiNorth Journal will be History. EpiNorth 2012;13:87.

Dear EpiNorth Journal readers,

After thirteen years of publication you are now reading the historic last issue of the EpiNorth Journal. The editorial team believes that during these years we made international epidemiological information more accessible to all our readers – public health and healthcare professionals in the region – by maintaining a valuable and effective tool for communication.

The first issue of the Journal was published in 2000 as a part of the project “Infectious disease control in the Barents and Baltic Sea Regions“, the initiative of Johan Giesecke and Karl Ekdahl from the Swedish Institute of Infectiuos Disease Control with nominated editor-in-chief Kuulo Kutsar (Estonia) and associated editors Tove Rǿnne (Denmark), Karl Ekdahl (Sweden) and Preben Aavitsland (Norway). The Journal was developed thanks to the editorial board members representing each of the participating countries, active and enthuastic project leader Preben Aavitsland, coordinators Stein Andresen and Inga Velicko and the editorial secretariat Vibeke Gundersen, Olga Ǻnonsen, Elena Torgersen, Tamara Pachkouskaya, and Gražina Rimšeliene. The most recent editorial staff of the Journal included editor-in-chief Kuulo Kutsar (Estonia), the managing editor Inga Velicko (Sweden), associated editors Kåre Mǿlback (Denmark), Markku Kuusi (Finland), Hans Blystad (Norway), Milda Žygutiene (Lithuania), and Ludmila Lyalina (Russian Federation).
Original papers, reports and reviews were peer-reviewed and published in 3-4 issues annually. The Journal was read by members of scientific, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations as well as by individual public health and healthcare professionals in 55 countries all over the world.
The EpiNorth project is going to change to a new EpiNorth Network project, which will include epidemic intelligence activities, the collection of communicable disease surveillance data and an annual meeting of network partners. The Journal will no longer be a part of the project. Therefore, the editorial team would like to thank all Journal authors for active collaboration and support.