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Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 146–157 | Cite as

Peer-reviewed public health journals from Arabic-speaking countries: An updated snapshot

  • Basil H. Aboul-Enein
  • Joshua Bernstein
  • Jacquelyn E. Bowser
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Abstract

There is a positive association between availability of regional peer-reviewed public health information systems and progressive change in community and population health. The objective of this brief report was to identify public health journals in Arabic-speaking countries actively publishing as of 2016. We conducted an electronic search in several electronic database records for public health journals using a combination of search terms. We excluded journals that focused on human medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, and other discipline-specific or clinical health professions. We identified twenty-five public health journals for review. Five journals were interrupted or discontinued. Only three journals had a consistent, uninterrupted active publication history of greater than 20 years. Most journals were not in the regional native language. Introduction of regional public health-dedicated journals with in-print and electronic availability and also to be published in region-native languages may require interdisciplinary partnerships. Region-wide public health journals such as the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal could serve as an ideal model for the establishment of additional local and regional public health journals in Arabic-speaking countries.

Keywords

public health middle east North Africa research policy, public health journals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Basil H. Aboul-Enein
    • 1
  • Joshua Bernstein
    • 2
  • Jacquelyn E. Bowser
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Global Health & DevelopmentLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  2. 2.College of Graduate Health StudiesA.T. Still University of Health SciencesKirksvilleUSA
  3. 3.College of Veterinary MedicineMississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA

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