Special Issue "Methodological Innovations and Reflections"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Igor Burstyn
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health School of Public Health Drexel University Nesbitt Hall Room 614, 3215 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Website: http://publichealth.drexel.edu/Departments/Environmental_Occupational_Health/Faculty_and_Staff/Igor_Burstyn_PhD/844/
E-Mail: igor.burstyn@drexel.edu
Interests: maternal and child health; occupational and environmental epidemiology; occupational hygiene; exposure assessment; gene-environment interaction; bio-statistics

Guest Editor
Dr. Gheorghe Luta
Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Georgetown University Building D, Suite 180 4000 Reservoir Road, NW Washington DC, 20057-1484, USA
Website: http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/gl77/?action=viewgeneral&PageTemplateID=360
E-Mail: gl77@georgetown.edu
Phone: +1 (202) 687-8203
Fax: +1 (202) 687-2581
Interests: cancer control and prevention, cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, empirical likelihood, flow cytometry, non-negative matrix factorization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The idea behind this Special Issue of the journal dedicated to Methodological Innovations and Reflections, is not novel. Even the title of the Special Issue owes its existence to the journal Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations that was discontinued in 2012 by the BMC. This is intentionally chosen. Our aim is to create the right environment for the open exchange of innovative ideas and reflections, concepts that, in and of themselves, may not be new to some fields (e.g., statistics or economics), but are unknown or under-appreciated in public health research (including, but not limited to, epidemiology, exposure sciences, and toxicology). We strive to stimulate dialogue about how we do science and (more importantly) how we could do it better. There may not be too much novelty about this general approach, but we feel strongly that we must talk about this in open literature for all to benefit in a similar way to how any institution of higher learning benefits from their seminar series: They create a safe and respectful environment to discuss innovation without the threat of being judged for making errors and to explore ideas that may, or may not, lead to wide adoption and/or substantive advances. The main goal of the Special Issue is to advance methodology though debate, rather than by the publication of a single seminal article: A defined process that stimulates creativity, reflection and innovation is our aim. Of course, we also strive to bring out into the open some of the papers that are usually judged to be too simple for the theoretical statistical journals, and yet too complex for the applied journals. To this effect, we promise our readers and contributors to make editorial decisions that will reflect the soundness of the argument rather than the implications of their conclusions: Elegant mathematical arguments and logical interpretations that challenge the current orthodoxy are highly encouraged. We look forward to working with you in making this exciting endeavor a success. It is up to all of us to make this a reality.

Igor Burstyn
George Luta
Guest Editors


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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 10951-10966; doi:10.3390/ijerph111010951
Received: 11 June 2014 / Revised: 11 October 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 21 October 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 9776-9789; doi:10.3390/ijerph110909776
Received: 20 June 2014 / Revised: 4 September 2014 / Accepted: 12 September 2014 / Published: 18 September 2014
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