Special Issue "Methodological Innovations and Reflections-1"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2015)
The idea behind this Topical Collection of the journal dedicated to Methodological Innovations and Reflections, is not novel. Even the title of the Topical Collection 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 Topical Collection 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. For new articles on this topic, please check our Topical Collection "Methodological Innovations and Reflections".
Dr. Igor Burstyn
Dr. George Luta
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