18 March 2013

Africa: The Lancet to Launch Open Access Global Health Journal

The Lancet, the world's leading independent family of general medical and specialty journals, today announces the forthcoming launch of a new title, The Lancet Global Health.

The journal demonstrates The Lancet's ongoing commitment to strengthen global health, and articles in the new journal will cover common conditions and wider health policy issues affecting low and middle income countries. A special emphasis will be given to local, context-specific research with regional or global implications, and the intention is for The Lancet Global Health to provide a voice for country based researchers to influence global debates.

The Lancet Global Health will launch in June to coincide with the Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference in Seattle, Washington, USA. Papers can be submitted now via The Lancet's online editorial system (http://ees.elsevier.com/langlh/).

"Global health is a subject we are especially committed to at The Lancet," explains Editor-in-Chief, Richard Horton. "We want to publish the very best global health science to accelerate progress towards the MDGs and to shape the ongoing debate about priorities after 2015. The Lancet Global Health will give local research the global stage it deserves and, in the process, support our mission to deliver science for better health."

Zoë Mullan will be the Editor of The Lancet Global Health. "Zoë's breadth and depth of experience and her passion for bringing global health research to the fore is unparalleled," says Richard. Zoë joined The Lancet in 1999 and has worked on several of The Lancet's large global health series and special issues, including those on chronic non-communicable diseases, maternal health, the global health workforce, disability, and stillbirths.

"The Lancet Global Health is a fantastic opportunity to expand The Lancet's capacity to publish high-quality research with a direct relevance to practitioners and communities in low-income and middle-income countries," said Zoë Mullan. "We look forward to receiving more submissions from researchers whom we already know, as well as welcoming a new generation of authors who, rightly, expect the results of their research to be free to view."

As a Gold Open Access (OA) journal, the author will retain the copyright for articles published by The Lancet Global Health. The Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for papers whose funders are located in low-income countries. Articles published in The Lancet Global Health will be freely available to all readers, without registration, on TheLancet.com.

For more information on the journal visit http://www.thelancet.com/langlo/launch

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