Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health     Achieving Global Health Security

Call for Papers


Timely, peer-reviewed articles on the Coronavirus outbreak from Journal of Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP) an official publication of the SOCIETY FOR DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH, Inc (SDMPH)

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. is committed to the examination and study of individual disasters and public health crises across the disaster cycle from response, through recovery and future preparation and preventive efforts. The emergence of a novel Corona virus in Wuhan, China (2019-nCoV) and its subsequent worldwide spread have prompted a WHO-declared Public Health Emergency of International Concern, prompting a great deal of global fear and uncertainty as well as a torrent of advisories, news articles, and social media speculation. The journal will serve as an educated and authoritative voice on all aspects of the virus to include clinical and epidemiological characteristics, risk and threat levels, potential spread, control measures, vaccine development and risk communication.

The Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness began covering events in their entirety via special issues dating back to 2014.  In doing so, the journal publishes in real time over the full life-cycle of an event or crisis - from beginning to end. Due to the many uncertainties surrounding a novel agent outbreak, coverage may well extend beyond one special issue. Global experts from all professions and disciplines involved in the response to this event are invited to supply content for this special and timely issue. Submitted material will be expeditiously reviewed and quickly E-published after acceptance in order to help inform ongoing efforts. Please submit to

Senior Guest Editor:

Stephen S. Morse, Ph.D., FAAM, F.A.C.E.
Professor of Epidemiology, Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Certificate Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University, New York, NY 10032
Chair, Columbia University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); Member, National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)

Guest Associate Editors:

Daniel R. Lucey, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS
Director of Strategic Partnerships in Disaster Medicine, Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, & Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Penn State University

Christopher Tedeschi, MD, MA, FAWM
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
Director of Emergency Preparedness, NYP-CUMC Emergency Medicine

Suggested Article Types for consideration and rapid review/publication.

Brief Report

Original reports of pilot study data, analysis of drills and exercises, or data and information from studies with small numbers that demonstrate the need for further investigation. References and a structured abstract should be included. Maximum length: 2000 words, 10 references, 2 tables and/or figures. A statement of IRB approval or exemption from full review is required.

Reports from the Field

Brief descriptions of actual disaster events. Drills and exercises will not be accepted for in this category. Entities that have been reported in the past in the Disaster Medicine literature will not be considered, and those reported in other specialty literature or in the foreign literature must be extremely important or pertinent to be considered. Reports should contain an abstract, introduction, narrative, and a discussion focusing on the implications of the event reported. Sufficient data and description should be provided to support the analysis and implications presented. They should not contain a full review of the literature and the introduction should be brief with the narrative and discussion occupying the majority of the manuscript. Maximum length: 1500 words, no more than 15 references, and 1 table or figure.

Policy Analysis

Scholarly comments or opinions on major current problems of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness to include controversial matters with significant implications for Disaster Medicine or Public Health Preparedness. Maximum length: 1500 words plus references and 1 table or figure.

Letter to Editors

Discussion, observations, opinions, corrections, and comments on topics appearing in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Maximum length: 500 words, plus no more than 5 references. 

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About the Journal

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal seeks to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. DMPHP is an official journal of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

About the Society

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The Society's goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.

Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health  is a 501(c)  non-profit organization. 

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