SPECIAL COVID-19 ISSUE: Call for papers for OJPHI Vol 12, Number 2 (2020)

The current COVID-19 pandemic demands an improved infrastructure for disseminating information about appropriate surveillance systems and best practices. The Online Journal of Public Health Informatics (OJPHI), a peer-reviewed journal indexed in PubMed Central, strives to satisfy the growing need for a public health informatics knowledge portal by practitioners, researchers, educators, and policy makers.

This issue will cover topics such as supporting COVID-19 surveillance  and healthcare workflows with digital health interventions; capacity, information systems gaps in COVID-19 surveillance and response;  control and management of COVID-19 (PPE utilization, procurement/supply chain, social distancing, testing, contact tracing, quarantine, etc.); novel and innovative approaches to  modeling and predictive analytics, Artificial Intelligence applications, text and data mining,  GIS, data visualization and reporting for COVID-19; , social media, health information exchanges and electronic medical/health records, Blockchain technology applications, personal and population health records;  mobile health applications; data security and privacy challenges for COVID surveillance and response; public  health informatics case studies on leveraging existing HIS infrastructure and investments for COVID-19; , citizen/consumer participation with digital technologies, etc.

As usual, papers are being invited from researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and students from all regions of the world.  Original and review articles, capstones, working papers, opinions and commentaries, and technology reviews will be considered for publication.

OJPHI still charges no submission fees. However, after review, accepted papers will be charged $350.00 publication fee to cover costs. Waivers from developing country authors will be considered. 

The deadline for submission of papers is July 31st, 2020. Individual articles will be published after successfully completing the review process.

Edward Mensah, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, The Online Journal of Public Health Informatics

Assoc. Professor-Health Economics and Informatics

Health Policy and Administration Division

School of Public Health

University of Illinois at Chicago