A journal is a regularly published scholarly, peerreviewed or refereed publication in print or online format. There are many journals important to the field of epidemiology. This entry reviews the history of epidemiological journals and identifies those considered by the Medical Library Association to be essential and minimal core journals.


Journals explicitly focused on epidemiology are a relatively new phenomenon; prior to their development, epidemiological articles were published in a variety of public health and clinical journals. When, in 1965, the American Journal of Epidemiology changed its name from The American Journal of Hygiene, it stated in an editorial that

  • so far as we are aware there is no journal in the English language which has the word epidemiology in its title. Epidemiology is both a method ...
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