IJCH 2012 Year in Review

As 2012 draws to a close, I am delighted to report to our readers that IJCH has successfully transformed itself into an Open Access and completely online journal, joining the family of journals published by the capable hands of our colleagues in Co-Action.

Without fixed publication dates, manuscripts are now published online as soon as they are copyedited and laid out, greatly reducing the time lapse between submission and publication.

The Thomson impact factor (IF) for 2011 has been released. Our IF is 1.060, a slight decline from 2010 (1.065). We ranked 78 out of 131 in the category of Public, Environmental and Occupational Health. Another competing IF is the SJR which uses different math and is based on Scopus data rather than the Web of Science. Our score is 0.049, which places us in the 2nd highest quartile in the Medicine (Misc) category. Clearly, continuing improvement of the quality of the journal is our priority.

An important change in 2013 will be the implementation of a 500 euro publication fee for articles that have been accepted for publication. All manuscripts submitted prior to January 1, 2013 and already under review or production will be exempt from this fee. Individuals with financial difficulty can apply to Co-Action for a waiver. Ability to pay the fee will in no way affect or influence the editorial decision process. We consider this an important step towards making the journal financially self-sustaining. Our fees are quite low by the standards of most online Open Access journals. Further information can be obtained from here.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few articles that were published this year. The journal publishes Original Research and Reviews. Review articles are a useful resource that use a systematic approach to synthesize research and findings on a specific topic, and contribute to the evidence base on emerging trends relevant to circumpolar regions. For example:

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  • Fredslund and Bonefeld-Jørgensen from the University of Aarhus in Denmark reviewed trends in breast cancer in various Arctic populations
  • A Canadian-Danish team led by Galloway conducted a scoping review of the extent obesity research has been undertaken, how well different subpopulations are represented, the methodologies used, and how well they cover risk factors and health outcomes associated with obesity [link]


Our Original Research Articles cover a breadth of topics and geographical regions:

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  • cancer survival among Sami [link];
  • pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in Arkangelsk, Russia [link];
  • primary health care in Alaska [link],
  • consumption of marine food in Greenland [link];
  • and more.


In the New Year, we hope to broaden our scope and make our journal of interest not only to researchers but also to health care practitioners, managers and planners. We shall establish new sections such as Clinical Case Reports and Public Health Practice. We also encourage submission to our History and Biography section.

IJCH is your journal, and it depends on Network members to contribute manuscripts and serve as reviewers.

Kue Young, Editor-in-Chief