Acceptance rate


Time to first decision

20 days*

Time from acceptance to publication

17 days*

Impact Factor (JCR)




SciMago journal rank


Aims and scope

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health is a truly international journal that encompasses all aspects of epidemiology and public health. It publishes original research, opinions and materials concerned with the study and improvement of communities worldwide.

For information about Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health’s joint Editors-in-Chief, and their editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page. 

Plan S compliance

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal information

Ownership JECH is owned by BMJ
Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1947
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Extended, Social Sciences Citation Index; BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 0143-005X
Online ISSN 1470-2738

Journal Statistics (2020)

Acceptance rate: 10%

Time to first decision: 20 days (mean)
Time from acceptance to publication: 17 days (mean)

Impact Factor category: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Impact Factor (JCR): 3.71
Impact Factor rank: 61/203
5 year Impact Factor: 4.922
Journal Citation Indicator: 1.3
Eigenfactor: 0.0156
Citescore: 6.3
Citescore rank: 50/526
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.692

2020 total content views: 1,212,956
2020 total Altmetric mentions: 7,727

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