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International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health scope to include consumer health

Beginning in 2011, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health is expanding its scope to include consumer health, a rubric defined to include the aspects of human disease and injury that are determined or influenced by exposure to consumer goods and their components, including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and other purchased products.


IJOEH has historically covered the occupational and environmental health implications of raw material extraction, agriculture, manufacturing, and waste, as well as the health effects of some products that are generally considered environmental hazards (for instance, tobacco and pesticides). We have occasionally published papers that relate to consumer health, such as the human cancer risks associated with aspartame.  Our formal scope expansion will allow us to more fully understand the health impacts of products and processes that also present occupational and environment health problems at the moments of manufacuture and disposal.

We are currently seeking scientific and social scientific papers that address the public health impacts of consumer goods, as well as papers related to the testing, marketing, regulation, and surveillance of those goods and their health effects.  We are particularly interested in contributions that address health disparities and determinants,  investigate the impact of corporate power on consumer health, explore how health can be improved by education and action at the grassroots, and examine how occupational, environmental, and consumer health are related in global systems. 
We will not accept submissions that evaluate the performance of products meant to promote personal health or hygiene (e.g., exercise regimes or equipment, herbal remedies, toothbrushes, etc.).  We will accept only work that has an explicit public health focus.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis at  Questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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