Disaster Health 1:1, 1–1; January/February/March; © 2013 Landes Bioscience
Welcome to Disaster Health James M Shultz1 and Yuval Neria2 2
1 Center for Disaster & Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center); University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Miami, FL USA; Trauma and PTSD Program; Department of Psychiatry & The New York State Psychiatric Institute; Columbia University; New York, NY USA
As Editors-in-Chief, and on behalf of our distinguished Editorial Board, we are thrilled to welcome you to this inaugural issue of Disaster Health. Disaster Health is uniquely focused on the intersection of disaster mental and behavioral health and disaster public health. In this multi-disciplinary arena, scientific advances are accelerating. Disaster Health provides a mechanism for expeditious sharing of research findings and a forum for collegial commentary and expert consensus building. Disaster Health investigates the linkage between exposure to the physical forces of harm in a disaster and the corresponding risks to mental and behavioral health. Disaster Health examines the continuum of human response to disaster threat and impact, ranging from psychological distress and psychopathology to resilience, wellness and post-traumatic growth. At the community and societal levels, Disaster Health explores the psychological and behavioral dimensions of disaster prevention, mitigation, risk reduction and resilience. As a rapid-publication, peer-reviewed journal, Disaster Health prioritizes the publication of well-designed and well-executed studies that solidify and enrich the scientific evidence base. We seek publications spanning the complete spectrum of natural,
human-generated, and hybrid disasters as well as humanitarian crises, wars, terrorism and complex emergencies. As reflected in the make-up of our Editorial Board, we welcome manuscript submissions from investigators around the globe. Because of our commitment to prompt dissemination, Disaster Health seeks “late-breaking” manuscripts describing studies conducted on current disaster events and ongoing humanitarian crises. A special feature of the journal is the publication of analyses of the “trauma signature” of specific disasters. These case studies will elucidate prominent disasters in recent history, but will increasingly focus on timely analysis of major new disasters within months of their occurrence. Please visit the Disaster Health website at the link below. Here you will find proposed author guidelines, a description of the peer review process, and more information. http://www.landesbioscience.com/journals/disasterhealth/ We look forward to serving as a conduit for publication of exemplary papers in the field and we welcome your active engagement and contribution as we commence publication with this issue and as we evolve our journal over time.
Correspondence to: James M Shultz and Yuval Neria; Email: [email protected]
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Submitted: 03/19/13; Accepted: 03/19/13 http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/dish.24414 www.landesbioscience.com