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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Featured Article: Hepatitis B and C virus infection among healthcare workers in Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis

New Content ItemHealthcare workers are at risk of acquiring hepatitis B and C virus infections through patients’ blood and bodily fluids exposure. So far, there is no pooled data that shows the prevalence of HBV and HCV among health care workers in Africa. This study aimed to determine the pooled prevalence of hepatitis B and C infections among health care workers in Africa.

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Featured Article: Symptoms of mental health problems among Italian adolescents in 2017-2018 school year: a multicenter cross-sectional study

New Content ItemIdentifying individual and contextual factors that influence adolescent well-being is a research priority. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of symptoms of mental health problems and some related factors in Italian adolescents in 2017–2018.

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Aims and scope

The official journal of the Japanese Society for Hygiene, Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine (EHPM) brings a comprehensive approach to prevention and environmental health related to medical, biological, molecular biological, genetic, physical, psychosocial, chemical, and other environmental factors. EHPM features definitive studies on human health sciences and provides comprehensive and unique information to a worldwide readership. 

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Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine APC discount offer

If you are an author from outside of Japan or a member of the Japanese Society for Hygiene and wish to submit your article to Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, please contact the office of the Japanese Society for Hygiene ( The office will give you the code to input during the APC Agreement stage to receive a discount. 
Please note that the code must be used on submission, rather than after acceptance of your manuscript.

Best Reviewer Award

The editors of Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal.


Most downloaded article award

The Editors of Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine are pleased to announce the recipient of the Most Downloaded Article Award 2019.

A. Kapinova, P. Kubatka, O. Golubnitschaja, M. Kello, P. Zubor, P. Solar, M. Pec. Environ Health Prev Med (2018) 23:36

Dietary phytochemicals in breast cancer research: anticancer effects and potential utility for effective chemoprevention

This Award has been given to the original article appearing in the journal downloaded most frequently within 12 months from the date of publication.

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Award winning articles in previous years

Editor's profile

YNew Content Itemoshihiro Kokubo, Editor-in-Chief, serves as a Director of Preventive Cardiology Department, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Osaka, Japan. He is also a Visiting Professor, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., as well as Guest Professor, Osaka University School of Medicine Faculty of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.

His research interests focus on preventive medicine (especially stroke, hypertension, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and valvular disease), epidemiology, public health, hygiene, and risk factors (lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors).

Archival content

Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine was previously published as a Springer subscription journal. Past content, from 1997 to 2016, is available on Springer Link.

About the Society

The Japanese Society for Hygiene (JSH) aims to promote human health through integration of diverse factors associated with human life and the social and natural environment. We are very proud of the fact that our society has contributed to eliminating health problems, not just in Japan but around the world. Examples of these are beriberi disease and four major environmental diseases: Minamata disease (methylmercury poisoning); Itai-itai disease (cadmium poisoning); Yokkaichi asthma; and Toroku arsenic disease). Our members have made significant achievements in preventive medicine, and they have uncovered new findings in environmental health, thereby stimulating the development of young researchers in social medicine.

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