In Praise of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH)
The IJOEH1 has been a valuable resource for students of global asbestos issues for many years. Formerly under the supervision of Professor Joe LaDou and Sandra Lovegrove and now under that of Dr. David Egilman and Susana Rankin Bohme, the journal provides a public space for the presentation of asbestos research projects and the discussion of emerging issues. Dr. Morris Greenberg, whose papers and letters have often been published in its pages, comments:
The international nature of this journal has been furthered by complete articles uniquely being made available freely over the internet. Equally important, the editors have not had to answer other than to their consciences, and the law. Journals may be subject to their publisher and to the Society under whose aegis they appear. Some of these Learned Societies in the field of occupational and environmental health may be influencedby those members coming from industry: the IJOEH being 'free standing' its editors have not been subject to such external pressures.
Also grateful for the integrity of the IJOEH is British historian, Dr. Geoffrey Tweedale:
Writing as someone who has had material accepted by peer-reviewed journals, only to see it suppressed by publishers who were fearful of Britain's ridiculous libel laws, the IJOEH is a godsend. It is speedy, efficient, not afraid to publish the facts, and above all gets the latest information 'out there' in the public domain.
Highlighting the effectiveness of the journal, Dr. Barry Castleman notes:
IJOEH has carried important reports and commentaries that led to the implementation of conflict-of-interest rules at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, re-establishing IARC's reputation as the gold standard on cancer evaluations of chemicals. More than any other journal in the field, it has welcomed articles raising concern about corporate influence in occupational and environmental health science and policy. (It is also the only journal that ever asked me to "put more bite" into a paper I had submitted, which I was happy to do.)
Recent articles which have appeared in its pages include the following:
November 3, 2008
2 Vol. 14, No 1 (2008)
4 Vol. 14, No 3 (2008)