The scientific community widely agrees that climate change is occurring due to the increase in greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities.1 These changes are likely to have profound implications in a range of human experiences worldwide.2 As a global open access health journal, JAMA Network Open is issuing a call for papers on the health outcomes and risks associated with climate change.
Our interest in this topic is broad and includes the direct health outcomes associated with climate change as well as the indirect outcomes mediated by climate change that affect other organisms, the food supply, and the degradation of the natural environment. Since the initiation of JAMA Network Open, the journal has published a variety of studies on health and the environment. We are interested in reports of original research on the associations of heat with the health of humans3 and their potential adaptations to global warming.4 Air pollution is a critically important topic because it is associated with increases in the risk of cardiovascular disease,5,6 impaired lung function,7 allergies and asthma, altered thyroid function,8 food insecurity and malnutrition, and forced migration. The increasing incidence of wildfires further lessens air quality and has immediate and long-term effects on humans and other organisms. We are also interested in studies on changes in the incidence of infectious diseases, including vector-borne and food-borne illnesses,9,10 occurring as a result of changes in a region’s temperature, biome, and capacity to combat these illnesses.
Climate change may also be associated with risks to mental health, including increased stress, anxiety, and depression. As extreme weather occurs with greater frequency, threats to health are associated with the traumas of natural disasters, which bring loss of life and the destruction of community infrastructure.11,12 These studies are thus critically important to fully understand the magnitude and breadth of the health consequences of environmental changes. Climate change may also impact a community’s ability to support and develop health-promoting resources, such as green space, which has been shown to be associated with improvements in mental health.13,14
JAMA Network Open is particularly interested in examining how climate change affects people most susceptible to environmental degradation: people at the extremes of age, those with chronic illness, those performing physical work in the heat, and those living with homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, and discrimination. Public health and medical care systems will have to adapt to these changes, and studies of innovative strategies to ameliorate these changes and protect individuals and populations are needed.
We are interested in articles that examine these topics with various study designs. These include experimental studies and observational studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and studies using computer modeling and simulation. Note that JAMA Network Open does not publish narrative review articles, case reports, or unsolicited opinion articles.
All favorable research manuscripts undergo peer review, including statistical review. All articles accepted for publication will be eligible to have accompanying Invited Commentaries published by experts in the field and will be published quickly. In addition, all articles will be featured in an online collection dedicated to the topic of environmental health on the JAMA Network Open and JAMA Network journals’ websites. All JAMA Network Open articles are indexed in MEDLINE and other databases and are included in Apple News. The journal has broad reach through press releases and coverage by major news media and social media. Please see the journal’s Instructions for Authors15 for additional information on manuscript preparation and submission. Manuscripts should be submitted by March 1, 2020.
Published: September 13, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.12502
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2019 Rivara FP et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, 325 Ninth Ave, PO Box 359960, Seattle, WA 98104 (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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Rivara FP, Fihn SD. Climate Change and Health: JAMA Network Open Call for Papers. JAMA Netw Open. Published online September 13, 20192(9):e1912502. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.12502
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