About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Focusing on Health Systems in Transition and Global Health

The South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH) is an open-access international peer-reviewed journal involving all health sciences and public health areas. Devoted to global health SEEJPH welcomes submissions of scientists, researchers, and practitioners from all over the world, but particularly pertinent to southern and eastern countries in transition.

The editors are especially interested in quantitative and qualitative research examining upstream determinants of population health and health services delivery. This very often implies inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral orientation involving multiple professions and people.

SEEJPH accepts - pending on fast external review within four weeks of submission - original research articles, reviews of relevant literature, short reports, case studies, commentaries, and letters to the editor. Submissions can be online or by email and are checked for plagiarism. Accepted papers are published without delay in the current issue, accumulating the most recent contributions successively.

Journal History

The South Eastern European Journal of Public Health is a significant achievement of the Forum for Public Health in South Eastern Europe (see the closed website: http://www.snz.unizg.hr/ph-see/index.htm), a project funded by the European Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe 2001-2011. The Forum also published over 3000 pages of teaching books for Public Health/Health Sciences, incl. a selected 2nd edition 2014), and organized annual summer schools in all succession states of the former Yugoslavia. Up to the 31st of December 2022, SEEJPH was published by Jacobs Publishing House, and since then, by Uphills Publishers LLC, United States.


Selected from the comments on the 1st volume

Alexandre Berlin, Advisor SEE Health Network: Many thanks - a most valuable edition, badly needed - congratulations.

Maria Ruseva, Executive Committee of the SEE Health Network: Invite Public Health professionals and researchers to follow it and eventually publish articles on their research.

Muhammad Wasif Alam, Dubai Health Authority-Head Quarter: Great job!!! We have been thinking of having a similar journal for the Arab world.

Leon Epstein, Dean emeritus, Brown School, Jerusalem: This is a terrific achievement.

Yehia Abed, Al-Quds School of Public Health, Gaza, Palestine: Congratulation. We hope all success for you. I will circulate it to our group.

Stoyanka Popova, Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Varna, Bulgaria: It sounds great! We are ready to contribute.

Jose M. Martin-Moreno, Advisor, WHO Europe: The first online edition is an excellent example of how varied professional expertise and personal enthusiasm can come together to make a valuable contribution to a new publication championing public health.

Peer Review Process

Authors have to declare the following where applicable:

    • Authorship: Appropriate credit is to be given for the respective contributions in the manuscript.
    • Originality: Authors have to guarantee the originality of their paper and the exclusiveness of their submission to SEEJPH as well as the complete citation of other literature and data sources.
    • Conflicts of interest: Authors must declare any conflict of interest and/or financial support.
    • Research ethics: Experimental studies involving humans require approval by the responsible committee and must guarantee anonymity and voluntary consent of participants. Animals have to be treated with decency.

All manuscripts (original research articles, reviews, and short reports) are evaluated by two external reviewers, who are asked to rate the manuscripts' importance and relevance, originality, and added scientific value. The Editors make every effort to get the reviews done within four weeks after submission. SEEJPH employs a single-blind reviewing policy which implies that the names of the reviewers are not disclosed to the authors. The COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers are available at: https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines/editing-peer-reviews or at: https://publicationethics.org/files/editing-peer-reviews-cope-guideline.pdf.  DOI https://doi.org/10.24318/AoZQIusn

Publication Frequency

For the time being, this new journal is publishing 2 Volumes per year at the end of the first and third quarters in addition to special volumes on selected topics.

Accepted contributions are published immediately in the Current Issue.

Open Access Policy

From January 2023, The article processing charges of the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health for the articles to be open access are detailed below:

Original Research Articles                                 800 USD

Reviews of Relevant Literature                          650 USD

Case Studies                                                      500 USD

Short Reports                                                    500 USD

Commentaries,                                                  Free of charge

Letters to the editor,                                          Free of charge

Authors pay one-time article processing charges to cover the cost of peer review administration, management, and professional production of articles in PDF and other formats. The Fee also includes EOA (early online access) and typesetting of tables, figures, and/or appendices and is payable only after acceptance of the article. 

Benefits of Publishing Open Access

Larger audience, complimentary view, downloading and printing, Increased number of citations. Articles are published rapidly, and special discounts as announced.

Publication Ethics

SEEJPH has adopted the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf), issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and acts following the international standards on publication ethics and publication malpractice (http://publicationethics.org/). For details, see also: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines.

SEEJPH conforms to the "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals," as specified by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org).  

SEEJPH adheres to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association (http://www.wma.net/en/20activities/10ethics/10helsinki/). If human participants are involved, a statement of approval by an institutional review board (IRB) and the participants' informed consent should be provided. A short explanation is required if IRB approval was not obtained or sought. In this context, SEEJPH follows the Guiding Principles for Ethical Research of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (available at https://www.nih.gov/health-information/nih-clinical-research-trials-you/guiding-principles-ethical-research). These are:

    • Social and clinical value
    • Scientific validity
    • Fair subject selection
    • Favorable risk-benefit ratio
    • Independent review
    • Informed consent
    • Respect for potential and enrolled subjects

Commercial advertising is not permitted in SEEJPH.