Professor John Lowe and Dr Leanne Coombe
The official journal of the PHAA, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (ANZJPH), is a renowned international peer-reviewed, and officially a Quartile 1, journal concerned with public health matters. It publishes research relevant to public health researchers, practitioners, and policy makers alike. As a multidisciplinary journal, it aims to publish methodologically-sound quantitative and qualitative research, from any of the sub-disciplines of public health.
The research reported ranges from detailed studies into the epidemiological correlates and causes of diseases; social, cultural, economic, and environmental determinants of health; public policy impacting health and disease; and the systems and structures within which health and illness exist. Published six times a year, the ANZJPH offers a variety of formats including original research reports, brief reports, commentary pieces, editorials, and letters to the editor.
The 2022 Journal Citation Reports were recently released, and we are thrilled that the journal’s Impact Factor has increased to 3.755 for 2021, up from 2.939 for 2020. This result places the journal in the following rankings: 92/210 (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health) and 64/182 (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (Social Science). For 2020, the rankings were: 91/204 (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health) and 58/177 (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (Social Science).
Between 2012 and 2016, the number of article downloads climbed slowly but steadily from around 200,000 to approximately 400,000. In 2017, the journal became Open Access, and also began publishing papers on Early View prior to being formally assigned to an issue. The shift to Open Access has seen the number of full-text downloads increase significantly, reaching approximately 1,100,000 in 2021.
Of the downloads in 2021, around 45 percent occurred in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The next largest groups were the USA at 13 percent, followed closely by China-mainland at 10 percent. The average number of downloads per article published in the ANZJPH during this period was 1,069, compared to an average of 503 for articles published in other Wiley journals in the same subject areas.
Also of note, five of the Top 10 Downloads from 2021 on the Wiley Online Library featured research directly related to either Māori or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. These are in addition to the articles currently featured in the 2022 Wiley NAIDOC Collection.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our contributors, reviewers, editorial team, and publishers for the ongoing success of our journal.
Professor John Lowe (Editor-in-Chief)
School of Health and Sport Sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Adjunct Assoc. Professor Priscilla Robinson
School of Public Health,
La Trobe University, Victoria
Dr Melissa Stoneham
Public Health Advocacy Institute WA,
Curtin University, Western Australia
Dr Summer Finlay
Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of South Australia, South Australia
Dr Alexandra Metse
College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education,
Murdoch University, Western Australia
Dr Danielle Couch
Monash Rural Health,
Monash University, Victoria
Dr Leanne Coombe
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Queensland
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health