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A Special Feature in Health Security

Brought to you by the Johns Hopkins Centers for Health Security as a contributor to the World Health Organization’s joint call for papers on infodemiology.

A special feature in Health Security will be devoted to analysis of health emergency-related infodemics, communication policy needs, and public health practices to overcome misinformation and disinformation during health events. The term “infodemic” is used to denote a rapid, large-scale spread of health information and misinformation through a variety of media and informational channels. The COVID-19 infodemic has been particularly difficult to manage. This overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—makes it difficult for people to easily separate false from true information. Infodemics and the spread of health misinformation are a global and multifaceted phenomena, calling for specific theoretical frameworks and applied tools for measurement and analysis, as well as the coordination of public health institutions, policymakers, information professionals, researchers, journalists, information technology experts, digital platforms, and civil society, to contain its negative effects by means of evidence-based joint efforts and policies. The journal seeks papers that address the wide range of policy, practice, and research issues relevant to infodemiology and the management of infodemics during large-scale health events.

This call for papers on infodemiology is part of a coordinated effort organized by the WHO EPI-WIN Infodemic Management team.

Paper topics might include:

  • Communication Environments During Public Health Emergencies: Exploration of the communication environment during COVID-19 or other public health emergencies
  • Social Media: Investigation of the role of social media and/or other emerging or recently emerged communication platforms in exacerbating the infodemic
  • Public Information Processing: Examination of the potential effects of interventions on public understanding during infectious disease events or public health disasters
  • Misinformation and Disinformation: New insights on the spread and sources of misinformation and disinformation
  • Policy Recommendations: Consideration of official strategies or policy approaches to manage the infodemic
  • Practice Reports: Practice reports of response agencies’ communication efforts during COVID-19, other disease outbreaks, or public health disasters

Articles on other aspects of infodemiology as they relate to health events and emergencies are also welcome.

Please direct questions about the special issue to Tara Kirk Sell (, Divya Hosangadi (, or Marc Trotochaud (

Health Security, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is a bi‐monthly peer‐reviewed journal, now in its 18th year of publication. It serves as an international forum for debate and exploration of the key strategic, scientific, and operational issues posed by biological weapons, pandemics and emerging infectious diseases, natural disasters, and other threats to global health. The journal provides multidisciplinary analyses and perspectives essential to the creation of strategies and programs that can diminish the consequences of health emergencies, epidemics, and disasters.

The journal’s international audience includes those professional communities that have strategic, scientific, or operational responsibilities critical to improving health security, including medicine, public health, law, national security, bioscientific research, agriculture, food safety, and drug and vaccine development.

Health Security is indexed in MEDLINE; PubMed; PubMed Central; Current Contents®/Social & Behavioral Sciences; Social Sciences Citation Index®; Social SciSearch®; Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition; EMBASE/Excerpta Medica; EMBiology; Scopus; ProQuest; CAB Abstracts; and Global Health.

Information for authors: The special Journal section devoted to infodemiology will be published in the January/February 2021 issue of Health Security. Scholarly and review articles, descriptions of practice, and opinion and commentary pieces are welcome. Manuscripts can be up to 4,000 words exclusive of the abstract, tables, figures, and references. Please consult the journal website for specific submission instructions (

Deadline for article submissions: Papers must be submitted by October 31, 2020, to



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