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Editor's Choice: Optimizing sobriety checkpoints to maximize public health benefits and minimize operational costs

Sobriety checkpoints are a highly effective strategy to reduce alcohol-impaired driving, but they are used infrequently in the USA. 

In this article, the authors conduct a pilot study to test whether police can feasibly implement optimized sobriety checkpoints and whether researchers can examine optimized sobriety checkpoints compared to usual practice within a non-randomized controlled trial study design. 

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Call for papers: Advances in First Nations Injury

First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for their ancestral lands since time immemorial. Ongoing colonisation continues to impact on First Nations communities globally, through significant health inequities, where injury is a leading cause of morbidity and premature mortality. Injuries are preventable, targeted co-designed research with First Nations communities is needed to understand and appreciate overall injury burden, but also for community owned and driven prevention and support programs.

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Aims and scope

Injury Epidemiology is dedicated to advancing the scientific foundation for injury prevention and control through timely publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed research. Injury Epidemiology aims to be the premier venue for communicating epidemiologic studies of unintentional and intentional injuries, including, but not limited to, morbidity and mortality from motor vehicle crashes, drug overdose/poisoning, falls, drowning, fires/burns, iatrogenic injury, suicide, homicide, assaults, and abuse.

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Proceedings from the 24th Annual Injury Free Coalition for Kids® Conference: Forging New Frontiers: Motor Vehicle Safety for All Ages

A supplement featuring articles from the premier injury prevention meeting to foster collaborative research, develop best practices and address challenges in the field of pediatric injury prevention.

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Guohua Li, Columbia University, USA

Managing Editor

Barbara Lang, Columbia University, USA

Editors' profiles

Jess Kraus Award

Dr Jess KrausThe Jess Kraus Award is given each year to the author(s) of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology, selected by the Editorial Board according to novelty, simplicity, clarity, and potential impact on population health. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and is invited to present a special seminar at Columbia University.

2022 recipient
Accuracy of behavioral health variables in Oregon national violent death reporting system data: a linked cohort study by Carlson et al.

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Institutional affiliation

Columbia University Irving Medical CenterInjury Epidemiology is published through a partnership between Columbia University Irving Medical Center and BMC.

The Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention's mission is to improve population health by reducing the morbidity and mortality from unintentional and intentional injuries through knowledge creation, dissemination and translation of scientific discoveries, development of innovative and multilevel training and education programs, and promotion of best practices and evidence-based interventions.

Editor spotlight: April Zeoli

New Content ItemDr. April Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main fields of investigation are the prevention of firearm violence, intimate partner violence, and homicide through the use of policy and law. She is one of the nation’s leading experts on policy interventions for firearm use in intimate partner violence and on extreme risk protection orders (also known as red flag laws). Broadly, Dr. Zeoli studies the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. Her research focuses on legal firearm restrictions for domestic violence abusers and their impact on intimate partner homicide, the implementation of those firearm restrictions, and the criminal histories of intimate partner homicide offenders with a focus on missed intervention opportunities. Dr. Zeoli serves as the research expert for the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center and has served as an expert commentator on intimate partner homicide, guns, domestic violence-related mass shootings, and extreme risk protection orders for news organizations such as NPR, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.2 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.063 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.893 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    14 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    103 days submission to accept (Median)

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