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Editor's Pick

In Case of (Another) Emergency . . .

Brant A. Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief

The January issue of Health Physics again explores topics related to emergency situations. Back in October 2018, we published a few articles in this area, but there is much more on this topic than one issue can hold. In the January issue, Dr. Stephen V. Musolino and colleagues consider an "Evaluation of Repurposing Archetypal Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detectors for the Consequence Management Mission," Masahiro Hosoda and colleagues conducted a "Comparative Study on Performance Using Five Different Gamma-Ray Spectrometers for Thyroid Monitoring Under Nuclear Emergency Situations," Tim Adams and Rocco Casagrande report on "Modeling the Optimum Prussian Blue Treatment for acute Radiation Syndrome Following 137Cs Ingestion," and finally, Eugene Carbaugh and colleagues describe "A Contingency Plan for Catastrophic Loss of Bioassay Services." There's a lot to love in the January issue for readers involved in emergency response.


A Note to Health Physics Authors and Peer Reviewers

Brant A. Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief

Beginning with the January 2019 issue of Health Physics, we are updating our Instructions for Authors (IFAs). The most significant change is the formatting of submitted manuscripts so author information is separated from the main article. We are doing this to guard against conflict of interest as we move to double-blind peer review (authors don't know the identity of reviewers and reviewers don't know the identity of authors). This measure is intended to allow authors to suggest qualified peer-reviewers, hopefully accelerating the peer-review process. We have also made a number of other changes intended to give authors more freedom and make the publishing process a little less challenging. So if you are a returning author, don't just assume everything is the same as it has always been! We encourage all prospective authors to review the updated IFAs carefully before submitting new manuscripts. Watch for these changes on the Health Physics website in January.