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Serious Monkey Business

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

How can we best help the victims of a nuclear detonation or a severe radiation accident? What medical measures and techniques can be brought to bear? Pick up the latest issue of Health Physics and find out! The March issue is the first of two issues of the journal presenting the latest research on medical countermeasures against radiological threats (MCART). It contains papers that examined acute radiation syndrome or the delayed effects of acute radiation exposure using nonhuman primates as an animal model. The work on mice and rats is coming in April. This round of papers builds on three similar efforts previously presented in Health Physics in this area. Readers involved in radiation biology, biomarkers, medical countermeasures, and predicting clinical outcomes of radiation exposures will be especially interested in these two issues.


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.