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EDITORIAL
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Changing Journal Title from Social Health and Behavior to Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior


1 Institute of Allied Health Sciences and Departments of Occupational Therapy and Public Health, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
2 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Science, Qazvin, Iran

Date of Submission04-Nov-2020
Date of Decision30-Nov-2020
Date of Acceptance04-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication9-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
Amir H Pakpour
Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Science, Qazvin
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/shb.shb_77_20

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Lin CY, Pakpour AH. Changing Journal Title from Social Health and Behavior to Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior. Asian J Soc Health Behav 2021;4:1

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Lin CY, Pakpour AH. Changing Journal Title from Social Health and Behavior to Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior. Asian J Soc Health Behav [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Feb 28];4:1. Available from: http://www.healthandbehavior.com/text.asp?2021/4/1/1/308817



The Social Health and Behavior has been launched for more than 2 years, with a total of 10 issues being published. We sincerely thank all the contributors and readers of the Social Health and Behavior. Due to your contribution and readership, the Social health and Behavior becomes stronger and better. Indeed, the submissions, the accesses, and citations to the Social Health and Behavior have been increased. At the time of writing this editorial, we have published 72 papers, with a total of 141,192 accesses and 204 citations. Therefore, the papers published in our journal on average have 2.33 citations per article. Moreover, we would like to especially emphasize that the citations in this year has over 100 times. Given that the COVID-19 outbreak happened in 2019 continues its impacts on different aspects of health,[1] many researchers have been noticed the importance of social health and behaviors during this tough period. With this regard, we have received many good papers on COVID-19,[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] and this may be one of the main reasons that make our citations increased.

Although the Social Health and Behavior has good performance as mentioned above, we would like to announce changing the Journal title to the Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior. The reasons for the change include the following. First, the primary readership comes from Asia, as this can be reflected by the submissions. Indeed, 67 of the 72 papers published in the Social Health and Behavior have their authorship involved author(s) from Asia. However, this does not indicate we do not welcome contributions other than Asia. We are still keen on international contributions to increase the chances of knowledge exchange and academic communication globally. However, changing the title to the Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior can help readers to better understand the primary readership in our journal is Asians. Second, the title of Social Health and Behavior is likely to be confused by other existing similar journal titles; for examples, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior published by Sage and the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment published by Taylor and Francis share a similar title to the Social Health and Behavior. Although the publishers are different among these journals, we are afraid that some readers and contributors may still get confused. As a result, we believe that changing the title to the Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior can better distinguish us from the other two existing journal titles.

Although the journal title is changed, the scope and the editorial team will remain the same in our journal. Therefore, we continue to welcome all the potential contributions to our journal and we hope that we can together make the new Asian Journal of Social Health and Behavior better and better.



 
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