ISSN 1020-4989 printed version
ISSN 1680 5348 on-line version



General information

A peer-reviewed monthly journal, the Pan American Journal of Public Health / Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública is published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and serves as an important vehicle for disseminating research findings from the countries of the Region in areas that relate to the Organization's purposes: to promote action and coordinate efforts directed toward health promotion in the countries of the Americas; to combat disease; to prolong life; and to stimulate people's physical, mental, and social development.

The journal publishes information of interest in the field of public health, especially as it relates to PAHO's technical cooperation programs, as well as news about the principles, actions, and achievements of the Organization and its Member Governments in improving health conditions and strengthening the health sector throughout the hemisphere.

Beginning in 1997, the journal continues the Boletín de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana and the Bulletin of the Pan American Health Organization, and publishes original, peer-reviewed research articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese with each article in Spanish and Portuguese containing an English abstract.

The monthly pressrun for the journal is around 12,000 copies. It is distributed to public health professionals, technical personnel, researchers, and students involved in all aspects of the field in the Americas and elsewhere in the world. It is also available in major biomedical libraries.

The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Panam. Salud Públ. / Pan Am. J. Public Health, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, bibliographical references and strips.


About PAHO

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 90 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.

The Organization's basic task is to collaborate with Ministries of Health, social security agencies, other government institutions, nongovernmental organizations, universities, community groups, and many others to strengthen national and local health systems and to improve the health of the peoples of the Americas. In its efforts to improve health, PAHO targets the most vulnerable groups including mothers and children, workers, the poor, the elderly, and refugees and displaced persons.


Indexing sources

The journal is listed in:
  • Index Medicus (MEDLINE)

  • Excerpta Medica (EMBASE)


  • Biological Abstracts

  • and many others.



The Pan American Health Organization holds the copyright to material published in the RPSP / PAJPH. Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere, in part or in whole, and that they will not be published in the future without the express authorization of PAHO. Articles are considered simultaneously for publication in English and Spanish or Portuguese.

Publications of the Pan American Health Organization  enjoy copyright protection unless otherwise stated. All rights are reserved.

PAHO welcomes written requests for permission to reproduce or translate its publications, in part or in full. Applications and inquiries should be addressed to the Publications Program, which will be glad to provide the latest
information on any changes made to the text, plans for new editions, and reprints and translations already available.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, authorization to photocopy items for internal or personal use, or the internal and personal use of specific clients and for educational classroom use, should be requested in writing from the Publications Program. In the United States, Canada, and elsewhere in the world the same authorization is granted, provided that the appropriate fee is paid directly to Copyright Clearance Center. Prior to photocopying items, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center, Customer Service, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers MA 01923, USA; Telephone: (508) 750-8400.


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