The journal Global Biosecurity is a peer-reviewed, open access electronic journal for cross-disciplinary research in all aspects of human or animal epidemics, pandemics, biosecurity, bioterrorism and CBRN, including prevention, governance, detection, mitigation and response. We publish work on risk analysis, outbreak investigation, epidemiology, modelling, bioinformatics, phylogenetics, surveillance, intelligence, strategic foresight, forecasting, ‘One Health’, policy, governance, law, law enforcement, defense, ethics and first responder preparedness. We have a focus on rapid reports of epidemics of concern.
We encourage submissions of original research which is high quality, applied and strategic in all areas listed above. Original research articles undergo blinded peer review and will be published within 6 months of submission if accepted. We also publish editorials, perspectives from the field, CBRN news and have two options for rapid publication. We are committed to providing rapid publication of global epidemics of concern, and encourage field epidemiologists, first responders, trainees in Field Epidemiology Training Programs, and public health officers to submit rapid reports or watching briefs to disseminate critical epidemic information rapidly. Rapid reports may be written as traditional analytical outbreak investigations, whereas watching briefs provide a descriptive overview and critical analysis of outbreaks, structured within a standard template, and will function as a resource for responders in the field. Our Watching Briefs are a new concept and aim to harness global minds, open to anyone who wishes to analyse an outbreak, whether or not they are directly responding, including field epidemiology trainees. We provide an option to request open source outbreak data. Rapid reports and watching briefs in most cases will be published within four weeks.
The journal is researcher-led, not-for-profit, published by UNSW Sydney, a leading global university, and hosted by Ubiquity Press, a researcher-led publishing company founded by researchers at University College London. The intended readership is any first responder, policy maker, researcher or stakeholder involved in preparedness or response for epidemics, pandemics, biosecurity, bioterrorism or CBRN. The expertise of our editorial team reflects the cross-disciplinary scope of the journal. The journal will publish a full issue quarterly, but rapid reports and watching briefs would be continual. The journal is open access, online only, with no fees for readers or authors, reflecting our policy of equity of access for readers and researchers alike.