Discussion paper

Scand J Work Environ Health 2024;50(1):3-10    pdf full text

https://doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.4135 | Published online: 06 Dec 2023, Issue date: 01 Jan 2024

Fifty years of research in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health

by Burdorf A, Rugulies R

Objective The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health was launched 50 years ago. In this paper we describe how research topics have changed over time.

Methods A complete list of all 2899 articles in the past 50 years was compiled. Each article was coded for type of exposure, type of health outcome, research design, first author, and country of correspondence address. Count of citations was based on the Scopus database.

Results Overall, the attention for chemical exposure in the first 30 years has shifted towards the psychosocial work environment, shift work, and physical work load. These shifts in exposure are mirrored by increased attention over time for mental disorders and musculoskeletal disorders. Cardiovascular disorders and cancer have been studied consistently over the past 50 years. Researchers from Scandinavian countries have been responsible for about 50% of the Journal’s content, while authorship has broadened to about 30 countries in recent years.

Conclusion During the past 50 years, some research topics have consistently remained highly visible in the Journal, whereas other topics have gained or lost interest. In terms of authors’ contribution, the Journal has its roots in research from the Nordic countries, but has evolved over time as a truly international periodical with a well-recognized position in research on occupational health.

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