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About Journal

The Ghana Weekly Epidemiological Report (GWER) is an official publication of the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health. It seeks to promote the work of Ghana Health Service and the Veterinary Services. It publishes reports of public health interest and importance to the GHS and VHS constituents thereby informing its readership of the developments in the health sector in Ghana. It publishes scholarly work from the Districts, Research Institutions as well as fieldwork by Residents, Medical and Nursing students. It serves as a avenue for fledging authors to publish  their work and increase their ability to create publishable reports. GWER is a  forum for the discussion of matters relevant to the field of Public Health. It is the  voice of the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health service, which promotes the  dissemination of scientific material and Public Health capacity building 

The Ghana Weekly Epidemiological Report builds on the work of the Ghana  Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin (GWEB), which was established in 1998 to  provide data on Notifiable Diseases and help shape policy. GWEB has targeted  Health personnel, Academia and Partners. It has improved reporting of  Notifiable Diseases and has contributed to the strengthening of the surveillance  system through establishment of the position of surveillance officers at District  and Regional levels 

How is GWER distinct from other medical journals?* 

  • Content represents official voice of GHS/MOH 
  • All published reports are consistent with MOH/GHS policy 
  • To promote work of District Health Management Teams and those of trainee residents, medical and nursing students  
  • No advertising promotional materials
  • No individual opinions; all comments reflect MOH/GHS policy

Types of articles 

  • Full Reports
  • Outbreak Reports 
  • Notes from the Field
  • Policy Notes 
  • Young Researchers contributions
  • Announcements 

Requirements for GWER Weekly Notes from the Field*

  • Abbreviated reports intended to advise readers of ongoing or recent  events of concern to the public health community 
  • May contain early information, preliminary results, and other similarly  incomplete information 
  • Word limit: <500
  • Reference limit:  “should be kept to an absolute minimum”
  • Tables, Figures and Boxes: <1

Important Questions to be Answered When Considering Reports*

  • What is already known about this topic? 
  • What is added by this report? 
  • What are the implications for public health practice?

Requirements for GWER Weekly Full Report/Outbreak Report* 

  • Publication criteria: appropriateness, originality, timeliness, clarity
  • Word limit: <2500  
  • Reference limit: <10 
  • Tables, Figures and Boxes: <3
  • Summary boxes 
  • Clearance 
  • Corresponding author – needs to be available during production week

Structure of GWER Lead Paragraph**

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Selection and Description of Participants (if applicable)
  • Technical Information
  • Statistics
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References
  • Single Overriding Communication Objective (SOCO) – what public health actions should follow? 

Authors are advised to follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals as published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)  

http://www.icmje.org/icmje‐recommendations.pdf   

* MMWR at CDC: 1961–2017 
** International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)