About us

Eurosurveillance is a European peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases, with a focus on such topics that are of relevance to Europe. It is a weekly online journal, with 50 issues per year published on Thursdays, and features short rapid communications, longer in-depth research articles, surveillance and outbreak reports, reviews and perspective papers, as well as short news items. Timely publication of short authoritative papers on ongoing outbreaks or other relevant public health events is one of the major assets of the journal. Under special circumstances when current events need to be urgently communicated to readers for rapid public health action, e-alerts can be released outside of the regular publishing schedule. Topical compilations of selected articles and special issues are also published in print with a limited number of copies. 

Open access

The entire content is open access, free of charge for both readers and authors. All articles are indexed in the PubMed/MEDLINE, PubMed Central (PMC), Scopus, EMBASE, EBSCO and Science Central databases. Eurosurveillance is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as green open access. Furthermore, it is listed the Sherpa/Romeo database as a journal that allows pre- and post-print archiving. It thus complies with the open access standards required by international and national funders such as the European Commission (FP7 and Horizon 2020), the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Wellcome Trust.


The journal has been selected for coverage by Thomson Reuters and is indexed and abstracted in the Science Citation Index Expanded and in the Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition beginning with volume 14(1) 2009. The most recent impact factor, for the year 2019, is 6.4 (InCites Journal Citation Reports, Claviate analytics, 2020). This places Eurosurveillance at rank 6 among the 93 journals in the category Infectious Diseases. The Scopus-based SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) in 2019 ranks Eurosurveillance 67 of 2,754 journals in the category Medicine (miscellaneous). The journal is also in the first quarter (Q1) in the categories Epidemiology, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health and Virology. Google Scholar metrics in 2019 listed Eurosurveillance at ranks 4 and 9 among journals in the categories Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, respectively. 

In 2019, 65 peer-reviewed rapid communications and 155 peer-reviewed regular articles were published in Eurosurveillance, by authors from more than 30 countries worldwide, as well as 21 editorials, letters and meeting reports. The acceptance rate was 25%. All articles since 1995 are available on the Eurosurveillance website.


Eurosurveillance was founded in 1995 when a first pilot issue was published. The journal was jointly funded until March 2007 by the European Commission, the Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS, now Santé publique France) in Paris, France and the Health Protection Agency (HPA, now Public Health England) in London, United Kingdom. Eurosurveillance is a registered trademark of the European Union (EU). 

Since March 2007, Eurosurveillance has been published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. ECDC funds this journal with its own resources; Eurosurveillance does not have any other sources of funding. 

The publisher grants editorial independence to the editorial team. The views expressed in the journal are those of the authors and may not necessarily comply with ECDC policy. As a non-profit publication, the journal has no financial conflicts of interest.

HON certification

In January 2010, Eurosurveillance was accredited by the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation as adhering to the HON code of conduct (HONcode). HON is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with the purpose of supporting users to identify sound, reliable and trustworthy health information on the Internet since 1995. 

COPE Membership

Eurosurveillance is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Membership indicates that the journal intends to follow the highest standards of publication ethics and to apply COPE principles of publication ethics outlined in COPE's Core Practices

Editorial team

Dr Ines Steffens MD, MPH and DTM&PH
Declaration of Interest

Senior editor
Kathrin Hagmaier, PhD
Declaration of Interest

Scientific editor
Karen Wilson, PhD
Declaration of Interest

Assistant editors
Alina Buzdugan, BA
Tracy Stefanucci, BA, BEd, MPub (interim support)

Dragos Platon

Technical support
ECDC ICT services

Contact the editorial team at:
[email protected]

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