A new open-access journal dedicated to observational studies. Normally I am dubious of new journals, until I looked at the ed board: Imbens, Imai, Cook, and bunch of other rock stars. Looks to be a good journal:
There are several journals that deal with observational studies in specific fields, but this is the first journal that is devoted to observational studies across the wide range of fields that make use of them such as criminology, economics, education, epidemiology, medicine, political science, psychology, public health, public policy, and sociology. Topics covered by the journal include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Study protocols for observational studies. Before examining the outcomes that will form the
basis for an observational study’s conclusions, a study protocol should describe the design,
exclusion criteria, primary and secondary outcomes, and proposed analyses. Following a publicly
available study protocol makes a study more convincing and transparent. A public plan is subject
to public scrutiny before the study begins, perhaps leading to a better study.
In addition to publishing study protocols, the journal will publish comments on the study
protocols and allow the authors of the study protocol to respond to the comments.
• Methodologies for observational studies. This includes statistical methods for all aspects of
observational studies and methods for the conduct of observational studies such as methods for
collecting data. In addition to novel methodological articles, the journal welcomes review
articles on methodology relevant to observational studies as well as illustrations/explanations of
methodologies that may have been developed in a more technical article in another journal.
• Software for observational studies. The journal welcomes articles describing software relevant to
• Descriptions of observational study data sets. The journal welcomes descriptions of
observational study data sets and how to access them. The goal of the descriptions of
observational study data sets is to enable readers to form collaborations, to learn from each other
and to maximize use of existing resources. The journal also encourages submission of examples
of how a publicly available observational study database can be used.
• Analyses of observational studies. The journal will publish analyses of observational studies.
The journal encourages submissions of analyses that illustrate use of sound methodology and
conduct of observational studies