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|Year : 2011 | Volume
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Welcome to the 50 th issue of the Journal
Editor in Chief, Noise and Health, United Kingdom
Editor in Chief, Noise and Health
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Prasher D. Welcome to the 50 th issue of the Journal.Noise Health 2011;13:1-1
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Prasher D. Welcome to the 50 th issue of the Journal. Noise Health [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Jan 24 ];13:1-1
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This year we are embarking on six issues per year as the number of scientific papers submitted to Noise and Health continues to rise. We have also been fortunate in having a number of themed special issues edited by eminent specialists in the field of noise effects. We are publishing papers in a broad range of topics in this issue and in the next two issues we will be concentrating on the latest on Hearing Protection edited by Rick Davis and Cardiovascular Effects of Noise edited by Wolfgang Babisch.
The online version of the Journal attracts a large number of visitors who view the papers and a growing number that take a pdf. The most popular article has been viewed over 16,000 times whilst another has had 999 pdfs taken. Some issues have been viewed more than 30,000 times. The most cited article has been cited 39 times. This is a very impressive impact factor. The overall impact factor, which is projected at present, is 0.569 and the Journal stands at position 31 in a list of 92 in the rankings under Otorhinolaryngology journals in Scimago ratings. The Journal is now indexed by Thomson-Reuters in Science Citation Index and will provide a Journal Citation Report (JCR), which will give the impact factor for 2010 next year.
We would like to thank all the contributors whether as authors, reviewers or editors who have helped the Journal on its journey from its inception in 1998 and then to its current position with Medknow from 2007. We hope that you will continue to support the Journal. We are happy to receive your comments and suggestions to improve the Journal.
Noise pollution continues to play havoc in our lives but we continue in our efforts to understand the effects and minimize the impact in new ways.
Recent developments in our understanding of the mechanisms of hearing loss due to noise exposure have helped in the development of possible preventive and protective measures. We have learnt more about the non-auditory effects of noise exposure but need to understand how these effects are mediated and whether any mitigation is possible.
Combined effects of noise and solvents or noise and air pollution are areas that are only now being explored as to whether their combined effects present a greater health hazard.
Leisure noise is a growing problem with higher intensity listening levels and longer exposures in young people. The European Scientific Committee on Newly Identified and Emerging Health Risks (SCENIHR) recently issued guidance on personal music players (a topic that has been addressed in this issue), which is estimated to be used by 50-100 million people every day. Although EU regulations limit maximum levels to be 100 dB, it is estimated that 5-10% of people listening for long hours daily are likely to compromise their hearing permanently.
We hope that with your continued support we will be able to provide timely research articles on emerging issues relating to noise and its impact on human health. The bi-monthly publications will provide a faster time from submission to publication particularly on-line ahead of print.