[ RadSafe ] HEALTH PHTSICS E-JOURNAL
parthasarathy k s
ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Dec 4 19:53:31 CST 2005
Dear Dr Joseph Bevelacqua,
Best wishes for the proposal to start a journal. As a member of this newsgroup for some time, I felt that there is justification for starting the type of journal you propose .It may give continuity to some of the discusssions, though the advantages of appropriate peer reveiw may not be feasible.
I have a suggestion. There must be provision to publish historical accounts of the development of radiation safety related articles in various countries. While commenting on an article on Elezabeth Rona (a contemporary of Madame Curie)in the Health Physics, I proposed that stalwarts like Taylor, Spiers, Parker and others may be requested to write their accounts of the subject including the historical developments in the Health Physics Journal. I suggested it in a letter to the Health Physics during the early eighties. We had a few such accounts in the Health Physics.
Health physicists and radiation protection specialists need stories.They provide a powerful tool to engage the attention of indifferent participants of training programmes! Most of them attend such programmes because they have to attend as there is a mandatory need to get qualified! They are generally a heterogenous group; old and young
I attempted to collect details about the developments in India. I could not locate persons who could contribute to the venture. Indians are notoriously inefficient in keeping a record of the past!.
The success of the blog writer inspires me to make the current proposal.My occasional interactions with the elders in our profession gave me opportunity to understand the past. For instance, I came to know from Dr. Allan Brodsky, how Alice Stewart,the darling of the antinuclear movement started her epidemiological work related to Handford workers.
(Formerly, Secretary, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board)
Raja Ramanna Fellow
Department of Atomic Energy
GN 18, Vikram Sarabhai Bhavan
Mumbai 400094, India
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Bevelresou at aol.com wrote:
This note seeks to solicit opinions and comments regarding the establishment
of a new, electronic health physics journal. The e-journal concept is not
intended as an indication of issues with existing journals or publication
outlets. It is intended to foster publication of ideas from the widest possible
collection of health physicists throughout the world. It is hoped that the
e-journal would also document in a more formal manner the views of health
physicists regarding contemporary issues (e.g., BEIR-VII, LNT, hormesis, and the
new ICRP Recommendations). From recent RADSAFE discussion, it appears that
there is some disagreement with recent recommendations and guidance, and the
e-journal would serve to provide another source of feedback to the
organizations promulgating these recommendations. A straw-man e-journal concept
The e-Journal would foster the development and growth of the health physics
profession. Its goals would include (1) timely publication and dissemination
of health physics research and operational information, (2) the publication
of papers that might not be published in existing journals because of their
unique or controversial nature, (3) fostering interest, research, and debate on
emerging health physics areas, (4) disseminating information that will
enhance worker protection, (5) fostering the professional development of health
physicists, (6) respectfully challenging or supporting proposed regulations
and guidance, and (7) providing an electronic archive of articles for research
and historical purposes.
The e-Journal would also emphasize cutting-edge areas of the profession as
well as disseminating topics of interest and benefit to the health physics
community. Health physics contributions would be accepted in a wide variety of
areas including contemporary, operational, and regulatory topics. The
e-Journal would be peer reviewed, but the final publication decision would rest with
the author since it is the author that ultimately defends the work.
I would appreciate receiving comments and suggestions regarding the
aforementioned e-journal concept. If there is interest in participating in the
e-journal as a subject editor or contributor, I would also appreciate receiving
that information directly to my e-mail address
Dr. Joseph John Bevelacqua, President
343 Adair Drive
Richland, WA 99352
_bevelresou at aol.com_ (mailto:bevelresou at aol.com)
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