Call for Papers: Special Issue on COVID-19

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in China in December, 2019 and then rapidly spread to the other countries in Pacific Asia, and then Europe and America.  Over a million people had been infected worldwide and close to a hundred thousand people had died as of early April.  Researchers in medicine, public health, computing, informatics, data science, and many other disciplines are diligently using their expertise to collaborate and contribute to combat COVID-19.  Data sources are made publicly available to support scientific research.  For example, National Library of Medicine develops a curated literature hub, LitCovid, for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19.  The Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence and other research groups offer the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19).  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a set of selected databases including DisasterLit and ClinicalTrials.  The government funding agencies are offering new opportunities to stimulate the research in COVID-19 to address the global challenge.  The IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics 2020 (ICHI 2020) is organizing a special session on COVID-19.  We invite researchers to submit their latest research work and share their experience with other fellow researchers.  The topics in this special includes but not limited to the following:

  • predictive modeling healthcare data analytics data and information visualization visual analytics
  • big data analytics
  • epidemiological modeling
  • epidemic prevention and control
  • outbreak emergency management and resource allocation
  • risk forecasting, assessment, and management
  • risk communication social media analysis
  • decision support in healthcare and risk analysis
  • IoT sensor technology
  • health-related information use and needs
  • community impact and implication studies
  • innovative user-centered design public health and environmental policy surveillance systems

There is no submission deadline. Papers can be submitted at any time.

Please follow the submission guidelines ( to make the submission to the Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research.   All papers submitted to the special issue will go through a fast track peer review and appear immediately in the Online First Articles section.  Papers accepted before November will have an option but not required to present the work in the IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics 2020 (, which will be held in Oldenberg, Germany on November 30 to December 4, 2020, in addition to publishing the paper in the Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research.

Special Issue Editors:

David Buckeridge, McGill University

Julio Facelli, University of Utah

Christopher Yang, Drexel University