Journal clubs at IMM

During the year, IMM arranges student-led seminars where students and researchers presents the latest research on environmental medicine. For PhD students it is fundamental to improve their reading skills and gain practice in critiquing and appraising research. One common method used for enhancing skills in interpreting research data is participating in journal clubs. Journal clubs can also be used to expand your academic network by connecting you with other researchers and students.

This website will be regularly updated with information about the upcoming journal club seminars held at IMM. Below is a list of journal clubs held at IMM as well as contact details to the journal club leads. Journal club leads register the attendance of the seminars however it is strongly recommended that each PhD student keeps track of their own attendance at seminars and journal clubs.

Each journal club may be set up differently so be sure to contact the journal club lead for more information about their specific journal club. However, the main purpose of journal clubs is to critically appraise scientific literature and to contribute to the collective knowledge-transfer.


IMM Journal Club (previously known as the EFH Journal club)

The IMM journal club focuses on basic themes that are relatable to most scientific fields from a more detailed perspective. The aim is for all IMM PhD students, which are working within different fields, to meet and discuss scientific findings while gaining valuable knowledge regarding core concepts. Questions that the JC participants usually address are the relevance of the article, which human and environmental health effects does the chemical exposure entail, and the study’s methodology appropriateness, as well as the strengths and limitations of the article. 


OBS! This journal club is currently not active. If you are keen on taking over the responsibility for this JC please contact Tessa or Emilie using the information provided below. 

Tessa Schillemans

Journal club lead
C6 Institute of Environmental Medicine

Emilie Helte

Journal club lead
C6 Institute of Environmental Medicine

BAMSE/EECA Journal Club

The BAMSE/EECA journal club is hosted by the Unit of Environmental Epidemiology and discusses various topics within the environmental epidemiology field, such as air pollution, noise and greenness exposure, tobacco use and dietary factors, and their associations with cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory and allergy outcomes. The JC meets once per month and the responsibility to host the session is rotated: one person at the time is in charge for selecting an article and lead the discussion, following a pre-shared checklist. Connected to the journal club is also a book club; meeting approximately one week after the journal club and discussing the journal club article in relation to epidemiological concepts presented in the book “Interpreting epidemiologic evidence: connecting research to applications” by Savitz & Wellenius.


Next journal club session: January 19, at 1 pm. zoom link: tbc

Documents for the next journal club seminar

Åsa Persson

Journal club lead
C6 Institute of Environmental Medicine

Unit of Occupational Medicine Journal Club

A 1-hour monthly journal club held by the unit of occupational medicine. In each occasion, the group discusses an article (original research or broad topic) chosen by one PhD student with a focus on epidemiology, methodology and/or occupational health. Previous topics discussed were meta-analyses, trajectory analysis in musculoskeletal disease, register data, sickness absence, and confounder selection. All are welcome and participation will count towards credits needed for the completion of the PhD.


Journal club session schedule: 

23rd February at 14:00 - Emma Cedstrand 
23rd March at 14:00 - Speaker tbc
27th April at 14:00 - Speaker tbc
25th May at 14:00 - Speaker tbc

The papers that will be discussed in each seminar will be attached below once the schedule is set. Links for digital meetings or the location for physical meetings will also be provided. 

Claudia Lissåker

Journal club lead
C6 Institute of Environmental Medicine

ReproducibiliTea Journal Club (external journal club hosted by the Department of Clinical Neuroscience)

ReproducibiliTea is a journal club initiative with the goal to discuss ideas about improving science, reproducibility and the Open Science movement. The journal club started in 2018 at the University of Oxford and has now spread to 140 institutions in 27 different countries. For more information visit: If you like to participate in the journal club please email and you will be invited to the Slack channel.

The themes of each seminar is highlighted in italics and the papers to be discussed are attached below. 


Week 1: 10 February            Reproducibility project: Cancer biology          
Errington, T. M., Mathur, M., Soderberg, C. K., Denis, A., Perfito, N., Iorns, E., & Nosek, B. A. (2021). Investigating the replicability of preclinical cancer biology. Elife, 10, e71601.

Week 2: 24 February            Analytic flexibility and the garden of forking paths                   
Gelman, A., & Loken, E. (2013). The garden of forking paths: Why multiple comparisons can be a problem, even when there is no “fishing expedition” or “p-hacking” and the research hypothesis was posited ahead of time. Department of Statistics, Columbia University, 348.

Week 3: 10 March                Self-correcting mechanisms in science          
Vazire, S., & Holcombe, A. O. (2020). Where are the self-correcting mechanisms In science? Review of General Psychology, 0 (0).

Week 4: 24 March                Questionable research practices                      
John, L. K., Loewenstein, G., & Prelec, D. (2012). Measuring the prevalence of questionable research practices with incentives for truth telling. Psychological science, 23(5), 524-532.

Week 5: 7 April                    Scientific critique and “Good tone”.            
Derksen, M., & Field, S. M. (2021). The tone debate: knowledge, self, and social order. Review of General Psycholog,y 00 (0), 1-12

Week 6: 21 April                  How analytic flexibility can affect false-positive rates               
Simmons, J. P., Nelson, L. D., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-positive psychology: Undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis allows presenting anything as significant. Psychological science, 22(11), 1359-1366.

Week 7: 5 May                     How removal of a few data points alter results    
Grimes, D. R., & Heathers, J. (2021). The new normal? Redaction bias in biomedical science. Royal Society open science, 8(12), 211308.

Week 8: 19 May                   Moving forward: Dissemination of Open science tools               
Buttliere, B. T. (2014). Using science and psychology to improve the dissemination and evaluation of scientific work. Frontiers in computational neuroscience, 8, 82.

Documents for the journal club seminars

Lunch seminars

Information about student-led lunch seminars will be published here in due time. 

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