NOTE: Until further notice, JClub will be held live via Zoom. These sessions will not be recorded. Use the registration link below to sign up!

The Details

The BEMC Journal Club (JClub) takes place every third Wednesday of the month at 4pm (Berlin time, GMT+01:00) as a Zoom meeting (with some exceptions due to holidays).

To prepare for BEMC JClub, we expect participants to read the journal article and submit 2-3 thoughtful questions per meeting using this BEMC JClub Contribution Form before 12 noon on the day of the meeting!

What do we read? The topics vary from meeting to meeting. Sometimes, we choose a paper that aligns with the topic of an upcoming BEMC Talk. Other times, we will select a recent methods-focused paper from a top epidemiology or statistical methods journal. We also take reading suggestions from our regular participants. We try to announce what we are reading at least one month in advance, so that we all have sufficient time to prepare.

What is the level? The BEMC JClub is not an introductory-level discussion group, and we select papers that beginners will likely find challenging.

Can I get credit for participating? Get all the details on our For Students’ page.

What is the language? All JClub meetings are held in English.

Where can I sign up? Use the registration link in the current JClub Schedule below.

JClub Winter 2022-2023 Schedule

In the winter semester 2022/23 (from October 2022 to February 2023), we will host a digital journal club to read and discuss a selection of methods-focused scientific articles.

We will meet every third Wednesday of the month (exceptions: no meeting in December, and in January, we meet during the fourth week) at 4:00 PM Berlin (Germany) time via Zoom. JClub meetings are typically 90 minutes long. Since the meeting format is online, participants from other locations and time zones are welcome to sign up!

The winter semester JClub is currently full. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact us at

Meeting dates and reading assignments are as follows:

Meeting DateReading Assignment
October 19, 2022
Session leaders: Tobias Kurth & Chisato Ito
Bellamy D, Hernán MA, Beam A. A structural characterization of shortcut features for prediction. Eur J Epidemiol 2022;37:563–8.
November 16, 2022
Session leaders: Jess Rohmann & Imke Mayer
Ankan A, Wortel IMN, Textor J. Testing Graphical Causal Models Using the R Package “dagitty.” Curr Protoc 2021;1:e45.
January 25, 2023
(note: 4th Wednesday)
Session leader: Toivo Glatz
Lu J, Meyer S. A zero-inflated endemic-epidemic model with an application to measles time series in Germany. arXiv [statME] 2022.
February 15, 2023
Session leader: Marco Piccininni
Inoue K, Ritz B, Arah OA. Causal Effect of Chronic Pain on Mortality Through Opioid Prescriptions: Application of the Front-Door Formula. Epidemiology 2022;33:572–80.

Note: There will be no BEMC JClub in December due to the holiday break.

Before 12 noon on the day of any meeting you plan to attend, don’t forget to submit 2-3 thoughtful questions/comments using this BEMC JClub Contribution Form.

For a list of articles we’ve read in past years, check out our archives available in the pulldown menu under “JCLUB.”