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.

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

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

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

JClub Fall 2021 Schedule

“Oh, right, wait, what was that again?” series

From September 2021 to February 2022, we will read and discuss a collection of articles suggested by BEMC participants and selected by the BEMC team to hone in on specific epidemiological method topics that are often overlooked, misunderstood, controversial, or just simply cannot be revisited enough!

We will meet every third Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM Berlin time via Zoom. Participants from other locations and time zones are welcome to sign up! BEMC JClub meetings are typically 90 minutes long. Please note that space is limited, and we may need to put you on a waiting list, depending on interest. Charité Health Data Sciences PhD Program students will be prioritized. If you have any questions, please contact

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.

Meeting DateReading Assignment
Sep 15, 2021Cole SR, Hernán MA. Constructing inverse probability weights for marginal structural models. Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Sep 15;168(6):656–64.
Oct 20, 2021Whitcomb BW, Naimi AI. Defining, Quantifying, and Interpreting “Noncollapsibility” in Epidemiologic Studies of Measures of “Effect.” Am J Epidemiol. 2021 May 4;190(5):697–700.
Nov 17, 2021Rojas-Saunero LP, Hilal S, Murray EJ, Logan RW, Ikram MA, Swanson SA. Hypothetical blood-pressure-lowering interventions and risk of stroke and dementia. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021 Jan;36(1):69–79.
Dec 15, 2021Vable AM, Diehl SF, Glymour MM. Code Review as a Simple Trick to Enhance Reproducibility, Accelerate Learning, and Improve the Quality of Your Team’s Research. Am J Epidemiol [Internet]. 2021 Apr 8; Available from:
Jan 19, 2022Corraini P, Olsen M, Pedersen L, Dekkers OM, Vandenbroucke JP. Effect modification, interaction and mediation: an overview of theoretical insights for clinical investigators. Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Jun 8;9:331–8.
Feb 16, 2022Krieger N, Davey Smith G. The tale wagged by the DAG: broadening the scope of causal inference and explanation for epidemiology. Int J Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 1;45(6):1787–808.

For a list of articles we’ve read in past years, check out our Archive.