Health Data Research UK’s Early Career Researcher Committee is delighted to announce that the winner of the Open Access Publication of the Month competition for March is “World Health Organization cardiovascular disease risk charts: revised models to estimate risk in 21 global regions”.

This publication from the World Health Organisation Cardiovascular Disease Risk Chart Working Group presents heart disease risk charts to identify risk in low- and middle-income countries across the globe. The paper clearly lays out the derivation, validation, and illustration of the risk charts so they can be easily implemented and reproduced in different settings across the globe.

With the highest score overall, the committee felt that this paper particularly stood out because of the scale of the study, (large volume of data from multiple regions across the world) and its commitment to open science. These are two of our criteria used for judging the research papers, however the committee scored the paper highly across the criteria. Overall, through “HDR UK Open Access Publication of the Month” we want to celebrate research quality, team science, scale, open science, patient/public involvement and impact, diversity and inclusion.

The research quality of the paper was very high and was presented in a clear and understandable way. The collaborations for the work came from multiple centres. The data was collected from all over the world in large numbers therefore is more representative than national studies could be. The results are openly available and represents many low- and middle-income countries; if acted on would allow countries to dramatically reduce the number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease in the future.

Overall the committee thought that this was an excellent paper and should be highlighted.

Read the publication here