“International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health”
Instructions for Authors
The International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health has been published in English since February 1988. The journal was initiated by the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Łódź and the Polish Association of Occupational Medicine. Publishing the submitted papers, the Editors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals stipulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (formerly the Vancouver Group).
Instructions to authors
The International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health publishes in English editorials, original contributions, review papers, discussion papers, instructive case reports, communications on occupational and environmental health policy, letters to the Editor and book reviews. Special preference is given to papers concerning industrial hygiene, preventive medicine, diagnosis and treatment of occupational diseases, physiology and psychology of work, toxicological research, environmental toxicology, environmental epidemiology and epidemiological studies devoted to occupational and environmental problems. Manuscripts must be original and previously unpublished. Only manuscripts written in correct English will be accepted. The authors should submit the editable electronic copies of: 1) the original manuscript in Word file, 2) the title page in Word file, 3) files with editable tables, 4) files with editable figures (vector-based illustrations, in XLS, XLSX, Adobe Illustration, PDF, CorelDRAW or EPS files). The manuscript should be typed in double-spacing on A4 paper. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the right bottom corner including references, tables and figure legends.
The manuscript should be submitted only via the Editorial System (http://www.editorialsystem.com/ijomeh). There is no publication charge.
The author(s)’ declaration
The manuscript should be supplied with the author(s)’ declaration that the paper submitted does not breach the copy rights of other persons, and has not been published or submitted for publication to any other journal or book. The authors should submit the Transfer of Copyrights Agreement (and optionally, if the manuscript contains photos, the Declaration of the Author of the photos) – a scan form should be sent by the Editorial System, the original version in the printed form by post. Ghostwriting and guest authorship are a sign of scientific misconduct, and as such will be publicized by the Editorial Board by notifying the institutions employing the authors, scholarly societies, etc.
Title page: 1) A running title of not more than 50 characters, including spaces; 2) the title of the paper (concise, but informative); 3) the author(s)’ full name(s), number of affiliation given in superscript; 4) the affiliations (institution name, city, country, department name); 5) corresponding author (the name and surname, institution name, address, e-mail address, telephone number of the author to whom correspondence is to be sent); 6) the number and title of the program/research/grant under which the study has been carried out and the sources of funding used for the publication, the name and degree of the manager of the program; 7) acknowledgements: one or more statements should specify: a) contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship, such as general support by a departmental chair; b) acknowledgements of technical help; c) acknowledgements of financial and material support, which should specify the nature of the support; and d) relationships that may pose a conflict of interest.
Arrangement of the manuscript
Abstract: Each paper must be preceded by a comprehensive structured abstract 1) for original papers and short communications of not more than 300 words (abstract consists of 4 sections: Objectives, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions); 2) for review papers and case reports of not more than 250 words, without divisions into sections.
Key words: Not more than 6 key words, each one started with a capital letter.
Introduction: It should give a clear, concise account of the background of the problem and the rationale behind the investigation. Only references with a direct bearing on the work submitted should be cited.
Materials and Methods: This section should be detailed so as to give the reader a clear idea of what has been done. Drugs, chemicals, etc. should be named fully, together with their sources of supply. A chemical’s full name should precede its trade, common-usage name, or its abbreviation. Non-metrical measurements units, if used during the investigation, must be accompanied by their metric (SI) equivalents. Sub-sections should be used wherever possible.
Ethics: When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of a responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not use patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution’s or a national research council’s guidelines for, or any national law on the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.
Statistics: Describe statistical methods with enough detail to provide a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. When possible, quantify the findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Avoid relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as the use of p values, which fails to convey important quantitative information.
Results: These should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. Do not repeat in the text all data given in tables or figures; emphasize or summarize only important observations.
Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and a comprehensive interpretation of the results obtained against the background of the existing knowledge. Quotations should be restricted to those with immediate relevance to the author’s findings. A review-like approach should be avoided.
References: These should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in square brackets. References cited only in the tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. Use the style of the examples below, which are the formats used by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (more sample references on http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html). The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the Construction of the National Library of Medicine Title Abbreviations (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/constructitle.html). Additionally, if the article/book has a DOI number, it should be included in the references.
■ Standard journal article
Śliwińska-Kowalska M. Exposure to organic solvent mixture and hearing loss: Literature overview. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2007;20(4):309–14. doi: 10.2478/v10001-007-0032-2.
If more than 6 authors:
Jędrychowski W, Pac A, Choi H, Jacek R, Sochacka-Tatara E, Dumyahn TS, et al. Personal exposure to fine particles and benzo[a]pyrene. Relation with indoor and outdoor concentrations of these pollutants in Kraków. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2007;20(4):339–48. doi: 10.2478/v10001-007-0035-z.
■ Article not in English (the title should be translated to English, written in square brackets, and the language of the original version should be given after the page numbers)
Wesołowski W, Czerski B. [Exposure to organic solvent vapors in the production of lacquers]. Med Pr. 1992;2:129–35. Polish.
■ Books and chapter in a book
Philips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management. 2nd ed. New York: Reven Press; 1995. p. 465–78.
■ Conference proceedings
Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15–19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.
■ Journal articles in an electronic format
Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis. (serial online) 1995 Jan–Mar [cited 1996 June 5]. Available from: http://www. cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/eid.htm.
■ Unpublished material
Samarth RM, Gandhi P, Maudar KK. A retrospective review of cytogenetic studies on methyl isocyanate with special reference to the Bhopal gas tragedy: is the next generation also at risk? Int J Occup Med Environ Health. Forthcoming 2013.
■ Homepage/Web site
R Development Core Team [Internet]. Vienna: R Foundation for Statistical Computing; 2012 [cited 2012 May 15]. Available from: http://www.R-project.org.
Tables and figures: Should be typed on separate pages. The titles and numbering (with Arabic numerals) should be different for the tables and figures. The brief, but descriptive legends to the figures and the tables should make them comprehensible without reference to the text.
International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health:
Publishing Office – Nofer Institute of Occuptional Medicine, św. Teresy 8, 91-348 Łódź, Poland
phone: + 48 42 6314 584, fax: + 48 42 6314 719, e-mail: email@example.com
Editorial System – http://www.editorialsystem.com/ijomeh
Website – http://link.springer.com/journal/13382
Transfer of Copyrights Agreement
About the journal
International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health (IJOMEH) is an English-language quarterly published journal established in 1988 by Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine and the Polish Association of Occupational Medicine.
The journal is dedicated to present the contemporary research in occupational and environmental health from all over the world. It publishes editorials, original papers, information on occupational and environmental health policies, review and discussion papers, instructive case reports, letters to the Editor and book reviews.
An article submitted for publication is subjected to a peer-review process participated by at least 2 referees.
An article to be reviewed is sent via email. Please, confirm the receipt of the received message.
Articles are sent to referees in an anonymous form, i.e. names and other personal data of the author(s) are deleted from them. Referees also remain anonymous – the author(s) receive no information regarding the referees reviewing their articles.
A review should be prepared in English and sent via email to the following address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to IJOMEH publication schedules, a review should be prepared and submitted to the editorial office within 14 days since the day of receiving an article. If a referee is not capable of completing this task within such deadline, please inform us about it instantly after receiving the article for a review.
General review guidelines
Referees are asked to prepare a detailed review evaluating the content of the article. The linguistic aspects are checked by a linguistic editor provided by IJOMEH. Poor level of English, making it difficult to understand the paper should be reported by a referee, nevertheless it should not be a decisive factor leading to the paper being dismissed.
A referee evaluates selected aspects of reviewed articles:
- if the subject is contained within the problems dealt with by IJOMEH,
- if the article is an original paper, review paper, other (short communication, case report etc.),
- if the title of the manuscript clearly and sufficiently reflects its content,
- if the figures, charts and tables are acceptable,
- if all the assumptions are clearly stated,
- if data and results are accurately and properly appraised,
- if the relevance and application of the work are made apparent,
- if the interpretations and conclusions are sound and justified by the data,
- if the references are relevant,
- if there are any possible additions or amendments that will increase the value of this manuscript,
- if there are any suggested reductions (or deletions) in the manuscript,
- what is the quality of the language (written in proper English, needs verification, needs rewriting by the Author),
- if its terminology is correct,
- if an abstract (in English) informs the reader about the content of the paper in a short but sufficient way,
- if the manuscript is free from commercialism,
- if you are aware of prior publication of this work.
Final conclusion — options
- A referee accepts an article with no revisions
- The manuscript needs minor revisions
- The manuscript needs major revisions (requiring new review, see comments)
- The manuscript is not recommended for publication
Both acceptance and dismissal of a paper require justification.
Revision of manuscript
If a paper requires changes, a referee should indicate suggested corrections in a clear way. A corrected article will be sent to the same referee for revision (several revisions are possible).
The referees are asked to revise the article and send their recommendation concerning publication of the article within 7 days to the Editorial Office.
In case of any doubts
Please contact us:
phone: +48 42 63 14 584
Konrad Rydzyński, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Magdalena Machcińska-Szczepaniak, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Stefan Markiewicz, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Joanna Wierzbowska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Alicja Bortkiewicz, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Marta Kieć-Świerczyńska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Dorota Merecz, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Beata Pepłońska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Wiesław Sułkowski, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Irena Szadkowska-Stańczyk, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Mariola Śliwińska-Kowalska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Wojciech Wąsowicz, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Wojciech Sobala, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Katarzyna Rogowska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland