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Occupational and Environmental Medicine is an international peer reviewed journal covering current developments in occupational and environmental health worldwide. Occupational and Environmental Medicine publishes high-quality research relating to the full range of chemical, physical, ergonomic, biological and psychosocial hazards in the workplace and to environmental contaminants and their health effects. The journal welcomes research aimed at improving the evidence-based policy and practice of occupational and environmental research; including the development and application of novel biological and statistical techniques in addition to evaluation of interventions in controlling occupational and environmental risks.

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,950 (plus applicable VAT). Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition for a fee of £250.

Submission to Occupational and Environmental Medicine implies that the work described has not been accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and does not duplicate material already published.

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on submission and editorial policies for Occupational and Environmental Medicine please refer to the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on planning your research through to submitting and promoting your research.

Presentation of statistical data

Occupational and Environmental Medicine does not have fixed policies regarding the presentation of statistical data, but we strongly encourage authors to observe some simple guidelines to ensure that numerical information is presented in a clear and informative manner, as follows:

  • In general, measures of the estimated magnitude of effect or association (for example, rate ratios or differences in means) should be used to present the results of analyses that contrast groups or samples. The presentation of statistical test results without an estimate of effect size is less informative and is therefore discouraged.
  • Epidemiologic measures of association (the rate ratio, odds ratio, risk difference, and so on) are preferred for contrasts of disease frequency.
  • The presentation of regression coefficients is discouraged except in certain circumstances involving data (for example, lung function) measured on a continuous scale. Units for regression coefficients should always be given.
  • Confidence intervals should be presented for measures of association whenever possible. P-values for tests of no association are generally not necessary when confidence intervals are provided.
  • When presented, p-values should be given as quantitative values rather than relative to a cutpoint for statistical significance (for example, p=0.032, rather than p
  • Other types of statistical tests, including goodness of fit tests, tests of homogeneity and tests for trend, may be informative in some situations. Where such tests are considered appropriate, reporting their results and the associated p-values is necessary.
  • The number of significant digits that should be reported in numerical data is rarely the default number provided by statistical software. The number of decimal places or significant digits that is appropriate for a given analysis is a matter of judgment, but it should be consistent with the size of the sample, the analytical precision of the measurements and the nature of the data. For example, a response rate of 64.7% could be misleading if reported from a study of 20 people, but a rate ratio of 1.017 might be entirely appropriate in a study on the effects of air pollution in a large city with several million exposed residents.

Article types

Please review the below specifications of each article type and the required article lengths, illustrations and table limits, and references counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions, and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

Original research

Original research reports on topics of importance to occupational and environmental medicine.

Word count: up to 4,500
Structured abstract: up to 250: ‘Objectives’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, ‘Conclusions’
Tables/Illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 40


Authors should also complete a short summary ‘box’ after the abstract indicating the significance of this study using the below headings:
  1. What is already known about this subject?
  2. What are the new findings?
  3. How might it impact on policy or clinical practice in the foreseeable future?

Systematic review and meta-analysis

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses report on topics of importance to occupational and environmental medicine.

Word count: up to 5,000
Tables/Illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 60

Letter

Letters should be related to a recent article published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine or short summaries of novel research contributions that stimulates discussion and debate on current topics in occupational and environmental medicine. We will also consider novel preliminary data or findings from a setting not studied previously.

Word count: up to 500
Tables/Illustrations: up to 1
References: up to 6


Short report

Short reports are brief articles on topics of importance to occupational and environmental medicine.

Word count: up to 1,500: ‘Introduction’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, ‘Discussion’
Abstract: up to 250
Illustrations: up to 1
References: up to 12

Authors should also complete a short summary ‘box’ after the abstract indicating the significance of this study using the below headings:

  1. What is already known about this subject?
  2. What are the new findings?
  3. How might it impact on policy or clinical practice in the foreseeable future?

Commentary

Commentaries are commissioned only articles that highlight important points about an article published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and wider implications of the findings

Word count: up to 1,000
References: up to 12

Editorial / Leader

Editorials and Leaders are mainly commissioned, please contact the Editor in Chief for unsolicited submissions. Content should be of topical interest and clear importance to the field of occupational and environmental medicine. Areas of debate need to be dealt with in a balanced way and unanswered questions clarified

Word count: up to 1,000
References: up to 12


Obituary

Obituaries are occasionally published for distinguished specialists in the field of occupational and environmental medicine. We consider it appropriate for authors of obituaries to have consulted the next of kin of the deceased about its content prior to submission.

Supplements

Occupational and Environmental Medicine is willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. For more information on supplement proposal please see the BMJ Author Hub.