Authors

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

We strongly encourage authors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Only essential tables and graphs should be included. Large tables should be kept to a minimum.
  • Epidemiological measures of association (e.g. ratios or differences of rates, risks, odds, or prevalences) are preferred for contrasts of disease occurrence.
  • Confidence intervals should be reported for measures of association.
  • P-values may be reported if necessary for tests such as trend tests or non-parametric tests etc but should be given as quantitative values e.g. p=0.032 rather than relative to a cut point e.g. p<0.05.
  • Generally numerical findings should not be reported to more than 1 or 2 decimal places.
  • The approach to carrying out any statistical modelling should be described, including strategies for selection of explanatory variables and goodness of fit. The models presented in the paper should be clearly described and justified, with appropriate references given.
  • Results from observational studies (cohort, case-control, or cross-sectional designs) should be reported following the guidelines in the STROBE statement, results of randomised trials should be reported following the CONSORT guidelines, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses should follow the PRISMA guidelines.

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

Word count: up to 3,500
Structured abstract: up to 250 words; ‘Objectives’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, ‘Conclusions’
Tables/Illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 40

Authors should also provide key messages under the following headings:

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

Systematic review and meta-analysis

We welcome systematic reviews with a well-defined hypothesis, methodology and quality assessment in a topic relevant to occupational or environmental health.

Word count: up to 4,500
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 stimulate discussion and debate on current topics. We will also consider novel preliminary data or findings from a setting not studied previously.

Word count: up to 500
Tables/Illustrations: no more than 1
References: up to 6


Short report

Word count: up to 1,500: ‘Introduction’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, ‘Discussion’
Abstract: up to 250 words
Tables/Illustrations: no more than 1
References: up to 12

Authors should also provide key messages under the following headings:

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

Commentary

Commentaries are always commissioned articles that highlight important points about a paper published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and discuss the wider implications of the findings

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


Editorial

Editorials are mainly commissioned; please contact the Editor in Chief about 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. For more information please see the BMJ Author Hub.