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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.


Editorial policy

Occupational and Environmental Medicine adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Copyright Author Licence Statement.


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 publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition – instead of the default option of black and white – for 250 GBP. There are no submission, page or online-only colour figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

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

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.


Original research

Authors should 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?

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


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.

Authors should 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?

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

Authors should 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?

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


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

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate