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.

Plan S compliance

Occupational and Environmental Medicine is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Copyright and authors’ rights

Articles are published under an exclusive licence or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown employees or where BMJ has agreed CC BY applies. For US Federal Government officers or employees acting as part of their official duties, the terms are as stated in accordance with our licence terms. Authors or their employers retain copyright. Open access articles can be reused under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Author Licence for the applicable Creative Commons licences. More information on copyright and authors’ rights.

When publishing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, authors choose between three licence types – exclusive licence granted to BMJ, CC-BY-NC and CC-BY (Creative Commons open access licences require payment of an article processing charge). As an author you may wish to post your article in an institutional or subject repository, or on a scientific social sharing network. You may also link your published article to your preprint (if applicable). What you can do with your article, without seeking permission, depends on the licence you have chosen and the version of your article. Please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page for more information.


Preprints foster openness, accessibility and collaboration by allowing authors to make their findings immediately available to the research community and receive feedback on an article before it is submitted to a journal for formal publication.

BMJ fully supports and encourages the archiving of preprints in any recognised, not-for-profit server such as medRxiv. BMJ does not consider the posting of an article in a dedicated preprint repository to be prior publication.

Preprints are reports of work that have not been peer-reviewed; Preprints should therefore not be used to guide clinical practice, health-related behaviour or health policy. For more information, please refer to our Preprint policy page.

Article transfer service

BMJ is committed to ensuring that all good quality research is published. Our article transfer service helps authors find the best journal for their research while providing an easy and smooth publication process. If authors agree to transfer their manuscript, all versions, supplementary files and peer reviewer comments are automatically transferred; there is no  need to resubmit or reformat.

Authors who submit to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine and are rejected will be offered the option of transferring to another BMJ Journal, such as BMJ Open.

Please note that the article transfer service does not guarantee acceptance but you should receive a quicker initial decision on your manuscript.

Contact the Product Owner of BMJ’s Article Transfer Service for more information or assistance.

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 processing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 2,300 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). Publishing open access has multiple benefits including wider reach, faster impact and increased citation and usage. Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition – instead of the default option of black and white – for 400 GBP. There are no submission, page or online-only colour figure charges.

Find out if you are eligible for institutional funding

A number of institutions have open access agreements with BMJ which can either cover the whole cost of open access publishing for authors at participating institutions or can allow authors to receive a discount off the APC.

Visit BMJ’s open access agreements page to find out whether your institution is a member and what discounts you may be entitled to.
For more information on publishing open access with BMJ visit our Author Hub.

Data sharing

Occupational and Environmental Medicine adheres to BMJ’s Tier 3 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page.


Occupational and Environmental Medicine mandates ORCID iDs for the submitting author at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCID iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community.

Please find more information about ORCID and BMJ’s policy on our Author Hub.

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 will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process and promoting your paperYou may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.

If your article is accepted you can take advantage of BMJ’s partnership with Kudos, a free service to help you maximise your article’s reach.

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

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


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


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


Letters are used to report original data, observations or comments on developments in the field that are interesting but do not warrant an original research article or short report.

Word count: up to 1000
Tables/Illustrations: none
References: up to 6


Responses to articles published in OEM are welcomed and should be submitted online via the journal’s website. Contributors should go to the abstract or full text of the article in question and click on the ‘Responses’ tab.

Responses relating to previously published items in the journal will be reviewed by the editor. They may be sent to the authors of the original article, who will be invited to reply. Responses are moderated but not peer reviewed; they do not receive a DOI and are not indexed.

OEM publishes selected responses in journal issues, together with the author’s response where applicable. If a response is selected for publication in an issue, the contributor will be notified and asked to upload this to the journal’s submission system as Correspondence. Correspondence articles will receive a DOI and be indexed.

Word count: up to 1000
Tables/Illustrations: none
References: up to 6


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.


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