Invitation to contributors

Contributions are invited on any of the diverse aspects of environmental health including occupational health and safety, environmental protection, health promotion, housing and health, noise and health, public health and epidemiology, environmental health education, food safety, environmental health management and policy, environmental health law and practice, sustainability and methodological issues arising from the design and conduct of studies.

Contributions should have the potential to improve practice through the dissemination of the results of research projects, reviews based on scholarly reflection and technical notes and professional evaluations which provide critical insights into practice issues. It is likely that most papers published will be based on work carried out as part of a research project or programme associated with an academic or other research institution. Contributions are expected to be of a high standard, not only in respect of subject matter and its treatment, but also in the quality of the writing. Particular attention should be paid to clarity and conciseness of expression.

Originality

Only original articles are considered for publication. Submission of a manuscript represents certification on the part of the author(s) that the article submitted has not been published, nor is being considered for publication, in another similar journal.  Contributions may, however, be based on a prior conference presentation. A statement confirming originality should accompany the manuscript.

Peer review

All contributions which are considered by the Editors to be within the aims and scope of the Journal are subjected to peer review by at least two reviewers. It is likely that one reviewer will have an academic research background and the other a practitioner or management background. Decisions on publication are made by the editors who are informed by the comments of the reviewers and the responses from the author(s) to the peer review reports.

Style

These notes are intended to guide authors in some details of presentation so that papers conform to a consistent Journal style. Authors must comply with the style requirements in every respect. For example, manuscripts which are too long, have too many headings or tables or references which do not fully conform to the Harvard protocol will be returned to the author(s). Thus authors are encouraged to study these notes and those on-line carefully whilst preparing their manuscript.

Length

Research papers; 3,500 to 6,000 words.

Professional evaluations and literature reviews: up to 6000 words, but preferably shorter. Technical notes, not normally more than 2000 words. Workshop/Conference Reports; up to 2000 words.

Tables, charts and photographs

These should be kept to a minimum consistent with the concise nature of the papers published in this Journal.

Language

Manuscripts are accepted in English only.

Layout/sequencing

The manuscript should normally be sequenced as follows: Title; Author(s); Abstract (300 words +/- 10%); Key words (up to 8); Introduction; main exposition (typically this

section consists of the Methods and Results); Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgements; References.

Further essential details on each of these is available here on the website and in:

  • Harvey H D and Fleming P (2007). Writing for JEHR – an update and reminder for prospective authors. Journal of Environmental Health Research, 6 (1), pp 49-55.

Electronic submission

The submission of manuscripts will normally be by Email and word processed file attachment only, with no requirement for the submission of printed copies. The word processed document should conform to the following specification to facilitate the peer review process and editing;

  • MsWord (.doc) is the preferred word processor format but WordPerfect (.wpd) and Rich Text Format (.rtf) are acceptable.
  • Times New Roman, 12 point, Single spacing.
  • >Do not indent paragraphs, do not number the pages nor insert headers or footers.
  • The Cover Page should give the title of the paper, the name(s) and affiliations of the authors plus an Email address, telephone number and postal address for the corresponding author. Add a page break at this point and go on to the First Page.
  • The First Page should repeat the Title only (not the author’s details) plus the Abstract, Key Words and continue into the Introduction and the remainder of the manuscript.
  • All tables, charts and photographs should be included as part of the manuscript file, unless there is pressing technical reason for having separate graphics files.
  • The file should be named with the name of the first author e.g. Wilson.doc.
  • Email to c.day@cieh.org
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