Author GuidelinesGeneral Policy The “Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety” is a peer-reviewed journal that considers original research related to the field of occupational health and safety . Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety is aimed at physicians and researchers in the wide-ranging discipline of occupational and environmental health and safety. The field is devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, management and scientific analysis of occupational , environmental and safety health problems; it also covers the promotion of health of workers, their families, and communities. The main objectives of Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety are to publish high quality scientific articles , to maximize the citation rate of the papers published in the Journal, and promote each published issue in various scientific media. The main criteria for accepting a manuscript for publication are its originality and scientific soundness and importance. The editors, authors and reviewers will respect and carefully follow the procedures and instructions that given below: Conditions Submission of an article for publication implies the transfer of the copyright from the authors to the Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety upon acceptance. The final decision of acceptance rests with the Editor-in-Chief. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their papers. Ethics Ethical considerations will be taken into account in the assessment of papers that have experimental investigations of human or animal subjects. Authors should state in the Methods section of the manuscript that an appropriate institutional review board approved the project. Those investigators without such review boards should ensure that the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki have been followed and that the subjects gave their informed consent. Manuscript categories The Arabian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health will accept: a) Original articles b) Review articles c) Case reports d) Editorials/Commentaries e) Letters to the Editor Criteria for manuscripts Manuscripts submitted to the Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety should meet the following criteria: the content is original; the writing is clear; the study methods are appropriate; the data are valid; and the conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data . Manuscripts will be accepted only if both their contents and style meet the standards required by the The Arabian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Authorship corresponding author :Designate one corresponding author and provide a complete address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address. When the Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety accepts a paper for publication, authors will be asked to sign statements on (1) authorship responsibility, (2) financial disclosure, and (3) copyright transfer. Each of the statements must be read and signed by all authors. Authorship criteria and responsibility—All authors must have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authors will be asked to certify that the manuscript represents valid work and that the manuscript under their authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere. Possible fraud may be refereed to the author’s institution. Editorial review and processing Peer review All submitted manuscripts are initially reviewed internally. Those manuscripts that do not comply with the Information for Authors, are returned. Retained manuscripts are sent for external peer review. Identities of authors and peer reviewers are kept confidential; reviewers are required to disclose any conflicts of interest. Peer Review Procedure: The manuscript is sent to three ( or more than three) reviewers to review the manuscript, although the ultimate authority to accept or reject the manuscript rests with the Editor. Authors should not recommend the names of preferred reviewers, but may give the names of people whom they wish not to act as reviewers in the covering letter. Reviewers are asked to make comments on the scientific content and style of the paper, to make statistical and methodological appraisals, and to comment on the appropriateness of the discussion and conclusions. On receipt of their comments, and if approved, letter of acceptance is issued to the author stating the likely date of its publication. If required, clarifications are sought from the authors Furthermore, the Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety reserves the right to send a paper for a further round of peer review if necessary. The final decision rests with the Editor. Rejected manuscripts: Rejected manuscripts will not be returned to authors. Only illustrations, photographs, and slides will be returned, if specifically requested in the covering letter. Editing and Proof Reading: The final version of an accepted manuscript should be supplied as electronic file(s) on CD together with a matching hard copy to the Editorial Office for editing. Manuscripts are sent to the authors for approval prior to publication. Only minimal changes will be allowed; substantial changes will be charged for, and the addition of new material may require another round of peer review. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor and authorized by the corresponding author. Instructions to Authors Criteria for manuscripts Manuscripts submitted to the Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety should meet the following criteria: the content is original; the writing is clear; the study methods are appropriate; the data are valid; and the conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data . Manuscripts will be accepted only if both their contents and style meet the standards required by the Zagazig Journal of Occupational Health and Safety. Manuscript preparation Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced throughout, including tables and figure legends. Use left justification and 12 point font. Margins should be at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) around. Each of the following sections must begin on separate pages: Title page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgements, References, Tables (if any), and Figure Legends (if any). Pages should be numbered consecutively beginning with the title page. Figures must be submitted as separate files . Any non-original material (quotations, tables, or figures) must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright owner/publisher . Three copies of the manuscript (complete with tables and figures) should be provided. Authors are advised to provide an electronic copy on a Compact Disk containing the manuscript at the time of submission. The text should be written according to the style of the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication" posted at: http://www.icmje.org/. The text should be arranged in the following order:- Title page—This page should contain: (1) the title, (2) author’s names: First name, initials of middle names and the last name; (3)author’s affiliations; (4) the full contact address of the corresponding author. Abstract—The abstract should not exceed 250 words for structured abstracts (Original articles, Review Articles) or 150 for Case Reports. Abstract headings should be as follows: Background, Objective, Setting , Design, Methods, Results, and Conclusions ( for Original articles); Objective, Data sources, Study selection, Data extraction, Data synthesis, and Conclusions ( for Review articles). It is advisable to include a separate Arabic translation for the Abstract. Key words—At the end of the abstract, authors should provide at least three key words to assist with cross-indexing of the paper. Introduction— Should state the background, rationale and objective of the study. Methods—These should be described in sufficient detail to leave the reader in no doubt as to how the results are derived. Results—These should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations; repetitive presentation of the same data in different forms should be avoided. Discussion - This section should include implications of the findings and their limitations, with reference to other relevant studies and possible future research and consider the results in relation to any hypothesis/es advanced in the Introduction. This may include an evaluation of methodology and of the relationship of new information to the existing body of knowledge in that field. Conclusions should be incorporated into the final paragraph and should be commensurate with—and completely supported by—data in the text. Acknowledgement- If desired, it should be included after the discussion and before references. Research or project support should be stated here. Only persons who have made substantial contributions but who do not fulfill the authorship criteria should be acknowledged. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to use any copyrighted text or illustrations. Conflicts of interest should be stated. References—.References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text . Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in square bracket(e.g.). The commonly cited types of references are shown here, for other types of references such as electronic media, newspaper items, etc. please refer to ICMJE Guidelines (http://www.icmje.org or http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html). Examples of reference style 1. Standard journal article List all authors/ editors up to six; if more than six, list the first three and ‘et al.’ Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6. 2. Book: Taleisnik J. The Wrist. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985. 3. Chapters in Edited Book: Beckenbough RD, Linscheid RL. Arthroplasty in the hand and wrist. In: Green DP, ed. Operative Hand Surgery, 2nd ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1988: 167-214. 4. Conference paper: Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. 5. Journal article on the Internet Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 3 p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm 6. Homepage/Web site: Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/ For other types of publications consult the "Uniform Requirements" website (http://www.icmje.org/) for the appropriate style. Tables and figures Tables: Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Place explanatory matter in footnotes. Statistical measures should be identified in headings. Vertical rules and horizontal rules should be omitted. Ensure that each table is cited in the text. Figures: Submit the required three complete sets of figures. Illustrations include photographs, photomicrographs, charts, and diagrams. Freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable.. Number illustrations consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. Each figure should be identified clearly on the back with a label which states its number, name of first author, short form of title, and an arrow to show orientation. Photographs of persons must be retouched to make the subject unidentifiable, and be accompanied by written permission from the subject to use the photograph. Address: Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ahmed-Refat AR Occupational and Environmental Health Services Center - OEHSC Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig Egypt Tel: 055- 2302809 Fax 055-2307830 E-mail: ZJOHS@yahoo.com
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