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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of “Advances in Health Safety and Environmental” (AHSE) is edited and published quarterly by the school of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU). The journal typically covers the following areas: Industrial safety; Occupational Health; Occupational ergonomics; Environmental health; Health in disasters and emergencies; Health, Safety and environment management (HSE). AHSE publishes original researches, field and case studies, review articles and short communications. AHSE is a peer-reviewed journal. The journal supports the following types of articles:

  • Original/Research article
  • Review article
  • Short communication
  • Systematic review/Meta-analysis
  • Brief report
  • Case-report
  • Letter to the editor

Section Policies

Research/Original Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Field and Case study

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Peer review helps editors select suitable manuscripts, however, the editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

Manuscripts selected for peer review will be refereed by two reviewers during four weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines for different study designs; including CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. Authors better send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks and if the revised version is not uploaded within 2 months, the submission will be archived.

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision.

Publication Frequency

All accepted articles will be published continuously from the beginning of 2018 in order to increase its visibility and possibility of citation. Compared to the conventional periodical publication format, in continuous publication, articles will receive a page number and are published continuously immediately after acceptance and proof editing. Therefore, the time interval between acceptance and publication is completely eliminated.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Ethical requirements and responsibilities

For editor:

The editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

For authors:

- Upon submission, by checking off predesigned statements, author(s) should certify that neither the submitted manuscript nor another one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published in any language or being considered for publication elsewhere.

- Author(s) should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article.

- In the event that an author is added or removed from the list of authors, written acceptance, signed by author(s), must be submitted to the editorial office.

- Sources of financial support for the project should be acknowledged.

- If the study involves human beings, the author(s) must include a statement that the study was approved by the local ethical committee and that written informed consent was obtained from the study participants. For those who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. Also, the compliance of maintenance and care of experimental animals with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals, should be declared in text.

- All relevant permissions to use unpublished observations of others must be obtained by the manuscript author(s) and stated in the text. The names of the original author(s) should be declared. Also, permission must be obtained to reproduce or adapt any figures or tables that have been published previously and declared in the legend/footnote.

- Author(s) should certify that their research study is in agreement with the regulations of their institution(s) and generally accepted guidelines governing such work; contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right; and is free of any obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful material.

For reviewers:

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- Their comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

Plagiarism policy

Definition:

When an author tries to present the work of someone else as his or her own, it is called plagiarism. In addition, when an author uses a considerable portion of his or her own previously published work in a new one without properly citing the reference, it is called a duplicate publication sometimes also referred to as self-plagiarism. This may range from publishing the same article in another journal to 'salami-slicing', which is data segmentation, to adding little new data to the previous article.

Policy:

The editorial team/reviewers of “Advances in Health Safety and Environmenal” will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) using available plagiarism detection software such as iThenticate. If suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication, this journal will act according to COPE’s code of conduct and flowcharts. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

All the required information can be found on the web site and most of your questions will be answered in the links provided in the “quick access” side bar on the left side of the page. However, frequently asked questions are listed and answered in this section. If you cannot find the answer to your question on the web site and in the FAQ page, please feel free to contact us.

How can I become a member?

You may go to the “register” tab and fill the form, then click  at the end of the page to complete your registration. A welcome email will be sent to you immediately.

I have forgotten my password, what should I do?

Please go to the login page and click on “forgot your password?” link. A page will open, you should enter the email with which you have registered on the site and press , an email will be sent to you. Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.

How do I submit my manuscript?

You need to be a member to be able to submit a manuscript. After making sure that you have prepared your manuscript according to guidelines of the journal, please log on to the web site using your username and password. In your user home page click on “new submission” on the right side of the screen.

I have logged in but there is no “new submission” link in my user home, what should I do?

Click on the “edit my profile” link provided in your user home. Scroll down to the part that shows your roles in the journal. Check the box next to your author role. Now click save at the end of the page. You will be redirected to your user home and will find the new submission link there.

How much does publishing a paper cost?

Upon acceptance, you must pay a publication fee, the amount of which depends on the type of article. You may find the table showing charges for each article type here.

I have been asked to revise my manuscript, how much time do I have?

Authors are asked to submit their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks of receiving the request.

Where should I submit my revised manuscript?

You should log in with your username and password, in your author role you will find a table containing information of your active submission(s). For uploading your revised version (author version) click on the status of your manuscript on the last column of the table. You may browse and upload your revised manuscript in the space provided for this purpose at the bottom of the page that opens.

I have uploaded my revised manuscript but the status of my submission has not changed, what should I do?

The status of your submission will not change after submitting the revised version. However, if you have uploaded the revised manuscript properly (please make sure you click upload after browsing the file), it will be sent to the reviewers. If there is a need for further revision, you will be notified by email.

What is the aim and scope of this journal?

The Journal of Advances in Health Safety and Environmenal (AHSE) is edited and published quarterly by the school of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU). The journal typically covers the following areas: Industrial safety; Occupational Health; Occupational ergonomics; Environmental health; Health in disasters and emergencies; Health, Safety and environment management (HSE). AHSE publishes original researches, field and case studies, review articles and short communications. AHSE is a peer-reviewed journal.

How frequently is this journal published?

This journal is published continuously. Compared to the conventional periodical publication format, in continuous publication, articles will receive a page number and are published continuously immediately after acceptance and proof editing. Therefore, the time interval between acceptance and publication is completely eliminated.

How can I become a reviewer for this journal?

Please tick the box next to your reviewer role upon registration. If you are already registered, log in and go to your user home. Click on the “edit my profile” link provided in your user home. Scroll down to the part that shows your roles in the journal. Check the box next to your reviewer role. Now click save at the end of the page.

I have been asked to peer-review an article, what should I do?

The link to the article is provided in your invitation email, all you have to do is click on the link, accept the invitation to review and follow the steps provided on the page and here. If you cannot find the email, you may log in and go to your user home and click on the article title to accept the invitation and carry on with the review process.

Does the journal accept advertisements?

Online advertising will be accepted. For further information please contact us: aeosh_hse@sbmu.ac.ir