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LA MEDICINA DEL LAVORO – WORK, ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH publishes Editorials, Commentaries, Reviews, Original Articles, Letters, Communications, and Case reports written in English. The Italian language is acceptable for Letters, Educational articles, News, Obituaries, and SIML Documents and Statements. Areas of interest include occupational and environmental epidemiology, hygiene and toxicology, psychosocial factors at work, work-related mental and musculoskeletal problems, aging, work ability and return to work, working hours and health, history of occupational medicine.
The manuscripts should not have been previously published or submitted to other journals. They should be submitted using the journal’s website http://www.lamedicinadellavoro.it
The submission of manuscripts which have previously appeared on a preprint server is also welcome, as the posting of an article in a dedicated preprint repository is not considered to be prior publication. All submitting authors of such manuscripts must make this clear in the covering letter at the time of submission. They must also know in this case, we should make an exception to our usual double-blind peer-review process: since such papers are indexed by literature repositories, blindness becomes impossible.
Once received, manuscripts undergo external review using a double-blind peer review process. On the basis of reviewers’ comments, the editors reserve the right to suggest alterations or reject any article, and their decision is final. The editors cannot enter into correspondence about papers that are rejected as being unsuitable for publication. Responsibility for the information and views set out in the articles lies entirely with the authors.
Open access articles can be reused under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons license to facilitate reuse of the content. La Medicina del Lavoro will deposit all open access articles, including expressions of concern, retractions and other notices, with PubMed Central and its mirror sites promptly following publication in a printed issue or, if not published in print, from being published online. Authors of open access articles may deposit the final published version in the repositories of their choice in accordance with the journal’s self-archiving policies.
MANUSCRIPTS – Manuscripts should be written using Microsoft Word, 12 pt font, double spacing and wide margins. All pages, including references, must be numbered consecutively. Articles need to be reviewed by English language professional editors specialized in scientific English. Letters to the editor will not undergo the double-blind review process. Nor will they receive a DOI (digital object identification number). If they comment on, complete or review works already published in La Medicina del Lavoro – Work, Environment & Health, may be answered by the authors of the cited work. No further replies by the author of the letter will be accepted for publication. Although exceptions are possible, as a rule a full paper should not exceed 5,000 words, 50 references, and 5 Tables/Figures. Likewise, short communications and case reports should not exceed 1,500 words, 15 references, and 3 Tables/Figures. Editorials and Commentaries are mainly commissioned; please contact the Editor in Chief about unsolicited submissions: they do not include Tables or Figures, and should not exceed 1,000 words, and 15 references.
FIRST PAGE –The first page of the manuscript should contain: title of the article, first name and surname of the author or authors, affiliation of each author, indication of any financial support for the research, and complete address of the author responsible for correspondence. On the same page a running title must be provided, along with at least 3 keywords. If the article has already been presented in a meeting, a footnote should be added giving the date and place.
TABLES – Tables should be included at the end of the text and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Each table must be preceded by a legend, which must contain sufficient information to render the table self-explanatory. In the text, tables must be cited in full (e.g. table 1). Tables should be incorporated in the same file as the text, following their legends, and using the same fonts. Only short paragraphs are acceptable to fill table cells.
FIGURES – Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Each figure must be accompanied by a legend. In the text, the figure must be cited in full (e.g. figure 1). The figures can be embedded in the manuscript and should be placed at the end, after the tables, along with their legends. If figures are prepared in jpeg or tiff (or high-resolution pdf) format, they should be loaded separately as supplementary files. Photographs, drawings, graphs, diagrams must have a minimum size of 10×15 cm. A minimum resolution of 300 dpi is required. Figures will be printed in black and white or on greyscale. Colour figures will be printed in colour only if the authors agree to pay printing costs. If figures or graphs are taken from other journals or books, the contributor must obtain prior written authorization from the author and the publisher. A copy of this authorization should be sent to the editorial board of the Journal and the source of the material should be quoted in the article.
ARRANGEMENT OF MANUSCRIPT – Articles should be divided into Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References. Repetition in the text under Results of data already given in tables and figures should be avoided. Only standard symbols, acronyms and abbreviations must be used. 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 or MOOSE guidelines, whereas diagnostic tests should be reported according to STARD (BMJ. 2015;351:h5527). For units of measure authors should refer to the International System of Units. When appropriate, authors should provide effect estimates (e.g. ratios or differences of means, rates or risks) with their confidence intervals. Please avoid using terms like “statistically significant”, “P<0.05”, “P>0.05”, “NS” or “statistically not significant”. When P values are calculated, exact values should be provided (e.g. P=0.16, P=0.02). The use of “P<” is acceptable if P is very small (e.g. P<0.001).
ACCOMPANYING LETTER – The author responsible for correspondence should declare that all the authors have read and agreed with the content and interpretation of the submitted article. The accompanying letter should also contain a declaration signed by the corresponding author also on behalf of all the other authors concerning potential conflict of interest (see below).
TITLE – The title must be typed in the space provided in the web site.
ABSTRACT – The abstract should describe the study concisely but clearly, high-lighting only significant details; it should be divided into: background, objectives, methods, results, discussion, and should not exceed 250 words. For Case reports and Short communications, the abstract will be replaced by a summary without sub-headings not exceeding 150 words. It must be typed in the web site in the space provided.
KEYWORDS – In the space provided, at least 3 key words should be inserted using capital letters only for the first letter of each key word and for proper names.
REFERENCES – Responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of references lies with the author. References should STRICTLY follow the NLM format available from PubMed of the National Library of Medicine (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). They should be cited in brackets, indicating the family name of the author followed by the year of publication e.g., (Lewis, 2020); if the authors are two, both of them should be cited, e.g.: (McMahon and Pugh, 1970), whereas only the first author should be mentioned when they are three or more, e.g.: (Kalliomäki et al., 1982). Unpublished observations and personal communications cannot be used as references; they can, however, be mentioned in the text, e.g.: (Foà, 1990: personal communication). In the References section, the list should be arranged in alphabetical order. Some examples of compilation are given below.
– Lewis D. Coronavirus outbreak: what’s next? Nature. 2020;578(7793):15–16
– Kalliomäki PL, Kalliomäki K, Korhonen O, Nordman H, Rahkonen E, Vaaranen V. Respiratory status of stainless steel and mild steel welders. Scand J Work Environ Health. 1982;8 Suppl 1:117–121.
Book, book chapters and monographs:
– McMahon B, Pugh TF: Epidemiology. Principles and methods. Boston (MA): Little Brown and Co, 1970
– Fogari R, Orlandi C: Essential hypertension among workers of a metallurgical factory. In Rosenfeld JB, Silverber DS, Viskoper R (eds): Hypertension control in the community. London: Libbey J, 1985: 270-273
– International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risk to Humans. Some Non-heterocyclic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Some Related Exposures. Lyon, France: IARC, 2010: 92
Personal communications and conference proceedings:
– Galli DA, Colombi A, Antonini C, Cantoni S: Monitoraggio ambientale e biologico dell’esposizione professionale a pigmenti e coloranti azoici. In Foà V, Antonini C, Galli DA (eds): Atti del convegno Materie coloranti ed ambiente di lavoro. Milano, 14-15 marzo 1984. Fidenza: Tipografia Mattioli, 1985: 129-137
Documents available on the web:
– NIOSH, National Institute Occupational Safety and Health. (2003). Hydrocarbons, Aromatic. Method 1501. Available on line at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ docs/2003-154/pdfs/1501.pdf (last accessed 31-12-2010)
Names of journals should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus as they appear in PubMed. Personal communications and unpublished communications at congresses should not be included in the References but quoted in full in the text.
PROTECTION OF RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS – All submitted research articles must include a statement (either in the Method section or the Acknowledgement) that the study obtained ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required and why), including the name of the ethics committee(s) or institutional review board(s), the number/ID of the approval(s), and a statement that participants gave informed consent before taking part. If no formal ethics committee is available, authors should indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2008.
INFORMED CONSENT – Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before it can be published. If consent cannot be obtained because the patient cannot be traced then publication will be possible only if the information can be anonymized. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication.
DECLARATION OF INTEREST – A conflict of interest might exist when professional judgement on a primary interest, such as the interpretation of one’s own results or of those obtained by others, might be influenced, even unknowingly, by a secondary interest, such as an economic advantage or personal rivalry. A conflict of interest is not in itself anti-ethical. Nevertheless, it must be publicly and openly acknowledged. Such acknowledgement shall have no bearing on the decision to publish. Therefore, in conformity with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) of October 2008, when sending an article for publication in La Medicina del Lavoro – Work, Environment & Health, enclosed with the manuscript, the corresponding author, also on behalf of all the other authors, should declare the existence or otherwise of financial connections (consultancies, ownership of shares, patents, etc.) or of other relationships that might constitute a potential conflict of interest in relation to the subject matter of the article. In the case of existence of any such financial connections, the authors concerned must declare them in a brief but complete definition. On the web site the possible presence of conflict of interest must be declared in the space provided. Authors must declare all sources of funding and describe the role of the study sponsor(s), if any, in the (i) study design, (ii) collection, analysis and interpretation of the data, (iii) writing of the report, and (iv) decision to submit the paper for publication. If the funder(s) had no such involvement, this should be stated. Membership of Committees or Panels of either Governmental or NGOs’ Agencies publishing scientific opinions and assessments that are relevant to the subject matter of the article must also be declared. If no conflict of interest exists type: NONE.
PROOFS – The corresponding author of an accepted manuscript will receive one set of proofs for correction of printing errors. No substantial alterations may be made to the proof. Correction of proofs by authors relieves the editorial board of all responsibility for any errors in the printed text.
REVIEWS – Books and other publications on occupational health and industrial hygiene which authors or publishers wish to be reviewed in the Journal should be sent to the journal’s address.
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As part of the submission process, on the Journal’s website, authors are required to verify their submission’s compliance with a detailed checklist. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.