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Injury Prevention is an international peer reviewed journal. Our goal is to publish high quality scientific papers to inform other scientists and support programme providers and policymakers with new and important findings in the field of injury prevention. Through commentaries and editorials the Journal takes positions on issues arising from the research and may advocate for needed actions. All unintentional injuries and violence are within the scope of the Journal. Our orientation is predominantly public health and epidemiological, not clinical.

Injury Prevention includes original research reports, brief reports, editorials, commentaries, systematic reviews, news and notes. Policy decisions regarding content and related matters are made by the Editor, in consultation with members of the Editorial Board, when needed.

As a matter of conformity with BMJ policy (BMJ. 2001; 322(7298):1320-1321) this Journal does not permit the use of the word ‘accident’ except where it appears in a formal title e.g. Child Accident Prevention Trust.


Editorial policy

Injury Prevention 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.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the Injury Prevention Copyright Author Licence Statement.

Online only publication

Some manuscripts (especially qualitative studies or reports of instrument development and validation) may require more than 3000 words for complete reporting. The journal offers electronic publication of these longer manuscripts (fully indexed and available as .pdf files). Please discuss with the Editor before submitting.

Study protocols are published as print abstracts with full text online only. Other papers may be accepted for online only publication at the discretion of the Editor. By submitting a manuscript to our journal, authors acknowledge that accepted papers may be published online only.

Data files

Multimedia files: Authors are encouraged to submit multimedia files, including videos, for online presentation. Further details can be found in our Manuscript preparation guidelines.

Sharing of data collection tools: If you have used a non-proprietary data collection tool in your research or you developed a survey, checklist, or assessment form, please consider uploading and sharing that tool through the SAVIR Instrument Library on SafetyLit.org. Shared data collection tools allow investigators in our field to work more efficiently and to generate directly comparable research results.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure charges. Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition – instead of the default option of black and white – for 250 GBP. There are no submission, page or online-only colour figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

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 can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.

Original article

Please note that we require registration of clinical trials and reporting of randomized clinical trials according to the CONSORT guidelines. We also ask that authors follow the STROBE guidelines when reporting observational studies.

Although not required for publication in Injury Prevention, authors are encouraged to review similar published guidelines for the reporting of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and assessments of diagnostic test. Templates for CONSORT, STROBE and other reporting guidelines are available through the Equator Network.

Please include a key messages section with 2-3 bullet points under two headings: “What is already known on this subject” and “What this study adds”, summarising the context and contributions of your paper.

Word count: up to 3000 words
Structured Abstract: up to 250 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 6
References: up to 40

Brief report

Brief reports are intended to highlight interesting findings that do not warrant the space required of an original article. They differ from Correspondence in that they present data or findings that stand on their own, rather than referring to a work already published.

Please include a key messages section with 2-3 bullet points under two headings: “What is already known on this subject” and “What this study adds”, summarising the context and contributions of your paper.

Length: up to 1500 words
Abstract: up to 150 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 4
References: up to 20

Methodology

New methodological contributions are important to this field, as are studies or appraisals of existing methodological approaches. Papers with this focus are reviewed in the same manner as Original Articles. Detailed items (large tables or graphs) can be included but may be placed online only and not appear in print.

Word count: up to 3000 words
Structured Abstract: up to 250 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 6
References: up to 40

Systematic review

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are welcomed. To conserve page space, please identify detailed tables that could posted only on the website and not printed.

Please include a key messages section with 2-3 bullet points under two headings: “What is already known on this subject” and “What this study adds”, summarising the context and contributions of your paper.

Word count: up to 4000 words
Structured Abstract: up to 250 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 6
References: up to 60

Study protocol

The journal publishes protocols for studies in the field that have been proposed or funded and that may or may not yet be recruiting subjects.

Study protocols will be considered for 1) controlled trials; 2) systematic reviews; and 3) controlled observational studies. Protocols accepted for publication will have a citable abstract in the print edition, with full text and supplemental materials available online.

Submitted protocols must conform to the appropriate reporting guidelines. Templates for CONSORT, STROBE and other reporting guidelines are available through the Equator Network. All clinical trials must be prospectively registered. Any study protocol currently enrolling subjects must have evidence of appropriate ethical review.

Protocols that have secured funding from an agency following scientific peer review will be screened by an editorial team for originality, suitability of design and general interest to the readership. Please upload completed peer review comments for inspection. Protocols passing this initial screen will be published without additional review. Post-publication commentary is available on the website and may be useful to authors in revising or updating protocols.

If the protocol has not been funded on the basis of peer review, the protocol will be screened and may be sent for formal peer review by the journal with the option of returning the manuscript to the authors for revision.

Word count: unlimited online
Structured abstract: up to 250 words for print

Student submission

The journal considers papers authored by trainees in any discipline. These will undergo peer review but may be offered additional opportunities for revision and resubmission if required. These submissions are typically invited by one of our affiliated societies or commissioned by a conference organiser. The sponsoring agency should be identified in the covering letter. We regret that we cannot consider unsolicited submissions in this category.

Please include a key messages section with 2-3 bullet points under two headings: “What is already known on this subject” and “What this study adds”, summarising the context and contributions of your paper.

Word count: up to 2500 words
Abstract: up to 250 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 4
References: up to 30

Special feature

Special features is a category reserved for papers that do not fit neatly in any of the other categories. Authors with what they believe to be such papers are encouraged to communicate with the Editor before submission.

As a rule, special features will be about 3000 words. A special feature need not follow the customary structure of a research or review paper.

Media review

Books, video, software and other media of interest to the injury prevention community are occasionally reviewed. Authors wishing to contribute in this category should discuss their ideas with the Editor in advance of submission.

Word count: up to 900 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 8


Correspondence

Letters in response to articles published in the journal are welcomed and should be submitted electronically as eLetters 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.

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be reviewed by the editor and shown to those authors of the original article, where appropriate. The authors will be invited to submit a response.

Selected eLetters may be published in the print journal alongside the authors’ responses.


Supplements

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