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Instructions for Authors

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Manuscript preparation
Editorial policies
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Submission and production processes

Editorial policies

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.

Open Access

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1950 (plus applicable VAT).

Colour figure charges

During submission you will be asked whether or not you agree to pay for the colour print publication of your colour images. This service is available to any author publishing within this journal for a fee of £250 per article. Authors can elect to publish online in colour and black and white in print, in which case the appropriate selection should be made upon submission.

Article types

The stated word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references.

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.

Key messages: Original articles and brief reports should include a text box with two headings "What is already known on this subject" and "What this study adds", each followed by 2-3 bullet points recapitulating the context and contributions of your paper.

Contributorship: For many article types we require a statement of contributorship. Named authorship should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. All authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. Please use the statement of contributorship to indicate how each named author meets these criteria.

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 ipeditor{at}bmj.com 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.

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.

Original Article

Original articles should be double spaced and should not exceed 3000 words in length. Three or four keywords are required. 

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.

Conclude the manuscript with "key messages" as described above and a statement of contributorship.

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

Brief Report/Brief Policy Report/Brief Programme 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.

Conclude the manuscript with "key messages" as described above and a statement of contributorship.

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.

Conclude the manuscript with a statement of contributorship.

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

Systematic Review

We encourage review papers, preferably systematic reviews. Completed Cochrane reviews will also be considered for publication in this section. To conserve page space, please identify detailed tables that could posted only on the website and not printed.

Conclude the manuscript with "key messages" as described above and a statement of contributorship.

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

Study Protocol

Injury Prevention is pleased to receive, review and publish 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 journal

Programme Report

The journal seeks to highlight examples of applied injury prevention practice. These examples should illustrate the process of implementation or translation of evidence-based interventions into specific local settings and contexts. Please highlight any insights that could be used to assist others with similar implementation challenges. Given the level of detail desired, these programme reports will typically be narrow in scope.

Typical sections in these manuscripts include: 1) relevant local injury epidemiology 2) best practices, identifying relevant countermeasures, including anticipated effect size, programme features associated with success, and issues of generalizability; 3) implementation, with a focus on economic, political or technical barriers to programme success and strategies to address these; 4) description of a research agenda, if any, that identifies priority research questions still to be resolved to advance the field in this area; 5) reference to online or print resources useful for replicating evidence-based best practices.
Authors wishing to contribute papers in this category should discuss their ideas with the editor in advance of submission.

Conclude the manuscript with "key messages" as described above and a statement of contributorship.

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

Policy Forum

Policy Forum is a section for articles aspects of injury policy affecting any country or countries. Articles or commentaries may discuss, for example, policy formulation, advocacy, enactment, implementation, or enforcement. Manuscripts identifying risk factors for injury or evaluating the effects of programmes should be submitted as Original Articles, Methodology, or Brief Reports, as appropriate.

For further information please see "Injury prevention policy forum" Injury Prevention 2006;12:382-384. Before submission, we ask that you contact the jvernick{at}jhsph.edu.

Conclude the manuscript with "key messages" as described above and a statement of contributorship.

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

Student Submission

The journal is interested in 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.

Conclude the manuscript with "key messages" as described above and a statement of contributorship.

Length: 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 by email before submission.
As a rule, special features will be about 3000 words but many are shorter and a few longer. A special feature need not follow the customary structure of a research or review paper.

News and Notes

News and Notes highlights events and developments in the field of injury prevention. Editorial comment may be included. Barry Pless edits these submissions. Items for consideration can be submitted directly to him by barry.pless{at}mcgill.ca.

Splinters & Fragments

This column highlights injury research published in other journals but likely to be of interest to our readership. This section is edited by Anara Guard. Contributions should be sent directly to her by anaragus{at}yahoo.com.

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

Cochrane Corner

Reports of recently completed Cochrane reviews are submitted by the Cochrane Injuries Group.

Correspondence

Correspondence should be double spaced and may be published in a shortened form at the discretion of the Editor. Correspondence should relate to material that has been recently published in the journal. These letters can be spirited, but statements that may be viewed as slanderous or libelous will not be permitted.

eLetters may occasionally appear in the print copy but as a rule, they will not. The Editor alone decides which Correspondence to accept and it is not peer reviewed. Letters that are off topic, redundant or unlikely to be of interest to the general readership will not be considered.

Word count: up to 300 words.
Tables/Illustrations: up to 4.
References: up to 4

From ISCAIP/SAVIR/WHO/CDC

These contributions are submitted at the discretion of the affiliated organizations and institutions. The sponsoring society or institution is broadly responsible for the content of these papers. Material may be edited as it must fit onto a single page of the print journal.

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

Supplements

Journals from BMJ 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 that wishes to organise a meeting, for which sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • BMJ 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.

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
For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).

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