Aim, Focus and Scope

International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health (IJOSH) is an international peer-reviewed journal covering occupational health, safety and health.

It provides occupational health physicians, ergonomist, nurses, occupational hygiene, health and safety professionals with a dependable single source of proficiently written legal, practical and management occupational health information.

IJOSH welcomes original research submissions which relate to the full range of chemical, physical, ergonomic, biological and psychosocial hazards in the workplace and to environmental contaminants and their health effects and the safety standards and interventions. Research aimed at improving the evidence-based practice of occupational medicine and research on the development and application of novel methods, including biological and statistical techniques is also of interest. In addition, we publish systematic reviews, editorials, commentaries and letters to the editor, which provide a forum for debate.

Contents published in IJOSH are available on the databases like CrossRefGoogle ScholarResearchGate, Index Copernicus, WorldCatScientfic Literatures (SciLit)SafetyLitNepMed (Nepal MEDLINE)Open Access Library (OALib)JournalTOCs etc.

IJOSH is adopted as the official journal of the Occupational Health and Safety Society of Nepal (OHSSN).

Publication Frequency

IJOSH is published half yearly.

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. 

There are number of robust and methodologically strong articles published every month across the world. However, being very important and relevant the full text of most of these articles are not available or the journals charge certain fee which sometimes are not affordable to all for accessing full text of the articles.

International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health (IJOSH) fully and completely abides by the terms and conditions, and policies enlisted by DOAJ, the most important of which is “The full text of ALL content must be available for free and be Open Access without delay (i.e. no embargo period).”

Another important aspect of Open Access is that the Copyright of the article is retained by the author.

IJOSH Content Licensing

IJOSH is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Principal and Practice of Publication Ethics for International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health (IJOSH)

International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health (IJOSH) follows a double blind peer-reviewed model for an article to publish in this journal.

For this, we need to accept the standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.

Our ethic statements are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for Journal Editors.

ICMJE Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process

ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Policies prepared by the WAME Ethics and Policy Committee (formerly the Publication Ethics and Editorial Policy Committees)

In order of implementing these principals, we strongly uphold some criteria for all levels of Stakeholders.

  1. Role of Editor
  2. Role of Reviewers
  3. Role of Authors
  4. Plagiarism and possible misconduct

Role of Editorial Board

Decision Making: The Chief Editor of the journal is responsible for deciding and directing the strategies of the journal. S/he reviews and decides upon submitted manuscripts to ensure sustainable and timely copy flow. S/he is also ultimately the final decision maker for acceptance or rejections for the articles submitted to the journal, The managing editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board. The managing editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. The Chief Editor also plays a pivotal role to bring together a range of experts within the field in order to make important decisions on journal strategies, select and ensure a smooth peer reviewing process, achieve and uphold the quality of the journal and to ultimately oversee that the journal is able to maintain and fulfil its scope and objectives.

Rationality: The editorial board should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Privacy: The editorial board should ensure not to disclose any information’s of the author or reviewer’s names or email addresses to each other.

Conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by any editor's own research in any condition.

Peer review: Peer reviewers are experts chosen by editors to provide a written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of written research, with the aim of improving the article and modifying it in a most appropriate and highest mode for the journal.

Role of Reviewers

Punctuality: The reviewers who feel unable to review the research or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor.

Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Disclosure and conflict of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research in any condition. Information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Peer reviewers are requested to go through the ICMJE and COPE guidelines for peer reviewers below:

ICMJE Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Peer reviewers are requested to submit their feedback on the IJOSH peer review form below:

IJOSH Peer Review Format to be filled by peer reviewer

Role of authors

Reporting standards: An accurate account of the implemented work and results should be presented, along with an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial ‘opinion’ works should be clearly identified as such.

Data access and retention: Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources: Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. 

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

Authorship credit should be based on:

  • Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data
  • Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • Final approval of the version to be published.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

Ethical considerations: Article reporting experiments on human subjects should disclose whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983.

Subject / Patient consent: Studies on patients or volunteers require ethical committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the submitted manuscript.

Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format (print or electronic).

Self-plagiarism: The author's copying of her or his own previously published material: duplicate publication or "self--‐ plagiarism." If an author has published an article in Journal A, she or he may not send the same article with a few minor adjustments to Journal B. Nor may she or he take verbatim portions of the first article without quotation marks for use in a second article. Each publication should contain fresh writing, even if there is nothing new to report on the topic.

Inadequate acknowledgement of data or ideas: Most writers rely on the ideas and data of others, but doing so without naming the source is a form of plagiarism.

Copyright infringement: Occurs when an author copies (with or without attribution) significant portions of a published work, including tables and figures, without having obtained the permission of the person or publisher holding the copyright. When this plagiarized "writing" is published, the new publisher is guilty of violating the copyright held by the original publisher.

Policy for misconduct: IJOSH policies towards plagiarism are.

  1. When plagiarism is detected, by either reviewers or editors, before or after acceptance, during editing, or at any time before publication, IJOSH editor office will alert the author, asking her or him to rewrite or quote exactly and to cite the original source.
  2. If the plagiarism is extensive ‐ the article may be rejected and the author's institute may be notified about the violation.
  3. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the editors will notify readers of the infraction through an editor's note in the journal.
  4. In any condition, if plagiarism found and author(s) failed to provide a suitable explanation, the IJOSH Plagiarism Committee can take further action.

IJOSH Plagiarism Committee:

  • Editor-in-chief, IJOSH
  • Managing Editor, IJOSH
  • Executive Editors, IJOSH

Guidelines to Authors

International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health decided to receive manuscripts in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, obtained from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendation, updated December 2018, website http://www.icmje.org

Authors are advised to adhere with the guidelines while submitting their manuscript. The Authors can access the detailed guidelines as listed in the link below.

Guidelines to authors for sumbission of articles

 FAQs: IJOSH

The answers are here for your questions about International Journal of Ocupational Safety and Health (IJOSH). If you have any questions which are not answered here, please feel free to contact the Managing editor.

What types of articles are published in IJOSH?

  • Editorials
  • Original Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Field Reports
  • Short Communications 
  • Letters to the editor

How can I submit my manuscript to IJOSH?

Your submissions can be submitted online by registering as an author. Click the Register link at the top of the page and complete the registration form. You will then be able to log onto the site to submit your manuscript using the 5 step submission process.

How to obtain a print version of the journal?

Currently, IJOSH is an open access online journal. You can download the PDF version of all the articles from the journal website.

Who retains copyright of the open access articles and what license is it published under?

With effect from Volume 8 No 2 (2018) issue, copyright in all material submitted for publication in the journal is vested to the authors under attribution CC BY-NC. 

Can I re-publish the articles with other journals which are already published in IJOSH?

The articles published in IJOSH may be freely used in any form for non-profit uses. 

Can I use the material from articles published in IJOSH?

Open Access Archiving Permissions

    • The author(s) may archive the Publisher’s version/PDF in any institutional repository, open or closed.
    • There is no embargo that prevents an author from archiving the Publisher’s version/PDF.
    • Author(s) re-use of the Publisher’s version/PDF as part of a Thesis/Dissertation can be archived in any institutional repository, open or closed, provided it is noncommercial.

Open Access Re-use Permissions

The author(s) may republish the Publisher’s version/PDF in a non-commercial book if written or edited by the contributing author(s).

    • The author(s) may re-use the Publisher’s version/PDF as part of a Thesis/Dissertation written by the contributing author(s) provided the Thesis/Dissertation is not used for any commercial purpose. The Publisher’s version/PDF, as part of a Thesis/Dissertation, can be archived in any institutional repository, open or closed, provided it is noncommercial. The Publisher’s version/PDF, as part of a Thesis/Dissertation, can be distributed via any noncommercial database, repository, or website.

 Open Access Distribution Permissions

    • The author(s) may supply Publisher’s version/PDF to students/use the article for teaching purposes.
    • The author(s) may supply Publisher’s version/PDF to a research colleague at an academic institution.
    • The author(s) may supply Publisher’s version/PDF to authorities for institutional funding evaluations and rankings (such as the RAE).
    • The Publisher’s version/PDF may appear on the website of the author(s) institution or on the author(s) personal website, provided its use is noncommercial.
    • The Publisher’s version/PDF may be posted on academic websites such academia.edu or ResearchGate, provided the use is noncommercial and provided that proper attribution is given to the creator(s) and the publisher, including copyright terms, as indicated above in Section IV, paragraph two.
    • Author(s) re-use of the Publisher’s version/PDF as part of a Thesis/Dissertation can be distributed via any noncommercial database, repository, or website.

Is there any articles charge for Authors?

IJOSH is now charging an article processing fee of US$ 50 (SAARC authors) and US$ 100 (other country authors) which is payable after the article is selected. Authors from Nepal are waived from the article processing fee. Authors from the low income countries may request for a waiver of the article processing fee or discounted article processing fee.

What are authors paying for?

Costs are involved for the publication process, digital typing and copy-editing; the author is asked to pay an article-processing charge.

When do I need to pay Article Processing Charges?

Article processing charges will have to be paid after the manuscript has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. The corresponding author will be responsible for arranging the payments.

Will there be additional charges, especially if an article contains colour images?

IJOSH is an open-access online Journal, so there are no extra charges for the Colour Images.

What will happen if the authors do not submit the manuscript after the peer review process has been completed ?

It is unethical not to submit the final version of the manuscript to IJOSH after a series of reviews and major copy editing process. Such process demands a lot of time and effort from the experts. IJOSH tends to publish the name and titles of the manuscript in such condition.

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Aman Lal Shrestha, 
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Publisher

    Occupational Health and Safety Society of Nepal