The Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research (JSHER) is an online publication of peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical manuscripts, reviews and editorials devoted to a wide variety of occupational safety, health and environmental issues and practices.
JSHER aims to be the premier source of peer-reviewed information for both OSH academics and practitioners concerned with occupational safety, health and environmental science, management, economics, finance, engineering, and legal/regulatory or compliance issues.
Suggested Article Content
As you draft your JSHER article, keep in mind the purpose of the journal’s content is to:
- Enhance the decision-making and professional development of both OSH academics and safety students.
- Focus on innovative concepts and models, strategies, technical tools, and theoretical and observational analyses.
- Condense state-of-the-art information essential to safety educators.
- Offer timely reviews of legal, regulatory or compliance changes, software applications, graduate student research and non-peer-reviewed but scholarly discussions of relevant OSH topics and trends.
- Offer progressive ways of addressing and managing OSH issues or concerns.
Submission Guidelines for Original Manuscripts
Manuscripts that are in agreement with the mission and scope of JSHER should be crafted carefully and professionally written. Authors should submit articles as an attachment within an e-mail message. Specifically, they should meet the following guidelines:
3,000 to 8,000 words, including references but not including illustrations, tables or figures that are not included in the text.
- Create manuscripts in an MS Word file with no author identifiers
- Double space copy with 1-inch margins all around
- Consecutively number pages and clearly identify new paragraphs
- Include an abstract of no more than 200 words that states briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions, including a short list of keywords
- Include section headers that describe the main content of each section of the manuscript
- Include introduction, methods, results and discussion sections (at a minimum) for empirical research
- Create a title page in a separate file that includes the title, co-authors and a 50-word bio-sketch for each author
- Each bio should indicate the author’s current position, degrees earned and professional certifications earned
- List the person to whom correspondence should be directed, including that person’s name, title, employer, telephone number and e-mail address
- Document and acknowledge facts and figures
- Include a reference section at the end of the manuscript, using APA style to cite and document sources
Graphics and Visual Content
- Present tables and figure legends on separate pages at the end of the manuscript, but indicate where in the manuscript the table or figure should be placed
- Ensure graphics such as figures and photos are submitted as separate files and are not embedded in the article text
Submission Guidelines for Textbook Reviews
We review formal OSH textbooks to grow an archive of information about the many textbooks available to OSH educators. This helps educators develop courses and determine whether the field needs new or revised OSH textbooks. Interested authors should adopt the following format to review a textbook.
- Name of text, author(s) and author degrees and certifications/credentials, ISBN number, price, pages, publisher (photo of the cover if available)
- Review the table of contents
- Review the content:
- Is the primary audience undergraduate or graduate students (or both)?
- Is the content accurate?
- Is the content thorough and professionally presented?
- What are the strong points and weak points of the text?
- What is the quality of the writing? Is the voice appropriate?
- Is the organization of chapters and the content within each chapter well done? Does the outset of each chapter include student learning objectives? Does each chapter have a conclusion?
- Is the quality of the references, appendices, tables, graphs, charts and other visual aids appropriate?
- How would you rate the teachability of the content? Does the text include good examples, sample problems, anecdotes, etc.? Are specifically highlighted aspects of OSH accessible to the student (such as sidebars, case studies, etc.)?
- What is the quality of supporting materials? For example, is there a teacher’s guide with sample case studies, problems and their solutions and sample test questions, sample graphics, PowerPoint slides, etc.? Does the text come with a CD or web-based support?
- Final recommendation: Create either a thumbs-up or thumbs-down statement. In other words, would you use it in your program? Be polite and respectful in your recommendation.
- Your name, degree, credentials and place of employment
Submission of a manuscript to JSHER indicates that the effort expressed has not been published previously and that it is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors are requested to transfer copyright to the publisher.
Each submission to JSHER is blind peer-reviewed by at least five reviewers.
JSHER Editorial Review Board
Qingsheng Wang, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Todd William Loushine, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Michael Behm, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Sang D. Choi, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
Jerry Davis, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Joel M. Haight, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Rodney J. Simmons, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Anthony Veltri, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Leigh Ann Blunt, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
ASSP Academics Practice Specialty Administrator
James Ramsay, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL