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Author a Professional Safety article so you can share your expertise, add to the occupational safety and health profession’s knowledge base, build your resume and earn credits that will help fulfill continuing education and credential requirements.

About Professional Safety

About Professional Safety

Professional Safety is ASSP’s flagship peer-reviewed journal and our top-ranked member benefit. Each monthly issue delivers the latest technical knowledge in occupational safety and health (OSH) — developed through evidence-based information and on-the-job experience.

The journal also publishes articles that describe industry best practices and share advances in consensus standards developments.

Target Audience

Professional Safety articles aim to provide new information and best practices to OSH professionals. The more than 37,000 members who read the journal are spread across a broad range of industries in the U.S. and around the globe.

ManuscriptPeer-Reviewed Manuscripts: Key Expectations

ASSP’s Editorial Review Board evaluates the content ultimately published as peer-reviewed content in the journal. As a potential author, we encourage you to focus on these five areas when developing a manuscript for peer-reviewed feature consideration:

  1. Topic: Professional Safety readership crosses a broad spectrum of experience and education. Focus on timely, leading-edge topics. If you cover basic/fundamental topics, strive to advance and expand on information available elsewhere.
  2. Depth: Cover your topic in sufficient depth. Draft an article that is not be too narrow, broad or complex, keeping in mind that ASSP membership covers the full career spectrum from students and young professionals to seasoned OSH leaders. Strive for balance in your presentation rather than trying to oversell or denigrate any perspective. If your article is targeting a particular audience (e.g., novice, experienced), please indicate that when submitting your manuscript.
  3. Timeliness: Include current statistics and reflect current accepted or emerging practices. While we ask that references be relatively current, older references that offer historic perspective or are relevant to current practices often remain appropriate.
  4. Purpose: Present information that adds to or advances the profession’s knowledge base. Avoid promoting or advertising specific products, services or individuals as it detracts from the objectivity and credibility of the information present.
  5. Applicability: Present information and sound practices that are easily extractable and applicable. Lessons learned/how-to applicability is particularly relevant.

Submission Guidelines for Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

Carefully follow the following guidelines to submit a manuscript for review by the journal’s Editorial Review Board. Doing so lends credibility to you as an author and supports your position as a qualified expert on your topic. Submit all documents related to your manuscript to PSJ's editorial staff.

Word Count Guideline

  • 2,500 to 3,000 words (preferred), not including illustrations

Format

  • MS Word
  • Include no author identifiers in the main article (e.g., byline, headers/footers, bios) to help preserve the blind-peer-review process.
  • Provide author contact and biographical information, including degrees held, granting institution(s) and designations held, in a separate document.
  • Use double-space setting and set all margins to 1 inch.
  • Number pages consecutively, including a number on the first page.
  • Include a Key Takeaways summary consisting of two or three short bulleted sentences that highlight what you will cover and what readers will learn.
  • Provide an effective introduction and solid conclusion.
  • Use subheads throughout to help readers move through the article and connect key concepts.

References

  • Document all quotes, facts and figures according to APA style. Doing so lends credibility to the article and provides readers with information to locate sources and conduct further research.
  • Support statements and opinions with facts and viable references. Be sure to indicates when statements reflect your opinion as the author and avoid over generalizations.
  • Reflect the depth of information available on your topic via the references quoted/cited.

Graphics and Visual Content

  • Figures and tables are not required, but add interest. Carefully chosen and well-prepared figures, such as diagrams and photos, can greatly enhance an article.
  • Strive to be sure these elements clarify and expand on key points or technical issues.
  • Provide clear, easy-to-read, high-quality figures/charts/images for highest reproduction quality in print. Always provide captions and credits.
  • Illustrations (photos, graphs, charts) should be clear and concise, easy-to-read and self-explanatory, and they should be appropriately referenced.

Author Agreement

Professional Safety authors must sign a transfer of copyright agreement, which assigns ASSP rights to the article but also outlines author permissions for using the content.

Download the agreement

Peer-Review Process

The peer-review process typically takes at least 60 days. We will notify you to confirm that we have received your submission and indicate whether it will be submitted to the Editorial Review Board. If selected for peer review, we will share with you review comments and an indication of the submission’s status. The Editorial Review Board’s primary focus is to offer comments that will improve your article and get it published.

If your article is accepted for publication, when submitting the revision, please:

  • Highlight all changes made to manuscript (e.g., use the track changes feature in Word).
  • Save charts, graphs, tables/figures or other electronically created images as separate files (not embedded files). Indicate the software and version used, and include raw data for all graphs and charts so these items can be recreated to match journal presentation style.
  • Submit only high-resolution (300 dpi) digital photos. Acceptable formats include TIF, EPS and JPG.
  • Send a copy of the final manuscript with changes highlighted and any graphics files to PSJ editorial staff.
  • Submit a signed copyright agreement that allows PSJ to publish the article. The author retains the right to use the material in other books, presentations, etc. Contact PSJ staff with any questions regarding this requirement.

Professional Safety reserves the right to edit all manuscripts to be published in order to improve clarity and style. Professional Safety is copyrighted by ASSP. Published articles may not be published elsewhere without written permission of ASSP and the author(s).

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Contribute Other Articles and News to Professional Safety

Professional Safety welcomes the submission articles that don’t meet the criteria for peer-reviewed manuscripts — including event announcements, new product information and general news stories of interest to occupational safety and health professionals.

  • Best Practices Articles: Practical information, ideas and suggestions that readers can immediately apply in their workplaces and readily share with coworkers.
  • Vantage Point Articles: A forum for sharing ideas and opinions in order to encourage and stimulate critical thinking, discussion and debate on matters of concern to the OSH profession.
  • Worth Reading Reviews: Reviews of current literature, book or other publication of interest to OSH professionals. Discuss the book within the context of personal experience. Interested in volunteering to review a book? Tell us your area of interest.

Download the book review guidelines

  • Reader Forum Letters: Reader commentary on stories, features and news reported in the journal.
  • Event Announcements: Provide event date and location, sponsoring company and contact phone, e-mail and URL. Please send information at least three months in advance of the event.
  • News Items: These may be included in the Safety Matters section of the journal. Please include contact information for follow-up questions.
  • Product Pulse Items: Provide product releases, high-resolution digital images and contact information for follow-up questions.

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