1. Appropriateness of Topic
The readership of PS crosses a broad spectrum of experience and education. Article covers a topic in the broad-range of OSH (including security). Timeliness and focus on leading-edge topics are especially relevant. Coverage of basic/fundamental topics is acceptable provided it is not a rehash of information readily available elsewhere.
2. Appropriate Coverage of Topic
Topic is covered in sufficient depth. The article should not be too narrow, broad or complex for the average PS reader (again, keeping in mind the broad spectrum of readers). If the author is targeting a particular segment of the audience (e.g., novice, experienced, etc.), this should be indicated in the cover letter accompanying the submitted article. The author provides a balanced perspective that does not attempt to “oversell” one side or denigrate the other side.
3. Info Is Current and Accurate
Article includes the most current available statistics and reflects current accepted practice. References are relatively current as well, although older references may be appropriate if the author shows the application to current practice.
4. Contributes to Knowledge
Information presented adds to or advances the body of knowledge of the profession.
5. Applicable to PS Readers
Article presents information and sound practices that are easily extractable and applicable. Lessons learned/how-to applicability is particularly relevant. For example, information could relate to best industry practice or compliance activities, offer information on how a practice/activity has been enhanced, or describe how a specific metric or technique has been applied or used..
6. Presents Research or Evidence-Based Information
Statements and opinions offered must be supported by facts and viable references. References are in proper format and all links provided are accurate (including retrieval date). References are used and cited appropriately throughout the article to support statements offered and facts presented. The number of references cited is appropriate for the topic and presentation. The author does not over-rely on a single source or on his/her own work. Author opinion is presented as such. The author avoids broad-brush overgeneralizations.
7. Article is Well-Written
Author follows accepted conventions for using language and has effectively composed the article. Article includes a brief abstract, effective introduction and solid conclusion. Ideas are presented in a logical sequence, and the author provides transitions to connect subtopics.
8. Illustrations Enhance Content
Illustrations (photos, graphs, charts) are clear and concise, easy-to-read and self-explanatory. They clarify and expand on key points or technical issues in order to enhance reader understanding. References must be indicated if the illustrations are not original.
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