American Journal of Industrial Medicine

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Edited By: Steven B. Markowitz and Rodney Ehrlich

Impact Factor: 1.632

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 86/173 (Public Environmental & Occupational Health)

Online ISSN: 1097-0274

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All manuscripts submitted to American Journal of Industrial Medicine must be submitted solely to this journal and may not have been published in any part or form in another publication of any type, professional or lay. No published material may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher and/or the copyright holder. The journal will not be responsible for the loss of a manuscript at any time. All statements in, or omissions from, published manuscripts are the responsibility of the authors, who will assist the editors by reviewing proofs before publication. Except for color charges noted below, no page charges will be levied against an author or institution for the publication in the journal.

English Language Policy. All manuscripts must be written in clear, correct English. Manuscripts not meeting the language requirement may be declined without peer review at the Editor’s discretion. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found here. Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services here. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Manuscript Length. There are no restrictions on the length of any article type except a Letter to the Editor or a Book Review, which cannot exceed 1000 words.

Research Article: Report the results of original quantitative or qualitative research. These papers should advance knowledge, practice, or policy and follow the standard form of scientific research writing (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion). Abstract must be structured according to the standard sections.
Example: See any issue of the journal for examples of research articles.

Brief Report: Present focused observations from limited epidemiological or international health data, or initial findings of novel research. Brief Reports generally deal with pilot data, a small dataset, or a single aspect of a larger dataset. These shorter papers should follow the standard form of scientific research writing (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion). Abstract must be structured according to the standard sections.
McCullagh, M. C. (2011), Effects of a low intensity intervention to increase hearing protector use among noise-exposed workers. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 210–215.

Case Report: Report a single case or small series of experiences with occupational and environmental health, safety, or policy events and issues. These papers should be instructive and succinct, with a well-defined message. Use the standard form for scientific case presentation (Introduction, Case report Discussion; methods and/or findings sections as appropriate). Abstract must be unstructured.
(single case) Andujar, R., et al. (2011), High eosinophil levels and poor evolution in occupational asthma due to cyanoacrylate exposure. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 714–718.
(small series) Suojalehto, H.,et al. (2011), Occupational asthma related to low levels of airborne methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) in orthopedic casting work. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 906–910.

Review: Provide systematic examination of a timely and relevant topic with critical assessment of published literature. Can be quantitative meta-analysis of studies and data sets, or present an overview and analysis of policy and practice. Abstract must be unstructured.
Wong, T. W. and Wong, A. H.S. (2011), A review of statutory medical examinations in Asian-Pacific countries. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 78–88.
Guidotti, T. L., Prezant, D., de la Hoz, R. E. and Miller, A. (2011), The evolving spectrum of pulmonary disease in responders to the World Trade Center tragedy. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 649–660.
Osborne, A., Blake, C., Fullen, B. M., Meredith, D., Phelan, J., McNamara, J. and Cunningham, C. (2012), Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among farmers: A systematic review. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 143–158.

Commentary: Address current events, policy and legislative issues, or the research and evaluations that inform policy. Can be short or long form. Must include an unstructured abstract.
Short form: Brief essay exploring current events or emerging trends, may offer a recommendation.
Michaels, D. (2012), OSHA does not kill jobs; It helps prevent jobs from killing workers. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 961–963.

Long form: Extended essay that critiques current policy or legislation and calls for change, or challenges group evaluations and recommendations that are the basis of policy creation.
Ehrlich, R. (2012), A century of miners' compensation in South Africa. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 560–569. Cherniack, M., Henning, R., Merchant, J. A., Punnett, L., Sorensen, G. R. and Wagner, G. (2011), Statement on national worklife priorities. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 10–20.
Infante, P. F. (2011), The IARC October 2009 evaluation of benzene carcinogenicity was incomplete and needs to be reconsidered. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 157–164.

Historical Perspective: Survey the development of the occupational and environmental health field, including original historical research; critical analysis of organizations and programs, past trends, or events; or biographies of influential people and places. Must include an abstract that is unstructured or structured as appropriate for article content.
Hendricks, S. A., Jenkins, E. L. and Anderson, K. R. (2007), Trends in workplace homicides in the U.S., 1993–2002: A decade of decline. Am. J. Ind. Med., 50: 316–325.
Rosenthal, J., Jessup, C., Felknor, S., Humble, M., Bader, F. and Bridbord, K. (2012), International environmental and occupational health: From individual scientists to networked science Hubs. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 1069–1077.
Greenberg, M. (2006), The last Senior Medical Inspector of Factories and his place in the history of occupational health. Am. J. Ind. Med., 49: 54–59.

Letter: Respond to a published article or present a very short communication about a timely issue or emergent research. Letters may be sent for peer-review and so should not reveal author names. Restrictions: 1000 words maximum.
Goodman, J. E. (2011), Nickel metal not associated with lung cancer risk. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 419.
Bianchi, C. and Bianchi, T. (2011), Mesothelioma and aircraft industry. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 494.

Book Review: Review of published or forthcoming book relevant to the field of occupational and environmental health and safety. Restrictions: 1000 words maximum.
Shapiro, S. A. (2012), Book review: Legally poisoned: How the law puts us at risk from toxicants. By Carl F. Cranor. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2011, 315 pp. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 187–188.


Prepare all of these documents and files for your manuscript submission:

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
At the time of submission of a manuscript, the journal requires that all authors submit a standard Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (also made available within the online ScholarOne submission system). Authors must disclose any affiliations with any organizations that to any author's knowledge have a direct interest, particularly a financial interest, in the subject matter or materials discussed, The single most important piece of information to be disclosed is the source of funding for the study.

Title Page
This should be a separate, individual file, not within the main manuscript, to maintain blinded peer review. Please use this template when creating your title page: AJIM Title Page Template. The Title Page must include all of the following:

  • Complete title of the manuscript and a short (running) title
  • Complete names, academic degrees and affiliations (to the department level) of all authors
  • Institution at which the work was performed
  • Indication of and complete contact information (including email address) for the corresponding author
  • Author Contributions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Funding
  • Institution and Ethics approval and informed consent
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure
  • Disclaimers

Main Manuscript document
American Journal of Industrial Medicine is pleased to offer an Author Formatted submission option. Manuscript text, tables, figures, legends, and references may be submitted in a single text document. Tables and figures may be embedded into the flow of text or displayed at the end of the text file. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to provide table and figure files to the production specifications outlined below.

Manuscript Style. Submit in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf files, using the 8.5 x 11-inch paper setting, with 1-inch margins. Double space all text, including the References. Start a new page for each major division of the manuscript. For abbreviations, follow the guidelines in the Council of Science Editors style guide. Use generic names for all drugs and pharmaceutical preparations. Trade names may be mentioned in the Methods section.

Blinded for Review. The manuscript text must be fully blinded for review (no author names or institutional information).

Please arrange your text in the following order:

Abstract and Keywords. Please begin your main manuscript document with an Abstract of 100-150 words. For Commentaries, Historical Perspectives, Case Reports and Book Reviews, the abstract should be unstructured. For Research Articles, Review Articles, and Brief Reports, the abstract should be composed of four sections, labeled Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. No abstract is required for a Letter to the Editor. Five to ten key words that will adequately index the subject matter should follow the abstract.

Sections and Subheadings. The text of Research Articles, Review Articles, and Brief Reports should generally use the following format: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. For Case Reports, Commentaries, Historical Perspectives, and Book Reviews, please use all appropriate sections and headings of standard scientific writing. Use subheadings and paragraph titles whenever possible. For guidance, please consult the Council of Science Editors style guide.

Methods section: Ethics Review and Approval. All manuscripts that describe biomedical studies of individual human subjects must include explicit assurance that signed informed consent was obtained from each subject or from their legal guardian and that the study protocol was reviewed and approved by the appropriate ethical committee. Any manuscript describing experimental studies with animals must include explicit assurance that animal care was humane and in accord with institution guidelines. Specify that participants signed written informed consent. If IRB approval or written informed consent was not obtaine, authors must explain why not. Keep this information blinded for review (no author names or institutional information).

References. In the text, cite references by name and date. For more than two authors, use the first surname and et al. In the final list, they should be in alphabetical order, including the complete title of the article cited, and names of up to ten authors, followed by et al. Journal abbreviations should follow Council of Science Editors style. In the following examples notice the punctuation, do not use all capitals, do not underline.
Journal Articles:
King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, Trott JR. 1998. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 390:537–551.
Voet D, Voet JG. 1990. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1223 p.
Book chapter:
Gilmor ML, Rouse ST, Heilman CJ, Nash NR, Levey AI. 1998. Receptor fusion proteins and analysis. In: Ariano MA, editor. Receptor localization. New York: Wiley-Liss. p 75–90.

Tables. Tables must be numbered in order of appearance with Roman numerals (for example, Table III, Table IV). Each Table must have a header with the number and title, and include any necessary legends at the bottom that define all abbreviations. All Tables must be referenced within the text. Tables should supplement the text, not duplicate it.

Figures. Figures should supplement the text, not duplicate it. Images must be clear and readable for review. Number figures by order of appearance (Figure 1, Figure 2).

Figure Legends. A legend must appear beneath each figure/ illustration and must define all abbreviations. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide a text-only list of all figure legends.

Previously Published Illustrations and Tables: If an author wishes to include Illustrations and Tables that have been previously published, they must cite the previous publication and secure permission from the copyright holder. Further information and a template letter for securing permissions can be found here: Please include completed and signed permissions forms for re-used illustrations and tables at time of manuscript submission.

The journal allows small appendices to be published in the print version of an article. Tables, Figures, or other information included as Appendices must be referenced as such in the text and uploaded as "Supplemental Material for Review."

Supplemental Material (for online publication only).
The journal encourages additional data in the form of text, tables, figures, and videos for publication in the web version of articles. This Supplemental Material (Supporting Information) appears online only, not in the print version of your article. Please reference supplemental information clearly in your main manuscript, otherwise readers will not be aware of its presence. Also indicate supplemental information when naming your files at point of submission: for example, Table SI.doc, Table SII.doc, Figure S1.tif, etc. Upload all files of this type as "Supplemental Material For Review." Online-only Supplemental Material will be published as submitted. It will not be copyedited or formatted by the publisher in any way. The accuracy and presentation of Supplemental Material is the sole responsibility of the authors.

Revisions: If a revision is requested, please follow all original submission guidelines. Authors are required to provide a clean copy of the revision, a marked version of the revision indicating changes (track changes, colored text, or highlighting are all acceptable marking methods) and a detailed Response to Reviewer comments. The clean copy should be uploaded using the file type "Main Document." The marked revision and detailed Response to Review should be uploaded using the file type "Supplementary Material for Review."

Production Specification for Tables and Figures

Tables must be editable text in a text document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf file format; no images or Excel files), uploaded as a separate file, not within the main manuscript. Each table must begin on a new page.

Illustrations (Figures).
The journal accepts high-resolution TIF file format ONLY for figures. Color images should be saved in RGB color scheme. The resolution of photographic images must be 300 dpi. The resolution of line-art (vector graphic) images must be 600 dpi. Figures must be uploaded as separate, individual files, not within the main manuscript. Images embedded in text files or PowerPoint will be returned to the author for conversion to high-resolution TIF files.
Color Charge Policy Color in the printed edition of the journal will be considered only in unusual circumstances, and the cost for printing in color ($800 per figure) will be borne by the author. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well in grayscale; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible.

Copyright License
Accepted articles cannot be published until the publisher has received the appropriate signed license agreement. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log into Wiley's Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the standard copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA
To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Proofs. When an article has been accepted, the publisher will send the corresponding author a link to a website where proofs are available for final review before publication. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. In addition, please provide a secondary email address in case we have trouble reaching you at the first email address. Instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.
Policy on Review of Page Proofs: Accepted manuscripts are copyedited by a professional copyeditor hired by the publisher. The Editor will not check the typeset proofs of accepted manuscripts for errors, thus it is the responsibility of the primary author of each paper to review page proofs carefully for spelling and grammar, accuracy of citations and formulas, etc., and to check for omissions in the text. It is imperative that the author do a prompt, thorough job of reviewing the returned proofs. Page proofs must be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. An order form for offprints will be available with proofs.

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