1.1 About the Journal
The Journal of Hospital Infection is the scientific publication of the Healthcare Infection Society (formerly known as the Hospital Infection Society). Although HIS is UK based, the JHI is an international publication, and all papers should be of potential relevance to an international audience.
- Outbreak prevention in hospital or community settings
- Healthcare-associated infection surveillance
- Methods of prevention of healthcare-associated infection
- Prevention of infection in immunosuppressed patients
- Infection hazards associated with medical devices
- Role of medical equipment in healthcare-associated infection
- Disinfection and sterilization
- Cleaning, environmental contamination and its surveillance
- Management of clinical waste
- Laboratory diagnostics in relation to infection prevention and control
- Use of antibiotic prophylaxis in infection prevention
- Use of IT systems in infection surveillance
- Design of hospitals and healthcare premises
- Infection hazards associated with critical care units, or other specific healthcare departments
Outbreak reports- we welcome these, but there should be something new about them, e.g with a new organism, associated with a new piece of equipment, a new way of dealing with it, or have a definite message.Audits should have a clear message or learning point associated with them.
Full-length, original research articles
Should contain up to a maximum of 4000 words, which includes the structured summary, text, acknowledgements and references. Each figure and/or tables counts as 200 words towards the total. Separate Figures or Tables labelled 1A, 1B, 1C etc would count as three separate tables, not one.
We welcome reviews, but please check the topic with the office first, before you spend hours on this. Reviews still go through a peer review process. Reviews should contain up to 5000 words and up to 150 references. This limit does not apply to national guidelines and may be waived at the Editor's discretion depending on the topic. Suitable review articles will be required to provide a few questions and answers for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Letter to the Editor
Letters should contain up to 700 words and no more than 5 references. Letters should not contain structural headings nor a summary. The correspondence section will include letters discussing topics raised by papers already published either in the Journal of Hospital Infection or elsewhere, or could be a Eureka type of new idea. Letters will not normally be peer-reviewed, but may be shown to the authors of the article being commented on, who will be invited to respond, should they wish to.
Case reports are not normally published unless they illustrate some exceptional point in the field of infection control. When published, case reports usually appear as a short report.
should contain up to 1500 words, no more than two small figures or tables, and up to ten references, to take up no more than two printed pages of the journal. The same format should be used as for a full length article, ie Introduction or background/methods/results/discussion and conclusion. The article should begin with an unstructured abstract (ie no subheadings) of up to 100 words only. The same rules apply for declaring conflicts of interest & funding, and also getting a signed agreement from all listed authors. Short reports will be subject to the same peer review process as full-length articles.
Please note that it is the authors' responsibility to get the manuscript into the required format before submission. Papers that are submitted with references or other features that do not comply with these instructions will be returned to their authors and will not be considered for publication until they have been resubmitted.
Title Page. This should show the title, names of all authors (but not their degrees) and the name of the institution or department where the work was done, as well as the name, address, telephone and email address of the author to whom the proofs and correspondence should be sent. A running title not exceeding 40 characters and spaces should be provided on the title page.Summary. This should explain briefly what was done, what was observed and what was concluded. Summaries should be structured, with the following headings:-
Summaries must not exceed 250 words.
This is arguably the most important part of the entire paper, and will be the first, and perhaps the only, part of your paper that is read.
Keywords. Authors should provide Keywords from their summary; listing them immediately after the summary.Text
Headings and subheadings may be used in the text. Footnotes should be avoided. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively in the order: title page, text, references, tables, figures, legends.
Introduction. A brief statement outlining the purpose and context of the paper, but leaving discussion for the Discussion section.Methods. Preliminary results may be included in the Methods section if necessary.
Results. A statement of results, without discussion of their significance or relationship to those of others. Information may be conveyed in text or in figures or tables but not in both.Discussion. Do not introduce new results here. Include any weaknesses or limitations of the study.
Acknowledgements. Authors should acknowledge help received in carrying out the work, including supply of bacterial strains, permission to study patients, phage or biotyping of strains, according to accepted custom.Funding. When the work included in a paper has been supported by a grant or supplies from any source, including a manufacturer or commercial company, this must be indicated. It will be printed at the end of the article.References. References should be set out in line with the 'Vancouver' style. For a full explanation of this see the Br Med J 1988; 296: 401–405.
Please note that it is the direct responsibility of the authors rather than the Editorial team to list the references accurately, and in the right order and format in the first place.In the text, references must be consecutively numbered in the order in which they are first mentioned, and must be identified by superscript arabic numerals, after punctuation, e.g. 'as noted by Smith.4' References are better placed at the end of sentences so that they don't break up the flow.
The quoted references should be listed in numerical (not alphabetical) order at the end of the article. References cited in tables or in figure legends should be numbered sequentially according to the first mention in the text of the particular table or illustration.Lists of up to six authors should be fully listed. For seven or more authors list the first three and add et al. The journal title (not the article title) should be italic font and the volume number should be shown in bold font.
Journal references should be set out as below:Elizabeth T. Houang, I.S. Lovett, F.D. Thompson et al. Nocardia asteroides infection—a transmissible disease. J Hosp Infect 1980; 1: 31–40
C. J. Noble, P. Morgan-Capner, M. Hammer, C. Sivyer, P. Wagstaff, J.R. Pattison. A trial of povidone iodine dry powder spray for the prevention of infusion thrombophlebitis. J Hosp Infect 1980; 1: 47–45Titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus (see list printed annually in the January issue of Index Medicus).
Article in press
Please include the digital object identifier (DOI) as in the following examples:
2. Jacobsson B-M, Hijelte L, Nystyröm B. Low level of bacterial contamination of mist tents used in home treatment of cystic fibrosis patients. J Hosp Infect 2000. doi:10.1053/jhin.1999.0658.Web addresses
Please use the DOI number for a permanent on-line article. If no DOI number is available, please supply the following: Editor/Author or compiler name, Article title, version no./Date, URL, date last accessed.
Books and chapters
1. Washington JA, Barry AL. Dilution test procedures. In: Lennette EH, Spaulding EHTruant JP, Eds. Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 2nd edn. Washington, DC: American Society for Microbiology 1979; 410–417.
Figures. Illustrations should be in finished form suitable for reproduction, as large or larger than the final size on the page. Photographs should have strong contrast and be trimmed to exclude unnecessary background. Figures should be planned to fit the proportions of the Journal pages, and details should be easily discriminated at the final size. Colour photographs will be considered only if essential.All illustrations are to be numbered with arabic numerals as Figures 1, 2, 3 etc. without abbreviation, in the order of their first mention in the text.
A short explicit legend must be provided for each figure. All such legends should be listed together in the final section of the manuscript.Bacterial nomenclature. Organisms should be referred to by their scientific namesaccording to the binomial system. When first mentioned the name should be spelt in full and written in italics. Afterwards the genus should be abbreviated to its initial letter, e.g. 'S. aureus' not 'Staph. aureus'. If abbreviation is likely to cause confusion or render the intended meaning unclear the names of microbes should be spelt in full. Only those names which were included in the Approved List of Bacterial Names, Int J Syst Bacteriol 1980: 30: 225–420 and those which have been validly published in the Int J Syst Bacteriol since 1 January 1980 have standing in nomenclature. If there is good reason to use a name that does not have standing in nomenclature, the names should be enclosed in quotation marks and an appropriate statement concerning the nomenclatural status of the name should be made in the text (for an example see Int J Syst Bacteriol 1980; 30: 547–556). When the genus alone is used as a noun or adjective, use lower case roman not underlined, e.g.'organisms were staphylococci' and 'acinetobacter infection'. If the genus is specifically referred to, use italics, e.g. 'organisms of the genus Staphylococcus'. For genus in plural, use lower case roman e.g. 'salmonellae'; plurals may be anglicized e.g.'salmonellas'. For trivial names, use lower case roman e.g. 'meningococcus'.
Numbers and measurements. Numbers one to nine are written unless they are measurements (e.g. 5 mL). Numbers greater than nine are spelled out if they begin a sentence, or when clarity requires it. Numbers above and including 10 000 have a space, not a comma. A decimal point is preceded by a number or cypher, e.g. '0.5'. Decimal points in columns should be aligned vertically.Measurements may be expressed in SI or non-metric units. Use 10 mL/h rather than -1 or per. When referring to microbial concentrations use expressions such as '10x', not 'x log10'. When referring to changes in microbial concentration, use expressions such as 'reduced by a factor of 10x', not 'reduced by x log10'; 'a log10 reduction factor of x' may also be used.
Statistics. P values and confidence intervals should be included where appropriate. The name and version of any statistical computer package should be written out in full.Abbreviations. Use capitals for: MIC, MBC, WBC, RBC, DNA, RNA, Group A, B etc. for antigenic or other groups, HPA, CDSC, CDC, WHO, CSF, MSU, EMU, CSU. Use cfu, pfu, mm, m, min, h, in, ft, g, kg, mL, L, im, iv, iu, P (probability). Use sp. and spp. (species, singular and plural). Use Gram's stain and Gram-negative bacillus.
Drugs. These should be referred to by their approved generic names. Do not use the proprietary name, as this may vary between countries.Date format. Dates are usually provided in full, e.g. 11th September 2001. Otherwise, use European Date Format, i.e. 11/9/2001, not 9/11/2001.
Additional points to note
- Use two carriage returns to end headings and paragraphs.
- Type text without end of Iine hyphenation, except for compound words.
- Do not use the lower case letter 'l' (el) for '1' (one) or 'O' for '0'. (They have different typesetting values.)
- Be consistent with punctuation and only insert a single space between words.
- Please include a list of any special characters you have had to use, e.g. Greek letters used in mathematical equations.
The language of the JHI is British English.
Please adjust your spell checker if necessary. British spellings include diarrhoea, Haemophilus, haematology, paediatrics, leucocyte, leukaemia, bacteraemia, sulphonamides, aetiology. Please note the journal uses UK 'z' spelling (e.g., colonizes).
Please avoid excessive use of the passive tense, obscure or pseudo-scientific language, and very long sentences.If English is not your first language, please get a native English speaker to look over it for you before you complete the final draft. If you are from a commercial company from a non-English speaking country, we will expect you to have had it professionally translated before submission.
The Editorial team will make minor adjustments, but if the paper requires too much work, it may be returned to you for re-writing.A list of language and copyediting services to authors who need assistance before they submit their article for peer review or before it is accepted for publication can be found at: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/languagepolishing.
Special note for authors from England
Please remember that the JHI is an international journal, and must be readily understood and accessible for readers all over the world. Readers overseas complain sometimes that the JHI comes across as too NHS-focused.
"Caldicott Guardian" - this is a purely NHS invention of recent years, and will mean absolutely nothing to anyone outside England. References to "High-impact interventions", "Saving Lives", MRSA-BSI or CDI targets should not be made unless absolutely necessary, and may have to be defined.4. UK Freedom of Information Requests
Studies from England compiled as result of Freedom of Information Requests must be clearly indicated as such, and justified. Please note that such studies may often be considered too parochial and specific to England to be suitable for publication in an international journal. You must declare how the data were gathered, and the participating institutions listed (and thanked) in the acknowledgment section. Please note that such papers can cause considerable resentment amongst reviewers and readers alike.
All authors included on a paper must fulfill the criteria of authorship as set out under the Uniform Requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (see www.icmje.org) and every one who fulfils these criteria should be listed as an author.
All these conditions must all be met. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship.Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, data collection, or a department chair who provided only general support.
The JHI requires a signature from every individual author listed confirming that they have read and agree to the final draft before submission. Additional authors cannot usually be added after the paper has been accepted for publication.6. Conflict of interest
At the end of the text, under a subheading "Conflict of interest statement" all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.
7. Funding and sponsorship
All sources of funding should be declared as an acknowledgement at the end of the text. Authors should declare the role of study sponsors, if any, in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. If the study sponsors had no such involvement, the authors should so state. When the work included in a paper has been supported by a grant from any source this must be indicated.
A mobile telephone number and e-mail address must be provided to aid processing of manuscripts.Authors should retain a copy of all material as the editors cannot accept responsibility for loss.
When 'under review' the submission is deemed a suitable subject and we are trying to obtain reviews.'All reviews complete' have reviewer recommendations which are being assessed by the Assistant Editor. If there are conflicting reviews or the need for a statistical analysis the submission will return to 'under review'. The editorial office is unable to give an indication of these recommendations until the final decision has been made.
Following an Assistant Editor recommendation the submission returns to 'with Editor' for the Editor's consideration and final decision.Time to reach a decision
Please note that the JHI has no full-time staff other than the Editorial Coordinator. The Editor and Assistant Editors all have busy hospital or academic jobs. There may be unavoidable delays if we receive an unusually high number of submissions and at peak holiday times, including the second half of December, July and August.
Elsevier, the publisher of the Journal of Hospital Infection, will be in touch when they have prepared a proof for inspection by the corresponding author. At this stage you will be asked to clarify any queries and make any amendments necessary. Major alterations will be charged to the author.
In common with many other journals, we have two systems of review, internal and external.External review is where the paper is sent out to one or more external reviewers for comment. We ask for reviews to be returned within 28 days, but this isn't always possible.
External reviewers are all unpaid volunteer experts from the UK and overseas, who, like many in the field, are increasingly busy. Because of the steady increase in submissions over recent years, we no longer have capacity to send out all papers for external review. In common with many other scientific journals, external review is now mainly reserved for what we consider to be the papers that we think that we may be interested in publishing.Internal peer review is where the paper is reviewed by one or more members of the Editorial Team. The Assistant Editors are only recruited from the ranks of the top reviewers in the first place, and are amongst the most experienced expert reviewers available.
We do this to ensure that unsuccessful authors get a decision quickly (often in a matter of days) and we are spending most Editorial and external reviewer time on papers that we do want to publish.Can you demand that your paper be sent for external review?
No. This is entirely at the discretion of the Editorial Team.
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