Guide for Authors

The Journal of Chemical Health & Safety is dedicated to providing up-to-date information on topics involving chemical safety and health and other related areas. It is of interest to all working chemists and other scientists using chemicals. JCHAS is also a valued source for the occupational health professional for current, relevant, and reliable information about issues involving an employee's well-being wherever chemicals are used. These professionals include laboratory managers and supervisors, chemical hygiene officers, chemistry and science faculty, industrial hygienists, consultants, and practitioners-individuals who have an interest in and/or legal responsibility for safety in the workplace. We welcome contributions from chemical health and safety professionals, researchers, university faculty and others who have information to share. We also welcome suggestions for future articles. The journal publishes peer-reviewed feature and resource articles, reviews of resources (books, videos, audiotapes, and software), letters, and opinion pieces. Columns are not peer-reviewed.

Feature articles should describe case studies, current topics of interest, experiment procedures, regulatory affairs, and proven, "how to" techniques. Commercial overtones should be minimized. Articles should provide substantive, relevant information; a listing of resources for readers who want more information; and a glossary that describes unfamiliar terms. Articles should include figures/photos to enhance the article.

Resource articles focus on specific issues of concern (e.g., peroxidizable organic compounds or lab hood safety guidelines) and provide more technical details and comprehensive coverage than feature articles.

Research articles should describe work related to preserving the safety of individuals who work with chemicals. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, methods to handle, store, or dispose of hazardous chemicals; evaluation of personal protective equipment; or determination of hazards of specific classes of compounds.

Resource reviews evaluate books, software, videos, and audio products that are of use to the chemical health and safety professional. Reviewers are encouraged to develop, justify, and communicate an opinion on the value of the product to the readers of this journal. Specific guidelines for these articles are available from the editorial office.

Letters comment on articles published in the journal and on issues of concern to chemical health and safety professionals. They should be brief and may be edited for reasons of clarity or space. Authors whose articles are the subject of a specific letter will be given the opportunity to respond, and that response will appear with the letter. Please include your complete mailing address, daytime telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address when submitting a letter.

All manuscripts are to be submitted in a Word document (not a pdf file) and double-spaced. All pages are to be numbered. All submissions must be done electronically unless prior arrangements are made with the editor. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged using the Elsevier Electronic Submission System at

Once your manuscript is received, it will be acknowledged, reviewed for content suitability, and sent for peer review, as appropriate. Suggestions from authors for appropriate reviewers are encouraged. Reviewers comments should be incorporated into the final revised article or an explanation as to why a reviewer's comments are not incorporated should accompany the final article. Final, edited copy must be submitted electronically through EES. All figures and photos are to be high-quality with adequate resolution for reduction, JPEG or GIF format. Figures may be embedded into the text.

Authors must provide complete contact information, including name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail on the cover of the manuscript or in a cover letter.

We also respond to query letters and would be happy to look at and evaluate an outline or long abstract of a proposed article.

Starting January 2008, all articles must contain an abstract.

All articles are to be submitted in the English language. Authors from non-English speaking countries should use a high-quality translation service for their papers. Payment for translation services is the responsibility of the author. The use of such translation services does not guarantee acceptance of an article for publication. Poor readability is cause for rejection of the manuscript without further review.

The ACS Style Guide is a general model for JCHAS's technical style. (To order a copy, contact Customer Service & Sales at 202-872-4539) The Merck Index and other references listed in the style guide provide help on nomenclature. Circumstances not covered by the ACS Style Guide should be referred to the 15th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Acronyms that may not be widely recognized should be spelled out on first reference (e.g., "This is called neglect of core orbitals [NOCOR]"). If in doubt, explain.

JCHAS does not use registered name ® and trademark ™ symbols, but the absence of these symbols does not mean the products are to be considered unprotected by law.

Do not italicize common Latin phrases and abbreviations such as in situ, e.g., et al., in vitro, or in vivo.

Number literature references in the order of their appearance in the text and list them in that order at the end of the article. Reference numbers in text should appear in superscript.

In the reference section of articles, the style that should be observed for periodicals, books, patents, and meetings, respectively, is as follows

  1. Rau, E.H. J. Chem. Health Saf. 2006, 13(3), 5.
  2. McDermott, H. J. Air Monitoring for Toxic Exposures, 2nd ed. Wiley Interscience: New York, 2004.
  3. ACGIH. Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice, 25th ed. ACGIH: Cincinnati, OH, 2004, pp 156-160.
  4. Sagall, R.J. Abstracts of Papers, 231st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA; American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2006; CHAS 8.

Here are some other guidelines concerning references:

Use the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) abbreviations for periodical titles.

If the author is unknown, list the reference by company, agency, or journal source.

List references as "in press" only if they have been formally accepted for publication, and give the publication's name.

Remember, give complete information: authors' surnames with first initials, journal (book, etc.), year, volume, issue number (if any), first page of the article, chapter number, and so forth. Indicate whether the reference is in a language other than English. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references presented in their papers.

Data References
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.

While peer-reviewed bibliographic resources are considered to be the best in terms of accuracy and information permanence, the editorial board recognizes that there may be times when an Internet-based citation (i.e., web site or page) is necessary. Authors should be prudent in the selection of Internet citations to ensure the citation does not have an appearance of endorsement or advertisement that could reduce the impact or importance of their work. Web-based citations in the form of a Universal Resource Locator (URL) shall point to the exact relevant supporting document in the same manner that a journal citation indicates exactly the volume and page number, and it shall give the date the page was accessed. For example, the citation ", accessed 3/20/2002" is acceptable, while the citation "" is not.

Use Arabic numerals to number tables in order of reference in the text. Double-space tables with wide margins, each on a separate sheet of paper. Each table should have a brief title and terse column headings.

Graphics help the reader understand what you are trying to say. We prefer graphs to tables when the reader doesn't need precise data. Number all figures with Arabic numerals in order of their appearance in the text.

Original drawings or sharp, glossy prints (black and white) of graphs, charts, and diagrams are best. Label ordinates and abscissas of graphs along the axes and outside the graph proper.

Photographs and figures must be high-quality JPEG or GIF format and should be at least 1200 dpi resolution. Sharp focus and high-contrast figures and photos (particularly if only color is available) are essential. Please ensure that the figures you send are exactly as you wish them to appear in the journal. Only high-quality, high-contrast photos and figures will be accepted. Electronic figures and photographs are encouraged.

The publication's editors and designer will assist you in effective and attractive presentation of the material. If any figures have appeared previously or are adapted from other publications, please indicate this in the manuscript and your submission letter.

Submit your manuscript on-line though the Elsevier Electronic Submission system: Registration is required. Alternatively, send an electronic copy to the Editor, Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH at

If your manuscript is accepted, we will ask for a brief (25 words or less), informal biography. Authors will also be required to transfer copyright of their articles to the Division of Chemical Health and Safety of the American Chemical Society before publication on a form that will be provided.

Proofs will be sent to authors. Proofs should be checked carefully and returned to the publisher within 48 hours to ensure that changes can be incorporated and publication can proceed on schedule. Reprints may be ordered by using the reprint order form that accompanies proofs.

This publication adheres to those ethical guidelines originally established by editors of the American Chemical Society journals for persons engaged in the publication of chemical research; specifically, for editors, authors, and manuscript reviewers. These guidelines are offered not in the sense that there is any immediate crisis in ethical behavior, but rather from a conviction that the observance of high ethical standards is so vital to the whole scientific enterprise that a definition of those standards should be brought to the attention of all concerned. The guidelines are available on the World Wide Web (, accessed 3/21/2017) or from the editorial office.

Authors should reveal to the editor any real or potential conflicts of interest that may be affected by the publication of the manuscript.AUTHOR INQUIRIES

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This journal encourages and enables you to share data that supports your research publication where appropriate, and enables you to interlink the data with your published articles. Research data refers to the results of observations or experimentation that validate research findings. To facilitate reproducibility and data reuse, this journal also encourages you to share your software, code, models, algorithms, protocols, methods and other useful materials related to the project.

Below are a number of ways in which you can associate data with your article or make a statement about the availability of your data when submitting your manuscript. If you are sharing data in one of these ways, you are encouraged to cite the data in your manuscript and reference list. Please refer to the “References” section for more information about data citation. For more information on depositing, sharing and using research data and other relevant research materials, visit the research data page.

Data linking

If you have made your research data available in a data repository, you can link your article directly to the dataset. Elsevier collaborates with a number of repositories to link articles on ScienceDirect with relevant repositories, giving readers access to underlying data that gives them a better understanding of the research described.

There are different ways to link your datasets to your article. When available, you can directly link your dataset to your article by providing the relevant information in the submission system. For more information, visit the database linking page .

For supported data repositories a repository banner will automatically appear next to your published article on ScienceDirect.

In addition, you can link to relevant data or entities through identifiers within the text of your manuscript, using the following format: Database: xxxx (e.g., TAIR: AT1G01020; CCDC: 734053; PDB: 1XFN).

Mendeley Data

This journal supports Mendeley Data, enabling you to deposit any research data (including raw and processed data, video, code, software, algorithms, protocols, and methods) associated with your manuscript in a free-to-use, open access repository. Before submitting your article, you can deposit the relevant datasets to Mendeley Data. Please include the DOI of the deposited dataset(s) in your main manuscript file. The datasets will be listed and directly accessible to readers next to your published article online. For more information, visit the Mendeley Data for journals page.

Data statement

To foster transparency, we encourage you to state the availability of your data in your submission. This may be a requirement of your funding body or institution. If your data is unavailable to access or unsuitable to post, you will have the opportunity to indicate why during the submission process, for example by stating that the research data is confidential. The statement will appear with your published article on ScienceDirect. For more information, visit the Data statement page.