Information for Authors

StartInformation for Authors

The International Maritime Health will publish: Original contributions/papers, Review articles, and Letters to the Editor.
Original Papers on medical and health problems of seafarers, fishermen, divers, dockers, shipyard workers and other maritime workers, as well as papers on tropical medicine and health, epidemiology, travel medicine and other related topics. Typical length of such paper would be 2000-4000 words, not including tables, figures and references. Its construction should follow the usual pattern: Abstract (structured abstract of not more than 250 words); Introduction; Participants, Materials, Methods; Results; Discussion; and Conclusions/Key messages. Case reports will also be accepted, particularly of work related diseases and accidents among maritime workers.
All these papers will be peer reviewed. The comments made by the referees will be sent to authors, and their criticism and proposed amendments should be taken into consideration by authors submitting revised texts.
Review articles, on specific topics, exposure, intervention, and on the national maritime health services will also be considered for publication. Their length will be from 1000 to 4000 words, including tables, figures and references.
Letters to the Editor discussing a recent publication in the IMH, reporting research or informing about workshops will be accepted; and they should not exceed 500 words of text and 5 references.
There will also be the section Chronicle, in which brief reports will be published on the international symposia and national meetings on maritime medicine and health, on tropical parasitology and epidemiology, on travel medicine and other subjects related to the health of seafarers, fishermen and other maritime workers; an information will be given on training activities in this field and on international collaborative projects related to the above subjects. Also, information will be provided on the activities of the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA).
Only English texts will be accepted. All manuscripts should be typed in double line spacing on numbered pages and conform to the usual requirements (Ref.: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. JAMA, 1997; 277; 927-934).
Three copies should be submitted.
The text may be submitted as a Word document attached to the email to the editor:
Manuscripts will be accepted which have not been published previously, and are not under consideration by another publication. Full texts of oral presentations at meetings (abstracts printed in the conference materials) can be considered.
Manuscripts should present original material, the writing should be clear, study methods appropriate, the conclusions should be reasonable and supported by the data. Abbreviations should not be used.
Drugs should be referred to by their approved names (not by trade names). Scientific measurements should be given in SI units, except for blood pressure, wich should be expressed in mm Hg.
The accepted articles should be submitted on disk, preferably a file in Word 97 for Windows on a 3,5” disk. The disk containing the revised version should be accompanied by a printed copy.
All authors must give signed consent to publications.
Authors should give their names and their address and appointment at the time they did the work. A current address of one author should be indicated for correspondence, including telephone and fax numbers, and email address.
All financial and material support for the reported research and work should be identified in the manuscript.

References should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. At the end of the article the full list of references should give the names and initials of all authors (unless there are more than five authors, when only the first five should be given followed by: et al.). The authors’ names are followed by the title of the article; the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus; the year of publications; the volume number; and the first and last page numbers.
Reference to books should give the title, names of authors or of editors, publisher, place of publication, and year.

5. Tipton MJ. The initial responses to cold water immersion in man. Clin Sci 1989; 77; 581-88.
6. International Medical Guide for Ships, 2nd edition, World Health Organization, WHO, Geneva, 1988.

Information from not yet published articles, papers reported at meetings, or personal communications should be cited only in the text, not in References.

A copy of the journal in which the paper was published will be sent to the first author.