Submission Guidelines

Overview

We are seeking well-written how-to information, advice, and analysis on virtually any environmental, health, and safety (EHS) topic from anywhere in the world as long as it is likely to be of interest to EHS professionals (e.g., EHS managers at industrial companies, EHS consultants, environmental attorneys, regulators). We seek to be conversational in tone and international in flavor.

Article Categories

Main categories and types of information found under each category are summarized below.

  • Environmental Management — compliance, auditing, management systems, regulatory summaries from any country, soil and ground water investigation, environmental remediation and training.
  • Health and Safety Management — compliance, auditing, management systems, regulatory summaries from any country, training, behavior-based safety, risk assessment and mitigation, process safety management and ergonomics.
  • Climate Change — regulatory overviews, carbon footprinting, emissions trading mechanisms, successful projects, public reporting, verification audits and energy management.
  • Sustainability — strategy, programs, successful projects, cross-functional tie-ins with other business functions, business case briefings, corporate citizenship and corporate reporting.
  • Environmental Due Diligence — environmental due diligence conducted as part of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and assessment and reporting of environmental liabilities.
  • Analysis, News and Notes — brief posts on new laws, regulations, guidance or events, personal commentary on important EHS issues and book reviews.

We are generally not interested in publishing product reviews and reject inflammatory anti-industrial rhetoric and rants against specific companies, countries, politicians, people, or technologies.

Length and Images

We prefer short articles that range from about 350 to 1,000 words in length (about one to three single spaced pages). Longer articles will also be accepted, but they may be divided into a series of shorter articles. For example, a long article on hazardous waste management in Mexico could be divided into four shorter articles:

  1. Regulatory Overview
  2. Waste Classification
  3. Generator Requirements
  4. Disposal Considerations

We encourage authors to include photographs or images that illustrate their articles, but authors should ensure that they have permission to use the provided images prior to submitting them to us. We will provide a stock photo to accompany articles that are submitted without images. Please provide a caption for each image.

Please minimize the use of tables in articles, as these are difficult to publish using our current software.

News posts (i.e., brief posts on new laws, regulations, guidance or events) may be as short as one to two paragraphs in length. News posts should contain a link to a regulatory agency website or other source of additional information.

Author Information and Image Credits

Author information consisting of a one-sentence to one-paragraph long biographical description is published at the end of every article. Author information may include a hot-link to the author’s company, but does not contain personal contact information. Please provide author information when submitting an article for publication and note the source of any images included with the article.

Easy Article Ideas

For those who would like to publish, but don’t know where to start, we suggest the following:

  • Submit articles from company or client newsletters for reposting in the EHS Journal. Note that reposting may require editing to match our internal style, reduce length, etc.
  • Review the text of a new or proposed regulation and prepare a brief summary. Regulations should be national in scope; we hardly ever publish summaries of state and local regulations. Provide a link back to the text of the law or regulation, the agency website press release, additional information, etc.
  • Summarize the key findings of an environmental or health and safety report prepared by others. Provide a link back to the original text.
  • Transform client alerts prepared by consulting companies and law firms into an article. This can usually be accomplished pretty quickly by focusing on the core technical issues of the client alert and eliminating the self-promoting commercial elements. Provide links to sources of additional information.
  • Note, we do not publish term papers, research papers, Ph.D. disertations or highly technical scientific studies.

Queries and Submittals

To see if we would be interested in receiving an article on a particular subject, please send a brief e-mail outlining the article idea to editor@EHSjournal.org.  Articles and images should be sent as an e-mail attachment to the same email address. Please use Microsoft Word, RTF or TXT for articles and jpeg files or PowerPoint for images.

Other Considerations

We do not independently verify the accuracy of information contained in articles and posts; thus, authors should ensure that their material is current and accurate.  Please provide appropriate citations for quoted material and give credit where credit is due. We reserve the right to reject any article or post or to delete any article or post at any time and for any reason. Comments and articles must be approved by the editor prior to posting. Information published in the EHS Journal is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to be an endorsement of a specific product or management approach or meant to be legal advice.

The EHS Journal is a copyrighted publication. Copyrights for individual articles remain with the author of the article, but the EHS Journal reserves the right to use submitted information or to grant others permission to use published articles in other publications or electronic media provided that appropriate reference to the author is provided.

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