Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
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Scandinavian Journal of Public Health

2014 Impact Factor: 1.832
2014 Ranking: 73/162 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCI) | 50/145 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Chief Editor
Co-Editors
Elina Hemminki Finland
Krisela Steyn South Africa
Dag Thelle Norway

eISSN: 16511905| ISSN: 14034948|Current volume: 43|Current issue: 5 Frequency: 8 Times/Year


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The Scandinavian Journal of Public Health is an international forum of Nordic as well as international public health research and policy. This peer-reviewed journal will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in academia, government and health care working in the fields of social medicine, epidemiology, public health, health services research and preventive medicine.

"The Public Health system in the Nordic countries is well known worldwide and the wealth of population based health registers provides unique research opportunities. Readers with an interest in public health systems and population based epidemiology should turn to the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health to keep track on what research is done and what research can be done." Jorn Olsen, Professor and Chair, Dept of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles

"The Scandinavian Journal of Public Health is extremely useful for public health provisionals in many settings. Not only does it reflect the wide range of high quality research conducted in Scandinavian countries but frequently also reports on research in developing settings. The editorials often provide key discussion points for teaching public health and the in-depth insights of the supplements frequently address cutting edge issues in current public health thinking." Professor Krisela Steyn, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Editorial Board is always looking for good quality articles on all aspects of public health for publication. If you are an author who wishes to submit an article for publication, or if you wish to join our panel of peer reviewers and help maintain the high quality of our publication, please contact the Editorial Office at: sjpheditorial@sagepub.com


This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Scandinavian Journal of Public Health is an international peer-reviewed journal which has a vision to:

  • Publish public health research of good quality
  • Contribute to the conceptual and methodological development of public health
  • Contribute to global health issues
  • Contribute to news and overviews of public health developments and health policy developments in the Nordic countries
  • Reflect the multidisciplinarity of public health
  • Contribute to an open and better dialogue between researchers, practitioners, administrators and policy makers of public health

Executive Board
Deputy Members
Editorial Committee
Ruth Bonita Switzerland
Debbie Bradshaw South Africa
Haraldur Briem Iceland
Finn Diderichsen Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Vinod Diwan Sweden
Vilius Grabauskas Lithuania
Berit Heitmann Denmark
Gunnel Hensing Sweden
Gerd Holmboe-Ottesen Norway
Gillian Lewando Hundt United Kingdom
Jussi Huttunen Finland
Eero Lahelma Finland
Olle Lundberg Sweden
Jørn Olsen Denmark
Merete Osler Denmark
Prof Elianne Riska Abo Akademi University, Finland
Aina Schiøts Norway
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  1. Article types
  2. Editorial Policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgments
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical Trials
    2.8 Reporting Guidelines
    2.9 Data
  3. Publishing Policies
    3.1 Publication Ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open Access and author archiving
    3.4 Permissions
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Journal layout
    4.5 Reference style
    4.6 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Online First publication
  7. Further Information

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/spub to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health is an international peer reviewed journal that publishes high quality research on all aspects of global public health. It is the official journal of the Associations of Public Health in the Nordic Countries.

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1. Article types

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health publishes original research, review and study design articles on all aspects of public health. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

  1. Original articles, describing new experimental findings. 
    These articles should not normally exceed 3000 words. The word limit does not include text in the abstract, headings, references, figures and tables. For manuscripts exceeding five printed pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references) the charge is $100 USD (excluding VAT) per excess page. As a guide, one journal page is approximately 800 words.
  2. Review articles. These articles should not normally exceed 3000 words. The word limit does not include text in the abstract, headings, references, figures and tables. For manuscripts exceeding six printed pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references) the charge is $100 USD (excluding VAT) per excess page. As a guide, one journal page is approximately 800 words.
  3. Design articles. The Editors wish to encourage the submission of study design articles. These articles should include the rationale for the study, design and measurement procedures, population and sample size considerations and some basic characteristics of the study. The articles should end with a discussion on the potential of the study.
    These articles should not normally exceed 3000 words. The word limit does not include text in the abstract, headings, references, figures and tables. For manuscripts exceeding six printed pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references) the charge is $100 USD (excluding VAT) per excess page. As a guide, one journal page is approximately 800 words.
  4. Letters to the Editors. The decision to publish is made by the Editors.
    These articles should not normally exceed 800 words
  5. Short communications, Debate articles. 
    These articles should not normally exceed 1200 words and have no more than 3 tables/figures.
  6. Supplements. Thematic sets of papers, symposium reports as well other documents of Public Health relevance may be published as supplements, the full cost being borne by the authors. Please contact the Editorial Office for further information.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer's name is always concealed from the submitting author. Decisions of publication of full length original contributions are generally reviewed by at least two external reviewers. All manuscripts are reviewed as quickly as possible, we endeavour to reach an editorial decision within 3 months, though on average it takes just 30 days to reach a decision.

Authors are requested to suggest the names, affiliations and contact information, including email address, of 3-4 individuals who may be suitable to serve as reviewers. These individuals should have no conflict of interest, i.e. close links with the study or author and preferably be from a different country to the author(s). However, the Editors are under no obligation to use any of the suggested individuals as reviewers.
All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal will be sent for outside review.

Recommended Reviewers
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

2.2 Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  3. Approved the version to be published.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

2.3.1 Writing Assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.]

2.4 Funding

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted.

2.7 Clinical trials

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.]

2.8 Reporting guidelines

The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

2.9 Data

SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at jovie.mcmillan@sagepub.co.uk

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3. Publishing policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

3.3 Open Access and author archiving

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

3.4 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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4. Preparing your manuscript

All authors must have contributed substantially to the conception and design or analysis and interpretation of the data, drafting or revision of content, and approval of the final version.
A full description of the statistical methods used should be provided in the methods section. In statistical evaluation it is desirable to quote 95% confidence intervals.

4.1 Word processing formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

Images should be supplied as bitmap based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied as vector-based, separate .eps files (not as .tiff files, and not only inserted in the Word or pdf file), with a resolution of 600 dpi. Images should be clear, in focus, free of pixilation and not too light or dark.

If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the possible costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

In text: tables and figures are either inserted as part of a sentence, for example table 1 or in parentheses for example (figure 1). Each table should carry a descriptive heading. Each figure should be submitted electronically.

Figures and tables: Full length articles can have a maximum of five tables and/or figures. Short communications should have no more than three tables and/or figures.
Figures should be professionally designed and include a caption.
Tables should be supplied as separate files from the text and should be self-explanatory. They should be constructed so as to fit in one or two columns, omitting internal horizontal and vertical lines. Frequency tables must contain absolute sample sizes. The key to abbreviations and symbols plus any other explanatory text should be included in footnote form - not in the heading, which should be kept brief. Number tables consecutively with roman numerals.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

4.4 Journal layout

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

4.5 Reference style

Scandinavian Journal of Public Health adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style with an exception: please note that square brackets should be used for references in text. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here

4.6 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

5.1 How to submit your manuscript

Scandinavian Journal of Public Healthis hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/spubto login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

Before submitting your manuscript please ensure that it adheres to the following:

  • a TITLE PAGE with the full postal address and email of the corresponding author and co-authors' affiliations.
  • a STRUCTURED ABSTRACT (Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions).
  • a list of up to 10 KEYWORDS.
  • no more than 30 REFERENCES, following the VANCOUVER SYSTEM (not relevant for review articles).
  • no more than 5 FIGURES/TABLES.
  • no footnotes or appendices.
  • no pdf files.

5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

The abstract of articles appearing in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health should be no more than 250 words and structured according to Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions. You should list up to ten key words. A word count should be included for the whole manuscript, excluding the abstract, references, figures and tables.

5.3 Corresponding author contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

6.2 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.  For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints

6.3 Online First publication

Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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7. Further Information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Publisher at jovie.mcmillan@sagepub.co.uk

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