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NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy


Editor
Craig Slatin University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA


eISSN: 15413772 | ISSN: 10482911 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy (NEW) stands at the intersection of health, work, and the environment. It attempts to both define the issues and offer perspectives for change. New Solutions’ voice is progressive, experienced, challenging. The quarterly’s contributors are scientists and policy-makers in academia and government, unionists on the shop floor, environmentalists in their many habitats, and advocates and activists on the streets, all well placed to see what works and what doesn’t in policies for sustainable development. In recognition of the globalization of health problems, environmental issues and economic activity, the Journal strives for an international focus. It investigates problems of occupational and environmental health with the people at risk—the workers and the community—uppermost in mind.

NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy (NEW) is a peer-reviewed journal that stands at the intersection of health, work, and the environment. It attempts to both define the issues and offer perspectives for change. New Solutions’ voice is progressive, experienced, challenging. The quarterly’s contributors are scientists and policy-makers in academia and government, unionists on the shop floor, environmentalists in their many habitats, and advocates and activists on the streets, all well placed to see what works and what doesn’t in policies for sustainable development. In recognition of the globalization of health problems, environmental issues and economic activity, the Journal strives for an international focus. It investigates problems of occupational and environmental health with the people at risk—the workers and the community—uppermost in mind.

Editor-in-Chief
Craig Slatin University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA
Editor Emeritus
Charles Levenstein Massachusetts, USA
Assistant Editor
Mary Lee Dunn Maine, USA
Associate Editor
Gregory Howard Rhode Island, USA
Scientific Solutions Editor
Emily Sparer T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in Boston, MA, USA
Voices Editor
Katelyn Parady Massachusetts, USA
Book Review Editor
Richard Campbell Massachusetts, USA
Other Editorial Team Members
Karla Armenti New Hampshire, USA
Richard W. Clapp Massachusetts, USA
Katelyn Parady Massachusetts, USA
Eduardo Siqueira Massachusetts, USA
Founder and Chair Emeritus (Deceased)
Co-Chairs
Karla Armenti New Hampshire, USA
Michael Lax New York, USA
Editorial Board
Dhimiter Bello Massachusetts, USA
David Bennett Canada
Jim Brophy Ontario, Canada
Halina Brown Ontario, Canada
Richard Campbell Massachusetts, USA
Fernando Carvalho Bahia, Brazil
Richard W. Clapp Massachusetts, USA
Heleno R. Correa Filho Brazil
Cathy Crumbley Massachusetts, USA
Linda Delp California, USA
Robert Forrant Massachusetts, USA
Zsuzsanna Fuzesi Hungary
Ken Geiser Massachusetts, USA
Fernanda Giannasi Brazil
Christer Hogstedt Sweden
Polly Hoppin Massachusetts, USA
Jeff Johnson Maryland, USA
Laurie Kazan-Allen United Kingdom
Margaret Keith Ontario, Canada
Myong-Hee Kim South Korea
Andrew King Canada
David Kotelchuck New York, USA
David Kriebel Massachusetts, USA
Paul Landsbergis New York, USA
Blanca Lemus Michoacan, Mexico
Amy Liebman Maryland, USA
Hester Lipscomb North Carolina, USA
Jane Lipscomb Maryland, USA
Leslie London South Africa
Tom McQuiston South Africa
Karen Messing Quebec, Canada
Mary Miller Washington, USA
Rafael Moure-Eraso Washington, DC, USA
Michelle Ochsner New Jersey, USA
Peter Orris Illinois, USA
Laura Punnett Massachusetts, USA
Margaret Quinn Massachusetts, USA
Mark Robson Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Ema Rodrigues Massachusetts, USA
Cora Roelofs Massachusetts, USA
Ellen Rosskam Switzerland
Madeleine Scammell Massachusetts, USA
Rosella Seniori Italy
Glenn Shor California, USA
Linda Silka Maine, USA
Stefano Silvestri Italy
Eduardo Siqueira Massachusetts, USA
Emily Sparer T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in Boston, MA, USA
Mansoureh Tajik Iran
Annie Thebaud-Mony France
Joel Tickner Massachusetts, USA
Dom Tuminaro New York, USA
Laurent Vogel Belgium
Andrew Watterson Scotland, UK
Deborah Weinstock Washington, DC, USA
John Wooding Massachusetts, USA
Charles Woolfson Sweden
Jun Yim South Korea
Advisory Board
Daryl Alexander Washington, DC, USA
Gail Bateson California, USA
Garrett Brown California, USA
Barry Castleman Maryland, USA
Denny Dobbin North Carolina, USA
Tracey Easthope Michigan, USA
Susan Klitzman New York, USA
Barry Levy Massachusetts, USA
Sanford Lewis Massachusetts, USA
Todd McFarren California, USA
Kathy Rest Massachusetts, USA
Peg Seminario Washington, DC, USA
Joel Shufro New York, USA
Barbara Silverstein Washington, USA
Michael Silverstein Washington, USA
David Wegman Massachusetts, USA
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  • EBSCO: The Left Index
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy

    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 https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/new to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    To download a copy of these guidelines, click here.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 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.

    1. Article types
    2. Preparing your manuscript 
        2.1 Word processing formats 
        2.2 Abstract, acknowledgments, and notes 
        2.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics 
        2.4 Supplementary material 
        2.5 Reference style and citations 
        2.6 English language editing services 
        2.7 American spelling
    3. Editorial policies 
        3.1 Peer Review Policy Statements and Guidance 
        3.2 Authorship 
        3.3 Acknowledgements 
        3.4 Funding 
        3.5 Declaration of conflicting interests 
        3.6 Research ethics and patient consent 
        3.7 Clinical trials 
        3.8 Reporting guidelines 
        3.9 Data
    4. Publishing Policies 
        4.1 Publication ethics 
        4.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement 
        4.3 Open access and author archiving 
        4.4 Permissions
    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 
     

    1. Article types

    • Comment and Controversy – short to longer commentary pieces that provide more substantial discussion than an editorial (original article). These will undergo either peer-reviewed or editorial team review, depending on the content. Generally limited to 15 – 20 double-spaced pages but may be longer depending on topic content and editor’s perception of the value of additional information.
    • Feature articles – research papers that address some aspect of environmental / occupational health policy. Scientific studies submitted for this section should include a policy discussion regarding your findings (original article). They undergo full peer-review. Generally limited to 15 – 20 double-spaced pages but may be longer depending on topic content and editor’s perception of the value of additional information.
    • Scientific Solutions – discussions of science and scientific research that provides a foundation for establishing new policy directives (original article). They undergo full peer-review. Generally limited to 15 – 20 double-spaced pages but may be longer depending on topic content and editor’s perception of the value of additional information.
    • Movement Solutions – papers that provide discussions of social movement debates and practices addressing environmental and occupational health policy needs. These undergo full peer-review but may include no or few references. Generally limited to 15 – 20 double-spaced pages but may be longer depending on topic content and editor’s perception of the value of additional information.
    • Documents – reports and other documents published elsewhere but warrant republication in New Solutions. Generally no longer than 10 – 15 pages.
    • Voices – interviews with workers, activists, advocates, researchers, and policy-makers, with relevance to occupational and environmental health policy and politics. Generally limited to 15 – 20 double-spaced pages but may be longer depending on topic content and editor’s perception of the value of additional information.
    • Book reviews. Generally limited to 5 – 15 pages.
    • Letter to the editor
    • Guest editorial

    2. Preparing your manuscript

    2.1 Word processing formats
    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, DOCX, RTF, XLS, or XLSX. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout, including offset quotes and the references. Paper margins should be set at 1 inch (2,54 cm) all around, while paragraphs should be indented .25 inches (0,63 cm). Text should be standard 12 point. First-level headings should be in bold and sentence case. Second-level headings should be italicized and sentence case. Paragraphs following second-level headings should be indented. Third-level headings should be italicized, indented, and sentence case. Paragraphs following third-level headings should continue without an inserted line or space. Further information is available on our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    2.2 Abstract, acknowledgements, and notes
    The Abstract is limited to 150 words and should be done in paragraph format, with a list of 3-5 key words following it. Any acknowledgements/explanations regarding funding or other potential/actual conflicts of interest should be in an acknowledgements section which follows the end of the text and precedes the notes and references.

    Notes should be kept to a minimum, and should be cited and listed separately from and immediately before the references section, with a heading ‘Notes’. Notes should be cited with a superscript lowercase letter a. Notes should be listed alphabetically in order of appearance, with a lowercase letter followed by a period (a., b., etc.). Do not use the MS Word automatic reference or note tool. Notes and note citations must be manually inserted, although a bibliographic management software application, such as EndNote, may be used.

    2.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit our Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Authors should put a text note where figures are to be placed, such as “<>”. Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    2.4 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 Supplementary Files on SAGE Journals - Guidelines for Authors page.

    2.5 Reference style and citations
    New Solutions adheres to the superscripted SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines and ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Again, do not use the MS Word automatic reference or note tool. Notes and note citations must be manually inserted, although a bibliographic management software application, such as EndNote, may be used. If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here.

    Citations should be numbered with a superscript numeral following the text requiring the citation. If the citation comes at the end of a sentence, the citation number should be placed after the ending punctuation mark. Three or more citations in consecutive order should list the first and last with a dash between them. If a string of 3 or more citations is not in consecutive order, they should be separated by commas.

    2.6 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.

    2.7 American spelling
    New Solutions publishes articles in the English language. Please convert all British spelling to American spelling.

    3. Editorial policies

    3.1 Peer Review Policy Statements and Guidance
    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the research and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

    New Solutions strongly endorses the value and importance of peer review in scholarly journals publishing. All papers submitted to the journal will be subject to comment and external review. New Solutions operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    Peer Review Process: Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees and generally three. Reviewers are assigned in a timely manner and given 3 weeks to complete a review. The review process can be delayed due to difficulty in finding appropriate reviewers and failure of reviewers to provide timely replies to review requests. We strive to have manuscript reviews completed within 6 weeks.

    Authors may suggest the names, affiliations and contact information of up to three individuals who may be suitable to serve as referees, but the Editors are under no obligation to use all or any of these individuals as reviewers.

    3.2 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: 
        (i)      Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis   
                 and interpretation of data, 
        (ii)     Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content, 
        (iii)    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, multicenter 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.

    3.3 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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors must disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    Please supply your acknowledgements section separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    3.3.1 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.

    3.4 Funding
    New Solutions 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.”

    3.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    It is the policy of New Solutions 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.

    3.6 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.

    In terms of patient privacy, authors are required to follow the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    3.7 Clinical trials
    New Solutions 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.

    3.8 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.

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

    New Solutions requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions 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 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 craig_slatin@uml.edu.

    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 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.

    4.1.1 Plagiarism
    New Solutions 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 plagiarized 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.

    4.2 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 license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license 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.

    4.3 Open access and author archiving
    New Solutions offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice program. 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.

    4.4 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.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    New Solutions is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/new to 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
     
    7. SAGE Choice
    If you or your funder wishes your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    8. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the New Solutions editorial office as follows:

    Editor-in-Chief: Craig Slatin
    Email: craig_slatin@uml.edu
    Phone: (617) 447-4053

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