Journal of Water and Health
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
1. General policy
Journal of Water and Health is a peer-reviewed journal. It welcomes the submission of papers in English devoted to the dissemination of information on the health implications and control of waterborne microorganisms and chemical substances in the broadest sense. This is to include microbial toxins, chemical quality and the aesthetic qualities of water. Papers must be of interest to the journal's international readership. Local studies risk rejection unless the results can be linked to wider global issues.
Research papers should not exceed 7,500 words in length, including Figures, Tables and References, and should not contain more than 10 Figures and/or Tables.
Review papers (critical and comprehensive reviews that provide new insights or interpretation of the subject through thorough and systematic evaluation of available evidence) may be longer than Research Papers if appropriate, and subject to the Editor's agreement.
Short Communications (fully documented, interpreted accounts of significant findings of original research) should not exceed 2,500 words including Figures, Tables and References.
Papers written by non-English speakers should be checked and corrected by a native English speaker to avoid rejection on the grounds of poor grammar and style. The submitted paper should be accompanied by a list of 3 potential referees with names and addresses.
Where requested to do so by the Editor, authors must revise their papers within one month of the request; otherwise the contribution will be considered withdrawn. No page charges apply for papers published in the journal. The journal can accommodate colour figures, at a cost to the author of ţ350 per figure.
Submission of a paper implies that it has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the publisher.
Journal of Water and Health adheres to the highest ethical standards in relation to research that involves human participants. The journal will accept papers based on research associated with human participants with appropriate assurances that the study design and implementation has been undertaken with the protection of the volunteers in the study in accordance with review from an appropriate ethics review committee (some journals mention the Declaration of Helsinki and/or any appropriate national requirements). All such articles submitted to the journal should contain the following ethics statement: ‘Free and informed consent of the participants or their legal representatives was obtained [if a waiver of informed consent was provided by the ethics committee, this should also be mentioned] and the study protocol was approved by the appropriate Committee for the Protection of Human Participants [insert committee name], by the [insert university or approval agency, state, country, Protocol # and approval date]'.
All papers should be submitted electronically to https://www.editorialmanager.com/jwh/
Upon acceptance of a paper, authors will be asked to sign a Transfer of Copyright Agreement releasing copyright of the paper to IWA Publishing. Provision is made on the form for work performed for the United States Government (for which Copyright cannot be assigned) and other extenuating circumstances.
Proofs will be sent by e-mail to the listed corresponding author. Any corrections must be returned within two days of receipt and should only cover typesetting errors. Proofs should be returned to Emma Gulseven at IWA Publishing in London.
2. Article content and format
(a) General. All pages in papers must be numbered consecutively. The main text should be typed flush left with no indents and double line spaced. Insert one return between paragraphs, and a double return between paper title, and authors' names and addresses on the first page.
(b) Title page. The title of the paper should be as concise as possible. The title page or section must also state the names and full addresses of all authors. Telephone, fax, e-mail numbers and, if appropriate, web site identifications must be included for the corresponding author to whom proofs will be sent. A short title of not more than 80 letters and spaces must be provided for printed page headings.
(c) An Abstract of 100-200 words should appear under the authors' names and addresses in printed papers, briefly specifying the aims of the work, the methods used, the main results obtained and the conclusions drawn.
(d) Under the abstract up to 6 Keywords should be listed in alphabetical order.
(e) Main text: for clarity this should normally be subdivided into: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References.
A conclusions section is particularly valuable to readers and should always be included in papers. Do not number or letter section headings.
(f) Abbreviations and Notations. Nomenclature must be listed at the beginning of all printed paper contributions and must conform to the system of standard SI units. Acronyms and abbreviations must be spelled out in full at their first occurrence in the text and summarised at the start of the contribution. Write equations in dimensionless form or in metric units.
(g) References: citations in text. Use surname of author and year of publication: Jones (1982) or (Jones 1982). Insert initials only if there are two different authors with the same surname and same year of publication.
Two or more years in parentheses following an author's name are cited chronologically, and two or more references published in the same year by the same author are differentiated by letters a, b, c, etc. For example: Brown (1969, 1972, 1973a, b). Different references cited together should be in date order, for example: (Smith 1959; Thomson & Jones 1982; Green 1990).
(h) List of references. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of contributions and in the case of printed papers should conform to the following styles for a journal or book reference.
Journal: Robson, A. J., Jones, T. A. & Reed, D. W. 1998 A study of national trend and variation in UK floods. Int. J. Climatol. 18, 165-182.
Book: McIntosh, A. C. 2003 Asian Water Supplies. IWA Publishing, London.
Edited book: Yoshida, Z. 1963 Physical properties of snow. In: Ice and Snow (W. Kingery, ed.). MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, pp. 124-148.
Report:WWC 2000 A Water SecureWorld: Vision forWater, Life, and the Environment. Report of the World Water Council. World Water Council, Paris.
(i) Figures. All Figures (graphs, drawings, photographs, etc.) must be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals, in the order they are referred to in the text. Each Figure must have a caption, the general meaning of which can be understood without reference to the text. Figure captions should be concise, and not contain text that should be in the main text.
(j) Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order they are referred to in the text.
Table titles should be concise and not include text that should be in the main text. The rows and columns of Tables should be generated using word-processor tabulation features; do not use text separated by tabs, or graphics of tabulated data.
(k) Equations should be in dimensionless form or in SI units. Use italic letters to denote variables (in the text and the equations). In Equation Editor, define the font of all Styles (except Symbol) to Times New Roman. Number all equations in parentheses at the right hand margin. Ensure that a given mathematical symbol in an equation and a corresponding symbol in the main text, or in a Figure or Table, are clearly identifiable with each other, i.e. use the same font type, size and style.