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Authors planning to submit manuscripts to Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) should note that we have revised our Instructions to Authors. The revised Instructions to Authors are included at back of this issue and are available on the journal’s website (http://www.ehponline.org/). Four points bear special attention.
First, over the last several months, it is has become clear that the journal needed to provide more guidance concerning reviews. Please note that the journal now has three categories of review papers:
Second, authors should be aware that the journal is placing greater emphasis on word limits for submissions. Papers exceeding the word limits described in the Instructions to Authors will be returned to the authors before being considered for peer review. We suggest placing some types of materials, such as lengthy descriptions of previously published methods, into Supplemental Material. However, a brief description of methods in the main body of the manuscript is required. Because references contribute considerably to the length of most papers, authors should include only the most relevant citations.
Third, each manuscript is now routinely checked for possible plagiarism before peer review. Definitions of four common kinds of plagiarism are described in the American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 10th edition (New York:Oxford University Press, p. 158).
Finally, a number of readers have recommended that abstracts should contain a clear statement about the potential impact of the research findings on the area of environmental health. Authors are encouraged to include a statement about the impact of their research in the Conclusion or Relevance section of their abstract.