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Guidelines for authors

The official Journal of the International Society for Respiratory Protection (JISRP), publishes research, theoretical and applied, in the field of respiratory protection, technical papers on original work and new treatments of previous research, and solicited and unsolicited review articles on topics related to respiratory protection, including but not limited to, program administration, implementation, and training. Papers meeting this criteria and papers that have not been or will not be published elsewhere, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of the Journal will be accepted for publication. Papers accepted for publication become the copyright of the JISRP.

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted with a cover letter. The cover letter should identify the principal author of the work, to whom correspondence should be addressed, and state that the material is original and has not been submitted, accepted, nor published elsewhere. A statement signed by all authors must be enclosed with the cover letter stating that they have contributed substantially to the research and preparation/revision/production of the manuscript and that they approve of its submission to the Journal.

All manuscripts must be submitted in English. Manuscripts should be typed (double spaced) with 1 inch (24 mm) margins all around. A separate page should indicate the title of the paper, the author’s name, e-mail and postal address, telephone and fax number, and name of the sponsoring institution where the work was performed. All contact information will be published unless an author requests otherwise.

Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages. Authors should strive for clear, concise writing. Shorter manuscripts are encouraged over lengthier ones. Longer manuscripts may be divided into two parts at the discretion of the editor. Abstracts should be about 250 words.

Generally, manuscripts should be organized and presented as follows:

  1. Abstract: About 250 (no more than 300) words, concisely summarizing the results and conclusions. No acronyms, references, tabular or graphic data are permitted. It should be a narrative synopsis of the study including all of the following elements:
    • Background - What was the main reason for doing the work?
    • Objective - What was the goal or intent of the study?
    • Methods - What were the essential methods employed?
    • Results - What are the most significant findings?
    • Conclusion - What is the single most significant conclusion?
    • A list of up to 10 keywords, presented in series, in descending order of importance, and separated by commas, should follow the abstract.
  2. Introduction: Should address the reason(s) for doing the work.
  3. Methods: Sufficient information must be included to permit repetition of the work.
  4. Results: Data should be presented concisely – redundant information in different formats (graphics) is not acceptable.
  5. Conclusions: a deliberation of significance and conclusions - results are not included.
  6. Acknowledgments: Appropriate recognition of persons, programs and financial support.
  7. References: Textual citation follows the bibliographic style. Place each citation at the end of a sentence, by author and year, enclosed in parentheses [e.g., “Our measurement agreed with previous results (Jones, 1989).]” If the author’s name is used as part of a sentence, place the year in parentheses [e.g., “This effect was discussed by Jones et al. (1981), who had analyzed data...”]. Place a list of references at the end of the text. List citations alphabetically in the following form: Journal Articles ~ surname, initials, year, title, edition (publisher, city), page number(s); Technical Reports ~ surname, initials, year, title, institution, city, state (or country), publication number.

The following citations are examples of proper form:

American National Standards Institute. (1980) American National Standard for Respiratory Protection. American National Standards Institute, Inc., New York, NY. ANSI Z88.2.

Brown WB and Hollander M. (1977) Statistics--A biomedical introduction. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 25-27.

Code of Federal Regulations. (1981) Respiratory protective devices: Tests for permissibility; Fees. U.S. Government Printing Office, Office of the Federal Register, Washington, DC. Title 30, CFR, Part 11.

Coffey CC, Campbell DL, Myers WR and Zhuang Z. (1998) Comparison of Six Respirator Fit Test Methods with an Actual Measurement of Exposure: Part II–Method Comparison Testing. Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J. 59:862-870.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (1976) NIOSH Guide to Industrial Respiratory Protection. DHEW/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. No. 76-189.

Weinstien L, Swartz MN. (1974) Pathogenic Properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, eds. Pathologic physiology: Mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 457-472.

Papers accepted for publication are subject to a voluntary page charge of $80 per page. Authors should indicate in the cover letter whether page charges will be paid; authors who pay page charges will receive 50 reprints. Non-payment of page charges does not affect the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.

Please submit the manuscript by email to JISRPEditor@ISRP.com. Please send all inquiries and questions on journal business by email or to:

Journal of the ISRP
Attn: Ziqing Zhuang, Ph.D.
105 Eaglebrook Court
Venetia, PA 15367
United States of America

Manuscript Production and Format Requirements

Manuscripts submitted to the JISRP must follow these guidelines in order to start the review process:

Assemble the material as follows: title, author(s), affiliation(s), abstract, text, acknowledgments (if any), references, tables, figure caption lists, and figures. Please use SI units, symbols, and abbreviations (Systéme International d’Unités) as proposed in Units, Symbols, and Abbreviations (1972), published by the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London WIM 8AE. English units may be included parenthetically.

All mathematical expressions should be typed. Please distinguish between the lower-case letter, ell or l, and the number, one or 1; and the upper-case letter, oh or O, and the number, zero or 0. Clearly identify all Greek letters.

Request to Authors

The author is requested to provide the names and contact information (complete physical and e-mail addresses; voice and fax telephone numbers) of as many as three potential reviewers in order to facilitate the process of peer review. Co-authors or collaborators within the past three years are ineligible. Also excluded from consideration are individuals who have provided advice or critiques of the submitted manuscript. The editor will consider these individuals in the process of assigning referees.

Letters to the Editor

The “Letters” section is an open forum for readers to comment and question material published in the JISRP. Letters will not be reviewed except to exclude obvious errors and ensure good taste. The Editor reserves the right to edit for length. Anonymous letters will not be published.