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The aim of the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health is to promote research in the fields of occupational and environmental health and safety and increase knowledge through the publication of scientific articles, reviews and other information of high interest in occupational health and safety. The topics of the Journal include the interactions between work and health, that is, subjects like occupational epidemiology, occupational health, occupational medicine, occupational hygiene and toxicology, occupational health services, work safety and ergonomics, and work organization. Currently, areas of high relevance are musculoskeletal disorders, workhours, mental health, job stress, return to work, and intervention research. In addition, studies related to economic evaluation and translational research (from the laboratory to practice) are valued.

The Journal also publishes short communications, case reports, commentaries, discussion papers, clinical questions, consensus reports, meeting reports, other reports, book reviews, news, and announcements (jobs, courses etc).


The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health is an international scientific occupational safety and health (OSH) periodical that was formed from the fusion of the publications known formerly as Work-Environment-Health and Nordisk Hygienisk Tidskrift. It has been published in English since 1 January 1975.

Until January 2013, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health was published by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, the Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment, and the Norwegian National Institute of Occupational Health.


The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health is published by the Nordic Association of Occupational Safety and Health (NOROSH).

The journal is unique among its occupational health competitors in that it retains its publishing independence and is not owned or overseen by any commercial publishing house.

Contact information

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
P.O. Box 40

telephone: +358-30-474 2694
telefax: +358-(0)9-878 3326
e-mail: see the editors for specific e-mail addresses

Schedule of appearance

The Journal appears bimonthly. Its publication dates are the first day of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November.


Lengthy papers may be published as supplements, for example, dissertations and symposium papers. Supplements are peer reviewed and are generally supervised by a guest editor. The editorial office will supply further information upon request.

Impact factor and ranking

For the latest available year, 2015, the impact factor of the Journal is 3.793. The five-year impact factor is 4.221. In the Journal Citation Report category of PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, the Journal is ranked in the top 12% of all journals in the scientific edition and 6% of the social sciences edition.

Open access

The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health is a hybrid journal, we publish both "locked" and open articles. We offer the possibility for accepted articles to be published as copyright-free open access papers. Once the open access option has been selected, the journal does not place ANY restrictions on how an article can be distributed or shared. It can be published on any data repository, photocopied, emailed or republished as long as the publication information (eg, Scand J Work Environ Health. 2013;39(1):1—4) is included. The review process and criteria for acceptability of a paper are the same for regular and open access articles. Authors can choose the open access option once a paper has been accepted.

All online first articles are open access until they go to print. There are several ways a published paper can remain open access:

  1. The author or his/her supporting institution pays the open access publication fee of EUR 2000.00. The page charge is waived when open access is purchased.
  2. The first author is affiliated with an organization that is a member of NOROSH. NOROSH has several levels of memberships that include a waiver of the article processing fee. See http://www.norosh.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Membership
  3. The Journal's Editor-in-Chief selects the paper as that issue's Editor's Pick.

Please note: Scand J Work Environ Health articles are "locked" for two years from the date of PRINT publication. If you have received funding that requires papers to be published open access before two years (eg, NIH or MRC funding), then you are required to purchase open access for the paper. The Journal can no longer "unlock" papers after publication or allow them to be posted on PubMed Central without a fee unless the paper is selected as the Editor's Pick.

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The circulation of the Journal is worldwide. At the end of 2015, it was distributed to approximately 34 countries on 6 continents. Most of the subscriptions came from the United States, Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Spain, France, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Denmark.


The Journal is open to all authors without regard to nationality. In 2015, 421 manuscripts were submitted for publication from all over the world.

Acceptance rate

The acceptance rate of submitted manuscripts in 2015 was 15%. The Journal is increasing the number of papers it publishes per issue in order to accept a higher number of quality papers currently being submitted.

Peer review

In a peer-review process, one to four referees independently evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted manuscripts. The Journal uses a double-blind peer-review system.

Lag time

Overall, our aim is to speed up the processing of papers and we pledge to do our best to provide all authors with an initial response within two weeks of submission and a (post peer-review) reply within eight weeks.


The Journal is indexed or abstracted in Thomson ISI (including Current Contents, the Science Citation Index, the Science Citation Index Expanded, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS, and BIOSIS Previews), Excerpta Medica, OSH UPDATE (including CISDOC(E), HSELINE, and NIOSHTIC-2), PubMed, TZXLIRE, CAB Abstracts, Ebsco Host databases, ProQuest, CAS, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA/CIG), PASCAL database, National Archive Publishing Co, All-Russian Institute of Scientific and Technical Information (Viniti), Elsevier (Biographic Databases), SIIC Data Bases, Medworm, WorldCAT, Chemical Safety Newsbase, Global Health, PSYCINFO, CANCERLIT, Social Science, Pollution Abstracts, Uncover and ToxFile.