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Information for Authors:

Authors of journal articles, reports, doctoral theses, etc. are invited to submit their work to SafetyLit. Although SafetyLit actively monitors the contents of many journals as they are published, sometimes relevant articles are overlooked. See the SafetyLit inclusion criteria below.

Although we try to make the SafetyLit contents accessible to an author-name query, several problems make an author search difficult. In an ideal world, all authors' names would be consistent for all articles they publish. Name differences can appear when the article is submitted, full names may be changed by the editor to a last name with initials (sometimes dropping one or more initials), or the metadata supplied to SafetyLit by journal publishers may be incorrect or incomplete. Even subtle differences can make it impossible to automate the assignment of articles to authors already in the database. The result is a body of an author's work spread among near-duplicate names. We urge authors to use the "browse authors" utility and contact us to help unify all your articles. SafetyLit can assign multiple name versions to an author. At the same time, please tell us if we have omitted any of your publications.

SafetyLit is a member of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative. ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by creating a registry of persistent unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID, other ID schemes, and research objects such as publications, grants, and patents. All major and most minor academic publishers, universities, institutions, and data services are participating. As of February 2013, there are problems with some of the automated systems that allow authors to import their works. However, this doesn't undermine the primary purpose -- name disambiguation. Please visit the ORCID site, register for an ID, contact SafetyLit with your ID number and help us apply it to all articles listed under the assorted versions of your name.

SafetyLit inclusion criteria

For SafetyLit content, we focus upon injuries that occur during a short period of time, as opposed to the effects of repeated exposures to chemical agents or cumulative damage from repetitive motions. The SafetyLit vision is to include every article relevant to injury prevention and safety promotion that is published in any journal with text or abstract in English.

SafetyLit includes summaries of reports about injury occurrence and risk factors. Items are considered relevant if they concern any of the pre-event or event elements of the Haddon Matrix; the epidemiology of injury; or the financial, personal, or societal costs or consequences of any injury or risk factor. Items concerning treatment for injuries or complications of medical care are excluded except when the item also contains information on one of the inclusion criteria. We also include articles, doctoral theses, and reports on other topics that may help a reader to make decisions about research or prevention strategies and priorities.

Although most of the literature in SafetyLit is written in the English language, the literature of many other languages is also represented. Material in other languages have titles and abstracts both in English and in the original language. We do not have the capacity to hire experts to translate literature into English. We must depend upon publishers for that. However, we welcome any assistance in obtaining English language translations of reports and articles that were written in other languages.

The criteria for selecting items for inclusion are simple. If the answer to any of the following questions is "yes", then the report is likely to be included:

  • Do the SafetyLit reviewers find the report interesting?
  • Are SafetyLit readers likely to hear of a report from a colleague and want to respond knowledgeably?
  • Are SafetyLit readers likely to be questioned about the report from a member of the population they serve?
  • Does the report contain findings that could be used to oppose the actions or recommendations of a SafetyLit reader?

Revised 10 February 2013