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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

About the JPMH

The Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene (JPMH) is an international, multidisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal published on a three-monthly basis and covers the fields of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The Journal has been publishing original articles, reviews, editorials, letters and proceedings of symposia and conferences since 1960. Systematic reviews of topics relevant to the journal’s scope are highly welcome. Scientific validity, methodological soundness, originality and advances in the field of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health are key acceptance criteria. For further information see our Section Policies.

The JPMH is currently abstracted and indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. The JPMH currently has no article-processing charges.


Peer-review policy

The JPMH is a peer-reviewed journal. Once a manuscript has been reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and Section Editors (to determine whether the article is within the JPMH’s scope and is of quality, originality and general interest to our readers), it undergoes a peer-review process. Authors are normally informed of our first editorial decision within three months of submission.


Open Access policy

The JPMH is an open-access journal and offers all readers free access to your research. Publication in the JPMH is currently free of charge. 


Ethics policy: human and animal rights

Manuscripts describing biomedical research involving humans must comply with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki and be approved by an ethics committee; informed consent to take part in the study must have been obtained from all participants. A clear and detailed statement on ethical approval of the study (e.g. full name of the ethics committee, protocol reference number) and the acquisition of informed consent must be included in the Methods section. 

Studies involving laboratory animals must indicate that the relevant international (e.g. the Basel Declaration), national or institutional laws, guidelines and principles have been observed.

Non-compliance with our ethics policy will result in rejection of the manuscript.


Ethics policy: publication ethics

All authors listed in the manuscript should have made a significant contribution to the work and approved the final version of the manuscript. Contributors who cannot be designated as authors may be mentioned in the Acknowledgements section.

The manuscript must not have been published previously or submitted simultaneously to any other journal. All previously published work must be appropriately attributed and cited. Please be advised that the JPMH may use software to detect plagiarism.

Authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any previously published materials. 

In the event of suspicion of scientific misconduct, including data falsification, fabrication and plagiarism, the journal will investigate the case and appropriate measures will be undertaken. 


Submission process

All manuscripts must be submitted through the JPMH's online submission platform. Manuscripts sent to the editors by e-mail will not be considered. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. You may track the current status of your manuscript at any time by logging into the journal website.

All author names and affiliations will be taken from the JPMH metadata form (not the manuscript file). Please carefully fill metadata form during the submission process and check whether the author names and affiliations are correctly spelt.

The JPMH encourages all authors to provide their ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID).


Cover letter

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter (submitted as a separate file) signed by the corresponding author. Such letter should specify the article type, summarize the paper and indicate why JPMH should publish it. Please do not copy and paste the abstract in the Cover letter. Moreover, the letter should contain the following statements:

  • The manuscript is new and not being considered elsewhere;
  • The study was approved by an ethical committee (if applicable, see our Ethics policy);
  • The manuscript has been approved by all authors.
  • Full names (given name, middle name, family name) of all authors and their affiliations; multiple affiliations are allowed.
  • Corresponding author and his/her contact details (complete postal address, e-mail, telephone and fax numbers.


Manuscript preparation

General information

All manuscripts must be saved in Microsoft Word (both .doc and .docx file formats are acceptable). Use a 12-point Times New Roman text, with a double line space (text must be justified). Use italics for emphasis, species names (e.g. N. meningitidis) and non-English words (e.g. Raffreddore). All pages and lines must be automatically numbered. Neither justify nor hyphenate the text. There is no length restriction; however, authors are invited to be factual and concise. 

JPMH publishes in British English language. If the authors’ native language is not English, we strongly recommend professional proofreading by a qualified professional. This can be done by JPMH's English editing service.

The following types of papers are considered for publication in the JPMH:

  • Original articles 
  • Short articles
  • Narrative and systematic reviews
  • Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor

Occasionally, the JPMH also publishes symposia and conferences proceedings.

In reporting the results of original research, it is advisable to follow widely recognized guidelines and standards of reporting (e.g. CONSORT for randomized controlled trials, STROBE for observational epidemiological studies, COREQ for qualitative research, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, MOOSE for meta-analyses of observational studies, CONSORT-EHEALTH for eHealth and mHealth topics).

Define all abbreviations where they first appear in the text. However, try to avoid using too many abbreviations, especially uncommon ones. All drugs must be provided with the Recommended International Non-Proprietary Name (rINN). In reporting units, the International System of Units (SI) is mandatory. 


Manuscript organization

Original and short articles and reviews must be presented in the following order: 

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Main text with the following sections: a. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions for original and short articles and systematic reviews; b. Appropriate headings and subheadings for narrative reviews.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Conflicts of interest 
  • References
  • Figure titles/legends 
  • Tables

Editorials and Letters to the Editor must be written as a single continuous section; no abstract, tables or figures are allowed.


Title page

The title page must contain the following information:

  • Manuscript title
  • A short (max 50 characters) running title
  • Three to five keywords 


A concise reference-free abstract must be provided (from 200 to 250 words). Abstracts of original articles and systematic reviews should preferably be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Narrative reviews may have a non-structured abstract. In Editorials and Letters to the Editor, no abstract is allowed.  

Main text

The main text of original and short articles and systematic reviews should consist of the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. When appropriate, subsections may be inserted. Narrative reviews have no formal rules and may be subdivided into sections, following authors’ preferences. Editorials and letters to the Editor should consist of a single continuous text. Please use italics when the Latin expressions “e.g.” and “i.e.” are used.


Within this section, list those contributors who have not met the authorship criteria. Authors should describe all funding sources (e.g. full name of funding organizations, grant numbers). 

Conflicts of interest 

Authors must fully disclose any existing or potential conflicts of interest of a financial, personal or any other nature that could affect or bias their research. If applicable, authors are also requested to describe the role of the finding source(s) in the study design, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, and writing of the manuscript. No potential conflicts of interest must also be explicitly stated.

Authors' contributions

The individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.


References must be identified in the text by consecutive Arabic numerals in square brackets (e.g. [1], [1, 2], [1–5]). All authors should be listed (do not use “et al.”). Provide a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for every article cited.


Reference to a journal publication: 

[1] Gasparini R, Comanducci M, Amicizia D, Ansaldi F, Canepa P, Orsi A, Icardi G,  Rizzitelli E, De Angelis G, Bambini S, Moschioni M, Comandi S, Simmini I, Boccadifuoco G, Brunelli B, Giuliani MM, Pizza M, Panatto D. Molecular and serological diversity of Neisseria meningitidis carrier strains isolated from Italian students aged 14 to 22 years. J Clin Microbiol 2014;52(6):1901-10. doi: 10.1128/JCM.03584-13.

Reference to a book: 

[2] Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 4th ed. New York: Longman; 2000. 

Reference to a chapter in an edited book: 

[3] Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age. New York: E-Publishing Inc; 2009. pp. 281-304. 

Reference to a website:

[4] Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene. Author guidelines. Available at: Accessed on 01/01/2016.



Do not include figure titles in figure files.
All figures must be consecutively numbered. Ensure that captions are inserted under figures and that they are self-explaining (no references are allowed). Figure titles should be informative but concise. If appropriate, a figure may have a concise legend reporting, e.g. a brief description of the figure, and definitions of symbols and abbreviations used.


All tables must be consecutively numbered and titled. Ensure that tables and their captions are comprehensible without having to make any reference to the main text. Please do not repeat the content of the tables in the main text. Avoid disproportionately large tables. All tables must be editable; do not paste them as images. Each table may have a legend reporting, for example, a brief description of the table and its content, and definitions of symbols and abbreviations used.

Artworks and illustrations

Do not insert figures in the manuscript file. Each figure must be submitted as a separate file. TIFF and JPEG formats are acceptable. Bitmapped illustrations should have a minimum resolution of 1000 dpi, and coloured images at least 300 dpi. Avoid disproportionately large artwork. Make sure that the text within figures is readable. 

Submission checklist

  • All author names and affiliations are correctly spelt in both the manuscript file and metadata form
  • A corresponding author is designated
  • ORCIDs of all authors are provided
  • Manuscript has been revised and/or edited by a native English speaker
  • Cover letter is provided
  • Manuscript is prepared and organized in compliance with JPMH’s guidelines
  • All funding sources and conflicts of interest are fully disclosed
  • Figures are saved as separate files in accordance with JPMH’s requirements

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