Current Issue

Volume: 7 Issue: 3, 12/31/23

Year: 2023

Karaelmas Journal of Occupational Health and Safety is the official, peer-reviewed, scientific, open access publication organ of Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University. The mission of the Journal is to advance knowledge of occupational health and safety by providing grounds for the sharing of ideas and data developed by researchers and experts in the field of occupational health and safety. The articles may cover topics for eliminating occupational accidents and diseases, improving the quality of working life by creating a safer and more comfortable working environment, and ultimately improving the health and safety of employees.

The journal focuses on original articles from all disciplines related to occupational health and safety. Additionally, legislation and literature revies, case studies, book reviews and letters to editor can be submitted for publication. 

Special consideration will be given to articles on epidemiology of occupational health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, workplace monitoring, health monitoring, ergonomics, workflow design, risk factors (physical, chemical, biological), safety management systems and policies, social policy and economic evaluation related to occupational health and safety.

All submissions will be reviewed by experts in corresponding areas as per our double blind review policy. Our journal is a non-profit, non-revenue journal.

General Policies

Karaelmas Journal of Occupational Health and Safety is the official, peer-reviewed, open access publication organ of Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University. The financial expenses of the journal are covered by Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University. The mission of the Journal is to advance knowledge of occupational health and safety. The aim of the journal is to provide grounds for the sharing of ideas and data developed by researchers and experts in the field of occupational health and safety.

The articles may cover topics for eliminating occupational accidents and diseases, improving the quality of working life by creating a safer and more comfortable working environment, and ultimately improving the health and safety of employees.

The journal focuses on original articles from all disciplines related to occupational health and safety. At the same time current legislative reviews, short communications and commentaries based on emergency situations and epidemiological surveys, and accident investigation and analysis methods are accepted in the journal.

Articles prepared in the areas of occupational health epidemiology, occupational hygiene, toxicology, health surveillance, occupational safety, ergonomics, work organization, risk factors (physical, chemical, biological), safety management systems and policies, social policy and economic evaluation related to occupational health and safety will be prioritized.

It publishes invited review articles, research articles, brief reports and letters to the editor, and case reports that are relevant to the scope of the journal, on the condition that they have not been previously published elsewhere. Basic science manuscripts, such as randomized, cohort, cross-sectional, and case control studies, are given preference. Invited reviews will be considered for peer review from known experts in the area.

Publication Frequency

Karaelmas Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, an internationally peer-reviewed journal, is published three times a year in April, August and December since 2021. In a year, only two special issues can be published. The announcements related to special issues are made at least one year prior to publication. The topics to be covered in the special issues are determined by the Editorial Board in a way that current discussions are the focus and so that special issue can guide the occupational health and safety policies.

Preparing the Manuscript

  • Manuscripts submitted for publication should not exceed 25 pages including appendix and references.
  • IEEE style is used for reference notation.
  • You can download the template for the Author Guidelines.

KARAELMAS JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY adheres to the policies and good publishing practice of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
It is necessary that all parties participating in the process of publication (authors, reviewers and editorial team) to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. In this context;

Authors' duties

  • An ethics committee approval must be obtained for research conducted in all disciplines including social sciences and for clinical and experimental studies on humans and animals, requiring ethical committee decision, and this approval should be stated and documented in the article.
  • It should be stated that the articles comply with Research and Publication Ethics.
  • In studies requiring ethical committee permission, information about the permission (board name, date and issue number) should be included in the method section and on the first/last page of the article.
  • For the scales used in data collection, the permission of the scale owner should be obtained and declared in the article.
  • The responsibility for the opinions expressed in articles belongs to authors.
  • Authors must certify that:
    • The paper represents an original work;
    • The paper has not previously been published elsewhere;
    • The paper is not being considered for publication elsewhere;
    • The paper contains real and authentic data;
    • All sources used in the creation of their paper are presented or cited;
  • The author and co-authors of the paper had a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the presented work.
  • Authors must notify the journal editor if they find errors or inaccuracy in their work.
  • Before publication, authors of accepted manuscripts must sign a Copyright Agreement Form.

Reviewers' duties

  • Review only articles that matches the reviewer's expertise. If the reviewer feels that it is not possible to complete the review process, must inform the Editor in Chief immediately, so the manuscript could be send to any other reviewer
  • Reviewers should keep confidential all information regarding the reviewing process;
  • Reviewers should allocate enough time for the review process in order to meet the deadline stated in the invitation to review;
  • Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources used in the research;
  • Any kind of similarity between the manuscript and other published paper, must be immediately noticed to the Editor in Chief
  • Reviewer should express their views clearly with the supporting arguments.

Editor's duties

  • The Editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal will be published.
  • The Editor should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
  • The Editor should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.
  • The Editor must ensure that information regarding the manuscript is kept confidential


Plagiarism Detection

  • Prevention of plagiarism is essential as it provides scientific and academic integrity. Therefore, Karaelmas Journal of Occupational Health and Safety uses the iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software for controlling plagiarism concerns.
  • The Similarity Index (SI) of the study should be 20% or less. As a result of the similarity report, one of the following three decisions is made about the study.
    • It is sent to the editor for evaluation.
    • A correction request is sent back to the author(s).
    • Rejection is carried out without taking the evaluation stage.

No fee is charged from the authors at any stage (submission, layout, publication) for the studies submitted to Karaelmas Journal of Occupational Health and Safety. No fee is paid for refereeing. All of the content published by the magazine is available to readers free of charge.