Tobacco Prevention & Cessation
considers the following types of articles:
- Research Papers – reports of data from original research.
- Review Papers – comprehensive, authoritative, reviews within the journal's scope.
- Short Reports – brief reports of data from original research.
- Policy Case Studies – brief articles on policy development at a regional or national level.
- Study Protocols – Articles describing a research protocol of a study.
- Industry Monitoring – brief articles on tobacco industry tactics.
- Letters to the Editor – a response to authors of an original publication, or a very small article that may be relevant to readers.
Articles reporting research may be full length or brief reports. Papers should generally be a maximum of 4000 words in length, excluding tables, references, and abstract and key points of the article. Research Articles should be comprised of the following sections:
- A short introduction which should end with the study’s aims. The introduction should state clearly the objective of the paper as well as the context of the research or analysis
- A methods section which should describe the study design, setting, participants, measures, variables and statistical analysis performed. This section should also include information on the study’s ethics procedures.
- A results section, which should describe the study’s main findings and important aspects within the tables.
- A discussion section, which should include a discussion of the study’s main findings, comparisons with other studies, potential policy implications, the study’s strengths and limitations.
- A conclusion section, which should be short, concise and based on the results of the current study. Over general conclusions that do not stem from the manuscripts results should be avoided.
- All manuscripts should include an acknowledgement section, a declaration of competing interests and declaration of funding sources.
Review articles provide a review of the literature, and preferably would be systematic reviews. Such articles should identify trends or gaps in literature, provide new synthesis, and outline future directions. Review manuscripts, should be generally less than 6000 words or less, excluding abstract, tables, figures and references. Reviews should include in the methods section details with regards to data sources used, keywords applied, time restrictions, study types selected and how the data were extracted. Guidelines used for abstracting data and assessing data quality and validity should be noted. Results should be based on the actual review and the discussion may in certain occasions be jointly written with the results section. Conclusions of the review should be specific and stem from the findings.
Short reports are shorter versions of original articles, should not exceed approximately 1500 words, and may include one table or figure.
Policy Case Studies
The objective of this type of brief research article is to foster regional tobacco control activities and to provide a forum for sharing ideas, examples of policy activities, tobacco prevention activities (such as media campaigns, educational campaigns etc.) for people working in tobacco control policy to present their regional successes or challenges. Such brief articles should be accompanied by a high resolution picture or example of the material used or presented. The maximum word count for the text is 1500 words.
This article type can be for proposed or for ongoing research and should contain the background, research hypothesis, rationale a detailed methodology of the study. The SPIRIT 2013 Checklist guidelines ideally should be applied. Study protocols submitted for publication must have received ethics approval. Protocols of randomized trials should follow the CONSORT guidelines and must have a trial registration number, while observational studies should follow STROBE guidelines.
Industry Monitoring Letters
These letters or brief articles describe, assess and comment on regional or international tobacco industry activities and strategies. Word count: Between 500-1000 words. Longer articles may be accepted after discussion with the editorial board.
Letters To The Editor
Letters intended for publication should be a maximum of 500 words, contain 10 references, and up to one table or figure. These rules apply for research letters, and letters that respond to articles published in the journal. Letters to the editor are subject to editorial editing so as to streamline the article with the journal's style. Corrections to published articles are also published as a letter and linked to the corrected version of the article.
Editorials are written by members of the Editorial Board and may reflect current articles within Tobacco Prevention & Cessation or discuss significant national or international tobacco control projects or initiatives.