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Author Guidelines

Here is an INSJ Paper Template: for the use of authors. If you do not wish to use this format, you can submit your paper in a simpler format and we will arrange it after it is accepted for publication.

Please submit papers in Word files, with the text layout as simple as possible. Figures and tables need to be numbered and provided with appropriate titles. The source files for figures, tables and text graphics have to be submitted as separate files whether or not these have been embedded in the text. The sections of the article should be clearly defined (may be identified by a heading) and numbered.

The information required in the article submission process (i.e. title, authors' names and affiliations, contact details for the corresponding author) should not be included in the text of the article if a "blind peer review" is sought. Instructions for ensuring a "blind peer review" process are available here:

An abstract is required for every paper submitted. The abstract should present briefly (200 - 500 words) the purpose of the paper, the approach followed (review, research, etc.) and the main conclusions. A list of keywords (preferably 6) should be provided after the Abstract. These are to be used for indexing purposes.

Abbreviations and acronyms should be defined at their first use. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers.

Cite all your sources and place quotation marks around any words you copy and credit the source. Use your own words when summarizing or paraphrasing someone else’s words. Every reference cited in the text should be included also in the reference list. Unpublished results and personal communications may be mentioned in the text, but should not be included in the list of references, unless they are made available for review (e.g. by publishing them on a website). For web references, the full URL should be provided and the date when the reference was last accessed.

For citing references, please note the following instructions:

- The preferred style for citing references is Vancouver system. At every point in the text where a particular work is referred to, include the number of the reference in square brackets.

- If there are more authors, give the first author's surname and initial(s) followed by et al.

- When referencing articles in journals, provide the Author surname, initial(s). Title of article. Full journal title. Year; Volume number; Issue number: page numbers.

- When referencing books, provide the Author surname/s, initial/s. (ed. or eds. if editor/s). Title. Place of publication : Publisher, Year of publication. Treat the proceedings of a conference like an edited book, adding relevant information about the conference, such as dates and location.

- When referencing documents only available online, provide the Author surname, initial. Title of web document . Publisher, Year of publication. Available from: URL:

- Put the titles of chapters (in books) or papers (in journals or web documets) in quotation marks and the title of the journal or book in italics.

- Do not use Ibid. or Op.cit. as these cannot be linked on line.

When using symbols in Word, use the symbol font, rather than either the “insert symbol” operation or the “ALT-code” operations as these do not always give consistent results in electronic formats.

For radionuclides, use the mass number as a superscript before the chemical symbol of the element (90Sr), except at the beginning of a sentence where the element name should be spelled out followed by the mass number (e.g. Strontium-90).

The International System of Units (abbreviated SI from French: Système international d'unités) should be used exclusively, with one exception: direct quotes of previously published material, where the original units may be reproduced. Conversion factors should then be given as follows:

  1. For quoted text, give the SI equivalent at the end of the quote: The dose calculations were carried out to 50 miles.                 [50 miles = 80 kilometers]
  2. For direct quotes of tables of data, use the original units in column headers and add unit conversion factors at the end of the table (e.g. 1 mi= 1 mile = 1.6 km; 1  rem = 0.01 Sv = 10 mSv; 1 person-rem = 0.01 person-Sv)


CAVEAT (For Environmental Radioactivity and Radiological Protection Sections)

Where it is necessary to refer to the Linear Non-Threshold (LNT) dose-effect relationship, the editors intend to add the following "Editor's Note": The LNT model is based on the theoretical assumption that the biological risk associated with ionizing radiation is a direct linear function of the radiation dose and that there is no dose or threshold (except zero dose) that does not have an associated risk.  It also predicts that the risk is not affected by the dose rate at which the radiation is received. Although this model is widely used as a basis for setting radiation protection standards, it is known to be an oversimplification of the actual processes and not consistent with experimental evidence that shows that: (1) there is an effect of dose rate and (2) for low LET radiation such as beta and gamma radiation, the dose-response is curvilinear (concave).  For low doses of radiation (below 10 mSv) it is not known conclusively whether there are any harmful effects (i.e., there is a threshold) or whether there are beneficial effects (hormesis).  Most scientific advisory bodies have cautioned against applying the LNT model to predict health consequences to large numbers of people receiving very small radiation doses.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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"No endorsement" policy: Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the opinions, analyses, discussions, views and recommendations outlined in the articles published in the International Nuclear Safety Journal (INSJ) are solely those of their respective authors and not of the editors, owners or publishers of the INSJ.