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What EHP Publishes

Types of Manuscripts

Manuscripts in the following categories are considered for publication. Except for Brief Communications, all EHP manuscripts are peer reviewed.

Research Articles

Research articles report original research results that have direct relevance to the relationship between the environment and human health, and that make a substantial advance in the field.


Commentaries provide new perspectives on important environmental health topics or problems. Commentaries that stem from discussions at workshops and other forums should acknowledge the meeting content and its purpose but should not be presented as a narrative summary of the meeting. Commentaries are not used to discuss individual articles published in EHP or elsewhere.


Reviews present, contrast, and (when appropriate) combine data across studies to address a specific question or issue related to environmental health. Reviews must utilize systematic review methodologies to identify the corpus of relevant scientific literature, including clearly defined search strategies and study eligibility criteria as needed to capture the current state of knowledge in an unbiased and comprehensive manner. A variety of review formats may be considered by EHP, such as scoping reviews, evidence maps, state-of-the-science reviews, full systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. EHP does not publish narrative reviews or reviews based on meetings (meeting summaries or reports).

Brief Communications

Brief Communications provide new information of broad interest to the environmental health community. Brief Communications may take a variety of forms, such as descriptions of new and accessible investigative tools, introductions to new programs or emerging issues, or consensus statements from organized groups. The information should be generalizable to a variety of situations or locations, and should be useful to a variety of stakeholders. Brief Communications may include case studies by way of example; however, EHP does not publish isolated case studies as stand-alone articles. Furthermore, Brief Communications should not contain non–peer-reviewed data. Although Brief Communications are not classified as peer-reviewed articles, the editors may solicit comments from subject matter experts.


Editorials are solicited by the Editor-in-Chief and published by invitation only. EHP uses editorials to comment upon scholarly publishing and EHP practices and policies, and to provide perspectives on issues associated with selected EHP content.

Please note that EHP does not currently publish letters to the editor. See “Brief Communications” as an option for short informational articles.


Errata are published to correct factual errors in a scientific article or news story that are identified after publication. The erratum should briefly describe the error and provide the correct information. Notify EHP of your intention to submit an erratum prior to submission.


EHP follows COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines for issuing retractions, which may be requested by the authors or instituted by the editors. Contact for inquiries regarding retractions.

In Memoriam

Contact to request permission to submit an obituary and for guidance on content and length.

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