Journal guide


The Journal of Work Health and Safety Regulation (JWHSR) invites submissions in all fields related to the Work Health Health and Safety Regulation.
Please read the following guidelines and information before proceeding to the submission.

*We changed the name of the journal from “Journal of Occupational Health Law(JHOL)” to “Journal of Work Health and Safety Regulation(JWHSR)“.


1.1. Editor-in-Chief

Richard Johnstone, Law
Professor in the School of Law at the Queensland University of Technology; Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, in Australia

Fujio Kayama, Health
Professor Emeritus at Jichi Medical University in Japan

1.2. Editor

Diana Kloss MBE, Law
Professor at London South Bank University in UK

1.3. Administrator

Takenori Mishiba, Law
Professor in Faculty of Law at Kindai University in Japan

Click here for the members of the editorial committee and board of the Association.


2.1. Aims and Scope

The Journal of Work Health and Safety Regulation (JWHSR) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in work health and safety regulation. It is published semi-annually in English and administered by the Japan Association of Occupational Health Law.

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read the aims and scope of the Journal of Work Health and Safety Regulation (JWHSR).

The aim of the journal is to advance academic research and to inform policy debate and decision-making in all aspects of work health and safety regulation, including prevention, compensation and rehabilitation/return to work.

The Journal is interested in submissions that include analysis of legislative, administrative, or judicial developments in a single country that have transnational implications or that relate to potential international trends; doctrinal (legal analytical) comparisons addressing common work health and safety issues across two or more countries; empirical analyses; case studies; analysis of theoretical, methodological or historical issues in work health and safety regulation; scholarship on mixed systems of law or of supranational legal regulation; and discussion of economic, social, or cultural aspects of work health and safety regulation and/or the ‘transferability’ of legal rules or policy approaches.

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on work health and safety regulation – including from occupational health, medicine, sociology, regulatory studies, industrial relations, psychology, social policy, criminology, socio-legal studies and history – are welcome.

The journal is also interested in submissions that analyse important court decisions (case notes), reports on work health and safety regulation issues (reports) and  developments in work health and safety legislation (legislation notes), as well as reviews of books on work health and safety regulation (book reviews). The journal will also publish occasional editorials (including guest editorials) reporting on developments in work health and safety regulation from around the world.

The August 2022 issue of the Journal of Work Health and Safety Regulation will have a special focus on work health and safety regulation and the gig economy. The journal welcomes submissions that examine whether current work health and safety regulation adequately addresses issues raised by work allocated through digital platforms (gig work); submissions that propose or report on new approaches to regulating the health and safety of gig workers; and submissions that address other work health and safety regulation issues arising from gig work. Submissions for this special issue must be made before the end of March 2022.

Click here for its basic scope.

It applies an editorial policy that:

is committed to a rigorous analysis;
fosters diversity and equality of opportunity by strongly encouraging submissions in English or Japanese by authors of all generations and from all world regions;
welcomes manuscripts related to the world of work health and safety regulation from all disciplines and encourages the submission of those with an inter-disciplinary approach;
welcomes both theoretical and empirically-based studies, as well as comparative and international studies, and country-level studies that explore concepts, trends and institutions that are of interest to an international audience;
promotes a style of writing that is accessible to both academics and policy-makers and a multidisciplinary readership.

2.2. Submission

Submissions to the JOHL should be sent to:
Takenori Mishiba

2.3. Languages

Articles can be submitted in English.
Authors are invited to write in a style that is accessible to academics, policymakers and a multidisciplinary audience.

2.4. Submission declaration statement

All submissions should be accompanied by a statement indicating that they are not under consideration elsewhere or have not already been published, and that they will not be submitted for publication elsewhere without the agreement of the Administrator.

2.5. Conflict of interest statement

Authors must provide a conflict of interest statement.
Authors should disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all co-authors. Submitting authors should ensure they liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement with the final statement.

2.6. Research Ethics statement

Authors must provide a research ethics statement.
If the article includes a human study, the author should declare,
1) he/she followed the Declaration of Helsinki,
2) the research was reviewed by the Internal Review Board (IRB).

2.7. Rights and permissions

Authors must observe the usual rules and practices regarding the reproduction of copyright material in their articles, assuming responsibility for obtaining permission where appropriate.

2.8. Pre-print policy

This journal will consider for review articles previously available as preprints on noncommercial servers. Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript on noncommercial servers at any time. They are requested to update any pre-publication versions, providing a link to the final published article.

2.9. Copyright

Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement. The manuscript accepted to be published will be published in a periodical journal and will be freely accessible on J-Stage (
Upon acceptance for publication, authors will be required to sign an Exclusive License Form (ELF).

For periodical journal(including open access) :

Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to:
Share their article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes, with a DOI link to the version of record on ScienceDirect.
Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

For open access :

Authors sign an exclusive license agreement, where authors have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to the publisher. In this case authors have a range of rights, including:

The right to share or reuse their article in the same ways permitted to third parties under their choice of relevant end user license (together with Personal Use rights), so long as the article contains the CrossMark logo, the end user license, and a DOI link to the version of record on ScienceDirect.
Authors have a choice of licenses, determining how articles can be re-used.
Authors retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
Authors receive proper attribution and credit for the published work.


3.1. Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents. The figures of final versions should be provided in Excel files or as vector graphics.
Manuscripts should be submitted in “Times New Roman”, font size 12, double spaced.
Each new paragraph should be indented except for the first paragraph under a heading.

3.2. Parts and length of manuscripts

Articles should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words long, including tables, boxes, footnotes and references, with an abstract of no more than 100 words.
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files for the following parts: (1) title page; (2)main text file; (3) tables, figures, appendices and supporting information.

Title page

The title page should contain:
i. A title containing no abbreviations;
ii. The full names of the author(s), specifying the name of the corresponding author, i.e. the person who will have the primary responsibility for communicating with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review and publication process.
iii. The institutional affiliation(s) where the work was conducted and e-mail address(es) of the author(s), with a footnote indicating the current affiliation(s), if different from the one(s) where the work was conducted;
iv. Acknowledgments. Besides indicating any contributions from persons who do not meet
the criteria for authorship, any financial support should be mentioned.
v. Submission declaration statement, see section 1.4. above.
vi. Conflict of interest statement, see section 1.5. above.
vii. Information on rights and permissions obtained to reproduce material from other sources, see section 1.6. above.

Main text file

As articles are peer-reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
The main text file should be presented in the following order:
i. Title;
ii. Abstract: describing the aims, methods, scope of analysis, results and conclusions;
iii. Key words (between 4 and 8);
iv. Running title;
v. Main text;
vi. Classification (research treatise, dissertation, case law studies, reviews, cases, short reports etc.);
vii. List of references.
Tables, figures, appendices and supporting information
Tables and figures should be included in the text and also supplied in a separate file.
Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.
If data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the manuscript are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their manuscript.


4.1. References

JOHL is a multidisciplinary journal, and authors can choose from the following two citation styles, which are familiar to the author’s academic field.
Authors are responsible for verifying all citations and quotations in the text, and the list of references before the submission of the manuscript. Incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may decrease discoverability.

4.1.1 References in the law field

References follow the Chicago Manual of Style “author–date” system in the law field.

4.1.2 References in the health field

References follow the AMA Manual of Style for authors in the health field.

All references should be consecutively numbered in order of appearance and listed as completely as possible. All in-text citations should be given in consecutive order using Arabic superscript numerals.
For more information on this citation style, please refer to the AMA Manual of Style.

Reference examples follow:
Journal article
Hosohata K, Mise N, Kayama F, Iwanaga K. Augmentation of cadmium-induced oxidative cytotoxicity by pioglitazone in renal tubular epithelial cells. Toxicol Ind Health. 2019;35(8):530-536.

Mishiba T. Workplace Mental Health Law-Comparative Perspectives, London, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2021

Internet Document
Guidelines for Determining Probability of Causation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 Published May 2002. Accessed March 19, 2022.

4.2. Tables and figures

Tables, figures and boxes should be numbered consecutively, in order of appearance in the text.
Authors should indicate a source under figures and tables, in particular indicating the source of any data used for calculations, regardless of whether this has already been explained in the text.

4.3. Lay-out and general style points

Headings and subheadings

Titles, headings and sub-headings should be numbered (following the format 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, etc.)to indicate the level of importance.

Abbreviations, acronyms and contractions

In general, terms and names should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly (more than three times) and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Where abbreviations are used, each one should be expanded on its first use, followed by the abbreviation or acronym in parentheses. Thereafter, the abbreviation or acronym should be used rather than the full term.

Latin phrases and foreign expressions

Where these are used, they should be italicized unless so common that they have become wholly absorbed into everyday language (e.g. bona fide). Examples of the normal rule: res ipsa loquitur amicus curiae.


In articles, only the first letter of the title, subtitle and headings should be capitalized, as well as any other words that would ordinarily be capitalized.
Following colons and en dashes, the first letter of subtitles are also capitalized. E.g.: Welfare and labour market regimes: A review of earlier work

In source citations, however, regardless of the capitalization of the original, English language titles of works are capitalized except for articles, conjunctions, prepositions (“regarding”, “concerning” and “respecting” are treated as prepositions), unless they are the first or last word of a title.
Initial capitals should be used for the short titles of legislative texts and international instruments.

Page references

Page references should be set out in full, e.g. pp. 123–124 (not 123–4).
It is preferable to cite a precise range of pages rather than using expressions such as “p. 218 ff.”


5.1. Peer-review and acceptance

All manuscripts undergo screening by the JOHL Managing Editor and the Editorial Board based on the JOHL’s editorial policy. Those manuscripts which pass this screening stage are submitted to a double-blind peer-review process and, if accepted, to editing and translation.

5.2. Funding

Authors should list all funding sources in the acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation.

5.3. Publication ethics

Authors should observe high standards with regard to publication ethics as outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Any cases of ethical misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

In making this guidance, we referred to the following materials and website.