About the Journal

Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift (smt) – Journal of Social Medicine – is a multidisciplinary forum for research and policy and welcomes submissions from all fields of Social medicine, Public Health, Health Promotion and Health and Social Services. The scope of the journal includes Social Insurance Systems, Social and Health Policy, Social Services, Public Health, Drug Abuse, Co-operation between the Medical and Social sector providers, Ethics and Health Economy. Smt is its own publisher and printing is performed by Alfaprint AB, Stockholm.


Smt is published 6 times per year, mainly in Swedish with English abstracts to original contributions. Occasionally, papers in other Nordic languages and English are published. External reviewers assess all original papers. In addition to full research papers smt publishes book reviews, presentations of recently published thesis’s and debate articles. The readers are in general a mix of the public, private and public sector organisations and institutions, students, researchers and professionals in areas of Public health and Social medicine in Sweden and other Nordic countries. The structure of smt includes six issues yearly with a certain theme, and in addition to submitted, peer-reviewed contributions.


Since 1924 the main part of every issue of the Journal of Social Medicine contains a theme section, where research and practical experiences within a specific theme, area or field is presented and discussed by different authors. Examples of themes that have been published during the 21st century are Education in Public health, Stress medicine, Vulnerability, Empowerment, Violence in relationships, Elderly care and Distribution of resources within the Health Care. Every theme has its own theme editor/s, which is one or two persons that have extensive knowledge within the field and about which authors who could contribute with relevant manuscripts of current interest.


During the 21st century the Journal of Social medicine has gone through a slow renewal of the journals format and layout. As a part of this renewal smt got its own web site. In 2008 the board of smt decided to expand availability to reach new readers and authors. Until then the journal had only been available in print, but since potential new readers tended to read and download information of the Internet the board decided to make smt available online. A decision that lead to the creation of a new web site where readers could read and download articles and authors could submit their manuscript through the system embedded in the web site. Right now you are visiting this website.


If you are interested in submitting manuscripts, advertising, subscribing to the printed issue, the distribution of the journal or back issues please contact the Editorial office (redaktionen@socialmedicinsktidskrift.se)

Author Guidelines for English Articles and Supplement in Journal of Social Medicine 

SMT - Author Instructions
Manuscripts that can be published in Journal of Social Medicine (SMT): original articles, reviews of newly published books and reports, debate articles on current topics and dissertation presentations. Furthermore, theme articles are also published within predetermined themes, but in order to publish under such a theme the author's manuscript must have been approved by the theme editor concerned.

The manuscripts for the Supplement in SMT should be written in English. 

Publication fee
Publishing in the SMT is free because the journal costs are covered by subscription income as well as print support from various institutions and organizations.

Account of any conflict of interest
Authors are responsible for reporting any conflicts of interest that may have affected the interpretation of the results, e.g. financial support for the study from organizations with an interest in the subject.

Permission to use images and figures
If images or figures are used in a manuscript, the authors are responsible for obtaining any permission from the copyright owner. Please state in the manuscript and in "comments to the editor" if permission has been obtained.
Appropriate scope of manuscript including tables and figures is about 5-8 pages, which means about 3000 words + tables. In general, the shorter (and well-structured) a text, the more people read it.

On the title page, the following should be stated: the full title of the manuscript, author's description, abstract in the main language of the manuscript and in English and Swedish keywords.
Title: The title should be informative and concise while at the same time arousing the interest of the reader. Keep in mind that the headline should attract reading, not necessarily provide a complete picture of the content of the article.
Author description: The author (s) is presented with the full name, title, name and location of the current workplace and e-mail. If the manuscript has several authors, please indicate which author is the corresponding author for the manuscript.
Abstract: Abstract should be available in English. The scope is a maximum of 130 words per summary. Keep in mind that the focus should be clearly stated in the article as searches on the article via SMT's website will mainly be based on title and abstract.
Key words: After the abstract, about 5 English keywords should be shared to increase the article's opportunity through Internet-based search engines. Avoid using the same words included in the title.

Section headings and subheadings
Preferably should be very short, 1-6 words. By using section and subheadings in the article, it becomes more readable and gives the reader a better overview of key aspects of the article. However, use a maximum of three levels of headings, be consistent and clear with the different headings.
In the running text, italics should occur as sparingly as possible.
Please use quotation marks "to mark quotes”.
Tables and figures
A common problem is that tables and figures are too large and the text in them becomes so small that it becomes unreadable when we adapt them to the dimensions of the page. Therefore, if possible, try to use SMT dimensions, one side has the outer dimensions 165 x 242 mm and the width of the text is 115 mm. The image must be of high resolution and should have 300 dpi. Number tables and figures, give them table heads, and figure text (headings). Refer to the tables and figures inside the text. In the printed version, tables and figures are in black and white so try to adapt them to it. The website shows figures and tables in color.
An optional reference system may be used as long as it is used correctly and consistently throughout the manuscript. However, use a widely accepted template (such as Vancouver, Harvard or Swedish Standard) to specify references in the text and in the reference list. (Post links)

Checklist for submitting manuscripts
As part of the manuscript submission, authors must tick to ensure that the manuscript meets the following requirements; manuscripts that do not meet the requirements may be returned to the author.

1. This manuscript has not been published before and is not under consideration by any other journal (can be commented on in comments to the editor if needed). The manuscript does not violate any existing copyright. It also contains no obscene, tasteless or insulting elements.
2. The manuscript file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect format.
3. Whenever possible, enter the URL of references in the reference list. The URLs are complete and links to the intended website.
4. Figures, tables and more are included in the file. The authors of the manuscript have obtained permission to use any images or figures from any copyright owner. There are references in the text to all tables and figures and it is clearly marked in the document where each table / figure should be inserted. For better print quality, high resolution images can be uploaded as separate attachments, but clear reference is required in the manuscript.
5. The text meets the stylistic and bibliographic requirements set out in the Author Guidelines. The text has a straight left margin. The text has not been broken with hyphens, but hyphens have only been used when the language requires it. A blank line has been used for paragraph classification in the text.
Copyright Notice
Authors participating in the SMT accept that their work is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license. This license permits a third person to distribute the author's work (copy, distribute and transmit the work) and to process it provided that: the author (s) and / or the licensor are correctly stated, the work is not used for commercial purposes and if the work is for reuse or distribution, information must be clearly stated about the copyright terms that apply to the work.
Authors retain copyright for their work but at the same time guarantee publication rights for first publication and all publication via the Internet to smt. Furthermore, SMT requires that the author transfer all copyrights for commercial use of the work to the publisher (SMT). Commercial sales revenue is used to continue publishing both in print format and online without publishing fees.

Privacy Policy
Visitors to the website
Like other website operators, (SMT) collects certain information about users that cannot be linked to a specific individual, like the information usually available through browsers and servers; that is, browser type information, language preferences, site referral, and the date and time when features are used by each user. The purpose of collecting this type of data is to better understand how visitors use this website. From time to time, SMT may publish summary results based on data collected by, for example, publishing a report on the user and visitor trends for the website.
Journal of Social Medicine also collects certain information that may possibly be linked to a certain user, in the form of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. However, this information is not used to identify visitors and is not disclosed to unauthorized persons, but all information is handled in the same way that SMTuses and discloses personal data or personal information, which is presented below.
Collection of personal data and personal information
Some visitors to the magazine's website interact with SMT in a way that requires SMT to obtain personal information or personal information about the user. The scope and type of information that SMT collects depends on the way the user interacts with SMT, for example SMT asks the visitors who want an e-alert to enter certain information. In each individual case, SMT collects information only to the extent necessary to fulfill the purpose of visitor interaction with SMT . SMT does not disclose any personal information or personal information except in the manner described below. Visitors can always refuse to share personal information, knowing that it may prevent them from using certain features of the website.
Aggregated Statistics
SMT collects some statistics about the users / visitors and their behavior on the website. For example, SMT may analyze the use of the most popular pages on the website. The statistics or information on the basis of it may be published or shared with others, however no information is disclosed that discloses personal data and personal information in any other way than stated below.

Protection of personal data and personal information
Personal data and personal information is handled confidentially and is only disclosed, to the employees of the journal, partners or companies with which the journal cooperates, provided that they (1) need to access the information to perform services on smt's behalf or to make services available via smt's website, and (2) have accepted that the information may not be disclosed to others. Some of these employees and partners may be located outside your home country; by using smt's website you consent to the transfer of this information to them.
SMT will not lend or sell personal or personal information to anyone. Personal data and personal information will only be disclosed in the manner described above and in cases where required by law, or in cases where SMT considers disclosure of information necessary to protect the use rights of SMT, third parties or the public .
If you have registered as a user on the website and provided your e-mail address, SMT may occasionally send e-mails to inform you about new features, ask about your experience of using the website or just to keep you updated on the journal, products and services.
A cookie is a thread of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer and that the visitor's browser states to the website each time the visitor returns. SMT uses cookies to help to identify and track visitors, their use of the website and what preferences the visitor has. Visitors to the journal website who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should edit the settings of their browser so that cookies are blocked before visiting the website. However, this is done with the knowledge that the blocking of cookies can make showing the features of the website may not work quite properly without the possibility of using cookies.
Changes in the privacy policy
Journal of Social Medicine may from time to time change the privacy policy, where most of the changes will be of a minor nature and at the sole discretion of SMT. The Journal encourages visitors to check this page frequently to become aware of any changes to the privacy policy. If you, as a visitor, continue to use this website after changes have been made to the Privacy Policy, it means that you accept and agree to these changes.

Privacy Policy
(addition May 2018 in connection with the new Swedish legislation, GDPR)
The person responsible for personal data at Socialmedical magazine is the editorial secretary who is reached via the address redaktionen@socialmedicinsktidskrift.se

You yourself register as a reader or writer. You do not register social security numbers, but names, if any professional title and areas of expertise as well as contact information. You can log in via your login at any time and see what information we have stored about you as a writer or reader. The data is stored in a database in the OJS, Open Journal System, provided by PKP, a Canadian open source publishing platform, the same platform from which our e-journal is published. Name and address remain until you delete your account or alternatively ask the editor for help to be removed. All data is then deleted. As a reader or writer, you only have access to your own information. The only people who have access to all the information are SMTs editor-in-chief and editorial secretary. A theme or supplement editor has access to contact information for the writers who participate in the theme number/supplement.
To see what data you have stored about yourself, e.g. e-mail, title, workplace, you log into the magazine's website with your password and can then read, edit and delete the information. If you have forgotten your password, you can get a new one by requesting a recovery when you log in to the website www.socialmedicinsktidskrift.se

SMT also has an address register of those who subscribe to the printed journal that comes out with 6 issues / year. This register is updated once a year. We save the subscriber records one year back in time and then delete them.

If you have any questions, please contact: redaktionen@socialmedicinsktidskrift.se


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