Making available key findings on all aspects of smoking and smoking cessation in the UK

About the Journal

This information will change as the journal matures so readers and potential contributors should review it periodically.

Who we are and what we publish

Smoking in Britain publishes articles describing findings and opinions relating to tobacco use in the UK.

Articles are published electronically and are free to access. Currently, there is no charge for authors, though in future there may be a need to charge a small amount to cover costs.

The journal is borne out of a need for a way of disseminating national data in a timely manner that is relevant for clinical practice and policy decisions. This may include findings from surveys as well as outcomes of pilot projects. The journal also publishes articles expressing opinions.

The journal, however, does not accept articles from organisations receiving funding from the tobacco industry or companies owned by a tobacco company or from researchers who admit that they receive funding from such organisations.

The peer review process

Articles are peer reviewed. In recognition of the limitations of the traditional peer review process both in terms of bias and error, the peer review focuses on ensuring that the conclusions drawn are meaningful, clearly expressed and do not go beyond or misrepresent the data. The question of importance is left to readers to determine.

Each article is subjected to an initial preliminary review by a member of the editorial team and then, subject to amendment according to the criteria above, published as a draft.

Registered users are encouraged to provide comments using an online form and these will appear alongside the draft. After one month, the authors will be given the opportunity to revise their work. As long as it meets the criteria above, their article will be published in its final form.

The draft and its accompanying commentaries will be retained for historical record and made accessible to readers via a hyperlink at the end of the final version. Readers are encouraged to continue commenting on the final article and will be asked to rate the importance of its findings. The mean importance rating will be provided next to the journal key statement and can be used by other readers to filter searches.

This information will then be averaged and can be used by other readers to filter searches.

All comments must be signed and users must be registered on the system. All comments must be respectful and address issues in the paper. Users may be de-registered and comments removed if these principles are violated.

Supplementary material

All quantitative data-based articles must include the raw data file as supplementary material together with any file used by the statistics programme containing the commands to undertake the analyses (e.g. the SPSS syntax file). All qualitative data-based articles must include the raw data transcripts. This allows the reader the option to check the analyses and interpretation.

Accessing articles

Articles are published in reverse chronological order (i.e. the most recent at the top). They are organised into virtual volumes, one per year, starting with volume 1 for 2013. They are given consecutive page numbers but no issue numbers.

The articles are accessed through a table of contents that provides for each article:

  • the title and full citation
  • one or more ‘citable statements’ (key findings expressed concisely and in a way that can be used without alteration when referring to the paper)
  • a link to the article
  • a link to comments on the article
  • a link to the data file where appropriate
  • a link to the command file for the analysis where appropriate
  • a mean rating of importance from readings (in the case of final articles)
  • a link to the draft.

Editorial team

Prof Robert West
(University College London)

Managing Editor:
Aliyah Keshani

Editorial Board:
Prof Paul Aveyard
(University of Oxford)
Dr Emma Beard
(University College London)
Dr Leonie Brose
(University College London)
Dr Jamie Brown
(University College London)
Prof Peter Hajek
(Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Andy McEwen
(University College London and National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training)
Prof Ann McNeill
(Kings College London)
Dr Lesley Owen
(National Institute for Heakth and Care Excellence)
Dr Lion Shahab
(University College London)