Scope of the Journal: The Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences (IJBMS) is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly publication by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS), Mashhad, Iran. The Journal of "IJBMS” is a modern forum for scientific communication. Data and information, useful to investigators in any discipline in basic medical sciences mainly including Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology, will be published after they have been peer reviewed. This will also include reviews and multidisciplinary research.
A. General Policy:
Manuscripts, or the essence of their content, must be previously unpublished and should not be under simultaneous consideration by another Journal. The authors should also declare if any similar work has been submitted to or published by another Journal. By virtue of the submitted manuscript, the corresponding author acknowledges that all the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript. The corresponding author should provide all co-authors with information regarding the manuscript, and obtain their approval before submitting any revisions. Manuscripts are only accepted for publication on the understanding that the authors will permit editorial amendments, though proofs will always be submitted to the corresponding author before being sent finally to press. Prior to the initial submission of a new manuscript, please carefully consider that all authors’ names are included as no change to authors’ details will be permitted after the initial submission. The decision to accept a contribution rests with the Editorial Board of the IJBMS.
Manuscripts will be considered for publication in the form of original articles, short communications and review articles. The work should be original or a thorough by an authoritative person in a pertinent field.
B. Manuscript Preparation:
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submission to Biomedical Journals” proclaimed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http: //www.icmje.org).
1. Manuscripts submitted in English, must be type written, double-spaced, on good quality A4 paper, or paper of similar format. Authors are requested to reserve margins of at least 2.5 cm all around the paper. Original drawings of photos, tables and figures should be furnished together with the manuscripts.
2. Manuscripts should be kept to a minimum length and should be subdivided into labeled sections (Title page, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement, andReferences).
3. A title page is to be provided and should include the title of the article, authors’ names with full first name (with degrees), authors’ affiliation, suggested running title and corresponding author. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city and state (or nation). The suggested running title should be less than 50 characters (including spaces) and should comprise the article title or an abbreviated version thereof. For office purposes, the title page should include the name and complete mailing address, telephone and fax number, and email of the one author designated to review proofs.
4. An abstract no longer than 250 words for reviews and research articles is to be provided as the second page. Abstract should be structured as objective(s) (including purpose setting), materials and methods, results, and conclusion.
5. A list of 3-8 keywords, chosen from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list, is to be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes. Provide abbreviations and nomenclature list in an alphabetical order and non-standard abbreviations contained in the manuscript (excluding references) with definitions after the keywords. Use abbreviations sparingly and only when necessary to save space, and to avoid repeating long chemical names or therapeutic regimes. In a figure or table, define the abbreviations used in a footnote.
6. Tables in limited numbers should be self- explanatory, clearly arranged, and supplemental to the text. The captions should be placed above.
7. Figures should be utilized only if they augment understandability of the text. The captions should be placed below. Drawings and graphs should be professionally prepared in deep black and submitted as glossy, black and white clean Photostats. Professionally designed computer generated graphs with a minimum of 300 DPI laser printer output is preferable. Color photographs are welcomed.
8. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
9. References in limited numbers and up-to-dated must be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text (number in parentheses). Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to the PubMed Journals Database(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=journals).Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less. In the case of seven or more authors, the names of the first six authors followed by et al. should be listed. Listed below, are references to a Journal, a chapter in a book and a book, respectively, in correct style (according to Vancouver style):
§ Mousavi SH, Hersey P. Role of caspases and reactive oxygen specious in rose bengal-induced toxicity in melanoma cells. Iran J Basic Med Sci 2007; 10:118-123.
§ Moallem SA, Balali Mood K. Opioids and opiates. In: Mozayani A, Raymon LP, editors. Handbook of drug interactions: A clinical and forensic guide. 1st ed. Totowa: Humana Press Inc; 2004. p. 123-149.
§ Walsh G. Proteins: biochemistry and biotechnology. 2nd ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons; 2002.
10. For short communication, follow the instructions for original articles, except that the total word number of the main text (excluding references, tables and figure legends) is limited to 2000 with no more than 2 figures and/or tables and no more than 15 references. An abstract, not exceeding 150 words, should be presented at the beginning of the article.
C. General Consideration:
1. Peer review process: All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by at least three independent referees. All manuscripts will be acknowledged upon presenting to the Journal office, provided that all stated requirements are met. Authors are encouraged to suggest names of three expert reviewers, but selection remains a prerogative of the Editor. The whole review process depends on receiving referees comments and revising the manuscripts based on these comments to the author. On receipt of the revised article from the author, and after final approving by referees, the letter of acceptance is issued to the author. Authors have the right to communicate to the editor if they do not wish their manuscript to be reviewed by a particular reviewer because of potential conflicts of interest. No article is rejected unless negative comments are received from at least two reviewers.
2. Conflicts of interest: Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken.
3. Ethical consent: All manuscripts reporting the results of experimental investigations involving human subjects should include a statement confirming the informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject’s guardian. All animal or human studies should be used after approval of the experimental protocol by a local ethics committee.
4. The authors are responsible for the whole scientific content as well as the accuracy of the bibliographic information.
5. Article-Processing Charges: IJBMS levies an article-processing charge of 3.000.000 Rls. for each original and 1.500.000 Rls. for each short communication article accepted for publication. Please note that these charges apply only to accepted articles of Iranian authors. All other articles are exempt from these charges.
6. Copyright: Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the IJBMS and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the Editor.
7. Disposal of material: Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for 6 months before disposal.
8. Submission: Manuscripts should be sent in three copies, one original and two copies, to editorial address, together with a transmittal letter signed by the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Submission is also acceptable via the Journal website(http://www.mums.ac.ir/basic_medical/en/onlinesub) by clicking online submission and registering to the web site.
BS Fazly Bazzaz, MSc, PhD
Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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