Instruction to Authors

Instruction to Authors

  • Submission:  Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name and declaring that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere and introduce 3 referees. In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other Journal and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. Manuscript should be typed double space using Microsoft word with clear margins on both sides. Tables as well as illustrations should be typed and drawn on separate sheets. Do not submit tables as photographs. The figures should be sent in the format of JPEG or GIF which will produce high quality images in the online edition of the journal.
  •  Electronic submission: Submission is only acceptable online at URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir
  1. The manuscript should include: Title page; the Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgement and References.
  2. The title page: The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications, their affiliation, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, e-mail, and Fax number.
  3. Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It should be structured as Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus. Care must be taken to ensure that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
  4. Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
  5. Materials & Methods: This should include exact methods or observations or experiments. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that others are author is able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical methods used must be mentioned. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
  6. Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
  7. Discussion: This should emphasize on the present findings and the differences or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize on the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be stated whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.
  8. Acknowledgement: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgement section. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance and departmental head who only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. The funding agency should be written out in full, followed by the grant number if available.
  9. Tables and Figures: Tables should be so constructed that they, together with their captions and legends, will be intelligible with minimal reference to the text. They should be numbered (1, 2, 3, etc.) as they appear in the text. All illustrations should bear the author's name, the orientation (top, bottom, etc.) and be numbered accordingly. Photographs must be originals of high quality.
  10. References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by a list of relevant references. Reference should be made to locally published studies by doing proper literature search. To minimize errors in the references, author should verify them against the original documents. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. References should be numbered sequentially in the order of their citation in the text and inserted between square brackets, e.g. (1), (6-10). The list of references should follow the order of their citation with complete listing of authors (if 7 or more authors, list the first 6 authors followed by et al.). Only published, "in press" papers and books may be cited in the reference list. Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus.

Example: The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:

Journals: Russell FD, Coppell AL, Davenport AP. In vitro enzymatic processing of radio labeled big ET-1 in human kidney as a food ingredient. Biochem Pharmacol 1998; 55(5):697-701.

 Books: Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, Wilson JD, Martin JB, Kasper DL, et al, editors. Harrison's principles of internal medicine. 14th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, Health Professions Division; 1998.

Book chapter: Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, editor. Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk, CN: Appleton and Lange; 1995. pp. 361-380.

Conference proceedings:

Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.

Online journals: Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious disease. Emerg Infect Dis] serial online] 1995 Jan- Mar;1(1):[24 screens]. Available from: URL:http://www/cdc/gov/ncidoc/EID/eid.htm. Accessed December 25, 1999. WWW site: Health on the net foundation. Health on the net foundation code of conduct (HONcode) for medical and health web sites. Available at: http://www.hon.ch/Conduct.html. Accessed June 30, 1998.

 Reprints: Three copies the of journal will be sent to the corresponding author free of charge. Additional copies can be ordered at prices shown on the reprint order form.

Revision: Papers may be returned to authors for modification of the scientific content and/or for shortening and language corrections. Revised version should be sent by electronic word type file to jmums@mazums.ac.ir. If a paper that is returned to the authors for modification is not resubmitted within two months, it will be regarded as having been withdrawn and any revised version received subsequently will be treated as a new submision.

Proof Reading: JMUMS provides authors with an opportunity to review article proofs prior to publication with the goal of ensuring accuracy of the content. So, the article could be checked only for typographical errors and other essential small changes. Major alterations to the text can not be accepted at this stage. No changes in the name of the authors is permissible at this stage. Proofs must be returned to the Editor within 5 days of receipt.

Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

Ethical guidelines: Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section. 1) Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project. 2) Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your institute or agency.

* Clinical trial (RCT) must be signed and recorded in Iranian clinical trial centre (IRCT) and other international clinical trial registered database approved by WHO.

Conflicts of interest: Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it. 

Article Processing Charges (APC): Publishing in JMUMS is free of charge and no payments are required from the Authors. JMUMS doesn’t have article submission charges nor article processing charges.


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