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General guideline

The general guidelines for Shahrekord University of Medical journals:

Informed Consent: In the case of clinical trials informed consent should be obtained from the participants or in the case of minors from the parents. This should be explicitly stated in the published article at the beginning of the method section.

Human and Animal Rights: When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should mention whether the followed procedures were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or national) and to the last update of Helsinki Declaration (Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the questionable aspects of the study protocol. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guideline for the care and use of laboratory animals has been followed.

Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might influence their findings. It is recommended that the authors state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist, preferably in the manuscript on a conflict of interest statement page that follows the title page and if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript.

Unsolicited manuscripts will be reviewed for publication with the following understanding that:

  1. They represent original work;
  2. The paper neither was published already nor is being under review elsewhere;
  3. Submitted papers may be examined for the evidence of plagiarism using some automated plagiarism detection services; and
  4. In cases of suspected plagiarism necessary actions as recommended by the COPE Guidelines will be followed.

Abstract or press reports of presentations at scientific meetings will not be considered prior to publication. The editorial will not argue with authors about papers considered unsuitable for publication and their decision is final.


All manuscripts must be submitted online. At first corresponding author registers in the site and then a password will be sent to his/her email. The corresponding author can change his/her password afterwards. To submit online please, follow online instructions and steps to upload different parts of your article. Authors are advised to write in clear and simple language and to have their article checked by colleagues before submission. Each of the following sections should start on a separate page: abstract, text, references, tables, and figures legends. Indent the first line of each paragraph. Abbreviation (except for measurements) and acronyms are discouraged. Use metric units whenever possible. All pages should be numbered, with the title page as page number one. Use active rather than passive voice whenever possible. Avoid footnotes in the text. The right margins of the text should be ragged rather than justified. Information identifying authors should be deleted from the manuscript pages, except for the title page (see below). Acknowledgments should be written on a separate page.

Submission Files

  1. Title page file including title of the manuscript, the complete names of all authors and their affiliations, phone numbers and emails, running title, corresponding author information.
  2.  Main submission file must be prepared in Microsoft Word document file format (*.doc or *.docx). Please do not use sophisticated formatting and page styles, as these lead to some problem in file processing. It is encouraged that references be prepared using EndNote. Please ensure to remove the reference manager links from the file before submission. Otherwise these references may not be visible under certain platforms. All tables must be present in the main submission file and they should not be embedded as graphics. 
  3. All figures, pictures, graphics or images must be submitted as supplementary files.
  4. Cover letter signed by corresponding author on behalf of all authors mentioning the originality of article, and that the submitted paper neither was published already nor is being under review elsewhere
  5. "Copyright file which is signed by all authors" will be uploaded after acceptance.

Title page

The title page should include the main title, an abbreviated running title of 45 characters or fewer, a word count for the text, the full names and affiliations of each author, the name and complete address of the author to whom reprint requests or correspondence should be addressed, and if applicable, funding information, including granting agency and grant number. The institutions listed should reflect the authors’ affiliations at the time that the work was done, rather than their present affiliation.


An abstract should accompany each original article and review article. The abstract should be limited to 250 words for original or review articles and 100 words for short communication or case report. It should be divided into the background, methods, results, and conclusion sections separately, except for review articles and case reports where it should be unstructured. It should describe the research purposes or motivation for the paper, the main findings and key conclusions. It should be factual, and give quantified findings in preference to descriptive language. It should contain no references or abbreviations. A list of 3-6 keywords which will be published with the paper and used for indexing purposes should follow the abstract. Key words should conform to the Medical Subject Headings used in Index Medicus if possible.


It should summarize the background and the rationale for the study, as well as purpose(s), assumptions and/or research questions. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusion of the study.


This section should include exact method or observation or experiment (including the type of the study, design, sample, inclusion and exclusion criteria, instrumentation, validity and reliability of tools used, and method of analysis). 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 other authors are 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 ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The info system used should be clearly mentioned. Ethical considerations must be given in this 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 protocol. 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.


It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The content of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long article may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.


This section should focus on the present findings and the variations or similarities with other studies done in the field by other researchers. The authors are advised to include a summary of findings relevant to study purpose(s), interpretation of the findings, clear and definite answer to the research questions, and recommendations for future works. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Highlight the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions derived from them.


It should give a response as whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true or false or no conclusions can be derived.


All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in this section. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance and departmental head that only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references. Please write references using Vancouver style, listed in a separate section following the text, double-spaced. 
Petitti DB, Crooks VC, Buckwalter JG, Chiu V. Blood pressure levels before dementia. Arch Neurol. 2005; 62(1):112-6.

Book chapters
For book chapters, names and initials of all authors, the full title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, and page number should be given.
Rojko JL, Hardy WD Jr. Feline leukemia virus and other retroviruses. In: Sherding RG, editor. The cat: diseases and clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229-332.
Entire books
Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005. 194 p.
Other kinds of citation sources  


Tables should be typed double spaced, presented on separate pages after the references, and numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text. Table headers should be fully descriptive of the contents, and comprehensible without reference to the text. Tables should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Use only horizontal rules.

Figures, charts and images

During the initial submission, images may be sent in separate supplementary files or all in the main submission file. Each file (including main and supplementary files) must not be larger than 2 MB in size, otherwise it will not be uploaded. After manuscript acceptance each image must be prepared as a high quality graphic file with high resolution suitable for print production. For the details of image file specifications please refer to the Pubmed Central documents. Failure to submit the required image format may cause delay in the publication of the accepted papers. Keep wording on images to a minimum, with explanations written in the legends. Legends should not be part of the image proper. Legends for figures should be placed at the end of the main submission file.

Other kinds of figures such as bar charts, histograms, scattergrams and line graphs should be prepared using standard chart drawing software such as MS-Graph or OpenOffice, and embedded in the main submission file. These figures must not be prepared as scanned images.

Authors' Contribution

Type and extent of contribution of each author should be explicitly stated in the Authors' Contribution section of the manuscript.

Conflict of interest

Authors must identify any potential financial conflicts of interest before the review process. Declared conflict of interest will not automatically result in rejection of paper but the editors reserve the right to publish any declared conflict of interest in the accepted articles. The following would generally be regarded as potential conflicts of interest:

  1.  Direct financial payment to an author for the research or manuscript authoring by the sponsor of a product or service investigated in an article.
  2. Ownership of shares by an author in the company sponsoring a product or service investigated in an article (or in a company sponsoring a competing product).
  3. Personal consultant with companies or organizations with a financial interest in the promotion of particular health care products and services.

 Content Policy

General original works are in priority, but material from different medical disciplines may be considered for publication, provided that the topic is not limited to a certain subspecialty. Such papers are better to be submitted to specialty or subspecialty journals. Certain subspecialty articles on inter-disciplinary topics may be considered for publication.

 Open Access Agreement/ Copyright and Licensing

Upon submitting an article, authors are required to declare their agreement with adherence to an open access Creative Commons license (CC-BY). Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of their articles. However, the license permits any users to download, print out, extract, reuse, archive, and distribute the article, so long as the work and authors are appropriately cited. The license guarantees that the article can be available as widely as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive.

Publication Fees

All “open access” journals published by Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences are sponsored by Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences Vice chancellery for Research and Technology Therefore, there are generally no publication fees for the authors, but the executive staffs of each journal may have their own policy in this regard.

 Original Articles

Original articles should be limited to 4,000 words. The paper should clearly describe the reason for conducting the work, and offer methods used and the results obtained in separate sections. Scientific interpretations with regard to the findings should be provided in discussion section; a self critical/examination of the findings is also advised.

Brief Communication

Brief communications are considered as original articles. The only difference is that brief communications are limited to 1400 words, with an abstract of 150 words or fewer.

Review Articles

A review article is an analysis and collection of the current state of the research concerning a specific topic. It is not an original article with new data but represents:

  1. the main researchers working in a subject area;
  2. ecent main advances and discoveries;
  3. significant gaps in the research;
  4. current debates; and
  5. ideas for future research.

Review articles are usually invited by the Editor, but unsolicited material will be considered for publication, as well. All review articles, even if invited, undergo peer-review and editorial process as original research articles. The text should be limited to 4000 words, with a maximum of 6 tables and figures (total) and up to 150 references. The review articles need an abstract.


Unsolicited editorials will be reviewed for publication as short commentaries regarding topics of current interest to medical public health professionals. Editorials should be limited to a maximum of 1,200 words.

Case Report

Case report is a detailed report of the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient and contains: 1) unique cases that may represent a previously non-described condition; 2) unexpected and important association of two or more diseases; 3) adverse or unexpected treatment response; or 4) any other clinical observation based upon well-documented cases that provides important new information.

Letters to Editor

Letters to editor on any topic of interest to medical and public health community will be considered for publication. Letters should be double spaced and limited to 500 words.

Authors' Contribution

Type and extent of each author’s contribution should be explicitly stated in the Authors' Contribution section in the manuscript.

Financial Support

A clear statement on financial support sources must be provided under this heading.

 Reviewer Recommendation

In order to continue the review of submitted manuscript on time, authors have to suggest at least four reviewers shortly after manuscript submission. Further processing of submitted manuscript is suspended until the editorial office receives the list of recommended reviewers.
For selecting reviewers, authors can consult the references of their article.

Criteria of recommended reviewers

  1. Recommended reviewers must not have past or present shared works with any of the authors in your manuscript;
  2. They must not be selected from authors’ department and faculty;
  3. They should have necessary history to review and comment on authors’ manuscript

Copyright Notice

Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) is applied to all published papers. Under the CCAL, authors have ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in IJER, only if the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

Authors should download and fill out copyright form and send it to the journal before publication.

 Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used only for the declared purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

 Additional information

Proof Reading: A computer printout is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent to the Journal office as soon as possible.

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

Conflicts of interests: Authors must declare any sources of potential conflicting interest and funding, such as receiving funds or fees from, or holding stocks and shares in an organization that may be considered as influencing publication of their paper. Declaring a competing interest will not result in automatic rejection of the paper, but we should be made aware of it.

If the author does not have any conflict of interests to report, the following statement should be included: "No conflict of interests has been declared by the authors"

Page charges: Overall, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences imposes no charge to its journals for article publication, but each journal has its own policy in this regard. 

For author/reviewer guidelines please refer to your specific journal. 
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