Authors Guidelines |
1. Aims and
Scope: The Zahedan
Journal of Research in Medical Sciences (ZJRMS) Journal is the
official scientific quarterly publication of the Zahedan University of Medical
Sciences (ZAUMS). ZJRMS is a peer-reviewed journal fostering the integration of
medical sciences with the traditionally health related issues in both English
and Persian languages. Our journal is
indexed with some of most known indexing databases. All individuals have free
access to PDF and XML format of all archived issues. The editorial office does
not charge article submission processing or publication fees from the authors
or authors’ institutions. The open access policy of the journal aims at increasing visibility and accessibility of the
published content of the articles and providing a desirable research impact.
2. This Journal accepts original papers, review articles,
short communications, image
in medicine, case reports and letter to the editor in the fields of
medicine, health, dentistry and paramedical sciences. Our new strategy is based on publishing all submitted
articles with a good and reasonable methodology approved by the editorial
3. Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding
that the work has not been published before, is not being considered for
publication elsewhere and has been read and approved by all authors. The
submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors
automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to ZAUMS if and when the
manuscript is accepted for publication. The articles published in this journal
are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive
right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the Journal. Submission should be done
via Journal’s home page at http://www.zjrms.ir. Full instructions on how to load
manuscript are given at the site. The text should be submitted in Microsoft word format as an attachment. Tables as
well as illustrations should be typed and drawn on the same file. Do not
submit tables as photographs. The figures should be sent in a format of
JPEG or GIF which will produce high quality images in the online edition of the
4. The manuscript should include: Title page;
Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results;
Discussion; Acknowledgement and References.
5. Title page: Bearings ONLY the complete title of the manuscript, the name
of all the authors with their highest academic degrees, institutional
affiliations, departments to which the work should be attributed, running title
(up to 45 characters), type of manuscript, words number for the
pure text (includes introduction, methods, results, discussion and
acknowledgement), and corresponding author’s e-mail, telephone and facsimile
6. Abstract: The second page should carry the full title and an abstract.
It should be structured up to 250 , 100 and 80 words in original
research articles, short communications and case reports, respectively. Letters
to editor do not need any abstract. The abstract should be structured only in
original articles and short communications and includes Background, Methods,
Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5
Keywords. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as
they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings
list of index medicus at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/mbrowser.html. Authors need to be careful that the
abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
7. 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. It should not exceed 450 words in original
research articles and 250 in short communications and case reports. The
research objective should be clearly declared in the last part of the introduction. Abstract should be written in fluent English.
8. Materials & Methods: This should include exact method or
observation or experiment. 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 another
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.
9. Statistics: Statistical methods must be mentioned in the last paragraph
of the methods and please specify any general computer program used. The Info
system used should be clearly mentioned. When possible, quantify
findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or
uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Report losses to observation (such
as dropouts from a clinical trial). Put a general description of methods in the
Methods section. When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the
statistical methods used to analyze them. Avoid non-technical uses of technical
terms in statistics, such as ‘random’ (which implies a randomizing device),
‘normal’, ‘significant’, ‘correlations’, and ‘sample’. Define statistical
terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. Use upper italics (p=0.046).
10. Units of Measurement: Le System International d’Unites (SI) is preferred equivalent values
in traditional units should be given if thought to be necessary.
11. 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.
12. Discussion: This should emphasize the present findings and the
variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers.
The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the
new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from
them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is
true, false or no conclusions can be derived.
13. Ethical consent: All manuscripts reporting the results
of experimental investigations involving human subject
should include a
statement confirming the informed consent was obtained from each subject or
subject’s guardian, after approval of the experimental protocol by a local
human ethics committee.
14. Review articles: are systemic critical assessments of literature and
data sources. Manuscript text should be up to 4000 words excluding references
and abstract. At least three internationally cited published articles of the
author(s) should be included in the references. Those articles should be
indexed in ISI/PubMed databases.
15. 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
that only provided general support. Financial and material
support should also be acknowledged.
Registered number or code of the research proposals, clinical trials or
dissertations should be written in this part.
16. Tables: In limited numbers and should be submitted with the captions
placed above. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory
matters in footnotes, not in the heading.
17. Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and
mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below.
The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text,
· Important note: Pure text (includes introduction,
methods, results, discussion and acknowledgement) should not be more than 3500,
1500, 750 and 400 in original articles, short communications, case reports and
letters to editor, respectively. In original articles tables and figures should
not be exceeded more than 6 and 4 respectively. Totally they should not be more
than 8. In short communications 2 figures and/or 2 tables could be used if they
do not exceed 3 totally. Total number of tables and/or figures in case reports
is only 2. Letter to editor should not have any abstract, tables or figures. In
case report and letter to editors the title should not contain more than eight
words and three authors.
· Images in
Medicine are a new feature in ZJRMS due to its educational
importance. Images are an important part of much of what we do and learn in
medicine. Images in Medicine are classic images of common medical conditions.
The provided original, high-quality images are considered for publication
(subject to editing) concerning that contain material that has been submitted
or published elsewhere. To submit an image for publication in the ZJRMS,
please follow the submission instructions below. All text should be in one
double-spaced electronic document. Please include a title for your submission.
The title should not contain more than eight words and more than two authors.
Please follow the submission process in the guideline. The legend should
contain no more than 150 words.
· Written permission must accompany any photograph in
which the subject can be identified or any illustration that has been
18. References: All manuscript should be accompanied with relevant
references. References must be numbered consecutively as they are cited. They
should not be more than 50, 35, 15, 8 and 3 in reviews, original articles,
short communications, case reports and letter to editor, respectively.
The style of reference should be in the Vancouver. The reference list should be
on a separate sheet. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there
are seven or more, list the first three then "et al". The author
should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing proper literature
search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check all
reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references
against the original documents and/or use bibilographing softwares such as EndNote.
19. Only 1-2 up to date references should be used for each
particular point in the text. References to journal articles should
include, in this order: (1) authors, (2) title, (3) journal name (as
abbreviated in Index Medicus, if not included in Index Medicus journal title
should be given in full), (4) year, (5) volume, (6) page numbers. Listed below
are the samples of references to a journal article, journal
article in Persian, a chapter in a book, and a book, respectively.
· Vega KJ, Pina I,
Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for
pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med 1996; 124(11): 980-3.
· Zare N,
Keshavarzi S, Zeighami B, et al. [Some risk factors of obesity in rural women of
Zarrindasht: using linear regression odds ratio] Persian. Zahedan Journal of
Research in Medical Sciences (ZJRMS) 2007; 9(2): 133-40.
· Philips SJ,
Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Large JH, Brenner BM, editors.
Hypertension: Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed.
New York: Raven Press; 1995: 465-78.
· Guyton AC
Textbook of Medical Physiology. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders,
20. Proof Reading: Final copy of article will be sent to the corresponding
author for proof reading before publishing in order to avoid any mistakes.
Corrections should be marked clearly ONLY in red color and sent
immediately to the Journal’s editorial office.
21. 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. Unfamiliar terms or
abbreviations should be given in full at first mention. All units should be
metric. Use no roman numerals; in decimals use the decimal point (2.5), NOT the
comma (2.5). Use percent icon (%) ONLY in front of the numbers (23%). Describe
all things in the text NOT in the footnotes.
22. The corresponding author: will be supplied with
and electronic PDF copy of the published article.
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. 3) This journal is a member of COPE. Misconduct in research and publishing the research results are assessed for all submitted article.
24. 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. It should be clearly stated that the study is the result of
university research proposal or a dissertation (thesis) or something else.
25. Page charges: There are no charges
for publication in this Journal.
26. Copyright: The entire contents of the Zah J Res Med Sci
(ZJRMS) are protected under international copyrights. Corresponding author
should fax the copy right form to the Journal’s office at
the time of submitting the manuscript. This Journal is for your
personal noncommercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit,
display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without the
prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.
27. Peer review process: All manuscripts are considered to be
confidential. All submitted material will be subject to peer review, but
manuscripts can be rejected based on in-house assessment alone. They are
peer-reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the editorial
board. The corresponding author will be
notified (up to 10 weeks) of the editor’s decision to accept, reject, or
require modifications. That decision will be communicated rapidly. If the
manuscript is completely acceptable according to the criteria set forth in
these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue. Editorial office is completely free an
acceptation or rejection the manuscripts submitted to the journal.
28. Journal will not have a print version and it will be totally web based. The
authors can down load a copy of their article(s) free of charge.
29. Final Checklist: The authors must ensure that before submitting the
manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following:
- Title page.
- Abstract in Structured format.
- Manuscript text.
- References as stated above.
- Tables should be typed on
- Make sure for Headings of
Tables, their numbers and Captions of illustrations.
- Photographs / illustrations
along with their captions.
- Disclosure regarding source of
funding and conflict of interest if any besides approval of the study from
respective Ethics Committee/Institution Review Board.
- Cover letter.
- Copyright form.
Res Med Sci,
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