Guide for Authors

Editorial Independency: The IJCBNM benefits from editorial freedom. Our editorial policy is consistent with the principles of editorial independence presented by the  World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

Peer Review Process: The articles are primarily evaluated by our statisticians and internal screeners who check the articles for any methodological flaws, format, and their compliance with the journal’s instructions. Then a submission code will be allocated and all the future contacts should be based on this code. Through a double-blind review, the articles will be reviewed by at least two external (peer) reviewers. Their comments will be passed to the authors and their responses to the comments along with the reviewers’ comments will then be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, and a final reviewer who can be a member of the Editorial Board. The final review process will be discussed in regular editorial board sessions and on the basis of the comments, and the journal’s scope, the Editor-in-Chief will decide which articles should be published.

 

Ethical Considerations: The Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are approached in confronting any ethical misbehavior. The Journal also follows the guidelines mentioned in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

 Please note that articles which have been partly or completely published in English or any other languages cannot be accepted in this Journal.

• Human and Animal Rights: Studies that involve human beings or animals must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.

 • Informed consent: All patients and participants of the research should be thoroughly informed about the aims of the study and any possible side effects of the drugs and intervention. Written informed consent from the participants or their legal guardians is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.

• Authorship: Based on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Medical Journals, “an Author” is generally considered to be someone who meets the following conditions 1, 2, and 3.

1)     Substantial contributions to: the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work

2)       Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content

3)       Final approval of the version to be published

4)       Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved

• Conflict of Interest: We request all the authors to inform us about any kinds of “Conflict of Interest” (such as financial, personal, political, or academic) that would potentially affect their judgment. Authors are preferably asked to fill the uniform disclosure form.

• Plagiarism: The authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere.

• Data Fabrication/Falsification:

Falsification is the practice of omitting or altering research materials, data, or processes so that the results of the research are no longer accurately reflected. Fabrication is the practice of inventing data or results and reporting them in the research. Both of these misconducts are fraudulent and seriously alter the integrity of research. Therefore, articles must be written based on original data and use of falsified or fabricated data is strongly prohibited. In confronting cases with fabricated or falsified data COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are followed.

Researchers who perform randomized controlled or clinical trials (RCTs) are advised to keep their original data at hand. The Journal keeps the right to ask for raw data even after publication. 

• Processing and Publication Fee:

Since 1 November 2019, all Iranian authors are being asked to pay submission fee and publication fee of their manuscripts. The submission fee is 500,000 IR Rials for Iranian authors and 10 US for Non-Iranian authors (which does not guarantee the acceptance of the manuscripts) and the publication fee for accepted manuscripts for Iranian authors is 5,000,000 IR Rials and for Non-Iranian author is 90 US. To follow the instructions for such payment please follow this Link.

  The Processing Fee for Non-Iranian authors would be subsequently announced on the website.

• Open Access Policy: This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

• Copyright: If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscripts.

Retraction Policy: The IJCBNM uses the COPE flowchart for retraction of a published article to determine whether a published article should be retracted.

Assignment of Copyright and Authorship Responsibilities: Your article will not be published unless a Copyright Assignment Form has been signed and received by IJCBNM. You hereby warrant that “This article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form”.

 

Requirements for Different Types of Articles

Original articles:

 Include quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method articles, They Should contain a structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, materials (patients) and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), conflict of interest and references sections, and maximum 4 tables and 4 figures. The words should not exceed 3000-3500 for quantitative and mixed-method articles and 5000 for qualitative articles. Words excluding the references, abstract, figures and tables. 15-40 references should be stated for original articles.

Clinical trials: 

The format is similar to original articles. However, the CONSORT flow diagram should be added as a figure. RCTs should be registered at any RCT Registry approved by the WHO and their registration number should be mentioned in the title page. RCTs done in Iran must be registered at www.irct.ir.

Brief reports: 

Contain a non-structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), and references sections, and maximum 2 tables and figures. However, the word count should not exceed 2000 words. 10-15 references should be stated.

Case reports: 

Should contain a non-structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, case presentation, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), and references sections, and maximum 1 table and 3 figures. 5-10 references should be stated. Case reports should optimally be accompanied by relevant figures to document findings. Informed consents should be obtained from the patients to report their cases. The Journal keeps the right to ask for original signed informed consents.

Review articles:

Narrative reviews: 

Should contain at least 50 references. Abstract should be non-structured. The word count should not exceed 4500 words. Narrative reviews should critically assess the current knowledge of the field.

Systematic reviews:

 Systematic reviews of RCTs or Observational Studies will be accepted by the Journal. The protocol of the study should adhere to PRISMA or MOOSE guidelines for systematic reviews of RCTs or Observational studies, respectively. Up to 40 references can be stated. Abstracts should be structured.

Letters to the Editor: 

Letters should be less than 800 words. Letters discussing articles published in the IJCBNM should be submitted at most within 4 months after the publication of the main article. Letters will undergo peer review and will be edited for clarity. Up to 5 references should be stated.

 

Paper Preparations:

Cover letter: Should contain a statement that you will not resubmit your article to another journal until the reviewing process will be completed. Also please indicate whether the authors have published or submitted any related papers from the same study.

Title Page: Should include: 1) the title of the article; 2) authors’ names and their ORCID iD (create an ORCID iD); 3) the last degree 4) name of the institution where the work was done; 5) running title (short form of the main title presented on the top of pages); and 6) complete mailing address, telephone/fax numbers, and email address of the corresponding author. This page is unnumbered.

Abstract: Should be structured for original articles providing background/objective for the study, methods, results, and conclusion. It should not exceed 250 words altogether. Number this page as page 1. Abstracts of other types of contributions should be non-structured providing the essential information. When abstracting a review article a concise summary of the salient points should be addressed. Preferably, abbreviations should not be mentioned in the abstract.

Keywords: Are used for indexing purposes; each article should provide three to five keywords selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

Introduction: Should provide a context or background and specifies the purpose or research objective of the study or observation.

Method: Must indicate clearly the steps taken to acquire the information. Be sure that it includes only information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was written. It should be detailed (including: controls, inclusion and exclusion criteria, etc) and may be separated into subsections. Repeating the details of standard techniques is best avoided. All types of questionnaires including: standard questionnaires, researcher-made questionnaires, standard questionnaires which modified by researchers should have face, content and specially construct validity and reliability.

For reports of randomized controlled trials, authors should refer to the CONSORT statement. All randomized clinical trials should be registered in any international RCT registration centers approved by the WHO. For research conducted in Iran, it is advised to register at IRCT.

Reporting guidelines such as STROBE, STARD, and PRISMA would help you to produce high quality research and to provide all required information and evidence for related methodology. EQUATOR Network website would help you in using these guidelines.

The software used for statistical analysis and description of the actual method should be mentioned.

Results: Should be presented in chronological sequence in the text, table, and illustration. Organize the results according to their importance. They should result from your own study.

Tables and illustrations: Must be cited in order which they appear in the text; using Arabic numerals. Tables should be simple and should not duplicate information in the text of the paper. Figures should be provided only if they improve the article. For radiographic films, scans, and other diagnostic images, as well as pictures of pathology specimens or photomicrographs, send the high resolution figures in jpeg or bitmap format. Color photographs, if found to improve the article, would be published at no extra-charge at the print version of the journal. Type or print out legends for illustrations on a separate page, and explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.

Discussion: Should emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow them. Possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings should be explored. The limitations of the study and the implications of the findings for future research or clinical practice should be explored.

Conclusion: Should state the final result that the author(s) has (have) reached. The results of other studies should not be stated in this section.

Supplementary Materials: Such as movie clips, questionnaires, etc may be published on the online version of the journal.

Any technical help, general, financial, and material support or contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship, can be cited at the end of the text as Acknowledgments.

References: Should be complied numerically according to the order of citation in the text in the Vancouver style. The numbers of references should not preferably exceed 40 for original articles, 15 for brief,  8 for case reports and 7 for letter. 

For the references credited to more than 3 authors please provide the name of the first 3 authors and represent the rest authors by the phrase “et al.”

 The references should be ended with DOI.

 

For various references please refer to “the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers  and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pmcdoc/tagging-guidelines/citations/v2/citationtags.html”.

Listed below are sample references.

Journal Article:

• Warnier MJ, Rutten FH, Kors JA, et al. Cardiac arrhythmias in adult patients with asthma. J Asthma. 2012;49:942-6. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2012.724132. PubMed PMID: 23013453.

 • Sohrabi MB, Zolfaghari P, Mahdizade F, et al. Evaluation and comparison of cognitive state and depression in elderly admitted in sanitarium with elderly sited in personal home. Knowledge & Health. 2008;3:27-31. [In Persian]

• Javan S, Tabesh M. Action of carbon dioxide on pulmonary vasoconstriction. J Appl Physiol. In press 2005

Reference With URL:

• World Health Organization. Mental health and older adults.Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. [Cited 12 December 2017]. Available from: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-of-older-adults

Complete Book:

• Cunningham FG, Leveno KJ, Bloom SL, et al. Williams Obstetrics. 24th ed. New york: McGraw-Hill Education; 2014.

Chapter in Book:

• Young VR. The role of skeletal muscle in the regulation of protein metabolism. In Munro HN, editor: Mammalian protein metabolism. Vol 4. San Diego; Academic; 1970. p. 585-674.

Language and Style: Contributions should be in either American or British English language. The text must be clear and concise, conforming to accepted standards of English style and usage. Non-native English speakers may be advised to seek professional help with the language. All materials should be typed in double line spacing numbered pages. Abbreviations should be standard and used just in necessary cases, after complete explanations in the first usage. The editorial office reserves the right to edit the submitted manuscripts in order to comply with the journal’s style. In any case, the authors are responsible for the published material.

Correction of Errata:

The journal will publish an erratum when a factual error in a published item has been documented.

For further information please contact the Editorial Office:

Tel: +98 71 36474287

Fax: +98 71 36474287

Email: ijcbnm1@sums.ac.ir

Website: http://ijcbnm.sums.ac.ir