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Focus and Scope

According to the increasing interdisciplinary researches in the field of religion and health, ethics, law and medical jurisprudence, attention of the World Health Organization to spiritual health, also unique capability of Quran and Sunnah to offer strategies for health promotion particularly spiritual health in all its aspects, appropriate context for realization of software movement and generation of applied knowledge and finally limited number of specialized interdisciplinary journals in the field of religion and health, the need was formed to create specialized-scientific publications in the field of religion and health so that the necessary conditions are provided to publish the results of researches mentioned above and extension of these emerging researches will be facilitated.

In this regard, the journal of Research on Religion and Health with accreditation from the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education with number: 93/5170  from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences is published quarterly in Persian.

This journal publishes original articles and reviews which in addition to the original text in Persian have English and Arabic abstract as well and covers the areas related to the religion and health fields including physical, psychological, social, spiritual health, medical ethics, medical law, Islamic-Iranian medicine and related matters containing new results and achievements).


Journal objectives

-Providing scientific-research achievements in the field of interdisciplinary studies on religion and health, medical ethics, medical law, medical jurisprudence and Iranian-Islamic medicine.

-Utilization of concepts and teachings of Quran and Sunnah in order to promote the spiritual health of society by carrying out scientific researches.

-Contribute to the production of applied sciences in the field of health (physical, psychological, social and spiritual health), medical ethics, professional ethics and medical law by benefiting from the teachings of Islam.

-Contribute to promote researches and interdisciplinary studies in the field of religion and health.

-Motivating and enabling environment for the establishment of scientific and religious transactions among scientists and researchers in the field of religion and health.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Content Analysis Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

Referees are not usually among the members of the editorial board. As a general rule, this peer review system helps the chief editor be informed from the scientific contents and writing status of an article and then makes a decision. Ultimately, the editorial board is responsible for decisions regarding the acceptance or rejection of the article.


Performance of review process

In a peer review system, variety assessments can be done from article presentation up to its publication and acceptance. In this process after article submission by author, chief editor may fast reject article before sending to referees due to lack of correlation between article content and journal aims and scope or unacceptable quality level. Papers passed this barrier will be sent to dominant referee. During review process, based on the refereeing form prepared by the editorial team, the referees should generally divide all manuscripts into three categories:

1. Publishable, without any modification or with minor changes: Journal sometimes revises minor changes such as typographical or grammatical errors and there is no need to send the article to the author for correction.

2. Unpublishable: When the paper in terms of quality and quantity is very low, the referees reject it.

3. Publishable subject to correction: In this case, the referees will propose necessary modifications. This correction function increases the value of the article. Usage statistics from proposed modifications is more than the other two options.

Review process will be based on pre-defined templates which were designed as guidelines for the referees on several pages. The referees also are requested along with the templates and forms to present their comments about the paper. A final decision to accept, revise, resubmit, or reject the manuscript will be sent by the editor(s) to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees.

At this point, the author of this article should correct the article on the basis of the referees and the editor comments. Modified article will be sent to the referees for revising and declaring final approval.

Editorial policies

The journal of Research on Religion & Health is a peer-reviewed academic journal, where all submitted manuscripts are read by the editor-in-chief and two other peer-reviewers. This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  


Manuscript requirements

To be published in the journal of Research on Religion & Health, a paper should meet two types of criteria:

1. Technical screening criteria, before sending the manuscript for peer review

a. Editors will first go through the manuscript considering its format, paging, figure preparation, authors’ information and similar matters. These criteria will be published in the journal under the title of “publication requirements”.

b. Editors will then consider “the editor-in-chief’s requirements”. They will ensure if the manuscript meets the editor-in-chief’s criteria and fits for the journal of Research on Religion & Health purpose.

2. Referee’s criteria, which are located in three categories

a. In this step special attention is paid by the editors to the scientific importance, scientific content, novelty, structure and clarity of the paper.

b. The submitted material should include required elements of style: title, authors and affiliations, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements, and references.

c. evaluation of other articles like reviews and etc. will need other requirements.

Publication Frequency

Journal of Research on Religion and health is published 4 in each period.

Open Access Policy


Iranian Journal of Research on Religion & Health  is owned by University of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences for Scientific Communication. Our philosophy in Journal of Research on Religion & Health is that all research is for the benefit of humankind and research is the product of an investment by society and therefore its fruits should be returned to all people without borders or discrimination, serving society universally and in a transparent fashion. That is why Journal of Research on Religion & Health  provides online free and open access to all of its research publications. So, all the publishing costs have been supported by Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, therefore, authors may publish their manuscripts and audiences can download the articles, freely.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement:

Section A: Publication and authorship

1. All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-review process by at least 3 reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper. Associate Editors and Editor-in-Chief are selecting reviewers. Author also can propose reviewers for some journals and article types.

2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, originality, readability, statistical validity, and language.

3. The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revisions, major revision, or rejection.

4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.

5. Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.

6. The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

7. No research can be included in more than one publication, whether within the same journal or in another journal.


Section B: Authors' responsibilities

1. Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work.

2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in reviewed in another journal.

3. Authors must participate in the peer review process and follow the comments.

4. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

5. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research .Level of their contribution also must be defined in the “Authors’ Contributions” section of the article.

6. Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.

7. Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.

8. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.

9. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.

10. Authors must not use irrelevant sources that may help other researches/journals.

11. Authors cannot withdraw their articles within the review process or after submission, or they must pay the penalty defined by the publisher.


Section C: Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers

1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.

2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author. No self-knowledge of the author(s) must affect their comments and decision.

3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments in 500 to 1000 words.

4. Reviewers may identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

5. Reviewers should also call to the Editor-in-Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Section D: Editorial responsibilities

1. Editors (Associate Editors or Editor in Chief) have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.

2. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.

3. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.

4. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.

5. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.

6. Editors should have a clear picture of a research's funding sources.

7. Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope .

8. Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.

9. Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers (in half-blind peer review journals).

10. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to international accepted ethical guidelines.

11. Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.

12. Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.

13. Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.

14. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers, and board members.

15. Editors must not change their decision after submitting a decision (especially after reject or accept) unless they have a serious reason.


Section E: Publishing Ethics Issues

1. All editorial members, reviewers, and authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE.

2. Corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).

3. Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.

4. All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.

5. Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data, or any other kinds of fraud must be reported completely to COPE.

Consideration of authors’ appeals

In regard to the authors’ appeals, the editorial board will contact the authors and declare the reason, by policy, through their documents and reports.

Publication ethics and norms

In the journal of Research on Religion & Health:

1. reviewer/s does not know the identity of the authors and vice versa

2. In most cases, we will send the referees’ report to the author.

3. In most cases, we will not send the referees’ report interpretation to the author.

4. In most cases, the referees are not contacted prior to being sent an article for reviewing.

5. Both the referees and authors’ identity will be concealed from each other.

6. In most cases, the revised article will be sent again for the previous reviewers.

7. Just the editorialboard is in charge of the final acceptance or rejection of the article.

8. Authors are supposed to inform editors about their innovation, previous reports and presentations in regard to the submitted article, so we can see if it is an original scientific report. Obviously, in the absence of references and overlaps, the paper will not publish.

9. Researchers should not generally publish or share identifiable individual data collected in the course of research without specific consent from the individual (or their representative).

10. Keeping the secrets of subjects is emphasized by the editorial board.

11. In the submitted manuscript, in the journal of Research on Religion & Health, authors should supply evidence that reported research received the appropriate approval and was carried out ethically (e.g. copies of approvals, licenses, participant consent forms).

12. Any conflict of interestsbetween the author(s) and the paper should be declared.

13. Publishing an article in the journal is based on the principles of peer review.


Editorial board of ethics

The members of this Committee are as follows: Haj Morteza Abdul Jabari, Mostafa Rezaei Tavirani, Mehdi Fani, Mohammad Hossein dokht, Reza vafaei, Forouzan Atashzadeh, Marzieh Karamkhani.

All articles to be published in the journal should be examined and approved in the field of ethical codes.

Methods of Submission

On Line Submission at


Submission via Email to


Please check out the writing and layout of the letters in the article by visiting the website

Immediately after receiving the article, the certificate of receipt will be sent to author from the journal office.

Journal of Research on Religion and Health in the shortest possible time from the date of article receipt will inform corresponding author about the modification, revision or rejection of the article


- Please visit the journal website to see how the writing style and diction should be revised.

- After receiving the paper, the journal office will send an acknowledgement email to the corresponding author.

- After submitting the paper to the Journal of Research in Religion and Health, it will normally take 12 weeks to make a decision (acceptance, revision, resubmission, or rejection) and inform the corresponding author.