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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Focus and scope:

Medical Ethics Journal approved by Medical Journals Commission of the country is related to Medical Ethics and Law Research Center of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and is published quarterly. It is an open-access Journal and published in Persian with English abstracts. Authors need to submit their articles to the journal website. Authors are responsible for both their article content and procedures involved from submission to publication of their article. Also it supports the following type of articles:

Original/Research Article

Review Article

Brief Report


Letter to Editor


Peer-review process:

All submissions will be refereed by two reviewers during maximum two weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines. All authors should send their revised manuscripts within two weeks. Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential. The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staffs.

Submission process:

Title page and manuscript text file should be separately submitted online via the online submission system.

Manuscript preparation:

1- Summary

Title page, Including title of article, author’s names , affiliations, and detail information of corresponding authors; Phone, Fax number, Email, and Postal Address should be supplied and submitted as a separate file.

Manuscript text file should be prepared according to specific research reporting guidelines, include CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. In addition, Appendix section including acknowledgment, funding, and author’s contribution should be addressed at the end of the manuscript text in all types of above mentioned studies.

2- Details

The journal adheres to the conditions stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The main manuscript should carry the title, abstract, main text, acknowledgment, funding, author’s contribution, references, figures, and tables of the paper. The preferred word processing format for the manuscript file is Microsoft Word version 2003 or newer. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. All abbreviations must be spelled out the first time used, followed by the abbreviated form in parentheses. Units of measurement must be complied with the International System of Units (SI). For indexing, three to five key words should be typed at the end of the abstract for each manuscript. These words should be identical to the medical subject headings (MeSH) that appear in the Index Medicus of the National Library of Medicine.

Observational Studies

Cohort, case control, and cross-sectional studies should be arranged based on Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STORBE) statement and checklist as: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, and Figures. A structured abstract (with the subheadings title, introduction, methods, results, and conclusion) should appear on the first page of the manuscript and should not exceed 350 words. The main text (excluding the abstract and references) should not exceed 3500 words.

Clinical Trials

Original research papers that report a randomized controlled trial, should comply with the guidelines provided by the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) group. Also, supplying the manuscript with a CONSORT flowchart diagram is highly encouraged. Researchers who would like to publish their clinical trial reports in Medical Ethics Journal are strongly encouraged to register their studies in a registry of clinical trials proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). As an option, the Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (IRCT) is a registry suggested by WHO.


Review articles should be composed of systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources pertaining to clinical topics, emphasizing factors such as cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, or prevention. They should have unstructured abstracts. All articles and data sources should include information about the specific types of study or analysis, population, intervention, exposure, and tests or outcomes. Authors of review articles should be expert and have contributions in the field of the addressed subject. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should be prepared based on Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA).

Case Reports

Case reports should be arranged as follows: Abstract (unstructured, not exceeding 200 words), Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, References, and Figures. The length should not exceed 2500 words.

Brief Reports

Original research papers can also be published in a brief format. Submitted papers that are of interest but not acceptable as a full-length original contribution, are offered by the editor to be published in this section. Also, the authors can primarily submit their papers for consideration of publication in this section. An unstructured abstract no longer than 150 words is required for this section. The body of the manuscript should not exceed 1500 words, and no heading or subheading should be used. Tables and/or figures should be limited to 2 ones and references to 15 in maximum.

Letters to the Editor

All correspondence will be considered for publication if it contains constructive criticism on previously published articles in the medical ethics, the authors of which will have the right of reply. Also, reports of limited research or clinical experiences can be submitted in the form of a letter. The length should not exceed 700 words.



Medical Ethics Journal follows the Vancouver Citation Style. All references should be numbered as they appear in the text of the Article. Only relevant references should be cited. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author. They must be in English. If the original reference is in Persian and it was published without English abstract please refer to its title in Pinglish in brackets; but if it was published with English abstract please indicate the reference using the English title (please do not translate the Persian title). Authors are encouraged to consider the latest papers published in Med Ethics J Ideas for the general format of presentation. Examples are as follow:

Articles with up to 6 authors:

Mohammadi S, Borhani F, Roshanzadeh M. Moral distress in students: A cross-sectional study in educational environment. Med Ethics J 2015; 9(31): 29-47.


Articles with more than 6 authors:

Abbasi M, Nejadsarvari N, Kiani M, et al. Moral Distress in Physicians Practicing in Hospitals Affiliated to Medical Sciences Universities. Iran Red Crescent Med J 2014; 16(10): 1-8.



Beauchamp TL, Childress J. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 7th Ed. USA: Oxford University Press, 2013:310-45


Book Chapters

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW. The genetic basis of human cancer. 8th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002:93-113.

Read JL. The new era of quality of life assessment.  In: Walker SR, Rosser RM. Quality of Life Assessment. Key issues in the 1990s, 6th edition, Kluwer Academic Publishers: The Netherland, 1993:3-10



Weisbaum LD. Human sexuality of children and adolescents: a comprehensive training guide for social work professionals [Master’s Thesis]. Long Beach (CA): California State University, 2005.


Clark JM. Referencing style for journals. [PhD Thesis], University of Leicester, UK, 2002.


Conference papers

Chu H, Rosenthal M. Search engines for the World Wide Web: a comparative study and evaluation methodology. Paper presented at: American Society for Information Science 1996 Annual Conference; October 19 24, 1996; Baltimore, MD. Accessed February 26, 2009



Smith ST. Referencing styles for journals – a new method. Patent 12346-ZH, USA, 2011.

Jones P. Referencing styles for journals – a new method. Patent application 12346-ZHA, USA, 2011.

Website materials

Outbreak notice: Cholera in Haiti. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Updated January 9, 2012. Accessed February 1, 2012.

World Health Organization. Tuberculosis Facts 2008/WHO Fact Sheets on Tuberculosis and Stop TB Partnership [Internet]. 2008 Apr [cited 2011 Mar 1]


Institute of Medicine. Meeting 2: Impact of Pregnancy Weight on Maternal and Child Health [Internet]. 2006 May 15 [cited 2011 Mar 1]



MacDonald S. The state of social welfare in the UK. Report, University of Durham, UK, June 2011.

Kishor, S., & Subaiya, L. (2008). Understanding women’s empowerment: A comparative analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data (DHS Comparative Reports No. 20). Calverton, MD: Macro International.


Magazines and newspapers

Clark JM. Referencing style for journals. The Independent, 21 May 2006, p.10.


Acts and international treaties

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, P.L. 108-446, 20 U.S.C. § 1401, 118 STAT. 2657 (2004).

World Trade Organization. Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. Accessed June 1, 2015.



Conflict of Interest

Medical Ethics Journal for Scientific Communication, is committed to apply ICMJE recommendation on “Author Responsibilities—Conflicts of Interest” in Journal for authors’ conflict of interest issues.

Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken, too. So, completion and signing the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest is necessary for all authors and the articles submission won’t be accepted without filling this form in Journal. 

Publication fee: Article submission, processing, and publication in this journal are free of charge.

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