Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.


Authorship is based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • 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.


-        Everyone who is listed as an author should have made a substantial, direct, intellectual contribution to the work. Acquisition of funding and provision of technical services, patients, or materials, while they may be essential to the work, are not in themselves sufficient contributions to justify authorship.

-        Everyone who has made substantial intellectual contributions to the work should be an author. Everyone who has made other substantial contributions should be acknowledged.

-        One author should take primary responsibility for the work as a whole even if he or she does not have an in-depth understanding of every part of the work.

-        All authors should participate in writing the manuscript by reviewing drafts and approving the final version. 

-        This primary author should assure that all authors meet basic standards for authorship and should prepare a concise, written description of their contributions to the work, which has been approved by all authors. This record should remain with the sponsoring department.

Order of Authorship

The corresponding author has responsibility and should decide the order of authorship. The journal has no responsibility in this regard. 

*All authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE

Complaints Process:

The best way to reach us is by email. Complaints should ideally be made to the person the complainant is already in contact with over the matter being complained about. If that is not appropriate please email: .

Whenever possible complaints will be dealt with by the editor in-chief (Prof. Massoudinejad)

Complaints about editorial matters that are sent to the chairman of the journal (Prof. Soori).

All complaints will be acknowledged within 7 working days.

If possible a full response will be made within 2 weeks. If this is not possible an interim response will be given within four weeks.

If the complainant remains unhappy, complaints should be escalated to the undersecretary of Research affairs at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, whose decision is final.