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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 is original, not under consideration by another publication and has not been published previously.

  • The manuscript file is in Microsoft Word (DOC), or RTF format.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  • The study has obtained the approval of the ethics committee of the institute, or if not applicable, follows the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki.

Author Guidelines

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The Journal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research (JOVR) is the official journal of the Ophthalmic Research Center affiliated to Shahid Beheshti University, M.C., Tehran, Iran. This peer-reviewed journal publishes original contributions and observations of interest to clinicians and researchers. The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals "" and the Declaration of Helsinki are important documents for preparing a manuscript for publication. Manuscripts are reviewed by experts in the related field. Each accepted manuscript is edited so that its message is clear and conforms to the journal's style. The core of the contents, the articles and case reports, are reviewed and edited to standards of the journal. Before publication, authors receive page proofs for minor corrections.


Aim and Scope

The Journal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research is a scientific journal with the mission to disseminate information, viewpoints, and questions about eye disease, research, clinical and laboratory science, and education. The journal aims to advance the science, technology, ethics, and art of ophthalmology through research and education worldwide. The extended scope of the journal is intended to include not only clinical ophthalmology, but affiliated fields and disciplines that contribute to the current knowledge and science of vision.



The journal accepts manuscripts for publication as the following types:

  • Editorial
  • Letter
  • Original Article
  • Surgical Technique
  • Review Article
  • Case Report
  • Photo Essay

Manuscripts should include the following sections:


Title Page

The title page should include: the manuscript type (e.g., original article, case report, etc.); the complete manuscript title; all authors’ full names (listed as first name, middle initial, last name; with the last name underlined), highest academic degrees, and affiliations; the name of the corresponding author, complete postal address, fax number, telephone number, and e-mail address; a running title of no more than 40 characters (not counting space).


Abstract and Keywords

The abstract should be no longer than 250 words. Abstracts for original articles should be structured using the following headings: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion; and abstracts for case reports should be structured as: Background, Case report, and Conclusion. Abstracts for review articles and surgical technique submissions should be unstructured, summarizing the main points of interest. No abstracts are required for letters, editorials, and photo essays. The use of abbreviations and acronyms in the abstract should be limited. The abstract should be composed to stand alone and convey the meaning independent from the main text. A number of 3-6 keywords should be included after the abstract, preferably using MeSH terms for biomedical terminology.


Main Text

Original articles should be structured under the following main section headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Case reports should include Introduction, Case report, and Discussion sections. Surgical techniques will be presented with Introduction, Surgical Technique, Results, and Discussion sections. Review articles are subject to higher versatility, and may include headings as required, but generally include Introduction and Conclusion headings as well as the custom headings. Articles may also include an Acknowledgement section at the end of the main text.

These main section headings should be emphasized in bold face type. Additional subheadings can be used in each section, accentuated throughout the text with italic face type.



Cite only published work as references. Manuscripts accepted but not yet published may also be cited as references: designate the accepting journal, followed by “(in press)”, and provide 3 copies of the in-press article for reviewer inspection. Personal communication and unpublished data should be incorporated into the text without any reference number.

Cite references within the text with superscript numerals. Assign numbers in the order that references are first cited within the text. In the reference section, list the cited works in numerical order. Abbreviate journal names according to Index Medicus. For references with more than 6 authors, cite the names of the first 6 followed by et al.

References to journal articles should include: authors, title, journal name (as abbreviated in Index Medicus), year, volume number and pages. References to books should include: authors of chapter and chapter title (if any), authors or editors of book, title of book, edition, city of publication, publishing company, year, and page numbers (for limited reference to chapters within books). The following examples demonstrate correct reference style:

Journal Article: Ursell PG, Spalton DJ, Pande MV, Hollick E, Barman S, Boyce J, et al. Relationship between intraocular lens biomaterials and posterior capsule opacification. J Cataract Refract Surg 1998; 24: 352-360.

Book Chapter: Thompson J. Proliferative vitreoretinopathy. In: Ryan SJ (ed). Retina. 3rd ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2001: 1309-1349.

Book: Bradley WJ. Neurology in clinical practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2004.


Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be labeled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text. They should be referred to specifically in the text of the paper but should not be embedded within the text.

Tables: Each table should be double-spaced on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript and numbered consecutively in the order of first citation in the text. Titles and footnotes should appear above and below the tables, respectively, on the corresponding pages. The footnotes within the table must be indicated with superscript lowercase letters.

Figures: Figures can include diagrams created by the word processor, which are managed as the tables, appearing at the end of the manuscript with appropriate titles and numbering, or can be submitted as images in separate files.

Images must be submitted in .jpg or .tiff formats with sufficient quality and a resolution of at least 300 dpi. The file names must be numbered corresponding to their appearance in the text and the titles should be included in the manuscript file.


Abbreviations and Symbols

Use standard abbreviations and symbols. Avoid creating new abbreviations. Avoid all abbreviations in the title and unusual abbreviations in the abstract. Use an abbreviation only if the term occurs several times in the paper. Write out the full term the first time it appears, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, employ the abbreviation alone. Standard units of measurement can be abbreviated without explanation (eg, mmHg, PD, D, etc).



All manuscripts should be written in clear and grammatically correct English.

Manuscripts must be submitted in .doc or .rtf formats, preferably using Microsoft Word as the word processor. A single 12-point font should be used for the whole manuscript. The text should be double spaced in a single column. Do not break or hyphenate words at the end of the line. Keep the formatting minimal and use the word processor’s options only to justify or center text, bold, italics, underline, subscripts, and superscripts. Begin each of the following on a new page: Title Page, Abstract and Keywords, Main Text, Acknowledgments, References, Tables and Graphs.

Quantitative data may be reported in the units used in the original measurement, but the equivalent in SI units must be mentioned.


Cover Letter

The authors must warrant that they have participated sufficiently in the work described to justify authorship and that the article is original, not under consideration by another publication and has not been published previously. The authors must accept full responsibility for the conduct of the study, state that they had access to the data and jointly controlled and agreed on the decision to publish.



Authors are asked to disclose any financial interest they may have with a manufacturer or distributor whose product is part of the submitted manuscript. Such interests do not disqualify a paper from consideration and are not disclosed to reviewers. A statement to this effect should be included in the cover letter.



Submission can be pursued as follows:

Manual Submission: One CD including the manuscript, photographs, charts, and illustrations or other graphic material together with three hard copies of each manuscript can be delivered or sent to the Ophthalmic Research Center at the address mentioned below:


Ophthalmic Research Center,

Labbafinejad Medical Center, Boostan 9 St.,

Pasdaran Ave., Tehran, Iran


The author accepts responsibility for the submitted CD exactly matching the printed versions of the manuscript.

Electronic Submission: Electronic submission is available at the JOVR website at:

Submission via E-mail: The submission can also be received by sending the manuscript file, cover letter, and image files, to the Ophthalmic Research Center e-mail address at:



Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editor, publisher, or the Ophthalmic Research Center. The journal does not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or service mentioned in this publication.

The final responsibility for the accuracy and validity of the data, findings, and studies rests with the authors.


Copyright Statement

Published papers are open to access and may be copied and distributed for non-profit purposes.

The authors transfer all copyright ownership of the manuscript to the Ophthalmic Research Center in the event the work is published. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

In the case of the use of copyright-protected material the responsibility of obtaining permission is that of the authors.


Ethical Considerations

An appropriate institutional review board approval is required for experimental investigations of human or animal subjects. Those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees (institutional or regional) should follow the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki. For investigations of human subjects, state in the Methods section the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the subjects.

Privacy Statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.