The Iranian Endodontic Journal welcomes articles related to the scientific or applied aspects of endodontics e.g. original articles, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, review articles, clinical trials, case series/reports, brief reports letters to the editor, etc.

Submission Process

Manuscripts should be sent through the online submission system: http://journals.sbmu.ac.ir/iej/login

Assignment of Authorship Responsibilities

Your article will not be published unless you warrant that “This article is an original work, has not been published before, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final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”.

Covering letter

A cover letter, containing the information outlined below must be sent to the editor:

1) The material has not been published previously and is not under consideration by another journal and is the work of the author(s).

2) The manuscript title, name and address (including e-mail) of the corresponding author and her/his signature. This author will be responsible for editing proofs and ordering reprints where applicable.

3) The author undersigned transfer, assign or otherwise convey all copyright ownership to the IAE in the event that such work is published in that Journal.

4) If the purpose of a paper is to evaluate a commercial product, then a separate statement must be included with the submission, which asserts that the product was used exactly according to manufacturers’ instructions. If this was not the case, a precise description of any variant use must be prominently stated in the abstract, methods and, if appropriate, in the title.

Conflict of interest

At submission, the authors must disclose any financial association that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article in the title page.

Review of manuscripts

Manuscripts submitted to IEJ which do not adhere to the “Instructions for Authors” will be returned for appropriate revision to be in line with the instructions for authors. They may then be resubmitted. All manuscript correctly submitted to IEJ will first be reviewed by the Editor. Then through a double-blind peer review, the articles will be reviewed.

Preparation of manuscripts

The submission file must be prepared in Microsoft Word document file format (insert an EndNote citation into the manuscript). Submissions should be double-spaced word-processing files (.doc). The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. 

The manuscripts must have the following sections:

Title page) Should be arranged as follows:

1) Title, which must be concise, descriptive, as short as possible without loss of clarity and without abbreviations

2) Full name of each author. The author list must conform to authorship criteria in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at www.icmje.org

3) Affiliations of all authors

4) Running title (no more than 40 characters).

5) Name, full postal address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address of author responsible for correspondence. Corresponding author will be responsible for proofreading. Also highlight the contribution of each author in the cover letter.

Note: The names and email 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.

6) Acknowledgements may contain all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship e.g. editing help and departmental head who provided general support. Financial support must also be acknowledged and any conflict of interest noted.

Abstract) Should include:

1) Title of manuscript

2) A summary of the complete manuscript containing introduction, methods and materials, results and conclusion. It must be factual and comprehensive. Write the abstract in past tense because the study has been completed.

3) The abstract should not be more than 300 words

4) A maximum of five key words or phrases (based on MeSH and in alphabetical order) should be included at the end of the abstract.

Article Body) The submitted manuscript should contain:

1) Introduction should provide the reader with enough information to understand the objectives of the study.

2) Material and Methods should describe the detail of the study design, methods, materials/instrument/techniques used, and statistical methods. Ethical considerations should be mentioned here.

3) Results must describe the experimental findings of the study clearly.

4) Figures should be submitted as either a TIFF or JPEG file. Line art must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). All scanned images including electronic photographs/radiographs, CT scans, etc., must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If fonts are used in the artwork, they must be converted to paths or outlines, or they must be embedded in the files. All figure legends should be typed on a separate page.

5) Tables are applicable when it is critical to present exact numeric values. Tables with its legend must be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

6) Discussion should focus on the findings in your current work and compare the results with other previous studies.

7) Conclusions should describe and summarize the major finding(s) of the study.

8) References should be numbered in the sequence in which they appear in the text by Arabic numerals. The references style (based on Vancouver style) can be learned from reading the past issues of IEJ. Write all references with ENDNOTE.

Types of Manuscripts

Original articles: Should contain a structured abstract, related keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), references, maximum 4 tables and 4 figures. The length should not exceed 3500 words excluding the references, abstract, figures and tables. These articles are limited to 40 references.

Consort randomized clinical trials (RCT): The format is similar to original articles. Must strictly adhere to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) minimum guidelines for publication of randomized clinical trials (http://www.consort-statement.org). RCTs should be registered in appropriate trial registries approved by the WHO and their registration number should be mentioned in the title page.

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

Case series/reports: Should contain a non-structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, case presentation, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), references, maximum 1 table and maximum 3 figures. Case reports should optimally be accompanied by relevant figures to document findings.

Review articles/Narrative reviews: There are no limits in the number of references for review articles. Abstract should be non-structured. The word count should not exceed 4500 words. Narrative reviews should contain the critical assessment of the current knowledge of the field. 

Systematic reviews/meta-analysis of RCTs or Observational studies will be accepted by the journal. The protocol of the study should adhere to PRISMA or MOOSE guidelines of systematic reviews of RCTs or Observational studies, respectively. Abstract should be structured. There are no limits in the number of references for these articles.

Letters to the Editor should be less than 750 words. Letters discussing articles published in the IEJ should be submitted at most within 4 months after the publication of the main article. Letter will undergo peer review and will be edited for clarity. Up to 5 references may be stated.

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; submissions may be returned to authors if do not adhere to these guidelines.

1- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

2- The submission file is in Microsoft Word.