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.
Author Guidelines & About the Journal
When writing your manuscript, we suggest using our journal template.
Please click on the link bellow to download the Template (Microsoft Word Format):
The “Archives of Medical Laboratory Sciences” is a double-blind peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The articles of the journal are available at: http://journals.sbmu.ac.ir/archives
This is an International journal published in print and electronic/online.
Article Processing Charge (Publication Fee)
In this journal, "article submission" and "article processing" are free.
Period of Publishing & Frequency
From October 2014, this journal is published on a quarterly basis (a volume of 4 issues per year).
Aims and Scope
Our objective is to boost and disseminate the findings of biomedical researchers around the world, in attempt to unravel obscure issues of medical laboratory investigations. Hence, all manuscripts in the various fields of medical sciences, including clinical, basic laboratory and molecular sciences, biomedicine, and other related areas are welcomed.
The journal’s target groups are those active in the fields of the medical laboratory sciences, clinical sciences, basic laboratory sciences, molecular sciences, and biomedicine.
Article types (maximum number of words in the main text) include:
Note: Word count ranges do not include author citations within the text.
Peer Review Policy & Process
All manuscripts will be kept confidential before publication.
Manuscripts are subjected to double-blinded peer review by at least three experts in the field and editorial Board.
The corresponding author is notified, as soon as possible, of the editor’s decision to accept, reject, or require modifications.
If the manuscript is completely acceptable according to the criteria set forth in these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue.
Submissions should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Medical Journals (URL: http://icmje.org).
Manuscripts will be reviewed for publication with the following understanding that:
They represent original and your own work. The paper, including its essential data, tables, and figures, has not been published elsewhere in whole or part (except for their “Abstracts” published in proceedings of congresses), the paper neither was published already nor is being under review elsewhere.
In case the “Abstract of manuscript” had been submitted earlier for a congress, the authors must provide full information of congress including: the title of congress/conference, congress venue (city and country) and date (year, month, and day)”.
Authors should submit their manuscript files through journal’s website. When website does not work properly, authors can send their manuscript files via journal’s email address.
Address for Online Submission: http://journals.sbmu.ac.ir/archives
How to Prepare the Manuscript Files
Authors can download the “article template” from the journal’s website (Online Submission) and type their manuscript in it, or create their own file using the recommended article structure in the “article template”. Then submit the file using one of the above mentioned methods.
Note: The submission file should be in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format, and should be submitted in website as an attachment.
Note: The manuscript is a typewritten version of an article (the author's own copy), prepared and submitted by author for publication. In other words, the manuscript is an unpublished article/paper.
The full texts and their abstracts are published in English. So please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).
Researchers who are not native speakers of English who submit manuscripts to international journals often receive negative comments from referees or editors about the English-language usage in their manuscripts, and these problems can contribute to a decision to reject a paper. In order to reduce the possibility of such problems, we recommend taking at least one of the following steps:
The Manuscript Structure
The manuscript should contain the following information:
1) Title Page:
The title page should include:
All research articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It should be structured as Aims of the Study, Materials & Methods, Results, and Conclusions followed by at least 4 to 6 Keywords. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).
Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
3) The Full Text:
The full text should include:
This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
Materials & Methods:
This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author would be able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical methods must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.
Footnotes section includes:
All clinical trials should be submitted in the accredited registry websites and the “registration code” should be declared in the “Acknowledgements” section. Some of websites for clinical trial registration are as follows:
Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.
Note: According to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), “Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment” (URL: http://www.icmje.org/ethical_4conflicts.html)
References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The author should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. Only references in Vancouver Style will be accepted for reviewing.
Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers; 2nd edition;
Karen Patrias; Dan Wendling, Technical Editor;
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health;
Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007.
Tables, Figures, Images, Photographs, and Illustrations
Tables and figures should be inserted at the end of the text file.
The images, photos and illustrations should be sent separately in an appropriate format which will produce high quality images in the online edition of the journal. Images generated at low resolution for display purposes are not acceptable.
Specific details on figure, equation, and table image quality can be found on the following webpage:
Tables: In limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed above and mounted at the end of the text file. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.
Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted at the end of the text file. The captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
Abbreviations and Symbols
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there.
The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text, unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.
Note: The Journal requirements are in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, drawn up by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (URL: http://icmje.org).
Before submitting the manuscript for publication, the authors must ensure that they have taken care of the following:
ü 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)
ü The submission file is in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
ü Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
ü The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font, and all tables and figures are placed at the end of the text.
ü The images, photographs, and illustrations have been prepared according the guideline and are ready to upload as an attachment.
ü The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the “Author Guidelines”.
ü One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (email address, full postal address, and phone number).
ü All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain all figure captions, All tables (including title, description and footnotes)
ü References are in the correct format for this journal.
ü All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
ü Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web).
ü Manuscript has been “spell-checked” and “grammar-checked”.
A computer print-out is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal Office.
Providing Printed Copies for Authors
The printed journal will be provided “free of charge” to all authors and will be sent to the “corresponding author’s postal address”.
The entire contents of the “Archives of Medical Laboratory Sciences’ are protected under international copyrights regulations. This Journal is for your personal noncommercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.
Disposal of Material
Once published, all files of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for 6 months before disposal.
Hoorieh Soleimanjahi, PhD
professor of Virology
Archives of Medical Laboratory Sciences
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