Author Guidelines

Focus and scope:

Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine is an international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to improve the quality of care and emergency knowledge by publishing the high quality works concerned to emergency medicine and related medical specialties. The journal publishes the articles in critical care medicine, disaster and trauma management, environmental diseases, toxicology, pediatric emergency medicine, emergency medical services, emergency nursing, health policy and ethics, and other related topics. Also it supports the following type of articles:

Original/Research Article

Review Article

Brief Report


Letter to Editor

Photo Quiz

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine


Peer-review process:

All submissions will be refereed by two reviewers during maximum four 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 (for busy authors)

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 (STROBE) 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 Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine 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 1000 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 Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 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.

Photo Quiz

Photo quiz should be arranged as follows: Pictures of patients, brief case presentation followed by a question as “what is your diagnosis”, diagnosis, and discussion. It should be up to 1500 words. The maximum number of pictures is six. Number of references should not exceed ten.


Our reference style requirements are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals by the ICMJE. Number of references in the order which they appear in the text should not alphabetize. In text, tables, and legends, identify references by Arabic numerals in parentheses.

Note: List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first six, followed by “et al”


- Articles in journals

Stratton SJ. Should Helicopters Dispatched for EMS Trauma Response Be Grounded?. Ann Emerg Med. 2013;61(2):167-74.

-  Articles in journals with more than six authors

Newgard CD, Schmicker RH, Hedges JR, Trickett JP, Davis DP, Bulger EM, et al. Emergency medical services intervals and survival in trauma: assessment of the “golden hour” in a North American prospective cohort. Ann Emerg Med. 2010;55(3):235-46.

-  Article In press

Sakles JC, Patanwala AE, Mosier JM, Dicken JM. Comparison of video laryngoscopy to direct laryngoscopy for intubation of patients with difficult airway characteristics in the emergency department. Int Emerg Med. Forthcoming 2013.

- Article In other languages

Gholami A, Barati M, Vahdani M, Vahdani H, Karimi M. [Pattern of Empirical Antibiotic Administration in Emergency Department of an Educational Hospital in Tehran]. Razi J Med Sci. 2011;18(82):17-23. Persian.

-  Books and other monographs

Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, Adams GA. Rosen's emergency medicine: concepts and clinical practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby Incorporated; 2010. p. 1215-75


Conflict of Interest

Authors are expected to disclose any commercial associations or sources of support that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article. All funding sources supporting the work must be declared in appendix section at the end of manuscript. Whole affiliations with or financial involvement in any organization on entity with a direct financial interest in the subject matters or materials of the research discussed (eg, employment, consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interest, patent-licensing arrangements) should be cited as conflict of interest at the end of manuscript text

Publication fee:

Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine is an Open Access journal. Since the beginning of March 2016, publishing an article in this journal requires payment of an APC that will be billed to the corresponding author following acceptance for publication. No submission charges, page charges, or color charges exist apart from the APC. The APC would be 10,000,000 IR. Rials (150 USD) for Original Articles, Reviews, and Brief Reports and 5,000,000 IR. Rials (75 USD) for other types of article.

Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine offers a waiver of APC to authors based in countries classified as Low-income or Lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank. In addition, if a valuable article is submitted and accepted, the journal will not avoid publishing it for not paying the APC. Therefore, authors who are not able to pay the charge, are encouraged to contact the journal by sending an Email to to explain their situation and ask for a waiver and the journal will evaluate the request.

Copyright notice:

Based on the obtained author agreement upon submission, "Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine" is the copyright owner of the published material. However, according to Bethesda Statement, all works published in this journal are open access and freely available to anyone on the journal web site without cost under creative common license BY-NC. Based on this license, under the condition of proper citation, “Iranian Journal of Emergency Medicine” grants to all users the following rights:

  1. Free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual access to all published materials.
  2. To copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work on third party repositories and social media.
  3. To make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any non-commercial purpose.

Peer Review Process:

Peer review helps editors select suitable manuscripts, however, the editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

Manuscripts selected for peer review will be refereed by two reviewers during four weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines for different study designs; including CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. Authors better send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks and if the revised version is not uploaded within 2 months, the submission will be archived.

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision.