Author Guidelines


Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Anesthesia should be prepared according to guidelines established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (see 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication' available at as well as the following instructions.

Any questions concerning manuscript submission should be directed to:

Ali Dabbagh, MD, Professor of Cardiac Anesthesia; Anesthesiology Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Anesthesia

Manuscript submission is only electronically (following the online process), and accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the object, totally or partly, has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication in another journal. All files submitted should be in an MS Word processed format, Microsoft Word 2010, or earlier. 

Ethical Considerations:

Submissions containing copies or self-plagiarism is will be rejected. Authors are encouraged to carefully proofread their manuscripts before submission. To prevent plagiarism and copyright violations, the use of software such as iThenticate is recommended.

Microsoft Word is the preferred text file format. Submitted files must be editable; do not submit pdf files of your text.

Authors Responsibilities

  1. All authors must be:
  • scientifically senior in the field of research
  • accountable to the accurateness of the article
  • able to certify that the manuscript is their original work and has not been previously published elsewhere; even simultaneous submissions being under review in another journal are prohibited
  • accountable to all the data provided in the paper; these data should be authentic
  • responsible about their data and report any potential or possible errors being discovered in the manuscript before submission, during the assessment and, after acceptance or publishment of their paper to the journal editors
  • this journal does not charge authors for the submission or publication of manuscripts
  1. All potential and factual conflicts of interest relating to the manuscript content, preparation, and any financial support must be declared. The authors have to inform the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
  2. Authors presenting work involving human experimentation must:
  1. Authors presenting work involving animal experimentation must affirm in the Methods section that the study has been approved by an Animal Care Committee (IACUC) (
  2. The investigators are encouraged to register their clinical trials in run by the National Library of Medicine ( or other public trials registries, such as the International Standard Randomized Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN) ( or Iranian Registry Clinical Trials (IRCT) ( The service is available at no charge. Also, this journal does not charge authors for the submission or publication of manuscripts. To be considered for publication, randomized, controlled trials involving medical interventions should be fully registered in one of the public trial registries before the conscription of the first patient. Well-controlled researches, including studies with negative results, are confident, more than ever.
    Where appropriate, CONSORT (, or if analytic research is being reported, STARD (, and diagrams must be included. Observational studies should meet the STROBE guiding principles (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology; Figures illustrating the appropriate diagram are requisite to be presented.

Author Substance Archive Strategy

Please note that except for special circumstances, JMCA will organize the whole electronic materials, two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

English-language Editing Services

Authors whose first language is not English may choose to use one of JCMA's services that will edit their manuscript proficiently before submission or during the review process to ensure the English composition is clear and well-written. Authors wishing to pursue a professional English-language editing service should announce and arrange a fee with the editing service. For more details regarding the recommended services, please visit JCMA Editing Services.

Please note, that all services are paid for and arranged by the author, and the use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Types of Articles

Several types of articles are published in JCMA. The word counts listed are intended to be general guidelines, not fixed limitations.

  1. Original Research: Typically original manuscripts should be 5,000 words or less;
  2. Editorials: 1,000 words or less;
  3. Review articles: 5,000 words or less;
  4. Clinical case conference articles: 5,000 words or less;
  5. Medical-legal, Practice Management, and History of cellular and molecular anesthesia articles: 1,500 words or less;
  6. Case Reports, Technical Reports, Brief Clinical Reports: Typically 2,000 words or less;
  7. Announcements, not to exceed 250 words;
  8. Letters to the editor, not to exceed 500 words;

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts should be submitted in English to the editor-in-chief/the editorial office and typed double-spaced. Allow adequate margins on all sides and number all pages consecutively. Manuscripts should consist of a

  • title page
  • text
  • acknowledgments
  • references
  • tables
  • legends
  • figures

(All should be placed in that arrangement). Submissions must do under the blinded method (all authors’ names and institutional identifiers removed).

Title Page

The title page should be consisting of:

  1. The complete name of the manuscript (should be brief and revealing); Avoid abbreviations and formulas where possible
  2. The authors, full first name, middle initial, and family name, and the highest academic scale(s)of each
  3. The academic unit and organization in which the authors are affiliated, with the city and county of the creators
  4. The complete information (name, address, phone number, and email address) of the author who will be the corresponding author
  5. The ORCID id of the corresponding author is obligatory; also, the ORCID id of all the other authors is highly recommended
  6. The role of each author in the submission should be declared clearly
  7. The potential funding body should be mentioned on the title page



Standard metric units must be used to evaluate distance/length and weight. Only typical abbreviations could be used; in the earliest position, always spell out unusual abbreviations in text, followed in parentheses by the short form. Check with the latest editions of the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual or the AMA Manual of Style for current usage. All drugs and chemicals used must be specified by generic name(s), giving dosage(s), and method (s) of administration. The trade names should be only used in parentheses after the generic (standard) name.


All persons who have made some contribution to the publication, but convince only one or two of the three authorship criteria (mentioned before), should be mentioned in the Acknowledgment segment. All sources of support such as financial and material should also be revealed in the Acknowledgment section. The roles of each sponsor in data achievement or other responsibilities must be informed.



References should be numbered one after the other in the order in which they are used in the text, utilizing Index Medicus abbreviations. Only references to books and articles or abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals should be cited. Unpublished data, personal communications, or manuscripts, should be cited only in the text without a reference number. For journal articles, list all authors’ names unless there are more than 6, in which case list the names of the first 3 authors, followed by 'et al.' Authors are encouraged to organize/manage their references using Endnote. References should adhere to the style shown in the following examples (see AMA Manual of Style):

For standard journal articles

6 or fewer authors:

Wijeysundera DN, Naik JS, Beattie WS. Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists to prevent perioperative cardiovascular complications: a meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2003;114(9):742-52.

More than 6 authors:

Bekker AY, Basile J, Gold M, Riles T, Adelman M, Cuff G, et al. Dexmedetomidine for Awake Carotid Endarterectomy: Efficacy, Hemodynamic Profile, and Side Effects. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2004;16(2):126-35.

For books:

Leriche R. Surgery of Pain. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1939:889-898.


Add tables is useful, but should not copy the wording (text). Tables must be appeared with numbers consecutively using Arabic numerals in their order of presentation in the text. Tables must have appropriate labels. Tables should be typed double-spaced, each in a separate manner. Descriptive comments can be mentioned below in the tables.


Original artwork, radiographs, or electrocardiograms should not be sent. Informed consent should be presented for identifiable patient photographs, descriptions, and pedigrees. Photomicrographs must have internal scale indicators. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Figures should always be numbered in the text in successive order with Arabic numerals. This journal does not charge authors for submitting or publishing manuscripts, including their figures.

Color figures will be published free of charge if judged relevant and of good quality.

Submitting Electronic Art to JCMA

Due to the wide range of available graphics programs in use, it is impossible to incorporate all of these programs. If a digital art file is submitted with the revised version of an accepted manuscript, there is no assurance to be acceptable.

Some principal criteria for acceptable files:

Three preferred formats for digital artwork submission are as follows: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). EPS files are preferred. Otherwise, articles may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or superior in their original size/resolution. Photographic images should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi in their original size. For figures containing photographs and labeling, EPS files, or PDF files with a resolution of at least 600 dpi are suitable. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

License Agreement

After the primary acceptance of an article, the corresponding author will obtain an email prompting the authors to complete the COVER LETTER and COPY-RIGHT sheets.

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.

  1. 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).
  1. The mobile phone number of the corresponding author is also included in the full correspondence details
  2. A blinded version of the manuscript is included (no author detail): The main body of the paper (eg. the references, figures, tables, and any acknowledgments) should not include any identifying information, such as the author's names or affiliations.


Peer Review Process

The Journal has a double-blind peer review process. The first round of the review process would be less than 3 weeks; if the files are submitted appropriately; i.e. the following items should be considered:

1- a cover letter is needed including the responsibility of the corresponding author on behalf of all the authors; this should be submitted as a separate file

2- a title page as described in the Authors Guideline of the Journal

3- the submission file should NOT include any identifying part; so, the blind review process could be performed


After the first 3 weeks round of the review, if the manuscript needs any more revisions, one or more review steps may be needed; each would be again double-blinded and less than 3 weeks.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors can enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) before and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access). 

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