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Types of Papers Accepted:
The main part of each issue will be devoted to original research papers which should present new results of interest to a broad spectrum of readers. The Journal will also consider review articles, short communications, case reports and letters to the Editor, which are suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus.
Structure of articles: Depending on the type of articles, the submitted manuscripts should be divided into the following sections:
Manuscripts are acceptable via the journal`s website journals.sbmu.ac.ir/nbm by clicking "online submission" and registering to the website .The manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere and signed by the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Title page and manuscript text file should be separately submitted online via the online submission system.
Page charges: This journal is a free open access journal and there are no charges for publication.
Upload a cover letter as a separate file in the online system. The length limit is 1 page.
The cover letter should include the following information:
Preparation of Manuscripts:
All manuscripts should be typewritten in English with double spacing throughout (including figure legends and references) and with 2.5 cm (1 in.) margins in Microsoft Word document file format. The main manuscript should carry
Title page should include:
Note: Phone number of corresponding author is necessary
The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The Abstract should be 150 (Short papers and Short communications) to 250 words (Research and Review articles) in length. Case reports and Letters to the editor do not require abstracts. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used, and the abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited. 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 (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). Avoid using abbreviations and symbols in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. A list of non-standard Abbreviations should be added. In general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used. Authors should use the solidus presentation (mg/ml). Standard abbreviations (such as ATP and DNA) need not be defined.
The abstract must include the following separate sections:
Manuscript text file should be arranged as follows:
List of abbreviations
If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use, and a list of abbreviations should be provided.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgement section. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance and the departmental head when providing only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged by citing the grant number.
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 (examples: employment, consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interest, patent-licensing arrangements) should be cited as conflict of interest at the end of manuscript text file.
Ethics approval and consent to participate
Manuscripts reporting studies involving human participants, human data or human tissue must:
Studies involving animals must include a statement on ethics approval.
If your manuscript does not report on or involve the use of any animal or human data or tissue, this section is not applicable to your submission. Please state “Not applicable” in this section.
All financial and non-financial competing interests must be declared in this section.
All sources of funding for the research reported should be declared. The role of the funding body in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript should be declared.
The individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.
References should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in superscript as they appear in the text (eg. 2). A number must be used if the authors are named in the sentence/text. Bibliographies cited in tables and figures should be numbered according to the site where the corresponding table or figure is first referenced. When multiple references are cited at a given place in the text, use a hyphen to join the first and last numbers that are inclusive. Use commas (without spaces) to separate non-inclusive numbers in a multiple citation eg. 2,3,4,5,7,10 is abbreviated to (2-5,7,10). Do not use a hyphen if there are no numbers cited between the numbers used (eg. 1-2). Periodicals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus (Vancouver Style). Include the name of all authors, if there are six or less authors. Print names of the first six authors followed by "et al." when there are more than six authors. References to books should include Author(s), Title, Edition, Place of publication, Publisher and Year of publication. Chapters in a book should appear as Author(s), Title of chapter, Editor(s), Name of the book, Place of publication, Publisher, Year of publication and Pages. References to electronic journals should include Author(s), Title of article, Abbreviated title of electronic journal, [serial online], Publication year, month(s), [cited year month (abbreviated) day], Volume number, Issue number, Page numbers or number of screens, available from, URL address underlined:
Articles in journals
Goudarzi H, Douraghi M, Ghalavand Z, Goudarzi M. Assessment of antibiotic resistance pattern in Acinetobacter baumannii carrying bla oxA type genes isolated from hospitalized patients. Novel Biomed 2013;1(2):54-61.
Articles in journals with more than six authors
Tabibi A, Kashi AH, Mirjalili SAM, Mahmoudnejad N, Kashani P, Salavatipour B, et al. The possibility of access to the kidneys from posterior axillary line in supine position for percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Novel Biomed 2013;1(2):43-47.
Article In press
Goudarzi M, Sabzehali F, Tayebi Z, Azad M, Boromani SH, Hashemi A, Seyedjavadi SS. Prevalence of blaCTX-M Gene in Multi-Resistant Escherichia coli Isolated from Urinary Tract Infections, Tehran, Iran. Novel Biomed 2014. [In press].
Article In other language
Goodarzi M, Goudarzi H, Albouyeh M, Azimi Rad M, Zali M, Aslan MM. Molecular typing of Clostridium difficile isolated from hospitalized patients by PCR ribotyping. Pejouhesh. 2012; 36 (2) :68-75. [Persian].
Book, Chapter and Monograph on the Internet
Lodish H, Baltimore D, Berk A, Zipursky SL, Matsudaira P, Darnell J. Molecular cell biology. 3rd ed. New York: Scientific American; 1995.
Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, (Editor). Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk (CN): Appleton and Lange; 1995. p. 361-80.
Lundstedt S (2003). Analysis of PAHs and their transformation products in contaminated soil and remedial processes. University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Available from: www.google.com. Accessed Aug 8, 2010.
Inclusive page numbers should be given for all references. Articles in press might appear in the reference list; however unpublished material and personal communications should not be cited in the reference list, though they could be mentioned in parenthesis in the text.
Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals and appear be typed on separate sheets of the manuscript file and have a title. They should be self-explanatory, clearly designed, and not duplicating the text.
Figure legends should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Figure 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.
Responsibility and ethical requirements:
Based on the ICJME recommendations "all those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. All authors of a manuscript must have agreed to its submission and are responsible for its content (initial submission and any subsequent versions), including appropriate citations and acknowledgments, and must also have agreed that the corresponding author has the authority to act on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the coauthors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication processes. Submitting a paper before all coauthors have read and approved it is considered an ethical violation, as is failure to credit someone who qualifies as a coauthor. In the event that an author is added or removed from the list of authors, written acceptance, signed by author(s), must be submitted to the editorial office. All sources of financial support of the project should be acknowledged. Authors cannot withdraw their articles within the review process or after submission, or they must pay the penalty defined by the publisher. Corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
All submitted manuscripts will firstly be assessed from the editorial points of view and after they meet the basic editorial requirements, will be subjected to strict peer-review process by at least two international reviewers and one in-office reviewer that are expert in the area of the particular paper. After peer-review process, corresponding author will be informed of the referees’ remarks. Reviewers are being selected by Editor in Chief. The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revisions, major revision or rejection. All accepted manuscripts will undergo a process of English editing by copy Editor. Associate Editors or Editor in Chief have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted. All accepted manuscripts will undergo a process of English editing by copy Editor. Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
If the study involves human beings, the author(s) must include a statement that the study was approved by the local ethical committee and that written informed consent was obtained from the study participants. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the declaration of Helsinki should be followed. Also, the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals, should be declared in text. All relevant permissions to cite the unpublished observations of others must be obtained by the manuscript author(s). The names and initials of these persons must be cited in the text, and permission from the original author(s) obtained. Also, permission must be obtained to reproduce or adapt any figures or tables that have been published previously. The Emergency conforms to the international regulations against scientific misconduct including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, and etc. Any cases of suspected misconduct will be assessed during the peer-review and publication process based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Misappropriating another person’s intellectual property constitutes plagiarism. This includes copying sentences or paragraphs verbatim (or almost verbatim) from someone else’s work, even if the original work is cited in the references. The NIH ORI publication “Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: a Guide to Ethical Writing” can help authors identify questionable writing practices. Plagiarism is not limited to the text; it can involve any part of the manuscript, including figures and tables, in which material is copied from another publication without permission and attribution. An author may not reuse his or her own previously published work without attribution; this is considered self-plagiarism.