Scope of the Journal: The Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences (IJBMS) is a peer-reviewed, monthly publication by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS), Mashhad, Iran . The Journal of "IJBMS” is a modern forum for scientific communication. Data and information, useful to investigators in any discipline in basic medical sciences mainly including Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology, will be published after they have been peer reviewed. This will also include reviews and multidisciplinary research.
Epidemiological and case report studies are not included in the journal's scope
The rejection rate of the manuscripts is currently about 75%.
A. General Policy:
Manuscripts, or the essence of their content, must be previously unpublished and should not be under simultaneous consideration by another Journal. By virtue of the submitted manuscript, the corresponding author acknowledges that all the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript. Manuscripts are only accepted for publication on the understanding that the authors will permit editorial amendments, though proofs will always be submitted to the corresponding author before being sent finally to press. The decision to accept a contribution rests with the Editorial Board of the IJBMS.
"The reviewing and publishing process depends on the quality of your study as well as the English accuracy of your manuscript. A strong, scientifically-approved manuscript may be accepted in three to four months; Otherwise, it might take five to six months ".
Article types: Manuscripts will be considered for publication in the form of original articles, short communications, review, and editorial articles. The work should be original or a thorough by an authoritative person in a pertinent field.
B. Ethical Consideration (adapted from COPE guidelines):
Study design and ethical approval: Good research should be well justified, well planned, appropriately designed, and ethically approved. To conduct research to a lower standard may constitute misconduct. The authors are responsible for the whole scientific content as well as the accuracy of the bibliographic information.
Data analysis: Data should be appropriately analysed, but inappropriate analysis does not necessarily amount to misconduct. Fabrication and falsification of data do constitute misconduct.
Authorship: There is no universally agreed definition of authorship, although attempts have been made. As a minimum, authors should take responsibility for a particular section of the study. After manuscript submission, authors cannot be added, removed or ordered differently. If not followed, submission will be canceled . Please do not state more than one corresponding author or give equal credit to two authors. The journal might have to remove any extra names without contacting you.
Conflicts of interest: Conflicts of interest comprise those which may not be fully apparent and which may influence the judgment of author, reviewers, and editors. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived. They may be personal, commercial, political, academic or financial. “Financial” interests may include employment, research funding, stock or share ownership, payment for lectures or travel, consultancies and company support for staff.
Peer review: This journal uses Double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Authors have the right to communicate to the editor if they do not wish their manuscript to be reviewed by a particular reviewer because of potential conflicts of interest. No article is rejected unless negative comments are received from at least two reviewers.
Redundant publication: Redundant publication occurs when two or more papers, without full cross reference, share the same hypothesis, data, discussion points, or conclusions. In such cases, the manuscript will be rejected.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism ranges from the unreferenced use of others’ published and unpublished ideas, including research grant applications to submission under “new” authorship of a complete paper, sometimes in a different language. It may occur at any stage of planning, research, writing, or publication: it applies to print and electronic versions. All the manuscript submitted to IJBMS are checked by ithenticate for possible plagiarism. The authors are expected to check their manuscript for plagiarism before submission.
Human and animal studies: All manuscripts reporting the results of experimental investigations involving human subjects should include a statement confirming the informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject’s guardian. All animal or human studies should be used after approval of the experimental protocol by a local ethics committee.
C. Manuscript Preparation:
The authors are requested to submit their manuscript via the following link:
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submission to Biomedical Journals” proclaimed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/).
After manuscript submission, manuscripts cannot be withdrawn in any stage of the review process without acceptable reasons.
1. The research manuscripts that used total plant extract, after passing the reviewing process, are often published as short communication.
2. For review articles, the authors are requested to provide at least three published articles in the related field of their submitted manuscript in the references section.
3. Manuscripts should be typed on A4 size paper in clear, concise English, double-spaced. Authors are requested to reserve margins of at least 2.5 cm all around the paper. Original drawings of photos, tables and figures should be furnished together with the manuscripts.
4. Manuscripts should be kept to a minimum length and should be subdivided into labeled sections (Title page, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement, and References).
5. A title page is to be provided and should include the title of the article, authors’ names with full first name (with degrees), authors’ affiliation, suggested running title and corresponding author. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city and state (or nation).
The suggested running title should be less than 50 characters (including spaces) and should comprise the article title or an abbreviated version thereof. For office purposes, the title page should include the name and complete mailing address, telephone and fax number, and email of the corresponding author.
6. An abstract no longer than 250 words for reviews and research articles is to be provided as the second page. Abstract should be structured as objective(s) (including purpose setting), materials and methods, results, and conclusion. The abstract of the review articles are not structured.
7. A list of 5-8 keywords, chosen from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list, is to be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes. Provide abbreviations and nomenclature list in an alphabetical order and non-standard abbreviations contained in the manuscript (excluding references) with definitions after the keywords. Use abbreviations sparingly and only when necessary to save space, and to avoid repeating long chemical names or therapeutic regimes.
8. Tables in limited numbers should be self- explanatory, clearly arranged, and supplemental to the text. The captions should be placed above.
9. Figures should be utilized only if they augment understandability of the text. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously. The captions should be placed below. Drawings and graphs should be professionally prepared with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. In a figure or table, define the abbreviations used in a footnote.
10. Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on interests that may influence the manuscript results and conclusions.
11. Acknowledgement: Acknowledgements, sponsorship or grants should be written after the main text and before the references.
12. References in limited numbers and up-to-dated must be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text (number in parentheses). Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to the PubMed Journals Database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=journals). Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less. In the case of seven or more authors, the names of the first six authors followed by et al. (Italic). should be listed. Listed below, are references to a Journal, a chapter in a book and a book, respectively, in correct style (according to Vancouver style):
Forouzanfar F, Bazzaz BS, Hosseinzadeh H. Black cumin (Nigella sativa) and its constituent (thymoquinone): a review on antimicrobial effects. Iran J Basic Med Sci 2014;17:929-938.
Mohseni M, Samadi N, Ghanbari P, Yousefi B, Tabasinezhad M, Sharifi S, et al. Co-treatment by docetaxel and vinblastine breaks down P-glycoprotein mediated chemo-resistance. Iran J Basic Med Sci 2016; 19:300-309.
Moallem SA, Balali Mood K. Opioids and opiates. In: Mozayani A, Raymon LP, editors. Handbook of drug interactions: A clinical and forensic guide. 1st ed. Totowa: Humana Press Inc; 2004.p. 123-149.
Balali-Mood M, Abdollahi M. Basic and Clinical Toxicology of Organophosphorus Compounds. 1st ed. Springer; 2014
New: The EndNote output style for IJBMS' current reference style can be found here
13. Copyright: As an open-access journal, IJBMS uses licenses that keep the copyright with the author, but the author transfers all commercial exploitation rights to the publisher. The author(s) can post a copy of the published article on his/her own website or his/her institution’s website with no permission, provided that full citation of the journal and a link to the IJBMS website are included. Also, it can be used in educational materials by author(s) with citation of the IJBMS. The author(s) may republish the article in a book written or edited by himself/herself without permission, but with full acknowledgment of the first publisher. All authors must complete and sign the copyright transfer form and submit it with the manuscript to the editorial office.
14. The editor-in-chief may reject manuscripts prior to peer review if they are beyond the scope of the journal or do not comply with the instructions for authors.
D. Article-Processing Charges
Starting with 2017 IJBMS levies an article-processing charge of€200for each original and short communication article accepted for publication. Please note that these charges apply only to accepted articles of foreign authors. The cost for Iranian authors is4.000.000 Rls. The review articles are accepted free of charge.