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:: Author's Guide ::
 | Post date: 2020/04/28 | 
Author Guidelines

1. Journal aim:
Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional Medicine is published by the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the supervision of the Hikmat (Wisdom), Islamic and Traditional Medicine Department. The purpose of this journal is to publish the findings and research results of the review and evidence-based studies of faculty members, researchers and students in various fields of Islamic and Iranian Traditional Medicine and Pharmacy as well as Iranian Medical History.
2. Scope of articles:
The journal invites all of the researchers, professors, and students to submit their original research papers, review articles, and letter to editors in the fields related to the science of traditional medicine and pharmacy. Scope of papers include: healthy lifestyle, development of various medical sciences, biography and introduction of scientific works of sages and past scholars, Hikmat or philosophy, ethnopharmacology, explanatory studies, qualitative studies, preparation and standardization of traditional and natural medicines, and evidence-based medicine (such as basic science, in vitro, in vivo, and various clinical studies).
3. Editorial Independency:
Although the Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional Medicine is sponsored financially by the Academy of Medical Sciences, it benefits from editorial freedom. The editors evaluate and accept articles based only on significance, originality, validity, and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal.
Our editorial policy is consistent with the principles of editorial independence presented by WAME.
4. Submission of Manuscripts:
Corresponding author should first register on journal website (www.jiitm.ir) and submit the manuscript in the format of Word 2003 and PDF files through a 3-step submission process. Once a manuscript submitted, a reference code will be dedicated to it for future correspondences of the author with the journal.
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.
Authors must confirm that the manuscript is their original work and each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that has not previously been published or submitted elsewhere and has not simultaneously been reviewed in another journal. This statement must be signed by all authors. The author must notify this issue writing to the journal's office by e-mail: traditionaljournalams.ac.ir.
The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revisions, major revision or rejection. If a manuscript is accepted to publish; authors must submit permissions to reproduce copyrighted material and must sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the Journal. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the publisher's property. All rejected manuscripts will be archived on our journal management system.
5. Language of the Journal:
Persian manuscripts in the whole article types can be accepted by the Journal. Persian articles need English abstract (for original researches, reviews, short communications and case study) in addition to Persian ones.
6. Manuscript types:
Various types of articles are accepted for publication in the Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional Medicine as described and explained in the below table:
Article type Abstract )words( Word count limitation (including abstract, text and references) Tables and figures limitation References limitation
Original research 150-300 5000 words 4 tables or figures 40 references
Review article 150-300 5000 words 4 tables or figures 40 references
Short communication 150-300 3000 words 2 tables or figures 30 references
Case study 150-300 1500 words 3 tables or figures 10 references
Letter to editor N/A 1000 words 1 tables or figures 8 references
7. Manuscript formatting:
Each manuscript must be included cover letter, cover Page, abstract, text, Acknowledgment, references, and if necessary, tables, figures, and illustrations.
7-1. Cover Letter (for all submissions): Correspondence must write a letter to editor in chief and explain the importance of manuscript to publish.
7-2. Cover Page (for all submissions): Include the article title, a short running head (under 50 characters, with space), the full names of all authors and their full addresses.
The short running head should be concise and useful.
Name, academic degree, employment, affiliations and place of the authors of the manuscript should be completely mentioned in order i.e., group, college, university, city, and country, not including the word doctor or other degrees before the authors’ names. The authors' addresses, if different, should be sequenced in consecutive numbers (see published articles).
Also provide the author's scientific title (MD, M.Sc, Ph.D) after their names. Corresponding author must be marked with an asterisk (*). Moreover, the postal address, email address, phone/fax number of the authors must be noticed.
All information of Persian manuscripts should be in manuscript language and also English.
7-3. Abstract:
All manuscripts except letters should have a structured abstract (Background and Purpose, Methods and Materials, Results, Conclusion) of up to 300 words in Farsi and English. At the end of the abstract, list between 3 to 7 keywords. These words should be identical to the medical subject headings (MeSH) that appear in the Index Medicus of the National Library of Medicine.
7-4. Text:
Original articles, reviews and short communications must include parts such as Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.
Manuscript text file should be prepared according to specific research reporting guidelines, include STROBE for observational studies, CONSORT for clinical trials, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy.
  •  Observational Studies

The study of cohort, case control and cross-sectional should be complied with the guidelines provided by the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement. A structured abstract should appear on the first page of the manuscript and should not exceed 300 words. The main text (including abstract, text and references) should not exceed 5000 words.

  •   Clinical Trials

Original research manuscripts that report a randomized controlled trial should be prepared according to the guideline of the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) group. Therefore, supplying the manuscript with a CONSORT flowchart diagram is required. Having code of ethics and code of IRCT are required for clinical trial manuscripts, also.

  •  Review manuscripts

Review manuscripts 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 structured 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 arranged based on Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) group.

  •   Short communication

Original research manuscripts can also be published in a brief format or Short communication. Submitted manuscript 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 structured abstract no longer than 300 words is required for this section. The body of the manuscript should not exceed 3000 words. Tables and/or figures should be limited to 3 ones and references to 30 in maximum.

  •   Case Reports

Case reports should be prepared according to: Abstract (structured, not exceeding 150-300 words), Introduction, Report of case, Discussion, References, and Figures. The length should not exceed 1500 words.

  • Letters to the Editor

All correspondence will be considered for publication if it contains constructive criticism on previously published articles in the Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional 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 1000 words
7-5. Acknowledgments:
Authors can thank from any persons who help them to prepare manuscript and also any organizations which financially support the study. This section must be located before references.
7-6. Postscripts:
Subjects that need to be annotated and cannot be incorporated into the text should be written in sequence, with explanations for that annotation in this section of the article.
7-7. References:
All of the references should be cited in English, Vancouver style, and at the end of the article.
Non-English references are to be written in italic form, and if the source has an English title, it also should be written in brackets.
The Vancouver citation style is based on the citation sequence. Therefore, references in the text must be in consecutive numbers and in parentheses. Each source is assigned a number in the first place cited in the text. The same number is used in repeated citations to that source, regardless of the next citation location. When multiple sources are cited in sequence in a specific section of text, the dash is used to connect between the first and the last source. For references with more than 6 authors, write 5 authors and use "et al" for others. Examples of citations are as follows:
Book citation:

  • Avicenna. Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine). Lebanon: Alamy Le al-Matbooat Institute; 2005. [In Arabic].

  • Najmabadi M. Tarikh Tibb dar Iran. Tehran: Tehran University; 1992. [In Persian].

Journal citation:

  • Zarshenas MM, Zargaran A. A review on the Avicenna's contribution to the field of cardiology. International Journal of Cardiology. 2015 Mar 1;182:237-41.

Thesis citation:

  • Azadi O. Preparation and in vitro characterization of hydrogel nanoparticles for intravenous long-circulating delivery of sodium valproate [Dissertation]. Shiraz: Shiraz University of Medical Science; 2007.

Citation of an article in an online journal:

Web site citation:
Available at: URL: http://www.healthinfo.com/doc1999.htm.Accessed June 12, 2001.
7-8. Tables and Figures:
All tables and figures should be putted in appropriate places in the text with a short descriptive title at the top of each table and underneath of each figure followed by a proper description given below. Illustrations must be 300 dpi or higher resolution. The figures (can be submitted with jpeg format) which were obtained from other sources and not original are needed to permission from original source

8. General writing tips:
As a part of the submission process, authors will need to comply with all of the followings for the acceptance. If the submission is not in accordance with these guidelines, it will be sent back to the author for correction.
  • The article should be submitted in Microsoft Word 2003 and PDF format.
  • All sections of the file should have a margin of 2.5cm, with B Nazanin font for Persian script, 2Badr font for Arabic script, and Times New Roman font for English script, font size 12, and in the format of A4. Manuscript should be numbered on all pages.
  • 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).
  • The titles of sections and subheadings should be specified with bold text which can be numbered.
  • Separate any title or sub-heading from the previous header or sub-headings with an Enter.
  • Before the parentheses, place a space between the words before and after the parentheses but the braces should be attached to the words or numbers inside them.
  • Dots and commas are to be attached to the words ahead of them and separated form the next words through a space.
  • Full scientific names of plants including the genus and species name should be written in italic and the name of their author(s) in non-italic form.
  • Insert Latin equivalents of the words inside the text and refrain from bringing them in footnote.
9. Reviewing: Editor will read the submission and, if it is suitable, will send it to reviewers. Feedback is usually within two months of receipt, includes a decision letter of rejection or acceptance and also can be sent back for revision.

10. Peer Review Process:
All submissions are primarily evaluated by our statisticians who check the articles for any methodological flaws, format, and their compliance with the journal’s instructions. Through a double-blind review, the submissions will be reviewed by two external (peer) reviewers during maximum 2-3 weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines. Their comments will be passed to the authors and all authors should send their revised manuscripts within 2-3 weeks. Their responses to the comments along with the reviewers’ comments will then be evaluated by the Editorial Board, and a final reviewer who can be a member of the Editorial Board. The final review process will be discussed in regular editorial board sessions and on the basis of the comments, and the journal’s scope, the Editorial Board will decide which articles should be published.
11. Proofs and Reprints:
When a manuscript is accepted and ready to publish, a final proof will be send to correspondence to approve it or correct errors. After approving the proof, it will be published in the Journal as soon as possible.
12. Ethical Considerations:
The journal follows the guideline of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE's flowcharts and guidelines are approached in confronting any ethical misbehavior. The Journal also follows the guidelines mentioned in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/#privacy). The research that involves human beings (or animals) must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html).
Authors must fill the "Ethical Approval Code" During Submission of manuscript "Ethical Approval Code" is required for all studies on people, medical records, human samples and animal experiences.
Researchers who would like to publish their clinical trial reports in Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional 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.
Therefore, having "Ethical Approval Code" and code of "IRCT" are required for clinical trial manuscripts. Otherwise, we have to "Fast Reject" those submissions in the early screening step.
13. Informed consent:
All patients and participants of the research should be thoroughly informed about the aims of the study and any possible side effects of the drugs and intervention. Written informed consent from the participants or their legal guardians is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.

14. Authorship:
Based on the newly released Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, by the ICMJE, “an Author” is generally considered to be someone who meets the following conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4:
1- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
2- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
3- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
4- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
  • Authorship and Author’s Responsibilities
The corresponding author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship, ethics committee approval, clinical trial registration documentation, and gathering conflict of interest statements, are properly completed. The corresponding author should respond to editorial queries throughout the submission and peer review process in a timely manner, and should cooperate with any requests from the journal after publication.
  • Originality and Duplicate Publication
Manuscripts under review or published by other journals will not be accepted for publication in this journal, and articles published in this journal are not allowed to be reproduced in whole or in part in any type of publication without permission of the Editorial Board in English, Persian or any other language.
  •  Authorship Changes
This journal does not allow adding authors or changing the first or the corresponding authors after the final acceptance of the article.
Any changes to the authorship (i.e., order, addition and remove authors) after initial submission must be confirmed by a letter signed by all authors.
  • Authorship Statement
All authors mentioned in the manuscript must play a significant role in the research. Also, level of their contribution must be defined that who has contributed to the planning, conduct, and reporting of the work described in the article.

15. Conflict of Interest:
We request all the authors to inform us about any kinds of "Conflict of Interest" (such as financial, personal, political, or academic) that would potentially affect their judgment. Authors are preferably asked to fill the uniform disclosure form available through: (http://www.icmje.org/coi_disclosure.pdf).

16. Plagiarism:
The authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere.

17. Copyright:
If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscripts.

18. Retraction Policy:
The Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional Medicine use the COPE flowchart for retraction of a published article (http://publicationethics.org/guidelines) to determine whether a published article should be retracted.

19. Article Processing Charge (APC):
As the responsible organization has supported all of the publishing costs of this journal, article submission, processing charge (Acceptance Fee) and publication in this journal are free of charge for authors.

20. Open Access Policy:
This journal is an open access journal, with free access for each visitor.
21. Indexing and Database:
Google Scholar
- Scientific Information Database (SID)
- Magiran
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. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY-NC 4.0

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