Guide for Authors

Instruction for Authors

1- Aims and Scope:

The "Medical Journal of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences" is a peer-reviewed medical publication of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, scheduled to appear quarterly, this journal accepts original papers, review articles, short communications and letters to editor in the field of general medicine.

2- Submission:

The journal submits 3 copies of the article and 2 sets of photographs, illustration, etc. First page of paper should only contain: the title, names and addresses (Tel, Fax, Email) of the authors, their highest qualification the department or institution to which they are attached addressing to editor-in-chief and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Manuscript should be typed in double space on one side of the A4 size paper with clear margins on both sides. Tables and illustrations must be typed and drown on a separate paper; in case of electronic submission of the manuscript, it should be declared that it is being exclusively contributed to "Medical Journal of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences" the text should be submitted in Microsoft word format. Submission is also acceptable via Journal

Original article

The manuscript should include:

Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgment and References.

Case reports

Case reports should illustrate either a previously unknown disorder or a new and important aspect of a known condition.Case reports should be arranged as follows:

Title page, Abstract (not exceeding 150 words), Introduction, Case report, Discussion, References.

Review articles

Review articles on sclected topics should provide an up to date and authoritative review of a topic in any area of general medicine. These are generally invited by the editor, but authors may other wise suggest writing a review article on an issue of interest.

3- The title page:

The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications, the department or institution to which they are attached, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, E-mail, and Fax number.

4- The Abstract:

All original articles should accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words, it should contain, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords according to medical subject heading (MeSH) list. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus ( Abstract must reflect the content of article accurately.

5- Introduction:

Should summarize the purpose and rationale for the study, it should not review the subject and conclusions of the study.

6- Materials and Methods:

This should include exact method or observation of experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author is able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer programe used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.

7- Results:

It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.

8- Discussion:

This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.

9- Acknowledgment:

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 departmental head who only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

10- References:

All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. In English language the author should ensure reference to locally published studies by during proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citation.

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. should be listed. Listed below, are references to a Journal, a chapter in a book and electronically resources, respectively, in correct style (according to Vancouver style):

• Vakili R, Baradran-Heravi A, Barid-Fatehi B, Gholamin M, Ghaemi N, Abbaszadegan MR. Molecular Analysis of the CYP21 Gene and Prenatal Diagnosis in Families with 21-Hydroxylas Deficiency in Northeastern Iran. Horm Res 2005; 63:119-124.

• Goadsby PJ. Pathophsiology of headache.In: Silberstein SD, Lipton RB, Dalessio DJ, et al. Wolffs headache and other head pain. 7th ed. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press; 2001.p.57-72.

• Panteghini M. Recommendations on use of biochemical markers in acute coronary syndrome: IFCC proposals eJIFCC 14. 14no2/1402062003014n.htm (28 May 2004).

11- Proof reading:

A computer print out is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes corrections (not change) should be marked clearly to journal office.

12- Ethical guide lines:

Must be addressed in materials and methods section, and should be written that informed consent was obtained from all adult patients and from the parents or legal guardians of children and should be indicated that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complier with national institutes of health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals.

13- Conflicts of interest and copy right:

Authors must acknowledge and declare any source of funding. This journal is for your personal, non-commercial use and no part of the journal in any way like transmission, distribution, copy, or … without the written permission of editor-in-chief is allowed.

14- Peer review process:

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least 3 an anonymous reviewers. The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor decision to accept, reject as modification requirement. After acceptance of a manuscript, it is scheduled for the next available issue.

15- Citation:

The journal is cited on EMRO, Index Copernicus, SID, Magiran and Iran medex and published by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences.


The Editor-in-Chief