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Author Guidelines

Submission process:

Title page and manuscript text file should be separately submitted online via the online submission system.

Manuscript preparation:

1- Summary (for busy authors)

Title page, Including title of the article, authors' names, affiliations, and detailed information of corresponding authors; Phone and Fax number, Email, and Postal Address should be supplied and submitted as a separate file.

Manuscript text file should be prepared according to specific research reporting guidelines (See table). In addition, Appendix section including acknowledgment, funding, and authors' contribution, should be addressed at the end of the manuscript text in all types of the above-mentioned articles. All clinical trials should be registered in a registry of clinical trials approved 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 one of the suggested registries.

Table: Standard Reporting Guidelines

Type of study

Guideline

Animal research

ARRIVE

Clinical Trials

CONSORT

Observational

STROBE

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis on clinical trials

PRISMA

Meta-analysis of observational studies

MOOSE

Diagnostic accuracy

STARD

Qualitative research

COREQ

Others

See here…


2- Details

The journal adheres to the recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The main manuscript should carry the title, abstract, main text, acknowledgment, funding, authors' contribution, references, figures, and tables of the paper. The preferred word processing format for the manuscript file is Microsoft Word version 2003 or newer. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. 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). 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.

Animal research

Animal studies should be arranged based on Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE) guidelines  and checklist as: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, and Figures. A structured abstract (with the subheadings title, introduction, methods, results, and conclusion) should appear on the first page of the manuscript and should not exceed 350 words. The main text (excluding the abstract and references) should not exceed 3500 words.

Observational Studies

Cohort, case control, and cross-sectional studies should be arranged based on Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement and checklist as: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, and Figures. A structured abstract (with the subheadings title, introduction, methods, results, and conclusion) should appear on the first page of the manuscript and should not exceed 350 words. The main text (excluding the abstract and references) should not exceed 3500 words.

Clinical Trials

Original research papers that report a randomized controlled trial, should comply with the guidelines provided by the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) group. In addition, supplying the manuscript with a CONSORT flowchart diagram is highly encouraged. Researchers who would like to publish their clinical trial reports in journal of Medical Physiology are strongly encouraged to register their studies in a registry of clinical trials, which meets the criteria of WHO or ICMJE. As an option, the Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (IRCT) is a registry suggested by WHO.

Reviews

Review articles 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 unstructured 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 on clinical trials and observational studies should be prepared based on Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) and Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology (MOOSE), respectively.

Case Reports

Case reports should be arranged as follows: Abstract (unstructured, not exceeding 200 words), Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, References, and Figures. The length should not exceed 1000 words.

Brief Reports

Original research papers can also be published in a brief format. Submitted papers that are of interest but not acceptable as a full-length original/research article, are offered by the editor to be published in this section. The authors can also primarily submit their papers for consideration of publication in this section. An unstructured abstract no longer than 200 words is required for this section. The body of the manuscript should not exceed 2000 words, and no heading or subheading should be used. The number of tables and/or figures should be limited to 2 and references to a maximum of 15.

Letters to the Editor

All correspondence will be considered for publication if it contains constructive criticism on previously published articles in Journal of Medical physiology, the authors of which will have the right of reply. In addition, reports of limited research or clinical experiences can be submitted in the form of a letter. The length should not exceed 700 words.

Photo Quiz

Photo quiz should be arranged as follows: question related image(s), brief case presentation followed by a question as “what is your answer”, answer, and discussion. It may be up to 1500 words. The maximum number of imagings is six. Number of references should not exceed ten.

Appendix:

All types of manuscripts should contain an appendix section at the end of the main text (before references) including all 4 parts mentioned below:

1. Acknowledgment

The Authors should acknowledge all those who contributed but did not meet all 4 criteria of authorship based on recommendations of ICMJE.

2. Authors’ contribution

Based on the ICMJE 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. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged".

3. Conflict of Interest

Authors are expected to disclose any commercial associations or sources of support that might pose a conflict of interest regarding the submitted article.

4. Funding

All funding sources supporting the work must be declared in the appendix section at the end of the 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.

References:

Our reference style requirements are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals by the ICMJE. The references should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. In the text, tables, and legends, identify references using Arabic numerals in parentheses.

Note: List all authors when they are six or fewer; when they are seven or more, list the first three, followed by “et al”

Samples:

- Articles in journals

Sandner B, Ciatipis M, Motsch M, Soljanik I, Weidner N, Blesch A. Limited functional effects of subacute syngeneic bone marrow stromal cell transplantation after rat spinal cord contusion injury. Cell Transplant. 2016;25(1):125-39.

-  Articles in journals with more than six authors

Antonic A, Sena ES, Lees JS, et al. Stem cell transplantation in traumatic spinal cord injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis of animal studies. PLoS Biol. 2013;11(12):e1001738.

-  Article In press

Sakles JC, Patanwala AE, Mosier JM, Dicken, JM. Comparison of video laryngoscopy to direct laryngoscopy for intubation of patients with difficult airway characteristics in the emergency department. Int Emerg Med. 2013. [In press].

- Article In other language

Gholami A, Barati M, Vahdani M, Vahdani H, Karimi M. Pattern of Empirical Antibiotic Administration in Emergency Department of an Educational Hospital in Tehran. Razi Journal of Medical Sciences. 2011; 18(82):17-23. [Persian].

-  Books and other monographs

Hall, John E. Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology. 13th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2015. p. 1215-75

Figures and tables:

Figures and tables should be kept to a minimum necessary and presented at the end of the manuscript file after the references, numbered (with Arabic numbers), and have a title. Include double-spaced legends (maximum length, 60 words) on separate pages.

Initial submissions

High-quality figure files need not be submitted initially; they will be requested if necessary. All figures showing photographs of cells must have scale bars.

Revised manuscripts

Authors submitting a revised potentially acceptable manuscript should submit a separate file for each figure. Files should be high-resolution PDF or TIFF, no more than 5 MB each, and with all fonts embedded. As papers are published online upon acceptance, it is important that figures are of a suitable quality at this stage.

Responsibility and ethical requirements:

Upon submission, by checking off predesigned statements, author(s) should certify that neither the submitted manuscript nor another one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published in any language or being considered for publication elsewhere. Author(s) should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article. 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. Sources of financial support for the project should be acknowledged. 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 who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. Also, the compliance of maintenance and care of experimental animals with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals, should be declared in text. All relevant permissions to use unpublished observations of others must be obtained by the manuscript author(s) and stated in the text citing the names of the original author(s) should be declared. Also, permission must be obtained to reproduce or adapt any figures or tables that have been published previously and declared in the legend/footnote. Author(s) should certify that their research study is in agreement with the regulations of their institution(s) and generally accepted guidelines governing such work; contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right; and is free of any obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful material.

Publication ethics:

Journal of Medical Physiology conforms to the international regulations against scientific misconduct including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, etc. The journal adhers to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) since 2015 and any cases of suspected misconduct will be assessed during the peer-review and publication process based on COPE guidelines.

Plagiarism policy:

When an author tries to present the work of someone else as his or her own, it is called plagiarism. In addition, when an author uses a considerable portion of his or her own previously published work in a new one without properly citing the reference, it is called a duplicate publication sometimes also referred to as self-plagiarism. This may range from publishing the same article in another journal to 'salami-slicing', which is adding little new data to the previous article.

If suspected plagiarism is found in an article after publication, Journal of Medical Physiology will start an investigation. If plagiarism is confirmed, the journal will contact institutes and funding agencies of the author(s). If misconduct is proved, the journal will issue a statement linked both to and from the original paper to announce the plagiarism and provides a reference to the plagiarized material. Based on the extent of plagiarism present in the paper, either it will be retracted officially or each page of the PDF will be marked to clearly indicate presence of plagiarism

Editorial Independence:

The editor in chief makes the final decision regarding publication or rejection of the submitted articles without interference of its owner (Iran University of Medical Sciences) or economic interests.

Publication fee: 

Article submission, processing, and publication in this journal are free of charge until further notice.

 

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. I do realize that by checking off the box next to each statement I certify that it is true and I am signing an author agreement.

  2. The submission has not been previously published in any languages and is not under consideration in another journal.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in the "About" section of the journal.

  4. The authors either have no commercial associations or sources of support that might pose a conflict of interest, or the conflict of interest is declared in the appendix section at the end of the manuscript text.

  5. All those designated as authors meet all four criteria for authorship, and all those who meet the four criteria are identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria are acknowledged.

  6. Author contribution has been stated in the appendix section. All authors are accountable for all sections of the manuscript and declare that it is written originally and there is no data fabrication; data falsification including deceptive manipulation of images and plagiarism.

  7. The authors confirm that they have mentioned all the organizations that funded their research in the appendix section of the submitted manuscript, including grant numbers where appropriate.

  8. As an ethical requirement, author(s) certify that the present research study:

    1. Is in agreement with the regulations of their institution(s) and generally accepted guidelines governing such work

    2. Contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right

    3. Is free of any obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful material

 

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2. To copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work.

3. To make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any non-commercial purpose under the same license.

 

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