About the journal
Health and Medical Research Journal (HMRJ), is a peer-reviewed and quarterly publication of the Abadan University of Medical Sciences. The journal’s full text is open access and available online at https://hmrj.abadanums.ac.ir
Aims and Scope
Health and Medical Research Journal will cover all areas of medical and health sciences. It is impossible to give a comprehensive list of topics which are considered acceptable to the journal. However, the following list is provided as a guidance and should not be regarded as exhaustive:
To publish in Health and Medical Research Journal, authors are not required to pay an Article Processing Charges (Publication in HMRJ is completely FREE).
Conditions and Ethics
Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that they are submitted solely to the " HMRJ " and have not been published elsewhere previously either in print or electronic format, and are not under consideration by another publication or electronic medium. Submission of an article for publication implies the transfer of the copyright from the authors to the " HMRJ " upon acceptance.
Authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscript submitted elsewhere. All submissions to "HMRJ" are screened for plagiarism using iThenticate at two levels: before review process and before acceptance letter to be issued. In case of plagiarism detection, COPE's guidelines are approached. "HMRJ" also uses COPE flowchart for retraction of a published article to determine whether a published article should be retracted.
Corresponding or contact author
Prior to submission, the authorship list and order must be agreed between all listed authors, and they must also agree on who will take on the role of corresponding or contact author.("HMRJ" does not allow multiple corresponding authors for one article even when it is reporting on a multicenter study. Only one author should correspond with the editorial office and readers for one article. "HMRJ" accepts notice of equal contribution for the first author. ) It is the responsibility of the corresponding or contact author to reach consensus with all co-authors regarding all aspects of the article including the authorship order and to ensure all correct affiliations have been listed. The corresponding or contact author is also responsible for liaising with co-authors regarding any editorial queries, and to act on behalf of all co-authors in any communication about the article through submission, peer review, production, and after publication. The corresponding or contact author is also responsible for signing the publishing agreement on behalf of all the listed authors.
Changes in authorship
Authorship should incorporate and should be restricted to those who have contributed substantially to the work in one or more of the following categories:
Any changes in authorship prior to or after publication must be agreed upon by all authors, including those being added or removed. It is the responsibility of the corresponding or contact author to obtain confirmation from all co-authors and to provide evidence of this to the editorial office with a full explanation about why the change was necessary. If a change in authorship is necessary after publication of the article, this will be amended via a post-publication notice. "HMRJ" does not correct authorship after publication unless any mistake has been made by the editorial staff.
Contributions may be of the following type:
original research articles, reviews, meta-analyses, short communications, editorials, case reports and letters to the editor.
The headlines of original research include: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Limitation.
The Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Limitations together should not exceed 4000 words, the number of tables, figures, or both should not be more than six, and references not more than 40.
It should contain a non-structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, discussion, conclusion. The word count should not exceed 8000 words. Narrative reviews should critically assess the current knowledge of the field.
Case reports will be accepted only if they deal with a clinical problem that is of sufficient interest. The text should not exceed 2500 words; the number of tables, figures, or both should not be more than four; references should not be more than 25.
Commentaries on current topics or on papers published elsewhere in the issue. Length should not exceed 2000 words; tables or figures are allowed only exceptionally; references should not be more than 40.
Letters to the editor
Letters discussing a recent article in the " HMRJ " are welcome and should be sent to the Editorial Office by e-mail within 6 weeks of the article’s publication. Letters that do not refer to an " HMRJ " article may also be considered. The text should not exceed 1000 words, have no more than two figure or table, and 10 references. The Letter begins with a suitable concise title and then furthers with an introductory paragraph on the issue's background or author's intention to such contribution.
Short communications are suitable for the presentation of research that extends previously published research, including the reporting of additional controls and confirmatory results in other settings, as well as negative results, small-scale clinical studies, clinical audits and case series. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished.
Authors should report systematic reviews and meta-analyses in accordance with the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement.
Preparing a Manuscript
The submitted manuscripts should have the following sections:
The title page of paper should consist of the title, name of authors(s), affiliation(s) and address (Tel, and Email) of all authors and ORCID of first and corresponding Authors.
Cover letter should contain the rationale of performing the research and selecting HMRJ as well as a statement that you will not resubmit your article to another journal until the reviewing process will be completed.
Abstract-The abstract must not exceed 300 words for structured (Original articles) or unstructured abstracts (Review articles, Case reports). The abstract should be concise, summarizing the purpose, basic procedures, main findings (giving specific data and their statistical significance, if possible), and principal conclusions of the investigation. Structured abstract headings should be as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion. The data and findings reported in the abstract must match those reported in the main text.
Key words-At the end of the abstract, authors should provide no more than five key words to assist with cross-indexing of the paper based on Medical Subject Heading (MESH).
Introduction-The rationale for the study should be summarized and pertinent background material outlined. The Introduction should not include findings or conclusions.
Methods-The methods section should include the design of the study, the type of materials involved, a clear description of all comparisons, and the type of analysis used, to enable replication. These should be described in sufficient detail to leave the reader in no doubt as to how the results are derived.
Results-These should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations; repetitive presentation of the same data in different forms should be avoided. This section should not include material appropriate to the Discussion. Results must be statistically analyzed where appropriate, and the statistical guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors should be followed.
Discussion-Data given in the Results section should not be repeated here. This section should consider the results in relation to any hypothesis/es advanced in the Introduction. This may include an evaluation of methodology and of the relationship of new information to the existing body of knowledge in that field. Conclusions should be incorporated into the final paragraph and should be commensurate with-and completely supported by-data in the text.
Note: A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
Conclusion-This should state clearly the main conclusions of the research and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance. Summary illustrations may be included.
Limitation- Authors should clearly state the limitations of their work.
All manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Declarations':
Manuscripts reporting studies involving human participants, human data or human tissue must:
Studies involving animals must include a statement on ethics approval and for experimental studies involving client-owned animals, authors must also include a statement on informed consent from the client or owner.
If your manuscript does not report on or involve the use of any animal or human data or tissue, please state “Not applicable” in this section.
If your manuscript contains any individual person’s data in any form (including any individual details, images or videos), consent for publication must be obtained from that person, or in the case of children, their parent or legal guardian. All presentations of case reports must have consent for publication.
If your manuscript does not contain data from any individual person, please state “Not applicable” in this section.
All manuscripts must include an ‘Availability of data and materials’ statement. Data availability statements should include information on where data supporting the results reported in the article can be found including, where applicable, hyperlinks to publicly archived datasets analysed or generated during the study. By data we mean the minimal dataset that would be necessary to interpret, replicate and build upon the findings reported in the article. We recognise it is not always possible to share research data publicly, for instance when individual privacy could be compromised, and in such instances data availability should still be stated in the manuscript along with any conditions for access.
If your manuscript does not contain any data, please state 'Not applicable' in this section
All financial and non-financial competing interests must be declared in this section.
Please use the authors initials to refer to each authors' competing interests in this section.
If you do not have any competing interests, please state "The authors declare that they have no competing interests" 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.
Please use initials to refer to each author's contribution in this section, for example: "FC analyzed and interpreted the patient data regarding the hematological disease and the transplant. RH performed the histological examination of the kidney, and was a major contributor in writing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript."
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 be acknowledged. If you do not have anyone to acknowledge, please write "Not applicable" in this section.
References- Health and Medical Research Journal’s reference style should follow the Vancouver style and should appear in the text, tables, and legends as Arabic numerals in square brackets. Number the references according to the order in which they are cited in the manuscript; do not alphabetize and ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text.
Tables must be created in Word using the table function. Each table should be numbered and cited in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1, 2, 3 etc.). Table titles should make the table sufficiently understandable independent of the manuscript. Titles should be placed directly above the table, not in data cell.
Figures must be submitted as separate files. We will NOT accept any images with resolution below 300 dpi. Illustrations include photographs, photomicrographs, charts, and diagrams, and these should be camera-ready.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.
Sample Cover Letter
On behalf of my co-authors, I would like to submit our manuscript entitled “--------------------------------” for consideration of publication by by “Health and Medical Research Journal”. This manuscript has not been published in this or any similar form (in print or electronically, including on a web site), nor accepted for publication elsewhere, nor is under consideration by another publication. All authors offer the copyright to the "HMRJ" and each author has contributed significantly to the submitted manuscript. Also it should be mentioned that, there is no conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article.
"Corresponding Author's Signature"