Guide for Authors

Contributions may be of the following type: original research articles, reviews, meta-analyses, short communications, editorials, case reports and letters to the editor.

Publication Fee

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.

Plagiarism

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:

  • Conceived of or designed study
  • Performed research
  • Analyzed data
  • Contributed new methods or models
  • Wrote the paper

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.

Manuscript categories 

Article maximum number of Word maximum number of Figure And Table maximum number of References

Original Articles

4000 Eight 40

Review articles

8000 Eight Not Limitiation

Case reports

2500 Four 25

Editorials/Commentaries

2000 only exceptionally 40

Letters to the editor

1000 two 10

Short communications

4000 Eight 40

Systematic reviews/meta-analyses

4000 Eight 40

Original articles

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. 

Review articles

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

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.

Editorials/Commentaries

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

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.

Systematic reviews/meta-analyses

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

General Format

  • All manuscript must be submitted electronically via editorial manager at http://www.hmrj.abadanums.ac.ir
  • Manuscripts must be in English and Microsoft Word format (docx).
  • The manuscript (including references, tables and figures accompanied by legends) must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font, 3.5 cm margins, line spacing of 1.5 and left justification.
  • To distinguish different parts of the article, it is recommended to use the font Times New Roman size 12 for the body, size 12 bold for subheadings, size 14 for headings and size 14 bold for the title.
  • Formulas must be typed in the text, and images of them are not acceptable.

Detailed instruction

The submitted manuscripts should have the following sections:

Instructions_for_Authors_for_AJHMS_1 

Authors must submit three files: 1) cover letter, 2) title page, and 3) blinded manuscript.

  • Cover letter 

Cover letter should contain following statements

The paper has not been submitted to another journal simultaneously,

All authors have read and approved the paper,

Author contributions,

  • Title page

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 the first and corresponding Authors.

  • Blinded manuscript

This file must not contain any information of authors and has the following parts:

3-1) Tile

The title of the manuscript should be provided in the blinded manuscript.  

3-2) Abstract

The abstract should be structured and has 1) Background and Aims, 2) Methods, 3) Findings, 4) Conclusion Sections. The abstract must not exceed 300 words for all types of manuscripts. Instead, authors can provide a graphical abstract representing their paper.

3-3) 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).

3-4) Introduction

The rationale for the study should be summarized and pertinent background material outlined. The Introduction should not include findings or conclusions. It is highly recommended that this section does not exceed 700 words.

3-5) 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.

3-6) 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.

3-7) 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. Limitations and recommendation for future studies can be represented at the end of this section.

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.

3-8) 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.

3-9) Competing interests

In this section any possible conflict of interest should be declared.

3-10) Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgement section. Financial and material support should be acknowledged (including grant code and granting body). If you do not have anyone to acknowledge, please write "Not applicable" in this section.

3-11) 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

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

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.

 

 

 

 

Sample Cover Letter

Dear Editor

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"