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:: Instruction to Authors ::
Aims and Scope: Pejouhandeh is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary medical publication, scheduled to appear bimonthly serving as a means for scientific information exchange in a local medical forum. The journal particularly welcomes contributions relevant to medical and paramedical investigations. This Journal accepts Original Papers and Letters to the Editor. Peer-Review System of Pejouhandeh: Manuscripts are first reviewed by the editorial board to ensure their appropriateness relevant to the framework of the journal. Manuscripts are also excluded by the editors if there are major faults in the methodology of research. Peer-reviews are handled anonymously and comments are discussed in weekly editorial sessions. Reviews are then sent to the corresponding authors for proposed modifications and the new version of the manuscript would be peer-reviewed for a second time by one or two reviewers. Finally the editorial board will decide to accept or reject an article. Submission: Always submit three copies of the article and two sets of photographs, illustrations, diagrams, etc, to the journal office. Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name. Manuscript should be typed in double space on one side of the A4 size paper with clear margins on both sides. Tables as well as illustrations should be typed and drawn on a separate paper. Do not submit tables as photographs. Authors will be asked to declare that their manuscripts are exclusively submitted to Pejouhandeh, have not been previously published in other local journal (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis), and are not under consideration by another journal. The transmittal letter should designate one author as correspondent and all other authors should personally sign the submission cover letter. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work. The right is reserved to incorporate any changes deemed necessary by the editorial board to make contributions harmonize with the editorial standards of the journal. The authors may propose three potential reviewers in the filed of the study; however, their endorsement depends on the editorial decision. Online Submission: Pejouhandeh provides an online submission and peer review system that enables authors to submit their papers online and track progress. For online submission refer to the website at: www.pajoohande.com. Once the article is accepted for submission, the manuscript should be e-mailed or saved on a CD accompanied by a matched hard copy. Manuscript should be in Microsoft Word 2003 or later format. The figures should be sent in a format of JPEG or GIF or the original high resolution hard copies must be sent. The entire article should be submitted as a single file. Do not insert tables in references. Write on CD the software package used and the name of the authors. Copyright Transfer: All the articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, as well as all translation right. No material published in this journal may be reproduced photographically or stored on microfilm, in electronic databases, video disks, etc. without first obtaining written permission from the publisher. The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations. Structure of Articles: Text of the Original Articles should include title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, patients and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgment, conflict of interest, references, tables, figures, and legends, enumerated from the title page. The length of the text should not exceed 4500 words excluding the references. Randomized Controlled Trials should include patients’ informed consent form and the bioethics committee approval of the corresponding university. Title Page should include title, author(s) (including first name, highest academic degree, department, affiliation, and institution), running head (≤50 characters, including spaces), name and address of author (e-mail, telephone and fax) to whom correspondence and reprint requests should be addressed. Abstract should include the background/objective, patients and methods, results, and conclusion sections separately. Nevertheless, the length of an abstract should not exceed 250 words. Keywords: For indexing purposes, each submitted article should include three to five keywords chosen from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) (www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study. Materials and Methods: This should include exact method or observation or 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, gender with mean age±standard deviation must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned. 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. 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. Acknowledgements: 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 that only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the bibliographic information. References must be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text. Mark reference citations by superscript Arabic numbers. Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference; nonetheless, they may be placed in parentheses in the text. Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus. 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 a book, respectively, in correct style: 1. Comroe JH, Long TV, Sort AJ. The lung clinical physiology and pulmonary function tests. Chest 1989;65:20-2. 2. Powers AC. Diabetes mellitus. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, editors. Harrison’s principles of internal medicine. 16th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005;p:2152-85. 3. Guyton AC. Textbook of medical physiology. 8th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders;1996. Tables: Enumerate tables with Arabic numerals. They should be self-explanatory, clearly arranged, and supplemental to the text. Tables should provide easier understanding and not duplicate information already included in the text or figures. Figures should be utilized only if they augment comprehension of the text. Drawings and graphs should be professionally prepared as electronic files with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Each figure should have a label listing the figure number, title of manuscript, first author, and an arrow indicating the top. Illustrations should be numbered as cited in the sequential order in the text, and each should have a legend on a separate sheet. Conflict of Interest: Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it. Ethics of Publication: Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section according to Declaration of Helsinki. 1) Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project. 2) Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your Institute or agency. Further information; Please contact the Editorial Office through: Pejouhandeh, 5th floor, Building No. 2, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Parvaneh St., Yaman St, Evin, Chamran Highway, Tehran, Iran. P.O. Box: 19395-3955 Tel/Fax:(+98)-21-22 43 97 83 E-mail: pajoohande@sbmu.ac.ir
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