Guidelines on the articles' arrangement and settings

Guidelines on the articles' arrangement and settings:

Legal and ethical standards in publishing articles:

1) The journal avoids accepting the published or under consideration articles in the internal or external journals. The author(s) should assert in their recognizance that the manuscript hasn’t been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere simultaneously. They also need to confirm that their manuscript will not be submitted to any other journals until the final respond.

  • Publishing the articles presented in conferences as a lecture, poster, or published in the articles' abstracts are permissible, but the conference exact date and specifications should be cited exactly.

2) All authors should be informed about the manuscript's submission and the manuscripts' submission form should include all authors' signatures. 

  • The legal responsibility of not mentioning all authors’ first names or family names goes to the corresponding author.
  • Authors are responsible for the correctness and accuracy of the manuscript content, order of authors’ names according to their cooperation, responding to the providers of the research financial resources if their names are not mentioned in the title page and responding to any legal claims for the author’s copyright or content.
  • The journal has not any responsibilities for disputes between the authors and also the authors’ disputes against other organizations.

Main principals:

1) The journal is free to accept or reject the manuscripts and preserves itself the right of scientific, literal, documentary, and summarization edits of the manuscripts.

2) If the article is approved and accepted, all of the material and moral rights of the article will belong to the journal.

3) The responsibility of the correctness and accuracy of the published content and references is towards the author(s) anyway.

4) Authorship requirements: Authors' names should be mentioned according to the defined criteria by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE recommendations, authors (or one of them) should have all the following criteria: 1) Have a substantial contribution in at least one of the following activities: a) presenting the research conception or designing the study, b) collecting the data, c) analyzing and interpreting; 2) Have a role in drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual scientific content; 3) Study and approve the final version to be published; 4) agree to be accountable for the correctness and accuracy of all aspects of the work.

5) Plagiarism: The journal avoids accepting the articles with moral plagiarism (scientific and literary) and fraud according to the existing standards. In addition, the Journal also observes  the cope principles. MSHSJ still is not a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), but we are committed to implementing the principles of it. We're trying to be a member in the future but follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), for information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines please visit COPE.

  • The contents of the article should not be a copy of similar works. If authors use all or part of the published or unpublished materials or ideas of someone else, they must cite references properly or take permission in necessary cases.

6) Conflict of interests: The author(s) should state all of the affiliations that may be considered as conflict of interests and report any financial and non-financial supports as well as the possible conflict of interests. Since conflict of interest is a part of the research ethics, it should be noted that journal will have the right to make any decision about the articles that do not mention the conflicts and will not be responsive to the authors and supporters’ conflicts and complaints on this subject.

7) Fees: This journal doesn’t receive any fees for publishing the articles. Loading and submission to the journal and as well as access to all published articles is free of charge.

8) Ethical guidelines: The ethical considerations and the way of observing the ethical standards should be mentioned in the methodology of article:

  • It should be stated that the informed consent and participation has been obtained from all participants or their legal custody in the case of not being able to submit the consent.
  • Compliance with the research, medical, and professional ethics should be considered in the article. The name of the institution where the research is ethically approved should be mentioned.
  • If necessary, approval of the ethical committee should be mentioned in the article content and also sent to the journal office.
  • Confidentiality practices of individuals or organizations' information should be explained.
  • Other cases should be explained according to circumstance.

9) Financial support: In the case of financial support for the research, it is necessary to mention the name of supporting organization or institute and the number of research project in the title page.

10) Moral rights: All journal contents are under the international moral Copy Right. This journal is granted an exclusive non commercial reuse license by authors. Copying, broadcasting, submitting, displaying, or publishing the journal contents are permitted with the prior written consent.


All articles should have the relevant and up-dated references. All the article references should be written in Vancouver format. Authors can refer to Persian guidelines of the journal for the article's arrangements and settings.

Authors can refer to Persian guidelines of the journal for the article's arrangements and settings.

Peer-review procedure:

The articles submitted to the journal office, in the case of title approval and consideration of the journal writing principles, will be sent confidentially (without-name) to two or three referees who are not members of the journal editorial board as far as possible. After receiving the referees’ comments and editorial board's approval, in the case of initial acceptance, the raised comments will be sent to the corresponding author for corrections. The author should act on the comments as soon as possible and return the article to the journal office. After controlling the demanded reforms, the article will be resent to the referees for confirmation. In the case of referees' final approval, the article will be accepted. The average time of articles revision to Final admission is 4 to 6 months.

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