Instruction for Authors
The Iranian Journal of Medical Microbiology (IJMM), the official journal of the Iranian Society of Microbiology, publishes original research papers, reviews, short communications and letters to editor in clinical and medical microbiology with priority for high quality original papers on mechanisms of bacterial disease and pathogenic microorganism.
We accept manuscripts that report important findings on disease pathogenesis and basic biological mechanisms that relate to disease without preferences for a specific method of analysis. High priority is given to studies on bacterials cuse human diseases and relevant experimental models that use cellular, molecular, biochemical and microbiological and immunological approaches in conjunction with morphology, and to manuscripts that report new diagnostic methods or analytical systems and their application in studies of disease pathogenesis and diagnosis.
All manuscripts submitted to the Iranian Journal of Medical Microbiology undergo extensive peer review, which is performed by at least three expert consultants. Author(s) also revise their manuscripts at least once in the process. Based on the comments of reviewers and the responses or revisions of the author(s), the Editorial Board either accepts or rejects the manuscripts. Reviewers’ and Authors’ identities are kept confidential. The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.
Ethics in Animal and Clinical Investigations
Investigation using experimental animals must contain a statement confirming the adherence of the research to the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care (NIH publication #85−23, revised in 1985). Investigation involving human subjects should be in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 (revised in 2008) and be approved by the institutional ethics committee or equivalent; and this should be stated in the “Methods” section. In addition, authors should send a notary verified letter of approval from the Ethics Committee or the Institutional Review Board.
In case of any doubt about the adherence of the research to the Helsinki Declaration, it should be demonstrated that the doubtful aspects have been explicitly approved by the relevant institutional ethics committee, and the rational for the approach should be explained.
In clinical studies involving human subjects, the patients right to privacy should be considered and any form of identifying information should not be published unless this is necessary for scientific purposes and the patient give written informed consent. in this case, this should be indicated in the manuscript.
Conflict of interests
Any information regarding the potential conflict of interests related to various aspects such as financial support by commercial firms, etc… should be disclosed in manuscripts to help clarify this issue.
All submissions fulfilling the journal’s requirements (regarding the field, format, the language, and scientific quality and significance) will be reviewed anonymously by three or more national and international referees expert in the field, at least two of which are out of the editorial board members. The corresponding author could also suggest potential reviewers to the journal at the time of submission. However, the editorial board reserves the right to select or refuse to use the suggested potential reviewers. For more information regarding the manuscript review process, please see below.
All authors must sign the “submission form” agreement before the article can be processed. This transfer agreement enables Iranian Journal of Medical Microbiology to protect the copyright material for the authors, but does not relinquish the author’s proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, micro-form or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations, and includes the right to adapt. The article for use in conjunction with computer system and programs, including reproduction or publication in machine-readable form and incorporation in retrieval systems. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce all figures for which copyright exists.
All the articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article (e.g. as offprints), 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.
Preparation of manuscripts
Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced with margins of at least 25 mm. Each of the following manuscript components should begin on a new page in the following sequence:
Page 1, Running Title, a maximum of 60 spaces and letters. Title Page, provide the full title, full name(s) of author(s), highest awarded academic degree, institutional affiliation(s), address(es), email(s) and acknowledgement of financial support (grant number, institution, and location);
Page 2, Structured Abstract and Key Words. The abstract should present the study Objective, Materials & Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observation. Word limitation, 150- 300 words. Below the abstract provide and identify as such, 3 to 6 key words or short phrases that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article.
The following components should be identified after the abstract: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References, Tables, and Legends.
All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the coauthors. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. In general, no more than six authors is considered appropriate.
Persons who have contributed intellectually to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be named and their function or contribution described, e.g. "design and conduct of the study", "data collections", "management, analysis and interpret-tation of the data", "preparation, review or approval of the manuscript", "scientific adviser", or "participation in clinical trial". Such persons must have given their permission to be named. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from the persons acknowledged by name, because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions.
Financial supports, the specific role of the funding organization and any conflicts of interest must be mentioned.
Units of measurement:
Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. All hematologic and clinical-chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in conventional units. If values are represented in SI units, the conversion factor must be included.
Statistical validation: When describing statistical analyses that have been performed, tests that were used to evaluate a specific data set must be clearly indicated. When data are presented in tables, indicate the statistical test(s) that was used to evaluate the data with a footnote. When possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols.
Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References appearing for the first time in tables and figures must be numbered in sequence with those cited in the text where the table or figure is mentioned. References are identified by Arabic numerals in parentheses.
Abstracts, unpublished observations, and personal communications may not be used as references, although references to written, not oral communications may be inserted (in parentheses) in the text. Include among the references papers accepted but not yet published; designate the journal and add "In press." Information from manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" (in parentheses). If a foreign manuscript is included in the reference list, the author(s) must provide two copies of a translated English abstract. If author's(s') own papers are quoted as "In press" in the reference list, two copies of such papers must be provided so that the referees can properly assess the paper submitted. References must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. List all authors in an article, but if the number exceeds six, give six followed by et al.
Examples of references
1- Merat S, Rezvan H, Nouraie M, Jamali A, Assari S, Abolghasemi H, et al. The Prevalence of Hepatitis B Surface Antigen and Anti-Hepatitis B Core Antibody in Iran: A Population-Based Study. Arch Iran Med, 2009; 12(3):255-31.
2- Philips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and Stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: Pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. 2 nd ed. New York: Raven Press, 1995; P:465-78.
3- Kremer J. Yardsticks for successful donor inse-mination [letter]. Fertil Steril, 1991;55:1023-4.
4- Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis (serial online), 1995 [cited 1996 Jun 5]; 1(1): [24 screens]. Available from: URL:
Tables, Illustrations and Legends
Tables: Should be typed double-spaced on separate pages, and they should be titled and numbered in Arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text. Do not submit tables as photographs. Give each column a short heading. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. For footnotes use the following symbols, in this sequence: a, b, c, d, e, f. Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules.
Illustrations: Figures should be professionally drawn and photographed; freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. Figures should be submitted in a separate tiff or eps file. Lettering and identifying marks should be clear, and type size should be consistent on each figure. Capital letters should be used for specific areas of identification in a figure. Symbols, lettering, and numbering should be distinctly recognizable so that when the figure is reduced for publication each item will still be legible. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends for illustrations, not on the illustrations them-selves. Slides are not acceptable. There is a page charge for color photographs, with the exception of color graphs and color charts.
There is a maximum of one illustration and/or table for every 600 words (approximately 3 typewritten pages).
Legends: Type legends double-spaced in consecutive order on a separate page.
Case reports, Techniques and Instrumentation, Correspondence
Case reports: Should be succinct, informative, and limited to seven double-spaced pages of text (not including the running title, title page, capsule, or abstract) and one table or one figure.
Techniques and Instrumentation: Is limited to seven double-spaced pages of text (not including the running title, title page, capsule, or abstract) and three illustrations (e.g., three figures OR two figures and one table).
Correspondence: Should be limited to five double-spaced pages of text (not including the running title, title page, capsule, or abstract) and a maximum of one figure or one table. Include a 2-sentence narrative abstract, but do not include section headings.
Letters to the editor
This section of the journal is set aside for critical comments directed to a specific article that has recently been published in the journal. Letters should be brief (400 words), double-spaced, and limited to a maximum of 5 citations. The letters and replies should be prepared according to journal format. Illustrative material accepted only with permission of the Editor. With your corresponde-nce, please include your complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. The Editor reserves the right to shorten letters, delete objectionable comments, and make other changes to comply with the style of the journal.
A review article should focus on a topic of broad scientific interest, on recent advances in diagnosis and therapy, or on another timely subject relevant to the field of reproduction. Such articles must be concise and critical and include appropriate references to the literature. Reviews should not exceed 5,000 words in length, must include abstracts of 200 words or fewer, and must have no more than 100 references. The use of tables and color figures to summarize critical points is encouraged. Review Articles are reviewed by the Editors and other expert reviewers before a final publication decision is made, and revisions may be required
There will be special arrangements for rapid communications that will justify very rapid publication because of their exceptionally broad general interest or strikingly novel findings. The submitted paper should be self-contained and not a tentative preliminary communication. It will be referred very quickly and any revision must be dealt with promptly. It is expected that the time interval between the acceptance and subsequent publication of the manuscript will be approximately 3 months. If the editors consider the article unsuitable for publication as a rapid communication it will be processed as a normal paper unless the authors withdraw it.
• Submit only final version of the manuscript.
• The file should be in Microsoft Word 2003.
• Provide the printout of the manuscript that exactly matches the disk file. File names must be clearly indicating the contents of each file.
• Prepare art as camera-ready copy. Laser prints are accepted.
Page charges: There is no page charge for publication in the Iranian Journal of Medical Microbiology.
1- For paper submission, authors should refer to the journal website (http://ijmm.ir) and register themselves as an author using the "Register" link. After receiving their username and password via e-mail, the authors could use the "Submit paper" link, log in, and submit their manuscript.
2- If the received manuscript is not written according to the journal format (considering the format in sectioning, the number of words in abstract, references, etc.…) and/or the language does not meet the required quality, the manuscript will be sent back to the corresponding author for revision and re-submission.
3- Manuscripts having the above-mentioned criteria are referred to the related section editor. If the paper fits to the specified fields of the journal and has innovation, then it will be sent to three or more referees expert in that specific field, at least two of which are out of the editorial board members. The corresponding author could also suggest potential reviewers to the journal at the time of submission. However, the editorial board reserves the right to select or refuse to use the suggested potential reviewers.
4- If the nature of the work and the results necessitates deep statistical analysis, by suggestion of the Editor-in-Chief and/or referees, the manuscript is reviewed by a statistics expert as well.
5- Each reviewer suggests alteration/corrections or additional work to be done, asks questions to be answered by the author, and makes an overall opinion about the manuscript as being: acceptable as it is, acceptable after minor/major revision, or not acceptable. The reviewers comments are then sent to the corresponding author.
6- After receiving the modified version of the manuscript and/or author’s answers to the reviewers questions, it will be sent to a final reviewer. If the modifications and/or answers are not adequate, it will be sent back to the corresponding author with a specified deadline to send the final corrected version.
7- The final corrected version of the manuscript is sent back to the same final reviewer. Then, the comments and the overall opinion of the final reviewer are discussed in the journal's editorial board, and the final decision (the acceptance letter or a letter informing the author of not accepting the manuscript) will be sent to the corresponding author.
The submitted manuscripts will be assessed from editorial points of view, at first. Should the manuscript meet the basic editorial requirements; it will enter the peer-review process. The manuscript will then be sent to one in-office and two out of office referees for review. The corresponding author will then be informed to the referee’s remark.
Revision: Papers may be returned to authors for modification of the scientific content and/or for shortening and language corrections. Revised paper and a letter listing point-for-point response to the reviewers must be submitted to the Editor and must be accompanied by a copy of the original version.
Suggestion by the Editor about resubmission does not imply that a revised version will necessarily be accepted. If a paper that is returned to the authors for modification is not resubmitted within two months it will be regarded as having been withdrawn and any revised version received subsequently will be treated as a new paper and the date of receipt will be altered accordingly. Authors who resubmit a paper that has previously been rejected must provide the original manuscript and a letter explaining in detail how the paper has been modified.
The right is reserved to incorporate any changes deemed necessary by the Editor to make contributions harmonize with the editorial standards of the journal. Accepted manuscripts become the property of Iranian Journal of Medical Microbiology.
Proofs: Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to be checked for only typographical errors and other essential small changes. Major alternations to the text cannot be accepted at this stage. Proofs must be returned to the Editor within 3 days of receipt.
Responsibilities of authors
The authors are responsible for accuracy of all statements and data contained in the manuscript, accuracy of all references information, and for obtaining and submitting permission from the author and publisher of any previously published material included in the submitted manuscript.
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