Instruction to Authors
The Journal of Health is a peer-reviewed,
quarterly publication by Ardabil University of Medical Sciences (ARUMS), Iran. Journal
of Health is a scientific journal which publishes novel research results
conducted by students and author researchers in all aspects of Health sciences
including Public Health, Epidemiology of Disease, Maternal and Child Health,
Educational Health, Health management, Occupational health, Environmental Health, Food Safety and hygiene, Health,
Safety and Environment, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Pollution,
Other related areas. This journal accepts original articles, review articles,
systematic review, case reports, short communication, and letter to the
editor. The journal publishes in Persian language with English abstract.
The following guidelines refer to the Journal
requirements for receiving your manuscripts for possible publication. Complying
with guidelines will expedite the process of evaluation and publication of the
submitted manuscripts. Journal of Health regrets to reject those contributions
that deviate from the Journal style. The Editorial Board of the journal,
reserves the right to accept or reject the article in any stage and any time or
delete a part of the text, tables or figures, if necessary.
Authors submitting a paper do so on the
understanding that the work has not been published before, is not being
considered for publication elsewhere and has been read and approved by all
authors. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors
automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to journal of health if and
when the manuscript is accepted for publication. Statements in articles are the
responsibility of the authors.
Preparation of Manuscripts
manuscript has to be submitted online via our online submission service http://healthjournal.arums.ac.ir. Each manuscript
must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor in Chief, signed by all
authors, stating that the authors wish to have their paper evaluated for
publication in the Journal of health and that no substantial part has been, or
will be published elsewhere. Accepted manuscripts are published in the order of
receipt of the final approved version, after review, revision. Authors are responsible
for all statements made in their work.
Manuscripts submitted in Persian, should be type on one side of
the A4 paper, with a font of B Nazanin size 12 double spaced with a margin of
2.5 cm all around the paper. English text should be submitted in Times New
Roman font, 11 point type. Manuscript
should be typed in Microsoft word 2003 or newer only.
The manuscript should contain Running title (maximum 50 characters) in the top
of each page. Original drawings of photos, tables and
figures should be furnished together with the manuscripts.
Original Research Articles: should be divided into
the following sections: abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion,
conclusion, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, and references.
Contributions should not exceed 4000 words in length for research papers
adopted from quantitative studies. The length of papers which include a
qualitative research study can be just extended by a maximum of 5000 words for
the main text (excluding the abstract, tables, figures, references, acknowledgements,
contributions, and conflicts of interest). The number of references must
be kept to a minimum, preferably not exceeding 40, and tables or figures not
more than 5 in number.
Short Communication: are short reports of original research
articles or the early results of interventions and are structurally like
Original Research Articles. They do not exceed 2000 words in length and include
at most 2 tables and 15 references.
Review Articles: consist of abstract, introduction,
method, headings and subheadings (if required), discussion, conclusion,
acknowledgements, co-authors contribution,
conflicts of interest, and references. Articles bearing on updated topics
conducted by proficient researches are more welcome. Review Articles comprise
of 50-70 references, at least 3-5 of which are supporting literature on the
same topic. The main text does not exceed 5000 words in length.
Systematic Review Articles: may appear in Meta
Analysis or Meta synthesis format, and may lack any statistical analyses. They
include the same sections as Original Research articles but are structured like
Case Reports: must have an abstract of 100 or fewer
words, case report, discussion, acknowledgements, and references. The main text
should not go beyond 2000 words in length, references not exceeding l0 in number,
and figures (tables, graphs, charts) each 2 at the most, with the total not
exceeding 3 in numbers.
Letters to Editor normally include no abstract, tables, or
figures. References are not more than 5 in number and the main text does not
include more than 1000 words.
title page: The
complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their
highest qualifications, the department or institution to which they are
affiliated, corresponding author address with, e-mail and Tel/Fax numbers.
original articles must accompany with a structured abstract up to 250 words. It
should be structured in Background and Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusion
followed by 3 to 5 Keywords selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
(Free accessible from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). The English and Farsi versions of
the abstract should have identical contents.
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.
Method(s): This should include exact
method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its
manufacturer’s name and address should be given. Statistical method must be
mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The measurement units
used should be clearly mentioned.
Results: It should be presented in the
form of text, tables and/or illustrations. The contents of the tables should
not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may
be given. If it facilitates conveying the content to the reader, using
sub-headings within some sections is allowed.
and/or Conclusion: This
should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with
other works carried out in the field. The detailed data should not be repeated
in the discussion again. Rather, emphasize the new and important aspects of the
study and the conclusions that follow from them. Limitations of the study
should be addressed where applicable. The conclusions and recommendations based upon the findings
of the study must be stated in a separate section.
Acknowledgment: All contributors who do not
meet the criteria for the authorship should be covered in the acknowledgment.
Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. If the work is
based on a thesis, it should be acknowledged clearly in this section.
References: In the text, reference
citations should be typed inside parenthesis, e.g. (1). References should be
numbered consecutively with Vancouver style. Please list the first three
authors for each reference and then et al, unless there are six authors or
fewer, in which case all authors should be listed. Provide full reference
details (author (s), title, journal, year, volume, pages). Capitalize the first
letter and all initials of authors’ names, the first letter of the title of the
paper, and any proper nouns in the title. Journal names should be abbreviated
as in the Index Medicus.
should be structured as follows:
1. Journal Article: List the first six authors followed by et al.
DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood
leukaemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br. J. Cancer. 1996 may;
73(1): 1006- 12.
QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer.
Environ Health Perspect. 1994 May; 102 (suppl 1): 275-85.
J. Molecular mechanisms of cocaine addiction. N Engl J Med. In press 1996.
Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing.
Safety and performance Guidelines. Med J Aust. 1996; 164(1): 282-4.
M. Techniquse of Lipidology, 2nd ed. New York: Elsevier, 1992: 170-9
4. Chapters in Book
SJ, Whisnant JP Hypertension and
stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors.
Hypertension: pathophysiology diagnosis and
management, 2nd ed. New York: Raven press, 1990; pp: 465-78.
5. Conference proceedings
Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors.
Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the International
Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology. 1995 Oct. 15-19, Kyoto,
Japan Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1996.
Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health
care: The elderlys access andutilization [dissertation]. St.
Louis (Mo): Washington
7. Electronic journal
SS. Factors in emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online]
1995 Jan-Mar; 1(1): Available
from: URL: http://www.cdc. Gov/ncidod/EID/eid. Htm. 71-65.
clinical dermatology illustrated [monograph on CD-ROM]. Reeves JRT, Maibach H.
CMEA Multimedia Group, producers, 2nd ed. version 2.0 San Diego: CMEA; 1995.
Tables: In limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed
above. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in
footnotes, not in the heading Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high
quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed
below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text,
Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and
mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below. The same data
should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
Ethical considerations: Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and
Methods section. 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. 3) Please indicate
the RCT registration number on IRCT or other valid registration systems. The ethical principles regarding
experiments and researches should be based on Helsinki declaration and 26 codes
of ethics in Islamic Republic of Iran.
Peer review process: All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are
peer-reviewed by at least three anonymous reviewers in the field, asking
them to complete the review within 30 days. Each reviewer should state his/her
confidential comments to section editor and also the comments to authors. The
reviewers asked to divide their comments to authors into major and minor
comments. To make final decision, the comments of a section editor and at least
two reviewers are required. The corresponding author is notified as soon as
possible of the editor decision to accept, reject, or require modifications. If
the manuscript is completely acceptable according to the criteria set forth in
these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue.
Unsolicited manuscripts will be
reviewed for publication with the following understanding that: They represent
original work The paper, including its essential data, tables, and figures, has
not been published elsewhere in whole or part, the paper neither was published
already nor is being under review elsewhere.
Journal of Health provides open access to all of its
electronic contents on the principle that making research freely available to
the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is
associated with increased readership and citation levels.
Conflicts 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.
Page charges: There are no
charges for publication in this Journal.
should be applied for all manuscript submissions, including original articles, review articles, systematic review, case
reports, short communication, and letter to the editor. The entire contents of the journal of health are protected
under international copyrights. This Journal is for your personal noncommercial
use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any
materials contained on the Journal without the prior written permission of it
or the appropriate copyright owner.
Reprint: Three copies of the Journal will be
provided to the corresponding author after the publication.