Guide for authors

Submission Instruction:

1. Aims and Scope: The “Health Research Journal” is the official scientific and clinical quarterly publication of the Baqiyatallah Hospital (Tehran, Iran). It accepts Original Papers, Review Articles, Short Communications and Letters to the Editor in the fields of medicine and basic science.

2. Submission: Papers submitted for publication should describe original work, not previously published elsewhere, totally or partly. Manuscripts must be submitted only in Persian with English abstracts and should be written according to sound grammar and proper terminology. Submission is acceptable via Journal URL: http://hrjbaq.ir/login. The Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

3. The 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 attached, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, e-mail, and or Fax number.

4. The abstract (no more than 350 words) in structured format as introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 6 Keywords must be presented. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus: (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).

5. 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 [in Persian].

6. 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, sex 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 [in Persian].

7. 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 [in Persian].

8. 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 [in Persian].

9. Conclusion: this part summarizes all new finding of study and proposes some suggestion for new therapies/methods/strategies and clears current therapies/methods/strategies problems [in Persian].  

10. Acknowledgement: 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 who only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged [in Persian].

11. References: Personal communications, manuscripts in preparation and other unpublished data are not cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text in parentheses. Identify references in the text by Farsi numerals in parentheses on the line. References should be typed, double-spaced, and separate from the text and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. (References cited in figures and tables, but not in the text, should be numbered consecutively following the text references.) Journal references should contain inclusive page numbers; book references specific page numbers. Indicate abstracts by the abbreviation ‘Abst’ and letters by ‘Lett’ in parentheses. Abbreviations of journals should conform to those used in Index Medicus, National Library of Medicine. The references should observe the following style:

Periodicals: List all authors if six or fewer; otherwise, list first six and add ‘et al’. Do not use periods after the authors' initials

1. Vimala N, Mittal S, Kumar S. Sublingual misoprostol versus oxytocin infusion to reduce blood loss at cesarean section. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2006;92(2):106-10.

2. Patted SS, Goudar SS, Naik VA, Bellad MB, Edlavitch SA, Kodkany BS, et al. Side effects of oral misoprostol for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage: results of a community-based randomised controlled trial in rural India. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2009;22(1):24-8.

Books: Basmajian JV. Grant’s Method of Anatomy. 11th ed. Baltimore: Williams Wilkins; 1989.

Chapter in book: Monks R. Psychotropic drugs. In: Wall PD, Melzack RA, editors. Textbook of Pain. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1994. p. 963-89.

12. 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 like to be made aware of it.

13. Page charges: There are no charges for publication in this Journal.

14. Copyright: Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the Health Reas. J and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the Editor.

15. Peer review process: All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer-reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the Editorial Board. 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.

The Final Checklist

The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following:

1. Title page should contain title, name of the author/co-authors, their qualifications, designation & institutions they are affiliated with and mailing address for future correspondence, E-mail address, and Phone & Fax number.

2. Abstract in Structured format up to 350 words.

3. References mentioned as stated in the Instruction to Authors section.

4. Make sure for Headings of Tables, their numbers and Captions of illustrations. Don’t repeat the information in tables if it is covered in the text.

5. Photographs / illustrations along with their captions.

6. Manuscript in Triplicate

7. Letter of Undertaking signed by all the authors.

9. Disclosure regarding source of funding and conflict of interest if any besides approval of the study from respective Ethics Committee/Institution Review Board.

10. Covering Letter


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