Journal of Kerman University of Medical Sciences
Instructions For AuthorAim & Scope
Journal of Kerman University of Medical Sciences is the first official journal of Kerman University of Medical Sciences being published since 1994. This peer-reviewed journal is a quarterly publication covering all areas of medical research relevant to human diseases and basic medical sciences. The journal welcomes articles reporting original research related to human medical investigations, case reports, short communications and letters to editor. Review articles, written by experts in their field and with references to their own published works are also accepted. Articles appear in a Persian full text accompanied with an English abstract indexed in Index Copernicus and IMEMR.This journal aims at rapid publication of research results while maintaining the quality of journal in regard to the significance of published materials.
Manuscript preparation: Type the manuscript in Word 2002 using 1 inch margins all around and double line spacing. Tables and figures should be on separate papers. The manuscript should be accompanied by a covering letter.
Covering letter: It should be referred to the editor in chief and state that the manuscript has not been published previously or submitted simultaneously elsewhere.
Manuscript submission .There is two ways for submission and tracking of articles:
1. On line submission and tracking through www.kmusjournal.ir
2. By posting the original print of the article to the following address:
Journal office, Vice Chancellor for Research, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Ebnesina St., Kerman, Iran
Arrange the manuscript in the following order: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement and References.
Title page: It should contain a concise informative title for the article, authors’ details (full name, academic member and affiliation), running title as well as mailing address, telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
Abstract: It should be organized in separate parts of background/aim, methods, results, conclusion and three to five keywords selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The abstract should not exceed 250 words (150 words for short communications). Avoid using abbreviations in the abstract.
- The abstract of case reports should contain a summary of the presented case and the reason for reporting the case.
- The abstract of review articles should contain a concise summary of the main points addressed in the article.
Introduction: It should contain the background and objectives of the study. Avoid mentioning data or conclusions of the study in this part.
Materials & Methods: It should contain a detailed explanation of all the steps taken in the research except those that refer to standard techniques. All the drugs and chemicals used in the study should be identified precisely (generic name, dose and route of administration). For all used instruments give the manufacturer’s name and location: city/ state/ country). Mention any statistical method or computer program used in the study.
Results: This part presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations should contain only the results of the presented study and the results should be organized according to their order of importance. Refer to the table number instead of repeating the table contents in the text.
Discussion: Avoid repeating whatever has been said in the introduction or results sections. Relate and compare the findings with the results of other relevant studies. Emphasize the significant aspects of the study and the conclusions and mention the implications for further research.
Acknowledgement: Any type of technical, financial and material help that do not justify authorship should be mentioned as acknowledgment at the end of text.
Tables: They should be limited in numbers, simple, self-explanatory and organized according to the order they appear in the text. Assign each table a number and a brief title placed above. Any additional explanation should be given in the footnotes.
Figures: Figures must be numbered and cited in the text in numerical order. Place captions below.
References: They should be complied numerically according to the order of their appearance in the text and be written in Vancouver style.
Examples of references:
- Journal article:
Yigit S, Korkmaz A, Sekerel B. Drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome in a premature infant. Pediatr Dermatol 2005; 22 (1): 71-4.
- Complete book:
Sundel M, Sundel S.S. Behavior change in the human services. 5th ed., USA, Sage publications, Inc., 2005; pp16-18
- Chapter in book:
Pinter J.D., Sarnat H.B. Neuroembryology. In: Winn H.R. (editor) YOUMANS Neurological Surgery. 5th ed., Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2004; pp5-45.
- Thesis & dissertations:
Hofland HEJ. Vesicles as transdermal drug delivery systems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 1992; pp24-8.
- Papers presented in conferences:
Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, (editors). MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th world congress on medical informatics; 1992 Sep.6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amesterdam: North-Holland; 1992;pp1561-5
- Electronic references:
Hoffman DL, St John’s Wort. 1995; [4 screens]. Available at: URL: http://www.healthy.net/library/books/hoffman/materiamedica/stjohns.htm. Accessed July 16, 1998.
After acceptance and editing of the article, the galley proof is sent to the corresponding author via e-mail and the author is responsible for proofreading. Corrections should be marked clearly and the article should be returned within 48 hours.
Abbreviations & Symbols: While using only standard abbreviations, give the complete form of the abbreviation in its first use. Do not use abbreviations in the title and abstract.
Ethical considerations: The authors should certify (in the Materials & Methods) that experiments on human subjects and animals are in accordance with ethical standards of their institution and whether informed consent was obtained from the patients in the study. The patient’s rights to privacy should be considered and any identifying information should be deleted from the text, figures and tables unless it is essential for scientific purposes and the patient gives written informed consent.
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 is no charge for publication in this journal.
Copyright: The entire contents of the Journal of Kerman University of Medical Sciences are protected under international copyrights. Any attempt to modify copy, distribute, transmit, display or publish journal contents should be with written permission of it.
Peer-review process: Once the manuscript is received by the journal office, a blind copy is sent to the editorial board for initial reviewing. The comments of editorial board are discussed in the weekly meetings of the editorial board. Possible decisions in this step may be rejection, requiring minor revisions before being sent to the reviewers or sufficient enough to be sent to the reviewers. A notification letter, along with the article code for all further correspondences, is sent to the corresponding author. Those articles with sufficient quality for peer-reviewing are sent to four experts in the field. As soon as receiving at least 3 reviewers’ comments, they are discussed in the editorial board meeting. Possible decisions in this step may be accepting as it is, requiring revision to be published or rejection. In the case of needing revision the reviewers’ comments are forwarded to the corresponding author for final revision. After receiving the revised manuscript, provided that the authors fulfill all reviewers’ comments, the manuscript is scheduled for publication in the next issue.
Journal policy: Manuscripts are peer-reviewed. The editorial board reserves the right to reject any materials submitted and to make editorial decisions to accepted material. The authors are responsible for the opinions expressed by contributors.
Disposal of material: The file of published manuscript including all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for one year before disposal.
The corresponding author will be supplied with 5 free issues.
The Final Checklist
The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following:
Dr. Ahmad Gholamhoseinian
The Editor in Chief,
Journal of Kerman University of Medical Sciences
Mailing address: journal office, Vice Chancellor for Research, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Ebnesina St., Kerman, Iran
Tel/Fax: +98 341 2263725
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