Submission Instruction

 | Post date: 2013/01/2 | 

Online Submission:

This Journal accepts only manuscripts through the online submission system. It is easy to use and track the manuscript, thus by conducting all steps electronically, your submission will be expedient. Contributors can submit via our website. Once you submit an article, it will be forwarded to one of the editors and afterwards to at least two peer-reviewers. The authors will be notified of the submission process by means of E-mail.

Cover Letter:

This letter should be uploaded online as a word file. The author should state that the manuscript has not been and will not be published or submitted elsewhere. The financial disclosure should be declared. The letter must include a statement declaring that the study complies with current ethical considerations. Authors reporting experimental studies on human subjects must include a statement of assurance in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript reading that: (1) informed consent was obtained from each patient included in the study and (2) the study protocol conforms to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki.

The type of article should determine the exact structure of submission, as follows:

A. Original Articles
Should report relevant original research not published before, in the following format:
• Word limit: 3500 words (excluding the abstract and references).
• Abstract: structured up to 300 words to include a Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
• References:40 or less.
• Tables and figures: no more than 7 Tables/Figures
B. Short Reports (case reports)
Should describe a case or a number of cases presenting with an unusual clinical aspect of a disease or novel perspectives upon, or solutions to, clinically relevant issues in the following format:
• Word limit: 1000 words (excluding the abstract and references).
• Abstract: unstructured of no more than 200 words.
• References: 10-12
• Tables and figures: no more than 2 Tables/Figures
C. Review Articles
Review topics should be related to clinical aspects of infectious diseases, public health and infection control and should reflect trends and progress or a synthesis of data in the following format:
•Word limit: 4000 words (excluding the abstract and references).
• References: 40 or less.
• Abstract: Up to 150 words, unstructured.
• Tables/Figures: Data in the text should not be repeated extensively in tables or figures.
D. Mini-review article
Review topics should be related to clinical aspects of infectious diseases, public health and infection control and should reflect trends and progress or a synthesis of data in the following format:
• Word limit: 2000 words (excluding the abstract and references).
• References: 20 or less.
• Abstract: Up to 150 words, unstructured.
• Tables/Figures: Data in the text should not be repeated extensively in tables or figures.
E. Outbreak reports
Outbreak reports whether occurring in the community or in the healthcare setting, highlighting the pathogen involved, outbreak detection and investigation carried out and final outcomes of the outbreak. The report may follow either the format of an original article or a brief report depending on the extent of the outbreak. Such reports will take a fast track review t ensure timely publication
F. Editorials
Editorials are solicited by the JIPH EIC or editorial board members in the following format:
• Word limit: 1200 words.
• Tables/Figures: A maximum of 1 figure or table.
• References: 10 or less.
• Ensure that there is a clear message in the conclusion.
G. Letter to the Editor
These should be submitted in response to recently published articles in the journal addressing a specific issue and to introduce a focused scientific opinion or point of view, in the following format:
• Word limit: 500 words.
• Abstract: none.
• Tables/Figures: A maximum of 1 figure or table.
• References: 10 or less.
• No subheadings.
• Begin with ‘Dear Editor’

An article must have the following sections, respectively:

The manuscript should include Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement and References.

1. Title Page: The title page should state:

·         Title: capitalize the initial of each word except prepositions with less than three letters.

·         Author (s): full name of all authors should be mentioned.

·         Affiliation: Author’s affiliation containing: Department, University, City, Country.

·         Corresponding author: one of the authors should be chosen. Address, telephone and fax number and E-mail should be written.

2. Abstract:(In English and Farsi) All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It should be structured as Introduction, Method, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Keywords will assist indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus (hhtp:// Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.

3. Introduction:This should summarize the purpose and the rationale of the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.  

4. Materials & Methods:This should include exact method of observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacture'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 programme used.

5. Results:It must be presented in the form of text, tables and Figures. 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.

6. Discussion:This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the filed 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 conclusion that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusion can be derived.

7. 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.

8. References: In the text, references with one or two authors should be cited with the author’s or authors’ surname(s) and year of publication in brackets; references with three or more authors should be cited with the first author’s surname followed by "et al." and the year of publication in brackets. In the final list, they should be in alphabetical order, and chronologically for more than one reference with the same authorship. Each reference begins with the names of all authors and the year of publication. For references to journals give titles of articles in full, inclusive pagination, and journal titles. For references to books, include all author’s names, chapter titles (if any), editor (if any), book title, city of publication, publisher’s name, and year of publication. Note the following examples:

Journal Articles:
Gordon MT, Bell SC, Mee AP, Mercer S, Carter SD, Sharpe PT. 1993. Prevalence of Canine Distemper Antibodies in the Pagetic Population. J Med Virol 40:313–317.

Zuckerman AJ, Banatvala JE, Pattison JR, editors. 2000. Principles and practice of clinical virology, 4th ed. Chichester and New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 776 p.

Chapters in Books:
Lazinski DW, Taylor JM. 1993. Structure and function of the delta virus antigens. In: Hadziyannis SJ, Taylor JM, Bonino F, editors. Hepatitis delta virus—molecular biology, pathogenesis, and clinical aspects. New York: Wiley-Liss, Inc. p 35–44.

9.Legends: A descriptive legend must accompany each illustration and must define all abbreviations used therein.

10.Tables:Each table must have a title. They should be numbered in order of appearance with Roman numerals and be keyed into the text.

11.Figure:Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below.

12.Abbreviations and Symbols:Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

13.Proof Reading:A computer print out is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office.

14.Disposal of Material:Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for 6 months before disposal.

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