Guide for Authors

Author Guideline

When preparing a manuscript for RIJM, authors must first determine the manuscript type. Then, proceed to select the appropriate manuscript preparation instructions from the acceptable formats listed below. Manuscripts must conform to journal style; preparation of figures, tables and multimedia must be done accordingly

Journal Style

Author Listing. Names all authors should be listed in their entirety. All authors must clearly present institutional/professional affiliations and degrees held.

Abbreviations. The article I have submitted to the journal for review is original, has been written by the stated authors and has not been published elsewhere.

Keywords. Authors should provide keywords on the title page and use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms as a guide. Please

Proprietary Products. Authors should use nonproprietary (generic) names of drugs or devices unless mention of a manufacturer is pertinent to the study. If a proprietary product is cited, the name and location of the manufacturer must also be included in parentheses.

References. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. Citations should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text according to Vancover style. Abbreviated journal names should be in Index Medicus format. Please visit:


  1. Zhou F, Yu T, Du R, Fan G, Liu Y, Liu Z, et al. Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study. Razavi Int J Med. 2020;395(10229):1054-62. doi: 1016/S0140-6736(20)30566-3. [PubMed:32171076].

Writing and managing references using EndNote Software ( is highly recommended.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts (including tables, illustrations, and references) should be prepared according to ICMJE guidelines. Original articles require a title, structured abstract and keywords, followed by the text (Introduction, Materials/Patients and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgment, References, Tables, Figures). Label each section with the appropriate subheading. Experience, Reviews and Special Articles require short, unstructured abstracts. Commentaries do not require abstracts. Research or project support should be acknowledged as a footnote on the title page. Technical and other assistance should also be cited on the title page.

Title Page

The title page must include author names, degrees, and institutional/professional affiliations, short title, abbreviations, keywords, financial disclosure and conflict of interests if any. Please include the contact information for the corresponding author (e.g. address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address).

Abstract length: 250 words or less

Article length: 4000 words or less


Review Article/ Systematic Review Article/ Meta Analysis

State-of-the-art reviews tend to address more current matters including a review of the literatures. This type of article summarizes the current state of understanding on a topic. A review article surveys and summarizes previously published studies, rather than reporting new facts or analysis.


The structured or unstructured abstract of a review article contains the below headings:

  • Context
  • Evidence Acquisition
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Full Text:

The full text of a review article contains the below sections:

  • Context: It includes 1 or 2 sentences describing the clinical question or issue and its importance in clinical practice or public health.
  • Evidence Acquisition: This section describes the data sources, including the research strategies, time of the study, and other sources of the used materials, such as subsequent reference searches of retrieved articles. It explains the methods used for quality assessment and the inclusion of identified articles.
  • Results: This section addresses the major findings of the review of the clinical issue or topic in an evidence-based, objective, and balanced style, emphasizing the available highest-quality evidence.
  • Conclusions: It clearly states the conclusions to answer the posed questions, if applicable, based on the conclusions of the available evidence, and it emphasizes how clinicians should apply the current knowledge.
  • In a review article, the maximum number of:
  • References are 80
  • Illustrations or table are 5
  • 3500 t0 4000 words


Original Articles

Original Articles also are called “Research Articles”, which are considered as the common types of articles. The content of the paper must justify its length.


A structured abstract is required including these headings:

  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Full Text:

For the original research, traditional sections are required including:

  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Authors'  Contribution
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Financial disclosure

In the full text of an original article, the maximum number of:

  • References are: 55
  • Illustrations or tables are 5


Case Report/ Series

The case report/ Series are studies, showed a description of a case/ cases that should contain a structured abstract. In the other meaning, clinical presentations that may be followed by evaluative studies that eventually lead to a diagnosis.


Abstract of Case reports should comprise the below sections:

  • Introduction
  • Case Presentation
  • Conclusion

Full Text

Full text of a case report includes:

  • Introduction
  • Case Presentation
  • Discussion

In a case report, the maximum number of:

  • Tables or figures are 2
  • References are 20


Brief Report

  • Short manuscripts definitively documenting either experimental results or informative clinical observations will be considered for publication in this category.
  • Brief Reports are not intended to allow publication of incomplete or preliminary findings.
  • The review process is equally rigorous as for Regular Articles and the acceptance rate is lower.
  • Another name of this type is "Brief communication".


Abstracts must not exceed 100 words and should be a single paragraph with no subheadings.

Full text:

Brief Reports may not exceed 1,200 words of text -counting only:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • A combined Results and Discussion section
  • Acknowledgements
  • Authorship Contributions
  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
  • References
  • In a brief report, the maximum number of:
  • Tables or figures are 2
  • References are 20


Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor about a recent journal article are referring to a recent article in this journal must be received within three months of its publication. For example, a letter referring to an article published in the January issue must be submitted online no later than March 31st. Letters submitted after the allowed time will not be considered.

  • A maximum of three (3) authors and 10 references are allowed.
  • Neither tables nor figures are allowed.

LETTER is often accompanied by a REPLY.



Work consisting of a statement of the opinions, beliefs, and policy of the editor or publisher of a journal, usually on current matters of medical or scientific significance to the medical community or society at large. The editorials published by editors of journals representing the official organ of a society or organization are generally substantive.

  • A maximum of two (2) authors, 1000 words and 5 references are allowed.
  • Neither tables nor figures are allowed.


Clinical Images

  • Impressive and rare images that reflect significant findings based on clinical science, that may include fundamental mechanisms of diseases, emphasize abnormalities or introduce new treatment methods are accepted for publication.


Abstracts must not exceed 100 words and should be contain maximum two paragraph with no subheadings.

Full text:

  • Main Text should not include subheadings and it should be limited to 250 words.
  • Figures and Images: They should be provided after the main text according to their order of appearance in the text and should be limited to four.
  • A maximum of three (3) authors and 10 references are allowed.



Authors should number figures in the order in which they appear in the text. Figures include graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations. Each figure should be accompanied by a legend that does not exceed 50 words. Use abbreviations unless these have not been expanded in the text. If a figure is reproduced from another source, authors are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder, and proof of permission must be sent to the editorial office at initial submission. Authors are also required to provide level of magnification and stain used for histology slides. Figure arrays should be clearly labeled, preassembled, and submitted to scale according to the width and depth of a journal page (40 picas wide by 56 picas deep). Figure parts of an array should be clearly marked in capital letters in 10-point (Levenim MT) font in the upper left-hand corner of each figure. Figures should be submitted separately from the text file in one of the below formats.

Technical Requirements. For an original submission, authors may submit JPEG or PDF files. However, at revision, authors will need to submit higher resolution files (150-300 dpi) The following file types are acceptable: TIFF, EPS, and PDF. We cannot accept Excel or PowerPoint files. Color files must be in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) mode.


Tables should be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text and include appropriate headers. Tables should not reiterate information presented in the Results section, but rather should provide clear and concise data that further illustrate the main point. Tabular data should directly relate to the hypothesis.


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Conflict of interest

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Publication fee:

  • Usage and download of online and Electronic documents: Open Access (FREE)


  • Hardcopy: might be prepared upon request


  • Submission Fee : Free of Charge


Usage and download of online and Electronic documents: Open Access (FREE)
Hardcopy: might be prepared upon request
Submission: Free
Publishing Prices:

  • Review Article/ Systemtic Review Article/ Meta Analysis: 35000000 Rls For Iranian Authours, and 400 EUR for Foreign Authors
  • Orginal Article: 25000000 Rls For Iranian Authours, and 300 EUR for Foreign Authors
  • Case Report/ Seriea: 15000000 Rls For Iranian Authours, and 200 EUR for Foreign Authors
  • Brief Report/ Letter to the Editor/ Editorial/ Clinical Images: Are Free.


Duties of Authors:

Reporting standards: authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism: the authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: an author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources: proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the Paper: authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: all authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: when an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper


RIJM’s Editorial office

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