Aim and Scope: The Archives of Iranian Medicine (AIM) is a monthly peer-reviewed multidisciplinary medical publication. The journal welcomes contributions particularly relevant to the Middle-East region and publishes biomedical experiences and clinical investigations on prevalent diseases in the region as well as analyses of factors that may modulate the incidence, course, and management of diseases and pertinent medical problems. Manuscripts with didactic orientation and subjects exclusively of local interest will not be considered for publication.The 2010 Impact Factor of "Archives of Iranian Medicine" is 1.348.
Peer-Review System at AIM: Manuscripts are first reviewed by the editorial staff to ensure their appropriateness relevant to the framework of the journal. Manuscripts are also excluded by the editors if there are major faults in the methodology of research. Peer reviews are handled anonymously and comments are discussed in weekly editorial sessions. Reviews are then sent to the corresponding authors for proposed modifications and the new version of the manuscript would be peer-reviewed for a second time by one or two external reviewers.
Submission: Manuscripts must be submitted in English. Contributions will be considered for publication with the understanding that they are exclusively submitted to AIM, have not been previously published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis), and are not under consideration by another journal. The covering letter should designate one author as “corresponding author” and all other authors should personally sign the submission covering letter. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submission to Biomedical Journals” proclaimed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (available from: http://www.icmje.org). Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work. The right is reserved to incorporate any changes deemed necessary by the editorial board to make contributions harmonized with the editorial standards of the journal. Accepted manuscripts become the property of AIM. Manuscript submission to AIM is possible in one of the following two ways: a) Mail submission: One original copy along with two blinded review copies (without names and affiliations of authors) should be submitted to:
The Editor-in-Chief, Archives of Iranian Medicine, Editorial Office, Academy of Medical Sciences of I.R.Iran, P.O. Box: 19395-4655, Tehran, Iran.
A floppy diskette/CD containing the manuscript and all related material should accompany this submission. The authors may propose three potential reviewers in the filed of the study; however, their endorsement depends on the editorial decision. b) Online submission: AIM provides an online submission and peer review system that enable authors to submit their papers online and track progress via a web interference. For online submission, authors should refer to the website at www.manuscriptonline.com/AIM and register. Please carefully read the user’s manual online before submitting the paper.
Manuscript should be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF). The entire manuscript should be submitted as a single file.
Structure of Articles
Text of the Original Articles should include title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials/patients and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgment, references, tables, figures, and legends, enumerated from the title page. The length of the text should not exceed 4500 words excluding the references. All Clinical Trials should include patients’ informed consent forms and the approval of the bioethics committee of the corresponding university/institution. Review Articles are solicited by the editor, but AIM will also accept submitted reviews. The authors of review articles are invited to contact the Editorial Office before preparing a review article. The journal will only consider unsolicited review articles from authors with substantial research background in the subject. Systemic reviews with sound methodology of such studies do not require the above-mentioned condition and are greatly encouraged. Both solicited and unsolicited review articles undergo peer review and editorial processing as original papers.
Editorials provide commentary and analysis about an article in the issue of the Journal in which they appear. They may include 1 figure or 2 tables. They are nearly always invited, although uninvited editorials may occasionally be considered. Editorials are limited to 800 words, with up to 12 references.
Case Reports and Brief Reports should be limited to 2000 words. Both should include abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, acknowledgment, references, and 1 – 4 figures. Necessary documentations of the case(s) like pathology reports, laboratory test reports, and imagings should be included in the submission package. Brief reports should not have more than one figure and/or table.
Opinion is a forum where researchers can present their points of views on various controversial issues of science, at large, and medicine, in particular. The submissions should not be more than 1000 words long with at most one Figure, Graph or Table, and ten references.
Photoclinics should be up to 1000 words. The maximum number of pictures is four. Number of references should not exceed ten.
Commented Summaries from Current Medical Literature are specially welcomed. Herein, authors comment on a work which might provoke controversies in an Iranian setting. Such comments reflect practice variations and proposed solutions tailored to the prevailing conditions in the region.
History of Contemporary Medicine in Iran: Manuscripts narrating how modern medicine has been established in Iran, how outstanding scientists have contributed to its progress, and what has happened over the past decades to our health-care system are of paramount importance to us and are welcomed.
Letter to the Editor: AIM welcomes letters to the editor. Letters, up to 500 words, should discuss materials published in the journal in previous six months. They can be submitted either by e-mail or by regular mail. Letters are subjected to the editorial review and editing for clarity and space.
Title Page should include title; author(s) information, including first name, last name, highest academic degree, affiliation; running title ≤50 characters, including spaces; and name and address of the author to whom correspondence and reprint requests should be addressed.
Abstract should include the background, methods, results, and conclusion sections separately. Objective of the study, findings (including its statistical significance), and the conclusion made on the basis of the findings should be clearly stated. Abstract fragmenting is not necessary for case reports. Review articles should have an abstract. Nevertheless, the length of an abstract should not exceed 250 words (150 words for case reports).
Keywords: For indexing purposes, each submitted article should include three to five keywords chosen from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh)
References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the bibliographic information provided. References must be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text. Mark reference citations by superscript Arabic numbers. Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference, nonetheless, they may be placed in parentheses in the text.
Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus. Inclusive page numbers should be given for all references. Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less. In the case of seven or more authors, the names of the first six authors followed by et al, should be listed.
Listed below, are references to a journal, a chapter in a book, and a book, respectively, in correct style:
1 Comroe JH, Long TV, Sort AJ. The lung clinical physiology and pulmonary function tests. Chest. 1989; 65: 20 – 22.
2 Schiebler GL, van Mierop LHS, Krovetz LJ. Diseases of the tricuspid valve. In: Moss AJ, Adams F, eds. Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins; 1988: 134 – 139.
3 Guyton AC. Textbook of Medical Physiology. 8th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1996.
Tables: Enumerate tables with Arabic numerals. They should be self-explanatory, clearly arranged, and supplemental to the text. Tables should provide easier understanding and not duplicate information already included in the text or figures.
Figures should be used only if they augment comprehension of the text. Drawings and graphs should be professionally prepared in deep-black and submitted as glossy, black-and-white clean photostats. Professionally designed computer-generated graphs (grayscale or color) with a minimum of 600 dpi laser printer output is also acceptable. Each figure should have a label on the back, listing the figure number, title of manuscript, first author, and an arrow indicating the top. Illustrations should be numbered as cited in the sequential order in the text, and each should have a legend on a separate sheet. Color photographs are welcomed at no extra-charge.
Ethics of Publication: The AIM’s policy regarding suspected scientific misconduct including plagiarism, fabricated data, falsification, and redundancy is based on the guidelines on good publication practice of the “Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)”. The complete guidelines appear on COPE website: http:/www.publicationethics.org.uk.
Clinical Trial Registration: Archives of Iranian Medicine requires that randomized controlled trials be registered according to policies accepted by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). In order to be considered for publication, trials that begin enrolment of patients after January 2008 must register in a public trials registry at or before the onset of enrolment, and trials that began patient enrolment on or before this date must register anytime before submission to the journal.
The registration number of the trial and the name of the trial registry must be mentioned at the end of the abstract. Acceptable trial registries include the following:
Covering Letter: All submissions to the AIM must be accompanied by a completed copy of signed covered letter including the copyright agreement.
Proofs: These will be sent via E-mail, and must be duly corrected and returned within 48 hours. Absent authors should arrange for a colleague to access the E-mail and reply the proof.
For further information please contact the Editorial Office through:
Revised: 12 June 2012