Authors Instructions

3. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Manuscripts can be submitted electronically via the online submission site http://www.irj.uswr.ac.ir The use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts.

 3.1. Getting Started online submission

• Launch your web and go to the journal's online Submission Site: http://www.irj.uswr.ac.ir

• Log-in or, if you are a new user, click on "register here".

• Log-in and select "Author".

3.2. Submitting Your Manuscript

• After you have logged into your "Author", submit your manuscript by clicking the submission link.

• Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.

• Click the "Next" button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

• You are required to upload your files.

• Review your submission (in HTML and PDF format) before completing your submission by sending it to the Journal. Click the "Submit" button when you are finished reviewing.

3.3. Manuscript Files Accepted

Manuscripts should be written in English and uploaded as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (rft) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. In the text file, please reference figures as for instance "Figure 1", "Figure " etc to match the tag name you choose for all individual figure files uploaded. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

3.4. Blinded Review

All manuscripts submitted to Iranian Rehabilitation Journal will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal uses double blind peer review.

3.5. E-mail Confirmation of Submission

After submission you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail after 24 hours contact the editorial office.

4. MANUSCRIPT TYPES ACCEPTED  

The editorial policy of the Iranian Rehabilitation Journal is to encourage the publication of evidence-based research articles related to rehabilitation. IRJ also publishes original articles; hypothesis formation; literature reviews; case reports; short communications, special reports; letters to the editor; discussions of public policy issues and book reviews, methodology in physical and mental rehabilitation, epidemiological studies on disabling conditions and reports on vocational and socio-medical aspects of rehabilitation. 
The authors should obtain code of ethics from Ethical committee before the submission and also for protection of human subjects in research projects, criteria for Institutional Review Board (IRB) should be under consideration.

Original Research Articles: Must describe novel and significant observations and provide sufficient detail so that the findings can be critically evaluated and, if necessary, repeated.

Reviews: Reviews are selected for their broad general interest; all are refereed by experts in the field who are asked to comment on issues such as timeliness, general interest and balanced treatment of controversies, as well as on scientific accuracy. Reviews should take a broad view of the field rather than merely summarizing the authors own previous work, so extensive citation of the authors own publications is discouraged.
Case Reports: Authors are invited to submit case reports on clinical topics of relevance to the aim and scope of the Iranian Rehabilitation Journal. The reports should be around 2000 words and follow the general author guidelines of the Iranian Rehabilitation Journal.

Case reports are published only if the report is of exceptional interest and should present a novel and rare case. These articles consist of: Abstract (does not needed to be structured), Introduction, Case Presentation, Discussion and References (Max:20). Necessary documentation of the case like 1-4 figures, pathology report, laboratory test report and imaging should be included in the submission package.

Brief reports: Describe significant developments of ongoing research in the field of rehabilitation and contain less scientific data than the original articles. These articles should include Abstract (does not needed to be structured), Introduction, Topic, Discussion and References.

Commentaries: are opinion pieces on topics of general interest to the rehabilitation community. They need not be confined to purely scientific topics; policy issues and educational and social implications may also be covered.

5. MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE

5.1. Format

Language: The language of publication is English. Authors for whom English is a second language must have their manuscript professionally edited by an English speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality.

Abbreviations, Symbols and Nomenclature: Iranian Rehabilitation Journal adhere to the conventions outlined in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations: A Guide for Medical and Scientific Editors and Authors. Non-standard abbreviations must be used three or more times and written out completely in the text when first used.

5.2. Structure

All manuscripts submitted to the Iranian Rehabilitation Journal should include: Title page, abstract, main text, acknowledgements, references and tables, figures and figure legends as appropriate.

Title: must be concise and contain no more than 100 characters including spaces. The title page should include a running title of no more than 50 characters; 5-10 key words, complete names of institutions for each author, and the name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address for the corresponding author. The title page should also include the date of submission (or revision/resubmission).

Abstract: should be 250 - 350 words and contains heading of "Objectives", "Methods", "Results", "Discussion" and "Keywords".

Main Text of Original Research Articles should include Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, conclusion, Acknowledgment, References.

Introduction: should be focused, outlining the historical or logical origins of the study and not summarise the results; exhaustive literature reviews are not appropriate.

Methods: must contain sufficient detail such that, in combination with the references cited, all experiments reported can be fully reproduced. As a condition of publication, authors are required to make materials and methods used freely available to academic researchers for their own use. This includes antibodies and the constructs used to make transgenic animals, although not the animals themselves.

Results: should present the observations with minimal reference to earlier literature or to possible interpretations.

Discussion: may usefully start with a brief summary of the major findings, but repetition of parts of the abstract or of the results section should be avoided.

Main Text of Reviews and Case Reports: need not follow the usual divisions of original research articles, but should contain appropriate headings and subheadings.

Acknowledgements: should follow the References. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal requires that all sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential conflicts of interest noted. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged, and principal grant holders should be listed. Acknowledgments should be brief and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors.

5.3. References

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (Vancouver system). Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. The number of references should not be more than 15 in brief report and case report; 35 in original article and 50 in review article.
Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus.

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Notice: The authors have to prepare the references with “EndNote” software (http://endnote.com/) from reliable data bank such as Google and PubMed.

Journals 
Lobbezoo F, van der Zaag J, Naeije M. Bruxism: its multiple causes and its effects on dental implants - an updated review. J Oral Rehabil. 2006; 33: 293-300
(If more than six authors please list the first six authors followed by et al.):
Takata Y, Ansai T, Awano S, Fukuhara M, Sonoki K, Wakisaka M et al. Chewing ability and quality of life in an 80-year-old population. J Oral Rehabil. 2006; 33: 330-334

Books:
Fejerskov O, Kidd E. (eds) Dental caries: The Disease and its Clinical Management.Copenhagen: Blackwell Munksgaard; 2003.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. EndNote reference styles can be searched for here: www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp . Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here: www.refman.com/support/rmstyles.asp

5.4. Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Tables: should be double-spaced with no vertical rulings, with a single bold ruling beneath the column titles. Units of measurements must be included in the column title.

Figures: All figures should be planned to fit within either 1 column width (8.0 cm), 1.5 column widths (13.0 cm) or 2 column widths (17.0 cm). Lettering on figures should be in a clear, sans serif typeface (e.g. Helvetica); if possible, the same typeface should be used for all figures in a paper. After reduction for publication, upper-case text and numbers should be at least 1.5-2.0 mm high (10 point Helvetica). After reduction symbols should be at least 2.0-3.0 mm high (10 point). In general, multi-part figures should be arranged as they would appear in the final version. Any special requirements (such as the separation distance of stereo pairs) should be clearly specified.

5.5. Ethical Considerations 

Iranian Rehabilitation Journal adheres to the international (http://www.cops.usdoj.gov) and national ethical guidelines for publication and research. 

Authorship and Acknowledgements: 

Authors submitting a paper confirm that the understanding that the manuscript have been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal adheres to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND

  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND

  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND

  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgements. 

Acknowledgements:
Under acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal requires that all sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential conflicts of interest noted. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged, and principal grant holders should be listed. Acknowledgments should be brief and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors. 

Ethical Approvals: 

Experimentation involving human subjects will only be published if such research has been conducted in full accordance with ethical principles, including the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (version, 2002www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm) and the additional requirements, if any, of the country where the research has been carried out. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject and according to the above mentioned principles. A statement regarding the fact that the study has been independently reviewed and approved by an ethical board should also be included. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there are doubts as to whether appropriate procedures have been used. The authors should obtain code of ethics from Ethical committee. Also for protection of human subjects in research projects, criteria for IRB should be under consideration.
Plagiarism
Health in Iranian Rehabilitation Journal (IRJ) as a member of Negah Journals, has accepted all terms and conditions  of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on plagiarism. So, in any case of plagiarism, which is brought to the journal’s editors attention and accompanied with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE. Meanwhile, to detect and prevent plagiarism in the journal articles, all submissions will be checked with iTheticate software in both stages of submission and acceptance.

Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding:

 Iranian Rehabilitation Journal requires that all sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully declared , and any potential conflicts of interest noted. Grant or contribution code may be acknowledged, and principal grant holders should be listed. Please include this information under Acknowledgements. 

Iranian Rehabilitation Journal (IRJ) as a member of Negah Journals, published by Negah Institute for Scientific Communication, is committed to apply ICMJE recommendation on “Author Responsibilities—Conflicts of Interest” in authors’ conflict of interest issues.

Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken, too. So, completion and signing the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest is necessary for all authors and the articles submission won’t be accepted without filling this form. 

Permissions:

 If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. In most cases, this will be the original publisher of the material. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.


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