Authors Guidline

1. Aims and Scope: The Journal of Medical Education Development is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles in relation to the training of healthcare professionals, including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. The journal has a special focus on educational management, curriculum development, evaluations of performance, assessment of training needs and evidence-based medicine. This Journal accepts Original Papers, Review Articles, Short Communications, Case Reports, and Letters to the Editor in the fields of medical education.

2. Submission Process: Submit your article by electronic submission via the journal web site URL: http://www.zums.ac.ir/edujournal. Each submission must be accompanied by a Cover Letter to the Editor-in-Chief and include the Title and author(s) name/s and the undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. In case the manuscript was submitted to another Journal earlier and rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. Manuscripts should be typed as double-spaced on an A4 size paper with clear 1-inch margins on both sides. The authors must declare that the manuscript is being exclusively contributed to Journal of Medical Education Development. The text should be submitted in a Microsoft Word format as an attachment. The Figures should be sent in JPEG or GIF formats for producing high quality images in the online edition of the Journal.

3. Preparation of Manuscript: The manuscript should include Title Page; Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgement and References.

4. The Title Page: All submissions require a Title Page composed of the complete title of the manuscript, the full names of all the authors, with their highest academic degrees, the department or institution with which they are affiliated with, and a full address for corresponding author, with telephone and Fax numbers, as well as an e-mail address.

5. Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It be structured into separate sections: Background, the context and purpose of the study; Methods, how the study was performed and statistical tests used; Results, the main findings; Conclusions, brief summary and potential implications, and include 3 to 10 Keywords at the bottom. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). Authors need to take care that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.

6. Introduction: The Background section should be written in a way that is accessible to researchers without specialist knowledge in that area and must clearly state - and, if helpful, illustrate - the background to the research and its aims. Reports of clinical research should, where appropriate, include a summary of a search of the literature to indicate why this study was necessary and what it aimed to contribute to the field. The section should end with a brief statement of what is being reported in the article.

7. Materials & Methods: The methods section should include the design of the study, the setting, the type of participants or materials involved, a clear description of all interventions and comparisons, and the type of analysis used, including a power calculation if appropriate. For studies involving human participants a statement detailing ethical approval and consent should be included in the methods section.

8. Results: This section must be presented in the form of body 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 in the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.

9. Discussion: This section should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other works done in the field. The details of the data should not be repeated in the discussion section again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is either true or false, or that no conclusion can be derived.

10. Conclusion: This should state clearly the main conclusions of the research and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance. Summary illustrations may be included.

11. 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/s that only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

12. Tables: Should be submitted in limited numbers with the captions placed above. Avoid submitting Tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in the footnotes, not the heading.

13. Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The Figure legends and captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in Tables, Figures and the body text simultaneously.

14. References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. References should be in the Vancouver style, and numbered in the order in which they first appear in the manuscript. Titles of the journals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style. The authors should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing a proper literature search, as it may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors authors should verify references against the original documents. The Reference list should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows: Author list: List each author’s surname followed by a space and a set of initials closed up without periods; include a hyphen if applicable. Separate each author’s name with a comma. Do not use and between any entries. If there are 1 to 6 authors, list all of the names. If there are more than 6 authors, list the first 3 authors followed by “et al.”

Article: Include the article title, journal’s name (in italics and abbreviated according to Index Medicus ), year of publication (followed by a semicolon), volume number (followed by a colon), and inclusive page numbers (followed by a period), as demonstrated in the following example: 1- Mortazavi Y , Merk B , McIntosh J , Marsh JC , Schrezenmeier H , Rutherford TR . The spectrum of PIG-A gene mutations in aplastic anemia/paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (AA/PNH): a high incidence of multiple mutations and evidence of a mutational hot spot. Blood. 2003; 101(7): 2833-41 .

Chapter: Include the chapter title (capitalized sentence style and ending with a period), In: (followed by a space), any book editors (listed author-list style and ending with ed. or eds.), the book title, place, publisher, and year of publication, followed by a colon and the chapter’s page numbers, as shown in the following example: Sallan SE, Weinstein HJ. Childhood acute leukemia. In: Nathan DG, Oski FA, eds. Hematology of Infancy and Childhood. Vol 2. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 1987: 1028-1039.

Book: Include the book title (capitalized title style and ending with a period), place of publication (followed by a colon), publisher (followed by a semicolon and a space), and the year of publication, as shown by the example below: 1- Adams DO, Edelson PJ, Koren HS. Methods for Studying Mononuclear Phagocytes. San Diego, CA: Academic; 1981.

15. Proof Reading: A 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 back immediately to the Journal office.

16. 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.

17. 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 necessarily leads to rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.

18. Page charges: There are no charges for publication in this Journal.

19. Copyright: The entire contents of the Journal of Medical Education Development are protected under international Copyrights. This Journal is for your personal non-commercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.

The Final Checklist: The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following: 1 . Title Page should contain Title, name of each author, with their highest academic degrees, designation and institutions they are affiliated with, the name of the corresponding author with a mailing address, for future correspondence, as well as an E-mail address, plus Phone & Fax numbers. 2 . Abstract in structured format up to 250 words. 3 . References mentioned as stated in the Instruction to Authors section. 4. Make sure for Headings of Tables, their numbers and Captions of Figures. Don’t repeat the information in Tables if it is covered in the text. 5. Photographs / illustrations along with their captions. 6 . Letter of Undertaking signed by all of the authors. 7 . Disclosure regarding source of funding and conflicts of interest if any besides approval of the study from respective Ethics Committee/Institution Review Board. 8 . Cover Letter


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