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Author Guidelines

Instruction to Authors

The Educational Research in Medical Sciences journal (Educ Res Med Sci) is a biannual, peer-reviewed medical education journal, published by the Educational Development Center (EDC) of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences. The journal welcomes relevantcontributions from authorsall around the world.Contributions might include:original article, brief communication, letter to the editor and review article.

Peer-Review Process

Manuscripts are initially reviewed by the editor in chief of EducResMed Sciand are then sent to at least three expertsfor peer-review. The author will receive all editorial communications regarding the status of the manuscripts, revision and reviews.Corresponding authors are responsible for communicating to co-authors regarding reviewers’ comments and other manuscript information.

Submission Guideline

Manuscripts submitted to the Educ Res Med Sci journal must be original and not published elsewhere.The manuscript should be submitted online via the online submission service available at: http://journals.kums.ac.ir/ojs/ or by E-mail to erms@kums.ac.ir

Copyright

Corresponding author must sign the copyright transfer agreement. Failure to submit this form at the time of manuscript submission may cause delay in peer review and publication.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscript should be written in English text, double spaced, consecutively line numbered and structured asfollows:Title page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgements, References, Figures and Tables. Text must be submitted in word (.doc or .docx) format.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor may be used (a) as a brief research report, (b) to comment on papers previously published in the journal or (c) to explain new idea/finding of research project. Letter to editor should contain title page, manuscript body and references, having a limitation of 500 words, no structured, without any table, graph or picture.

Original Research

Studies of concerning the mentioned aims and scopes will be accepted in word format with limitation of 3000 words. Research articles require a structured abstract (limit of 250 words) consistent with the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. The manuscript body should follow this outline: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Acknowledgements (if necessary).

Brief Communication

Submissions should contain title page, not structured abstract(limit of 150 words), structured manuscript containing Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, with a limitation of 1500 words and maximum two Figure, table or graph (if necessary) and references.

Review Articles

Reviews including systematic and narrative reviews, with a word limit of 4000 words. A structured abstract should be included.

-Systematic review: A formal aggregation of the exiting literature concerning the scope of the journal will be accepted. Systematic reviews should include a structured abstract with the following headlines: objectives, data sources, study eligibility criteria, participants, and interventions, study appraisal and synthesis methods, results, limitations, and conclusion.

-Narrative reviews will evaluate an educational topic by combining expert opinion with a thorough and fair review of the available evidence. Narrative reviews are most appropriate when the available evidence is scarce or the topic is extensive. The review will interpret and apply the available evidence to propose best practices and future directions for the topic.

Title Page

Title page should contain the title (preferably not longer than 15 words),author's full name (last name, first and middle initials names), department and institution affiliations, a running title and corresponding author’s contact details includingmailing address, telephoneand fax numbersand e-mail address.

Abstract

Structured abstract with a limitation of 250 words for original research.

Abstracts should include the following sections: Introduction,Materials andMethods, Results, Conclusions and Key-words (3-5words). These sections should briefly described the problem being addressed in the study, the research question or the objective, the way the study was performed, as well as the study’s most important findings and overall significance.

Introduction

The introductionshould contain a definition and importance of the problem, effective factors on theproblem, for and against published studies related to problem, the rationale for performing the study, the research question or hypothesis that drives the work and a statement of purpose.

Methods

This section should contain sufficient details to enable others to duplicate the study. Previously reported procedures or tools may be cited, but newmodifications should be described in detail.

Results

Results should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. They should be presented by only one means e.g. text, table, figure or graph.

Discussion

The section should interpret and compare the obtained results with previous publications, describe their significance and implications for medical education or further research. The limitations and conclusions of the study should also be addressed. Conclusion should describe and summarize the major finding(s) of the study.

Acknowledgements

Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed here. Financial supporter should also be acknowledged.

Conflict of Interest

All authors will be required to disclose any actual and potential conflict of interest includingany financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organization that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence their work. The resources for research costs and writing of the manuscript must be mentioned by authors. If any member of editorial team or board can effect on the editor's decision, the conflict of interests should be reported to the editor. A conflict of interest must also be included in the manuscript after the "Acknowledgements" section. If there is no conflict of interest, authors must include “Conflict of interest: none declared”

Privacy Statement

Educ Res Med Sci journal protects the privacy of all the information provided by authors and reviewers including names and Emails. All the information will be used only for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be shared with any other parties.

Ethical Approval

The manuscript should contain a statement that the work has been approved by the appropriate ethical committees related to the institution(s) in which it was performed and that subjects gave informed consent to the participation.

Reporting the same finding based on the same data in separate publications is unacceptable. Original data should only be published once. Also, priority of data and ideas must be respected and mentioned by proper citation. Each author should have made a significant intellectual contribution to the conception, design, conduct, analysis, and/or interpretation of the scientific work.

Researchers are responsible for the accuracy and originality of information reported in published articles and abstracts, for insuring that authorship is appropriate, and for avoiding fabrication, falsification, plagiarism and duplicate publication. In this case, every author shares equal responsibility. In addition, no paper known to be under consideration by another journal will be reviewed.

Informed Consent

All participants of the study must be completely aware of the study process and informed consent form should be taken from them.

References

Authors are responsible for the authenticity of all references. References should be cited in the Vancouver style and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Provide name of all authors when there are six or fewer. If there are more than six, write “et al.” after the sixth author. Similarly, the journal title must be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Below you will find examples of some of the most common reference formats:

  1. Articles in periodicals:

Brown G, Manogue M. AMEE medical education guide no.22: refreshing lecturing: A guide for lecturers. Med Teach 2001; 23:231-244.

  1. A book:

Bligh DA. What’s the use of lectures? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; 2000.

  1. Article in electronic form

Gunn V.Approaches to small group learning and teaching.Available from: www.gla.ac.uk/learn.(Accessed January 28, 2012).

  1. Dissertation

Iranfar Sh. Improving Critical thinking disposition through collaborative and individual learning among nursing students in the Kermanshah University of medical sciences. Dissertation of PhD. Mumbai; St. Xavier institution of education, Mumbai University, 2010.

Tables

Each table will be typed on a separate page without internal vertical or horizontal lines.  The table will be numbered in the sequences in which they appear in the text. Each table should include a short and helpful title that allows it to be understood without referring to the text. Make sure that each table is cited.

Figures

All figures must be submitted electronically, in a separate file with JPG, JPEG or TIFF format and a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Only illustrations that increase the understanding of the text should be submitted. The editor reserves the right to limit the number of illustrations.It is the responsibility of the authors to obtain the consent from the students or teachers to publish any photographs in which they are identified.

Figures legends

Type figure legends double-spaced at the end of the manuscript, starting on a separate page. Clearly indicate the figure number for each legend.When symbols, arrows, numbers or letters are used to identify parts of the figures, identify and explain each one in the legend. Such marks should be appeared in a color with enough contrast with their background to be identified easily. Mention the magnification and the staining method for photomicrographs.

 

Copyright Notice

The entire content of the Educ Res Med Sci journal is protected under international copyrights. This journal is for your personal noncommercial use. All authors transfer copyright to the journal and we acknowledge the right of users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles under the CC BY-NC license.

 

Privacy Statement

Educ Res Med Sci journal protects the privacy of all the information provided by authors and reviewers including names and Emails. All the information will be used only for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be shared with any other parties.