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Author Guidelines

Peer Review Process:

The articles are primarily evaluated by our statisticians and internal screeners who check the articles for any methodological flaw, format, and their compliance with journal's instructions. Then a submission code will be allocated and all the future contacts should be based on this code. The articles will then be reviewed by at least three external (peer) reviewers. Their comments will be passed to the authors and their responses to the comments with the reviewers' comments will then be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, the Deputy Editor, and a final reviewer who can be a member of the Editorial Board. The final review process will be discussed in regular Editorial Board sessions and on the basis of their comments and the journal's scope, the Editor-in-Chief will decide which articles should be published.

 

Cover letter: 

Please confirm that you will not resubmit your article to another journal until the reviewing process is completed. Also please indicate whether the authors have published or submitted any related papers from the same study.

 

Ethical Consideration:

The implemented guidelines are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/#privacy). The editorial office reserves the right to edit the submitted manuscripts in order to comply with the journal's style. In any case, the authors are responsible for the published material. The research that involves human beings (or animals) must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/e/ethicsunit/helsinki.htm).

For reports of randomized controlled trials authors should refer to the CONSORT statement (http://www.consort-statement.org/).

In manuscripts that report research involving new treatments or procedures in humans, authors must indicate that informed consent to take part in the research was obtained from the participants or their legal guardians.

 

 

1) Authorship:

Based on the newly released Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, by the ICMJE, “an Author” is generally considered to be someone who meets the following conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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

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

3-Final approval of the version to be published; AND

4-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.

 

2) Conflict of Interest:

We request all the authors to inform us about any kinds of “Conflict of Interest” (such as financial, personal, political, or academic) that would potentially affect their judgment. Authors are preferably asked to fill the uniform disclosure form available through:

(http://www.icmje.org/coi_disclosure.pdf)

 

3) Plagiarism:

The authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere.

We accept all terms and conditions of COPE about plagiarism and in case, any attempt of plagiarism is brought to our attention accompanied with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE.

Retraction Policy:

The MEJC uses the COPE flowchart for retraction of a published article

(http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines)

to determine whether a published article should be retracted.

 

Assignment of Copyright and Authorship Responsibilities:

Your Article will not be published unless a Copyright Assignment Form has been signed and received by MEJC

To download the Copyright form please click on: Forms

You hereby warrant that "This article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form".

*Authors can attach the filled version of this form as a supplemantary file during the submission process.

 

Language and Style:

Contributions should be in either American or British English language. The text must be clear and concise, conforming to accepted standards of English style and usage. Non-native English speakers may be advised to seek professional help with the language.

All materials should be typed in double line spacing numbered pages. Abbreviations should be standard and used just in necessary cases, after complete explanations in the first usage.

 

Manuscript Submission

     - Submit via our website: mejc.sums.ac.ir

Required files

The following electronic files are required: (all files must be supported by MS Word 2003)
      -    Title page

-          Body of manuscript including references and acknowledgments

-          A Microsoft Word file containing tables (If any)

-          Photos and Figures in JPEG format (If any)

-          A signed Copyright Form (available in the Forms Section of our website)

 

* We will acknowledge receipt of the manuscripts by email

** It should be noted that publication is free of charge for all authors in Middle East Journal of Cancer.

 

Preparation of Manuscript

Organization of the paper and style of presentation

Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are recommended to seek the advice of a native English speaker, if possible, before submitting their manuscripts.

You can also visit http://www.internationalscienceediting.com/. International Science Editing offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

- Title page
- Body of text (divided by subheadings)
- Acknowledgements
- References

Important note: all tables must be in a separate MS Word file with correct reference to the text. Also all Figures and photos must be in JPEG format and as a single file. Figures are only accepted as JPEG files at 300 dpi (dots per inch) or greater.

 

 Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.·


SI units should be used, i.e., those based on meters, kilograms, seconds, etc.

Title page

The title page should provide the following information:


-Type of Article

Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
- Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
- Full affiliation(s)
- Complete address of corresponding author, including telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address
- Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 300 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
- Keywords.

-Running title:a shorter version of the title (40 characters at most) is needed for page footer.

Introduction should provide a context or background and specify the purpose or research objective of the study or observation.

 

Materials and Methods

Must indicate clearly the steps taken to acquire the information. Be sure that it includes only information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was written. It should be detailed (including controls, inclusion and exclusion criteria, etc) and may be separated into subsections. Repeating the details of standard techniques is best avoided.

The software used for statistical analysis and description of the actual method should be mentioned.

 

All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Materials and Methods section identifying the review and approval committee for each study. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt whether appropriate procedures have been used.

 

Results should be presented in a chronological sequence in the text, table, and illustration. Organize the results according to their importance. They should result from your own study.



 


Tables


Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
Each table should be provided on a separate page. Tables should not be included in the text.

   Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.·
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Figures

 

   Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.·
Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text. They should be as single JPEG files at 300 dpi or greater resolution.


Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript. Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and brightness.



 

Discussion should emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings should be explored. The limitations of the study and the implications of the findings for future research or clinical practice should be explored.

 

Supplementary Materials such as movie clips, questionnaires, etc may be published on the online version of the journal.

 

Any technical help, general, financial, and material support or contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship, can be cited at the end of the text as Acknowledgments.

 


Reference


For citations in the text,refrences should be in superscript format. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. Using old references is discouraged. If there are more than 6 authors in any of the references, please add et al. after writing the name of the first 6 authors.
References should be listed in the order in which they appear in the text in the following style:


For various references please refer to (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pmcdoc/tagging-guidelines/citations/v2/citationtags.html#N400EC9).

Example for a section in a book:


1- Anderson, Robert J.; Schrier, Robert W. Acute renal failure. In: Braunswald, Eugene; Isselbacher, Kurt J.; Petersdorf, Robert G., et al., editors. Harrison's principles of internal medicine. 11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1987. p. 1149-1155.


Footnotes
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases, it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

   If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.·
 

Abstract should be structured for original articles providing the background/objective for the study, methods, results and conclusion altogether not exceeding 300 words. Number this as page 1.

Abstracts of the other types of contributions should be non-structured providing the essential information.

When abstracting a review article, a concise summary of the salient points should be addressed.

The abbreviations should preferably not be mentioned in the abstract.

 

Keywords are used for indexing purposes; each article should provide three to five keywords selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

 

 

Correction of Errata:

The journal will publish an erratum when a factual error in a published item has been documented.

 

Retraction Policy:

The MEJC uses the COPE flowchart for Retraction of a published article (http://publicationethics.org) to determine whether a published article should be retracted.

 

Letters to the Editor:                                                   

The MEJC welcomes Letters to the Editor pointing out alternative interpretations of published results, or commenting briefly on topics of relevance to the journal's readers. 

 

For further information please contact the Editorial Office:

Tel: +98 71-32303715

Fax: +98 71-32303715

Email: mejc@sums.ac.ir; middle.east.journal@gmail.com

Web: http://mejc.sums.ac.ir

 

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2.  Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

 


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