All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the website: https://www.medicaleducation-bulletin.ir/author.
We recommend our authors to read the following carefully before submitting the manuscripts:
1. Manuscripts are accepted on condition that they have not been previously published or submitted for publication, and are not going to be sent to other journals. This restriction does not apply to works published in a form of abstracts or summaries. The "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals" is incorporated into our review and publication process. All of the submissions should meet the highest standards of publication ethics, which are: 1) Manuscripts should only report results that have not been submitted or published before, even in part, 2) Manuscripts must be original and should not reuse text from another source without appropriate citation, 3) For biological studies, the studies reported should have been carried out in accordance with generally accepted ethical research standards.
2. After admin processing, the corresponding author will receive a Manuscript ID Number. All of the manuscripts are subject to be under Review process. Authors can expect to receive the first round of reviewers' comments and the initial result of their submissions within 3-6 weeks for routine submissions, and within 1-2 weeks for fast Track submissions (depending on the availability of expert reviewers). However, if a manuscript does not meet the minimum requirements (such as poor language, unclear methods, inappropriate presentation of the findings, inappropriate research design), the manuscript is subject to "Immediate Rejection" within 1-2 weeks after submission.
3. Final decision on an article will be made by Editorial Boards after consideration of reviewers' evaluation. Possible decisions on a manuscript are: accept as is, minor revision, major revision, or reject; however, no one of the manuscripts have been accepted "as is" during our ten years of publishing.
4. Constructive reviewers' comments: All of the accepted manuscripts receive constructive reviewers' comments from our editorial office. Being constructive is one of the main features of peer-review process in MEB. Our authors can consider the constructive reviewers comments as an educational class to improve the quality of the manuscript and they acquire new skills and knowledge that can use it to perform their future research in higher standards and quality of the methods and validity of the findings.
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1. All advertisements are subject to approval of the publisher or editor. However, the publisher or the editor shall not unreasonably withhold such approval.
2. Advertising is separate from content. Advertisers and sponsors should have no advance knowledge of our editorial content, nor should the editors shape content to accommodate advertising. Advertisers do not influence any of the publishers’ editorial decisions or advertising policies.
3. The appearance of an advertisement in the publisher’s journal is neither a guarantee nor an endorsement of the given product, service, company, or of the claims made in such advertising by the publisher, society, or editorial partner.
4. Advertising that appears in the publisher’s journal will be clearly distinguishable from editorial content.
5. Publisher’s advertising sales representatives have no control over, or prior knowledge of, specific editorial content before it is published.
6. Advertisers have no control or influence over the results of searches a user may conduct on the publisher’s journal. Search results are based solely on the functionality available through our search software (e.g., keywords or natural language) and user-defined criteria (e.g., displaying most recent or most relevant items first).
7. In consideration of the publication of an advertisement, the advertiser and the agency, jointly and severally, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the publisher, its officers, agents, and employees against expenses (including legal fees) and losses resulting from the publication of the contents of the advertisement, including, without limitation, claims or suits for libel, violation of privacy, copyright infringement, or plagiarism.
8. All advertisements must clearly and prominently identify the advertiser by trademark or signature.
9. Any reference to the publisher or it products or services in advertisements, promotional material, or merchandising by the advertiser or the agency is subject to the publisher’s prior written approval for each such use.
10. The publisher is not responsible for any damages, including but not limited to actual, direct, incidental, or consequential damages, for errors in displaying an advertisement.
11. The publisher will not be bound by any condition, printed or otherwise, appearing on any insertion order or copy instructions when such conditions conflict with the conditions set forth in this policy statement.
12. In the event of nonpayment, the publisher reserves the right to hold the advertiser and/or its advertising agency liable for such monies as are due and payable to the publisher.
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14. All advertisements for recruitment or employment must be nondiscriminatory and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Advertisements of this nature that discriminate against applicants based on sex, age, race, religion, marital status, or physical handicap will not be accepted. Non-U.S. recruitment advertisers are required to confirm in writing that they are equal-opportunity employers.
15. Advertised products must be compliant with the regulations in the country where the advertisement will be seen.
16. The publisher does not release personally identifiable data on the users of our websites or email service to advertisers.
Step 1. Manuscript submission
This means that the author of the paper submits the article to the journal. The authors should not ask others to submit the manuscript on their behalf. The authors should state their contribution to the work (the research proposal or idea, the research design, analysis, and writing or revising the manuscript) at the time of submission. Please refer to the criteria of authorship provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on this link: http://www.icmje.org , and clearly state the individual contribution of each author in the cover letter.
Authors are required to submit the following files, i.e., a cover letter, the manuscript, and a copy right form. Please visit the section “Guide for Authors”, on our website for further information and to download the cover letter and copy right. The authors need to attach a copy of ethical approval of the study for original works, and a letter from the hospital / university that clearly states the author is allowed to publish the results of a specific patient (for case reports). The clinical trials must be registered and received a unique clinical trial registration ID. The authors are invited to follow the standards of reporting biomedical research such as those recommended by National Library of Medicine (NLM), CONSORT check list, COREQ, PRISMA, CARE checklist, SPIRITS checklist, STARD, STROBE statement to read and use the Research Reporting Guidelines and Supporting Documents for Authors.
An automated manuscript submission and review system is available on the website. Any authors who are not familiar with online manuscript submissions may submit their manuscripts by email, and we will add the manuscripts to the automated system.
Step 2. Acknowledgments of submission
By online submission system, the authors are notified of their submission automatically upon successful submission. By email submission, the author(s) will receive an email from the editorial office referring to the manuscript number and acknowledging receipt of the manuscript within 1-3 days.
If the acknowledgement email from the editorial office has not been received within one week, authors should contact us mentioning their email address, their names, and the title of manuscript.
Step 3: Review sessions
In this step, the editor will send the manuscript to the expert reviewers; however, the authors should suggest external reviewers to be considered for reviewing the submission. Manuscripts submitted to MEB are reviewed by at least three experts. Reviewers evaluate the quality of the manuscripts for: Originality/Novelty, Significance, Quality of Presentation, Scientific Soundness, and Interest to the Readers, Overall Merit, and English Level.
The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.
We ask all reviewers to perform their reviews as soon as possible. However, we understand that, sometimes, reviewers will require additional time. In any case, members of our editorial office will contact the reviewers weekly to ensure that the reviews are received in the shortest possible time.
Authors can expect to receive the first round of reviewers' comments and the initial result of their submissions within 3-6 weeks for routine submissions, and within 1-2 weeks for fast Track submissions (depending on the availability of expert reviewers).
Review procedure for manuscripts of our editorial board members
Please note that Editorial Board Members (EBM) does not have any advantage in publishing their own manuscripts on our journal.
Our policy for EBM-authored articles is the same as other submissions, which is the fair blinded peer-review as transparent and rigorous as possible; so reviewer doesn't know the identity of the author, and vice-versa. To minimize any potential bias in the review process, we follow the advice of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) that clearly suggests “having another associate editor handle the peer review procedure independently of the editor”. In reviewing manuscripts submitted by one of our editors we deliberately exclude the editor in question from all aspects of the review process.
We believe that our policy is fair to other authors competing for journal space and to our editors and their colleagues. As a publisher of medical research, we strive to be thorough and honest to maintain standards for the peer-review system of our journal and to protect it from any potential / systematic abuse by anyone, including our editorial board members.
Step 4: Initial result of submission
After the first round of review, the manuscript may be rejected or accepted with minor or major revisions. It is possible that we also could accept a manuscript without revision, but this has never happened in the last two years. Thus, manuscripts that are initially accepted must be revised by the author(s) based on the reviewers’ comments and suggestions.
Step 5. Screening the manuscript against plagiarism
In this step, iThenticate is used to check the manuscript for similarity index and probable plagiarism. The author will receive the report of iThenticate and the similarity index, and, if required, the author must paraphrase some sentences and paragraphs in the manuscript to make it plagiarism free. The journal may conduct plagiarism screening during any step in the review process.
Step 6. English editing
The manuscripts submitted to MEB should be written in English. All accepted manuscripts must go under advanced English editing by native editors from USA or Britain. The authors can use the editing service of any native language editor of their choice. Native English editors proofread and grammar check the manuscripts and perform the highest quality of advanced copy editing and re-writing of sentences and paragraphs to ensure that their meaning is clear and professional in tone. Native English editors proofread and grammar check the manuscripts and perform the highest quality of advanced copy editing and re-writing of sentences and paragraphs to ensure that their meaning is clear and professional in tone.
Since Native English editors provide numerous comments to the authors, we consider the editing step as the final reviewers' comments before preparing the pre-publication version of the manuscripts. The authors will find English editors' comments, suggestions, and corrections to be very valuable guidance for appropriate scientific writing for academic journals. Thus, our authors can use the skills they learn during this step to their own advantage in writing future manuscripts.
Step 7. Galley proof
After revising the manuscript based on the reviewers’ comments and the English editor’s input, the final pre-publication version of the manuscript will be prepared and sent to the author(s) for final checking and approval.
Step 8. Publication of paper
After receiving the final approval from the author(s), a digital object identifier (DOI) will be assigned to the article, and it will be sent for final layout design and publication.