Update July 2018:

Research Reporting Guidelines and Supporting Documents for Authors are available to download Click here to download CONSORT template and checklist, STROBE statement, PRISMA Checklist, MOOSE checklist and other resources for preparing and reporting clinical trials, observationbal studies, case reports, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.



Electronic physician is an open access journal, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. Our articles our published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.



1. Types and scope of articles:

Electronic Physician is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles, reviews (traditional reviews and systematic reviews), Meta-analyses, case reports and other common types of articles related to all areas of basic and clinical medical sciences and all disciplines of health sciences. Editorials, letters to the editor, opinions, and other short articles are also welcomed. Topics of interest include all subjects that relate to the practice of medicine and the betterment of public health worldwide. Commencing on January 2018, the following research designs have the highest chance of being published in our journal:

1) Meta-analyses

2) Randomized Controlled Trials

3) Prospective Cohort studies

4) Systematic-reviews with high impact on great policy makings of health and clinical practice

5) Matched case-control studies

6) Rare and unique Case-Reports, and those case-reports with high value in education of clinical science

2. Manuscript preparation:

The "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals" is incorporated into our review and publication process. Please visit http://www.icmje.org for more details. You are encouraged to prepare the reference section of the manuscript using the standard introduced by URM. Please click here to download the template of the manuscript. Authors should use the template to prepare their manuscript, especially the font, the size of the font, list of authors, references, acknowledgment section, and other instructions in the template file. The authors are advised to use the standard checklists for presenting their research. A list of supporting documents for CONSORT 2010 (Randomized Controlled Trials), CARE checklist (case reports), PRISMA checklist, STROBE, STARD, MOOSE and SPIRIT checklists are available here.

3. Research ethics and publication ethics:

Electronic Physician is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Electronic Physician has zero tolerance for academic misconduct, including "Duplicate Publication," "Salami Publication," and "Plagiarism." All manuscripts are investigated thoroughly regarding any potential unethical conduct. Beginning in January 2015, all submissions will be checked for plagiarism using iThenticate.

4. References:

References should be written in compliance with the ‘Citing Medicine, 2nd edition: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers’ published by National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (Aailable from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256 ). Some authors do not use correct abbreviations for journals. Please use the abbreviations of the titles of journals in the reference section. For more information, visit the ISSN website at http://www.issn.org/2-22661-LTWA-online.php and the National Library of Medicine at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/ (Look at the appendix section of that page for abbreviation of journals) for further details. The correct abbreviations for journals also can be found at the journals’ websites. Please add Pubmed PMID (or Pubmed central PMCID) of articles (if the references appear in Pubmed), and add the digital object identifier (DOI) or the URL (in the DOI system) if the reference has a DOI. Visit the following link to search the PMIDs and DOIs of articles: http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery (This link provides doi for those journal articles that use CrossRef doi service, therefore there are many articles with DOI, but not available on Crossref).

5. Expected time required for the peer-review process:

Authors can expect to receive the first round of reviewers' comments and the initial result of their submissions within 3-6 months for routine submissions, and within 3-10 weeks for fast Track submissions (depending on the availability of expert reviewers).

6. Language of Journal Articles:

6.1. English editing:

The manuscripts submitted to Electronic Physician should be written in English. Our native English editors will perform advanced English editing on accepted manuscripts free of charge. Please click here to read more about Free English editing.

7. Conflict of Interest (COI):

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Conflict of Interest (COI) form. 

The COI form is available at: http://www.ephysician.ir/tasavir/ConflictOfInterestForm.pdf  

8. Publication fee:

The journal has designed a new formula to ensure that more authors are able to publish their high quality research free of charge or with a considerable discount. To do this, we have categorized the publication fee into 3 categories. Most of our authors fit in categories 1, 2; and then can publish their research with a discount (or exempt from publication fee). In addition, and since the journal began to publish more Randomized Controlled Trials, Meta-analyses, and Prospective Cohort studies in 2018; authors of such manuscripts may apply for up to 100% discount, at the time of submission. 

Category 1- Exempt from publication fee:

Authors from low income countries (in accordance with the World Bank) will receive 100% discount, with no question.

Category 2- Exempt from publication fee or Considerable discount:

Authors from Middle income countries will receive 35% discount, with no question. They may also apply for additional discount up to 100%, especially authors who live in middle income countries in South Asia (India and Pakistan, ...), West Asia (Iran, Iraq,...), South America, East Europe (Turkey, Russia,...), and Africa, at the time of submission. 

Category 3- High income countries:

A small number of our authors are from high income countries. The publication fee for this category is $750, however, they may apply for 20-100% discount, at the time of submission.

Note 1:

The authors who choose the Fast Track option are required to pay $200 upon successfully passing the review process. Choosing the Fast Track will not affect the outcome of the submission (acceptance or rejection).

Note 2:

No submission fee is required at the time of submission.

Note 3:

The journal pays a considerable fee to technical editors, DOI registration, Cross-ref service, Online Submission System, PubMed Central XML conversions, iThenticate Plagiarism detection, Native English Editing, and other editorial fees. The journal has also recruited a group of the highest ranked English editors to ensure that all articles are free of grammatical errors and where necessary, editors will re-write sentences and provide constructive comments to the authors. Our authors can consider our English editors' comments and corrections as the highest quality of scientific writing educational class. The journal will compensate the English editors and there is no fee charged to the authors for this excellent service. Please click here to read more about Free English editing.