Since Some authors prefer to submit manuscripts by email and some are not familiar with the online submission system, we may accept submissions by email or By Online Submission System. In the first case, our technical personnel will enter the details and files associated with the manuscript into the online submission system for the authors.
Important news (January 2021) for Online Submission:
This is to announce that the journal is planning to replace its current user interface and its old online manuscript submission system to "Scholar One", a product of "Clarivate Analytics". So, until the next update (Around June 2021) the authors are required to submit the manuscripts only by email. Please do not use previous online submission system (http://my.ejmanager.com/ep).
When an author submits a manuscript, the following 3-6 files must be attached (based of the manuscript type, but the first three files are mandatory for all submissions):
1. Cover letter (updated on April 28, 2019 with Table of Role of Authors based on ICMJE):
Please click here to download a sample cover letter. In the cover letter, you must state that the manuscript, in whole or in part, has not been published by and will not be submitted for publication in any other journal. If your manuscript has been published elsewhere in another language, please indicate this in the cover letter.
The author must provide complete contact information, i.e., postal/mail address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Also, the first and last names, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliations of all co-authors must be provided. Please include the first and last names of all authors in the cover letter. Please ensure that you have written all of the affiliations separately along with the correct email addresses of all authors. In writing the affiliations, please consider the following items for each of the authors: latest degree (for example MD or PhD of Public Health or M.Sc. of Microbiology, etc.), academic position (if they have one, for example Assistant Professor, Lecturer, etc.), name of department (for example Department of Environmental Health, Department of Neurology), name of faculty or school (for example Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health), and research institute, name of the university, name of city, and name of country. Regarding the email addresses of the authors, please provide us with both academic email (if they have one) and the general email addresses (e.g. gmail, yahoo mail, etc.) for each author.
2. Manuscript (Without any information about authors):
The manuscript must include the title of the paper, an Abstract (250 words or less for original articles, 200 words or less for reviews, and 150 words or less for case reports), three to five Keywords (chosen from MeSH), and the body of the manuscript without any information regarding the names of the authors. Abstracts are not required for Letters to the Editor, Opinions, and Editorials.
Please include all of the tables in the manuscript file. Graph files must be attached to the email separately. The acceptable file formats are ".doc" for texts and ".tiff,” “.jpg,” and “.jpeg” for graphs, plates, artwork, and photos. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any figures or illustrations that are protected by copyright, including figures published elsewhere and pictures taken by professional photographers. We will not publish images downloaded from the Internet without permission.
3. Conflict of Interest (COI):
All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Conflict of Interest (COI) form and clearly stating the source of funds and any potential conflict of interest.
The COI form is available at: http://www.ephysician.ir/tasavir/ConflictOfInterestForm.pdf
Please read the COI form carefully, print out the second page, and fill the second page, which must then be signed by all authors. Then, make a simple camera photo of the second page and send it to the journal.
4. Research Ethics Approval:
Please submit a copy of the approval letter of the Research Ethics Committee, if your manuscript is written based on an original research involving humans, which needs to consider research ethics.
5. Ethics of Case Report:
If the manuscript is a case report, please submit an approval letter from the hospital / university, in which they clearly state that the authors are allowed to publish the result of that case report and the patient has authorized them to publish the analysis of their medical records anonymously. Usually, when a patient attends a hospital or clinic, they read and sign a form that allows the institute to use their data anonymously for the progress of the medical science. So, any approval letter from the institute / hospital that states such things are accepted.
6. Clinical Trial Registration:
If the manuscript is based on a clinical trial, please also mention the website address and the unique clinical trial registration ID for the study.
Suggestion of External Reviewers
Please propose us 2-3 external reviewers who are expert on the area of the manuscript. They should not be from the same department as the authors and must not have a conflict of interest with them. Please provide their full name, their email addresses, and their highest degree or academic position. The journal will use the opinions of well-known experts on the submissions; however, the journal may also consider the opinions of external reviewers. The journal is free to consider any of the suggested external reviewers for this submission and use their opinions on other submission.
Attention (zero tolerance to fake external reviewers):
Since some authors in the past have suggested non authentic external reviewers, it is important for us to know the academic email addresses of the suggested external reviewers, so that the journal’s IT experts can identify them and also to ensure there is no unethical behavior.
Research Reporting Guidelines:
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.
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).
Monitoring the progress of the manuscript: