Instructions to Authors
The Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine (IJRM) is an international biannually journal.
Publication of IJRM benefits from copyright protection in accordance with Universal Copyright
Convention. All rights reserved. All published articles will become the property of the IJRM. The editor
and publisher accept no responsibility for the statements expressed by the authors here in. Also they do
not guarantee, warrant or endorse any product or service advertised in the journal.
Types of papers accepted
The main part of each issue will be devoted to original research papers which should presents new results
of interest in the field of reproduction and infertility. The IJRM will also consider review, case report,
short communication and letter to editor.
Submission of manuscripts
A covering letter identifying the person (full name, address, telephone, fax numbers and email)
responsible for correspondence concerning the submitted article should accompany all manuscripts.
Manuscripts are received with the understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by
another publication. The author’s transmittal letter must accompany the manuscript and contain these
statements: “The manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors involved and is neither being
published nor being considered for publication elsewhere. The authors transfer copyright to the IJRM.” Electronic submission by e-mail is highly recommended.
The format of the IJRM manuscripts, including tables, references, and figure legends must be type
written, double-spaced, on one side of A4 paper, with margins of at least 2.5 cm. Pages should be
numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page and continuing through the last page of typewritten
material. One original, three photocopies of the entire manuscript and a diskette that contains the
manuscript and had been created by Microsoft Word should be submitted, along with three sets of
photographs. Abbreviations should be given in parentheses after their first mention in text, and used
The title page must contain (1) title of article, (2) correct names and highest academic degree of each
author, (3) each author’s official academic and/or clinical title and affiliation, (4) name and address of the
institution(s), (5) name and address of author to whom correspondence should be sent, and (6) any
disclaimers. The author should provide a running title of no more than 50 character, including spaces.
All original articles must contain a structured abstract of not more than 250 words. The abstract should
include Background, Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions and at least three key
words, chosen from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
Most original articles have the following format:
Introduction (the question paper intends to answer). Materials and Methods (the study design and
methods, definitions such as for diagnostic criteria, the population or patient samples, and laboratory and
statistical methods). Results (the pertinent findings in a logical sequence with tables and figures as
necessary). Discussion (conclusions based on the findings, evidence from the literature that supports the
conclusions, conflicting evidence, applicability of the conclusions, and implications for future research or
clinical applications). Acknowledgements (personal acknowledgement should precede those of
institutions or agencies). References (references should be numbered sequentially as they appear in the
text according to the Vancouver style. When citing authors in the text, acknowledge only the first author
where there are three or more authors, e.g. Williams et al (1) stated that .... Where there are two authors
cite both, e.g. Jones and Smith (2) reported that .... Citations in the reference list are to be arranged by
number in the following format including punctuation. Journals: Author(s). Title of article. Title of
journal (in italics with no full stops) Year; volume number: page numbers. (Abbreviations for journals
used in the reference list should conform to Index Medicus.) Books: Author(s). Title: sub-title. Edition.
Place of publication: Publisher; Year. Chapter in a book: Author(s) of chapter. Title: sub-title of chapter.
In: Author(s) (or editors) of the book. Title: sub-title of book. Place of publication: publisher; Year; page
numbers. Inclusive page numbers should be given for all references. Print surnames and initials of all
authors when there are six or less. In the case of seven or more authors, the names of the first six authors
followed by et al should be listed.
The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and for their correct textual
Three copies of all figures or photographs should be included with the submitted manuscript. Photographs
must be high-contrast, glossy, black and white prints, unmounted and untrimmed, with preferred size of
10 x 15 cm. Color transparencies or photos will be accepted at the discretion of Editorial Board. Figure
number, and name of senior author, should be typed on a gummed label and affixed to the back of each
illustration. Graphs and charts must be also prepared professionally by an artist or draftsman. Written
permission must accompany any photograph in which the subject can be identified or any illustration that
has been previously published. All illustrations must be numbered as cited in the text in consecutive
Captions for the figures must be typed, double-spaced, and must not appear on the figures. For
photomicrographs, the legend should include the original magnification and stain used.
Each table should be typed double-spaced, including all headings. Verify tabular statistics to make sure
they tally and match data cited in the text.
• Submit only the final version of the manuscript.
• The file should be in Microsoft Word.
• Provide the printout of the manuscript that exactly matches the disk file. File names must be clearly
indicating the contents of each file.
• Prepare art as camera-ready copy. Laser prints are accepted.
Page charges: There is no page charge for publication in the Iranian Journal of Reproductive
Reprint: Ten reprints will be provided free of charge.
The submitted manuscripts will be assessed from editorial points of view, at first. Should the manuscript
meet the basic editorial requirements; it will enter the peer-review process. The manuscript will then be
sent to one in-office and two out of office referees for review. The corresponding author will then be
informed to the referee’s remark.
Revision: Papers may be returned to authors for modification of the scientific content and/or for
shortening and language corrections. Revised paper and a letter listing point-for-point response to the
reviewers must be submitted to the Editor and must be accompanied by a copy of the original version.
Suggestion by the Editor about resubmission does not imply that a revised version will necessary be
accepted. If a paper that is returned to the authors for modification is not resubmitted within two months
it will be regarded as having been withdrawn and any revised version received subsequently will be
treated as a new paper and the date of receipt will be altered accordingly. Authors who resubmit a paper
that has previously been rejected must provide the original manuscript and a letter explaining in detail
how the paper has been modified. The right is reserved to incorporate any changes deemed necessary by
the Editor to make contributions harmonize with the editorial standards of the journal. Accepted
manuscripts become the property of Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine
.Proofs: Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to be checked for only typographical errors and
other essential small changes. Major alternations to the text cannot be accepted at this stage. Proofs must
be returned to the Editor within 3 days of receipt.
Responsibilities of authors
The authors are responsible for accuracy of all statements and data contained in the manuscript, accuracy
of all references information, and for obtaining and submitting permission from the author and publisher
of any previously published material included in the submitted manuscript. The corresponding author will
receive an edited manuscript for “final author approval”.
Submit manuscripts to:
The Editor in Chief, Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Research & Clinical Center for
Infertility, 2 Bouali Ave, Safayeh, Yazd, Iran. P.O. Box, 89195-999.
Telephone: +98 (351) 8247085. Fax: +98 (351) 8247087 E-mail: IJRM@yazdivf.org
All authors must sign the “submission form” agreement before the article can be processed. This transfer
agreement enables Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine to protect the copyright material for the
authors, but does not relinquish the author’s proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the
exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions,
microform or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations, and includes the right to adapt
the article for use in conjunction with computer system and programs, including reproduction or
publication in machine-readable form and incorporation in retrieval systems. Authors are responsible for
obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce all figures for which copyright exists.
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