* The manuscript should include: Title page; Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgement and References.
* Title page must include complete title of the manuscript, the name of all authors with their highest academic ranking, the name of the department or institution in which they work, mailing address for correspondence, phone numbers, e-mail, and fax number.
* Abstract: All original articles must have a structured abstract not exceeding 250 words. It should be structured as Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). The abstract must accurately reflect the content of the manuscript.
* Introduction: This part should summarize the purpose and the rationale behind the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
* Materials & Methods: This part should explain the exact methods used in the observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, the manufacturer’s name, city and country should be provided in parenthesis. If a specific method is used, citations must be provided; but if a new method is applied, enough information must be provided so that another researcher would be able to repeat the experiment. If a drug is used, its generic name, dosage and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex and mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical methods and the software program used must be mentioned as well.
* Results: The obtained results may be described in the text, tables and figures (diagrams). The contents of the tables should not be repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be provided. Lengthy articles may need sub-headings (especially in the Results and Discussion sections) for further clarification.
* Discussion: This part should explain the present findings and the variations or similarities with other works done in the field by other researchers. The results should not be repeated in the discussion again. Discuss the new and important aspects of the study and the drawn conclusions. It must be mentioned whether the study hypothesis mentioned in the introduction was confirmed or refuted.
* Acknowledgement: All contributors who did not meet the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section. This part should include the names of individuals who provided technical support or writing assistance and the head of department. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
* Tables: Tables should be submitted in limited numbers with the captions placed above. Do not submit tables as photographs. Provide explanatory footnotes.
* Figures: Figures should be submitted in limited numbers, with high quality artwork mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below. Data should not be repeated in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
* References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of citations provided. Number references consecutively in the order they first appear in the text. Identify references by Arabic numerals, and place them as superscript numerals within the sentence. Do not link the references to their numbers as footnotes or endnotes. References cited only in tables or legends of figures should appear as a source note to the table or figure. Follow the style of these general examples, which are based on the formats used in Index Medicus. Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style. If there are more than six authors, list the first six and use et al.
* Article: Seale NS, Casamassimo PS. U.S. predoctoral education in pediatric dentistry: its impact on access to dental care. J Dent Educ 2003;67(1):23-9. Case Report: Commission on Dental Education. Accreditation standards for dental education programs. Chicago: American Dental Association, 2002.
* Book: Avery JK. Essentials of oral histology and embryology: a clinical approach. 2nd ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 2000. Chapter in an Edited Volume.
* Chapter: Inglehart MR, Filstrup SL, Wandera A. Oral health and quality of life in children. In: Inglehart MR, Bragramian RA, Eds. Oral health-related quality of life. Chicago: Quintessence Publishing Co., 2002:79-88.
* Proof Reading: A computer print out is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office.
* Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
* Corresponding author: Will be supplied with 5 free issues.
* Ethical guidelines: Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section. 1) Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project. 2) Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your Institute or agency.
* Conflicts of interest: Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it. * Page charges: There are no charges for publication in this Journal.
* Copyright: The entire contents of the Journal of Islamic Dental Association of IRAN are protected under international copyrights. This Journal is for your personal noncommercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without prior written permission from the Journal or the appropriate copyright owner.
* Peer review process: All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer-reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the Editorial Board. The corresponding author is notified of the editor’s decision to accept or reject the manuscript or require modifications. An accepted manuscript is scheduled for publication in the next upcoming issue.
* Disposal of material: Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for 6 months before disposal.
▼ The final checklist
The authors must ensure that before submitting their manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following:
1- Title page should contain title, name of the author/co-authors, their affiliation, and mailing address for future correspondence, E-mail address and phone and fax numbers.
2- Abstract in structured format not exceeding 250 words.
3- Reference style as stated in the Instruction to Authors.
4- Tables should be typed on separate pages.
5- Provide captions for tables and figures. Do not repeat the results in tables if they have been already mentioned in the text.
6- Photographs / illustrations along with their captions.
7- Manuscript in triplicate.
8- Letter of undertaking signed by all authors.
9- Disclosure regarding sources of funding and conflicts of interest if any besides approval of the study by the respective Ethics Committee/ Institution Review Board.
10- Covering Letter.