Guide for Authors

Instructions for Authors

1. Submission: Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter to the editor-in-chief, including title and author(s) name and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. All authors should review the submitted manuscript and all the authors should sign the covering letter.
In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other journals and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. Manuscripts submitted in English, must be type written, double-spaced on one side of the A-4 size paper with clear margins on both sides. Tables as well as illustrations should be typed and drawn on a separate paper. Authors are requested to reserve margins of at least 2 cm all around the paper. The figures should be sent in JPEG or GIF format. Submission is also acceptable via Journal URL: 
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has produced and updated the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals". Authors can consult this requirements using the following link
The Council of Science Editors (CSE) has produced "Editorial Policy Statements" that cover the responsibilities and rights of editors of peer-reviewed journals. This can be found in the following link.
2. The manuscript should include: Title, Structured Abstract and Keywords, Text (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion), Acknowledgment and References.
3. Title pages: Title page must be submitted as a separate file. This should contain: article title (not to exceed 75 characters, including spaces); all authors’ full names, academic degrees, institutional affiliations, and locations. Designate one author as the corresponding author with complete address (including e-mail address, postal codes and mobile number). a short running title of no more than 45 letters and spaces.
4. Structured Abstract and Keywords: Limit the abstract to 250 words. Do not cite references in the abstract. Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms. Use the following subheads: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion. As for the case reports, just three parts (Introduction, Case report and Conclusion) suffice. A list of 3-10 keywords is to be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus (
5. Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rational for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
6. Materials and Methods: This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author is able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
7. Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given.
8. Discussion: This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other works in the field of study. The detailed data should not be repeated again.  
9. Conclusion: Conclusions should be based on the results.
10. Acknowledgement: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance and departmental head that only provided general support. Financial and material support and conflict of interests must be written in this section.
11. Tables: no more than a total of 8 for originals and 5 for case reports (figures and tables). Tables must be submitted in Excel or Word table format and not as images. Put the tables where you have mentioned it in the text.  Provide a brief title for each table.
12. Figures: no more than a total of 8 for originals and 5 for case reports (figures and tables). Figures must be uploaded separatelyin JPEG or GIF format.  including the number of the figure in the description box (e.g., Figure 1). Figures can be submitted as JPEG or GIF file types. Figures cannot be embedded in Microsoft programs (Word, PowerPoint, etc).
Figure Legends: A figure legend is required for each figure. If a figure has multiple panels (eg, left, right or A, B, C) please specify each panel in the legend. Figure legends should appear on a separate text page after the reference list. Please provide definitions for all abbreviations used in the figures, and provide description for all symbols.
13. References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. For abbreviations of journal names, refer to list of journals indexed in index medicus.
Sample references are given below (according to Vancouver style):
Article: Author(s) name (more than 6 names use et al). Title of article. Abbreviation of title of journal Year; Volume (Issue): Page. Example: Jalaeian Taghadomi R, Majidi MR, Peivandi A. [Combination of propofol and tranexamic acid as a protocol of providing optimal surgical condition in comparison with halothane during tympanoplasty]. Iranian journal of otorhinolaryngology 2006; 18(2): 5-9. (Persian)
Anjum K, Revington PJ, Irvine GH Superficial parotidectomy: Antegrade compared with modified retrograde dissections    of the facial nerve. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2008; 46(6): 433-4.
Chapter: Author(s) name. Chapter. In: Editor(s) name. Book. Edition. Place: Publisher; Year: Page.
Example: Arts HA. Sensorineural hearing loss: Evaluation and management in adults. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Harker LA, Haughey BH, Richardson MA, Robbins KT, et al. (editors). Cumming’s otolaryngology head and neck surgery. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby; 2005: 3550-5.
Book: Author(s) name. Book. Edition. Place: Publisher; Year: Page. Example: Hassanzadeh J. [Diseases of nasal and paranasal sinuses]. 1st ed. Mashhad: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad; 1998: 78-90. (Persian)
Dissertation: Author(s) name. Title. Degree. Dissertation. Place: University, College, Year: Page. Example: Abdullahi S. [Study of epidemiologic aspects of otosclerosis in patients with otosclerosis in Ghaem Hospital since 1993 to 2003].  MD. Dissertation. Mashhad: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, 2003: 20-35. (Persian)
Electronic Article: Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis (derail online) 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5], 1(1): [24 screens]. Available from: URL;
Authors who are using endnote software for preparing the manuscript can download the style of the journal from the following link :     IJO.ens
14. Proof Reading: Final edited articles is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the journal office.
15. Abbreviations and Symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text.
16. Corresponding Author: The corresponding author will be supplied with 3 free issues.
17. Ethical Guidelines: Ethical considerations must be addressed in materials and methods. All manuscripts reporting the results of experimental investigations involving human subjects should include a statement confirming the informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject's guardian, after approval of the experimental protocol by a local human ethics committee. The authors are responsible for the whole scientific content of manuscript.
18. Conflicts of Interest: Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken.
19. Charges: There are no charges for publication in this journal. but the English edition (by the journal’s native editor) are charged accordingly.
20. Copyright: The entire contents of Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology are protected under international copyrights. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.
21. Peer Review Process: This journal uses Double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the 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 as soon as possible of the editor decision to accept, reject, or require modifications. If the manuscript is completely according to the instruction, it is scheduled for the next available issue.
22. Disposal of Material: Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for 1 year before disposal.
23. Short Papers: Including short case reports, imaging cases, letters to the editor, comments on the published articles, how you do a certain procedure, etc. These writings should not exceed 400 words, at most 3 pictures and without references.
24. Fast-Track Review Fee (FTF): Authors sometimes have to meet publication deadlines, e.g. for promotion & tenure or thesis defense, grant proposals, spending of research funds before a certain deadline, publication of follow-up papers, or because the findings are deemed important. To facilitate a speedy turn-around when a rapid decision is required, IJO offers a review model in which selected peer reviewers may be paid to deliver high-quality and speedy peer-review reports. This is entirely optional - if you do not wish to pay for a fast-track peer review process, just submit your paper normally as described before in the instruction for authors.  Submitting for "Fast Review" will no guarantee a manuscript to be accepted.

How to order FTF?

In order to take advantage of this, authors must pay a non-refundable fast-track fee. The fast-track fee should be paid using journal website and under each submission ID.

The Final Checklist 
The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript, they have taken care of the following:
1. Title Pages
2. Abstract
3. Manuscript 
4. References
5. Tables, illustrations and figures with their captions
6. Cover letter including Copyright Transfer Agreement and Conflict of Interest Statement and Author contribution to the manuscript signed by all the authors (Can be downloaded via this link)



Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

Nematollah Mokhtari Amir Majdi, Professor

Tel: +985118451128

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