Article structure

Author Guidelines
1. Aims and Scope: The Journal of Research in Basic and Applied Medical Sciences (RABMS) is the official scientific Journal of the Urmia University of Medical Sciences. This Journal accepts Original Papers, Case Reports, Short Communications, Educational letters to the Editor on all aspects of medicine.
2.Manuscript Submission is acceptable only via Journal : 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. In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other Journal and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. Manuscript should be typed in double space of the A-4 size paper with clear margins on both sides. The text should be submitted in Microsoft Word format only. Tables as well as illustrations should be typed and drawn within the manuscript pages. Do not submit tables as photographs. The figures should be sent in a format of JPEG or GIF which will produce high quality images in the online edition of the journal. Authors must declare that it is being exclusively contributed to the Journal of RABMS.
3.The manuscript should include: Title page, the Abstract (in English), Introduction, Materials & methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Financial Support, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgement and References.
4.The title page: The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications, the department or institution to which they are attached, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, e-mail, and Fax number.
5.The Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 300 words. It should be structured as Background & Aims, Materials & Methods, Results, Conclusions followed by 3 to 6 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 ( Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
6. Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
7.Materials & Methods: This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. 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.
8. 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. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
9. Discussion & Conclusions: This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false orno conclusions can be derived.10. 10. Acknowledgement: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgement section. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance and departmental head that only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
11. Tables: In limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed above. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.
12. Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
13. References: Should be as written as Vancouver style in the following formats:
1. Article: Mohebali M, Edrissian Gh, Nadim A, Hajjaran H, Akhoundi B, Hooshmand B, et al. Application of direct agglutination test (DAT) for the diagnosis and seroepidemiologicalstudies of visceral Leishmaniasis in Iran. Iran J Parasitol 2006; 1:15–25.
2. Chapter in a book:
2-1. Porter RJ. Antiepileptic drugs. In: katzung BG, editor. Basic pharmacology. 6 thed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins;1995. P. 119-22.
2-2. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In:Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
3. Book: Gastmeier P, Geffers C, Kaiser AM, WitsonJD, Martin JB, Kasper DL, et al. Development ofinfectious diseases. 3th ed. New York: Scientific American; 1995.P. 340-5.
14. Proofreading: A computer prints out is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office.
15. Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract and keywords. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
16. Ethical guidelines: Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods. 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. 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.
17.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.
18.Page charges: There are no charges for publication in this Journal.
19.Copyright: The entire contents of the RABMS 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 the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.
20.Peerreview process: All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer-reviewed by at least 3 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 acceptable according to the criteria set forth in these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue.
21. Journal has entire right for accept or reject any of received manuscripts.
22.The editors, editorial board, sponsoring organization, and publisher do not accept responsibility for the statements expressed by authors in their contributions.
23.Communicating with the Editorial Office: We encourage you to communicate with the RABMS Editorial Office and to check on the status of a manuscript via journal site: ( only.
Submission Preparation Checklist authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

 Categories of Articles


Article Type



Original Investigation

Clinical trial
Intervention study
Cohort study
Case-control study
Epidemiologic assessment

  • 3000 words
  • ≤5 tables and/or figures
  • Structured abstract (Background & Aims, Materials & Methods, Results, Conclusion); (300 words)
  • Keywords (MeSH, no more than 6)
  • Follow EQUATOR Reporting Guidelines


Clinical Trial

Any research project that prospectively assigns human participants to intervention or comparison groups to study the cause-and-effect relationship between an intervention and a health outcome. All clinical trials must be registered at an appropriate online public registry.

Interventions include but are not limited to drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, educational programs, dietary interventions, quality improvement interventions, process-of-care changes, and the like.


  • 3000 words
  • ≤5 tables and/or figures, including CONSORT flow diagram
  • Structured abstract (Background & Aims, Materials & Methods, Results, Conclusion); (300≥ words)
  • Keywords (MeSH, no more than 6)
  • Subtitle should be "A Randomized Clinical Trial"
  • Trial registration and ID
  • Trial protocol
  • CONSORT checklist
  • Follow EQUATOR Reporting Guidelines



Systematic, critical assessments of literature and data sources pertaining to clinical topics, emphasizing factors such as cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, or prevention, and that includes a statistical technique for quantitatively combining the results of multiple studies that measure the same outcome into a single pooled or summary estimate.


  • 3500 words
  • 50-75 references
  • ≤5 tables and/or figures
  • Structured abstract (Importance, Objective, Data Sources, Study Selection, Data Extraction and Synthesis, Main Outcome(s) and Measure(s), Results, Conclusions and Relevance); (350 ≥ words)
  • Keywords (MeSH, no more than 6)
  • Subtitle should include "A Meta-analysis"
  • Follow PRISMA Reporting Guidelines or MOOSE Reporting Guidelines


Clinical Review and Education

Article Type



Systematic Review (without meta-analysis)

Critical assessments of the literature and data sources pertaining to clinical topics, emphasizing factors such as cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, or prevention.

  • 3500 words
  • 50-75 references
  • ≤5 tables and/or figures
  • A PRISMA-style flow diagram should be included as an online supplement
  • Include a table with ratings of the quality of the studies/evidence
  • Subtitle should be "A Systematic Review"
  • Structured abstract (Importance, Objective, Evidence Review, Findings, Conclusions and Relevance); (350≥ words)
  • Keywords (MeSH, no more than 6)
  • Follow EQUATOR Reporting Guidelines


Article Type



Letter to the Editor

Letters discussing a recent article in this journal should be submitted within 4 weeks of the article's publication in print.

  • 400 words
  • ≤5 references (1 of which should be to the recent article)
  • ≤3 authors


Letter in Reply

Replies by authors of original articles to letters from readers.

  • 500 words
  • ≤6 references
  • ≤3 authors


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