Author Guidelines

About the Journal 

Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, a publication of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, (Print ISSN 1735-9066| E-ISSN 2228-5504), is a peer-reviewed online journal with Bimonthly print on demand compilation of issues published. The journal’s full text is available online at The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.

Aims and Scope

Iranian Journal of Nursing & Midwifery Research (IJNMR) aims to promote communication among Nursing & Midwifery researchers worldwide. This journal publishes quantitative, qualitative and mixed method original works within the area of Nursing & Midwifery such as Medical-Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, Psychiatric Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Pediatrics Nursing, Forensic Midwifery, Midwifery Education, Women’s Health Care, Reproductive Health, Allied Health Sciences and Nursing Informatics.

It is an international journal with editorial and consultant contributors from various parts of the world, and is published bimonthly.

Guidelines for Authors

Iranian Journal of Nursing & Midwifery Research (IJNMR) is a Nursing & Midwifery journal that publishes original research articles, short communications, systematic review articles, editorials, letters to editor, and case reports. Contributions in any of these formats are invited for editorial consideration following peer review by at least three experts in the field. Submissions should conform to the 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, available at

Unsolicited manuscripts will be reviewed for publication with the following understanding that:

1. They represent original work.

2. The paper neither was already published nor is being under review elsewhere.

3. Upon acceptance, the paper may not be published elsewhere without the written permission of this journal.

4. The published paper is the sole property of IJNMR and may be edited before publication.

5. Please note that the following is the payment plan for our contributors:

10,000,000 Rials/500 USD for Original & Review articles, 5,000,000 Rials/250 USD for Case Reports & Short communications. Letters to editor & Editorials are Free. Please pay attention that the authors should pay extra 2,000,000 Rials/US $ 50 for each 600 words exceeding the word limit (each diagram or figure equals 300 extra words). Final Payment Fee will be calculated according to the article type and extra words at the end of the reviewing process

Please refer to the following link for payment:  

Kindly send a scanned copy of your receipt to the journal via
Contributors out of Iran can electronically pay through secure Medknow, Wolters Kluwer submission portal.

The editorial will not enter into argument with authors about papers considered unsuitable for publication and their decision is final.


All manuscript must be submitted on-line through

Please follow submission instructions on the abovementioned site after logging in as an author. Authors are advised to write in clear and simple English and to have their article checked by a professional English language editor before submission as the submitted articles undergo a language check prior to being reviewed and may be rejected  if in poor English.

Please download the related templates  available at for your intended article and  follow to indent the first line of each paragraph. Persian speaking authors can refer to   to download the illustrated instructions in Persian. Abbreviation (except for measurements) and acronyms are discouraged.

Use metric units whenever practical. All article pages and lines should be numbered. Use active rather than passive voice whenever possible. Avoid footnotes in the text.

Information identifying authors should be omitted from the manuscript pages. They, together with acknowledgment, should be listed on a separate file (First page file).

Submission Files

Main submission file must be prepared in Microsoft Word97-2003 document file format (*.doc). Please do not use sophisticated formatting and page styles, as these lead to some problems in file processing. If the references have been prepared using Endnote software or similar programs, please ensure to remove the reference manager links from the file before submission. Otherwise these references may not be visible under certain platforms. Sample manuscript templates can be downloaded from as a guide for manuscript preparation.

All tables must be presented in the main submission file after references and not embedded as graphics.


An abstract should accompany each original article, review article and short communication. The abstract should be limited to 250 words for original or review articles and 150 words for short communication or case report. It should include the background, materials and methods, results, and conclusions and key words sections separately.

 It should describe the research purposes or motivation for the paper, the main findings or viewpoints and central conclusions. It should be factual, and give quantified findings in preference to descriptive language. It should contain no references or abbreviations. On the abstract page, authors should include a list of important keywords (the number of key words should be between 3 to 5 words) which will be published with the paper and used for indexing. Key words should conform to the Medical Subject Headings used in Index Medicus (, if possible.

Original Articles

Original articles should be limited to 3000 words for quantitative or 3500 words for qualitative and mixed methods articles (exceeding these numbers of words, the author should pay an extra 2,000,000 Rls or USD 50 for each 600 extra words). The paper should clearly describe the reason for undertaking the work, and present methods used and the results found in separate sections. Scientific interpretations based on the findings should be presented in a discussion section; a self critical / examination of the findings is encouraged. There is a limitation for the number the tables (at most three) and references (at most thirty).

Short Communication

Short Communications are treated like original articles, except that they should be limited to  total of 1000 words including an abstract of 150 words or fewer and at most 15 references and one table .

Review Articles

A review article is an analysis and collection of the current state of the research on a particular topic.

It is not an original article with new data but represents:

  •  The main people working in a field
  •  Recent major advances and discoveries
  •  Significant gaps in the research
  •  Current debates
  •  Ideas of where research might go next

Review articles are usually invited by the Editor although considered as unsolicited material. All review articles, even if invited, undergo the same peer-review and editorial process as original research reports. The text is limited to 5000 words, with a maximum of 6 tables and figures (total) and up to 50 references.

Case Report

Case report is a detailed report of the assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and follow up of an individual patient and contains: 1) unique cases that may represent a previously not described condition; 2) unexpected and important association of two or more diseases needing complicated or a new approach in nursing diagnosis or management ; 3) any other clinical observation based upon well-documented cases that provides important new information relevant to nursing or midwifery practice. Case Reports should not exceed 1000 words.

Letters to Editor

Letters to editor on any topic of interest to nursing and public health community will be considered for publication. Letters should be double spaced and limited to 500 words.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references. These should be numbered sequentially as superscripts in order of their appearance in the text and listed in a separate section following the text, double-spaced. All authors and inclusive page numbers should be limited to published works; unpublished data or personal communications should be indicated parenthetically in the text. Numbered references should appear at the end of the article and should consist of surnames, and initials of all authors when six or less, when seven or more list the first six and add et al, Title of article, name of journal abbreviated according to Index Medicus style, year, volume, first and last page numbers, e.g. Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Fried L HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood leukaemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br J cancer 1990; 73:1006-l2.

For books, names and initials of all authors, the full title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, and page number should be given.

For further instructions, please refer to “Instructions:  Reference style guide after logging in as the author.

Users of EndNote software can download the related style of referencing for this journal on


Tables should be typed double spaced, presented on separate pages after the references, and numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text. Table headers should be fully descriptive of the contents, and whenever possible should be comprehensible without reference to the text. Tables should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Use only three  horizontal lines.


Each figure must be prepared and appear in the manuscript after references and also submitted as a graphic file (jpg image) with high resolution through submission process. Upon acceptance of the paper, the authors must prepare and submit the figures in a high resolution format in accordance with the PubMed Central preferred image file specification at

Failure to submit the required image format in time, may cause a delay in the publication of the accepted papers. Keep wording on figures to a minimum, with explanations written in the figure legends. Legends for figures should be placed at the end of the main submission file. Figure legends should not be part of the figure proper. Line drawings and graphs should be professionally drawn and lettered; freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable.

Copyright Form

Authors must download the copyright  form available at:

The signed copyright should be uploaded based on the submission instructions.

Conflict of Interests and Ethical Considerations

Authors must identify any potential financial conflicts of interest before the review process begins.

Declared conflict of interest will not automatically result in refection of paper but the editors reserve the right to publish any declared conflict of interest alongside accepted. The following would generally be regarded as potential conflicts of interest:

1. Direct financial payment to an author for the research or manuscript production by the sponsor of a product or service evaluated in an article.

2. Ownership of shares by an author in the company sponsoring a product service evaluated in an article (or in a company sponsoring a competing product).

3. Personal consultant with companies or other organizations with a financial interest in the promotion of particular health care products and services.

4. In the case of researches on human subjects, inform consent and other ethical considerations should be mentioned in the "methods" section of the manuscript.

5. All manuscripts proposals of RCT researches should be registered and their registration number should be included in manuscript Materials and Methods.

An example of a valid registry for RCTs is (

Author(s)’ Commitments

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to the authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

1. I as the corresponding author of this paper agree with all terms and conditions of the journal as is stated here. In addition, I will be responsible for any damages and charges, which may result from submission and publication of this paper.

2. In addition to be the submitter of this manuscript, I am an author of this paper and my name is included in the authors list of the manuscript.

3. 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). In addition, I will not submit my paper to another journal without sending a withdrawal notice signed by all authors to the editor via an e-mail.

4. If I decided to withdraw my paper, I will inform the editorial office of my decision in time before the editorial decision. Otherwise, I agree to pay the cost of article processing as will be determined by the editorial office.

5. I ticked the submission checklist that exists in the First page file template.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are double-blind reviewed. Where appropriate, health services research statisticians review papers with statistical content. When the reviews are returned, the editor assigned to the paper reads the paper again and indentifies any further modifications needed before the paper can be accepted.

Our policy like that of other journals is that the reviewer's role is to advice the editor but it is the latter who makes the final decision.

Plagiarism Check Policies

Manuscripts will be checked with the iThenticate( Plagiarism Detection Software). Manuscripts having less than 15 percent rate of plagiarism will be sent to the review process. Manuscripts with the plagiarism rate between 15-30 percent will be returned back to the author for modification only once.Manuscripts more that 30 percent will be rejected immediately. In case of serious plagiarism, the journal office might write to the University/Institute of the author/s and notify them regarding the condition.


Authors must transfer copyright of their articles to the Iranian Journals of Nursing & Midwifery Research (IJNMR), as pointed out at manuscript checklist.

Publication Date

Precise time of article publication depends on submission, peer review process, authors’ revision, the number of articles in line for publication etc. Although editorial team makes its all effort, there is no exact due time interval from submission to publication of the articles.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research (IJNMR) applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all of its published papers. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in IJNMR, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.


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