Instructions for Authors

General Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

  1. The language of the article is Persian. Writing guidelines related to diction, grammar, orthography and spelling, punctuation, and mechanics should be carefully observed.

  2. The manuscript should be typed in Microsoft Word using B Nazanin font and the English text should be typed using Times New Roman font, size 12. It should be e-mailed to this journal at .

  . The manuscript reception receipt will be sent to the corresponding author’s e-mail address within one week.

  3. The manuscript should not have been published or considered for publication by any other journals. Otherwise, the manuscript will be automatically withdrawn from consideration.

  4. If there are more than one author, the names of other authors and the order of the names should be given and signed by all authors (Form No. 2).

  5. The editorial board is free in accepting, rejecting, or modifying and editing the submitted manuscript.

  6. The responsibility of the published materials and references in the article will be with author(s)’.

  7. The manuscript will be considered in the editorial board. If it corresponds to the requirements of the journal, it will be accepted and sent to referees for peer-reviewing. Otherwise, it will be rejected and sent back to the corresponding author.

  8. If the author does not observe the required regulations and guidelines of the journal, it will be rejected.

  9. One physical copy of the journal will be sent to the corresponding author.

Guidelines for Manuscript Writing Structure of Original Research Articles: Original research articles should include:

  -Title, Abstract (English and Persian), Body, References, and Appendices (figures, tables, instruments, questionnaires). Each main section should start on a separate page and be numbered consecutively at the bottom left corner of the page.

  - The abstract of the submitted article should be structured not exceeding 250 words. It should consist of: Background, Objectives, Methodology, Findings, and Discussion. The abstract should represent the main content of the article. Key words should be given at the end of the abstract including 3-5 key terms. Keywords must be MeSH terms.

  - The English abstract is also required. It should exactly correspond to the Persian abstract including: Title, Author(s), Objectives, Methods, Conclusion, and Key Words. Also, it should be structured and not exceeding 250 words.

  Title Page: Title page should include the title of the manuscript, forename/surname(s) and author(s) affiliation(s), along with the contact information of the corresponding author including e-mail, phone number, fax number, and date of submission, . In case of any financial support, it is important to mention the name of the sponsor and the project number at the end of the manuscript.

The Body of the manuscript should consist of:

  Introduction: It must include justification and rationale of the study, statement of the problem, review on other studies, objectives of the study, and research questions. It should not exceed two pages and the Vancouver method of numbering references should be applied in the introduction.

  Materials and Methods : It must include type of research, method of research, subjects and participants, sampling method, instruments and materials, data collection procedures, data analysis procedures and techniques, and statistical software used, ethical issues, etc.).

  Results: The findings should be reported using a suitable number of tables, figures, pictures, maps, statistics, etc. The number of figures or tables should not exceed 5. The figures, tables, etc. should be self-explanatory, numbered, have clear title and legend, and not hand-drawn. The tables should not be lined. Tables whose data is given completely in the body of the article, should be excluded.

  Discussion: This part includes discussing the important findings of the study based on its specific objectives in a logical order, approving, rejecting, or modifying the research hypotheses, strong and weak points of the study, comparing and contrasting the results with those of similar studies, practical applications and implications of results, limitations of the study, and suggestions for further research.

  Conclusion: The researcher should summarize the study and the findings briefly and clearly based on research findings and the limitations.

  Acknowledgments: The researcher should mention the name of those people or organizations who directly or indirectly supported, participated, cooperated, collaborated in writing the article but whose name(s) is not given as authors, or financially funded the research. Also, articles distilled from MA/MS students’ theses, or PhD students’ dissertations, or from original research projects, should acknowledge it via the sentence: “This article is based on student’s thesis, dissertation, or original research”.

  Review Articles : This journal will accept systematic review articles of high significance including relatively large samples written in one of the following areas:

  -Review of books on medical education written in Persian or English language including 750-1000 words.

  -Report of conferences on medical education held in I. R. of Iran or other parts of the world maximally up to two months after the conference date including 1200-1500 words.

  -Analytic articles or analysis and criticism of references on a specific topic or new trends and theories in medical sciences including maximally 3500 words.

Structure of Case Reports:

  Case reports should include:

  - Title, Unstructured English and Persian Abstracts (including maximally 100 words and Persian and English Key Words), Introduction, Case report, Discussion, References, and related Appendices.

Letter to Editor

  This journal will accept letters related to the criticism or analysis of articles or content of the journal along with the response of the author of the article. The journal is free in selecting and publishing these letters. Further, these letters could be written about new innovations in medical education, useful experiences or valuable news of medical education in Iran or round the world.

Reference Writing:

  -The references should be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text and the style should correspond to the "Vancouver Reference Writing".

  -All references should be given in English. Regarding the Persian articles, you can gain the required information by turning to the electronic version of the article in internet websites as the website of the intended article or the Iranian websites as or . Beware that a personal translation of the article is not acceptable. It is necessary to add the word “Persian” at the end of Persian references given in English.

  A) Persian and English Books :

  surname and forename of the author, (if there are more than three authors, write the names of the three authors and then add “et al” after a comma), full title of the book, edition no., place of publication, name of publisher, year of publication, and the first and last page of the material.

  Example: Bulter T. Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion. 2nd ed. USA: Morton publication. 200l: 234- 247.

  References should be cited consecutively by numbers as they appear in the text using the Vancouver style and they should be given at the end of article in references as they appear in the text. They should be cited by naming the author(s) and year. Where references are cited in parentheses, both names and date are enclosed in square brackets. Where the author is the subject or object of the sentence, only the year is enclosed in brackets.

  One author: [Frostell, 1984] or Frostell [1984].

  Two authors: [Dawes and Spencer, 1990] or Dawes and Spencer [1990].

  More than two authors: [Trahan et al., 1985] or Trahan et al. [1985].

  Several references cited in parentheses should be in date order and separated by semi-colons: [Frostell, 1984; Trahan et al., 1985; Dawes and Spencer, 1990].

  B) Foreign Translated Books: Surname and forename of the translator, “In translation” full title of the book, the original author of the book, publication number, and publication place, publisher’s name, publication year: the first and last page number of the material.

  Example: Nayebi H. (In translation) Surveys in Social Research. Davaws DA. 3rd Ed. Tehran : Ney Press.2003:210-217.

  C) Chapter of a Book: Surname and initials of the author(s) of the chapter. Title of the chapter. In: surname and initials of the author(s). Name of the book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher; Year; Page.

  Example : Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and Stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press 1995; 465-78.

  D) Persian Articles: Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less (in case of seven or more authors, the first six must be followed by et al), Title of manuscript, Name of journal. Year; Vol. (no): Page. Persian articles should be transliterated in Latin scripts.

  Example: Mohammadi A, Mojtahedzadeh R, Keshavarz H. Designing Criteria and Indices for Educational Ranking of Paramedical Sciences Schools in Iran. SDME 2006; 3(2): 86-94. [Persian]

  E) English Articles: Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less (in case of seven or more authors the first six authors followed by et al should be listed), Title of manuscript. Abbreviated name of journal Year; Vol. (no): Page.

  Example: Seeff LB, Buskell-Bales Z, Wrught EC, Durako SJ, Alter HJ, Iber FL, et al. Long Term Mortality After Transfusion Associated Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study group. N Engl J Med 1992; 27: 1906-11.

  F) Articles under Publication: Leshner AL. Molecular mechanisms of cocaine addiction. N Engl J Med. In press 1996. 

  G) Reference to Materials from the Internet: Surname and initials of the author(s). Title of the web page, publisher, last update date, access date, complete web address (URL)

  Example: Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001. Accessed: 29.04.2011. Available:

  H) Electronic Articles:

  Electronic : Havens G, Furuya S, Tan KM. The future of continuing Medical Education (CME) technology. The Permanente journal [serial on line] 2001; 5 (1) [18 Screens].Available from: http://www. Kaiser Permanente. Org/medicin/permjournal/ winter 01/HScme.html.

  I) Electronic Materials Electronic : Havens G, Furuya S, Tan KM. The future of continuing Medical Education (CME) technology. The Permanente journal [serial on line] 2001; 5 (1) [18 Screens].Available from: http://www. Kaiser Permanente. Org/medicin/permjournal/ winter 01/HScme.html.

  J) Theses or Dissertations:

  Authors, thesis title [submitted for degree], university name, year.

  Example: Amiri, M. Epidemiologic Study of Baras Disease in Primary School of Kermanshah [MD thesis]. Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences.1998.

  K) Accompanying Journal or Complementary Index

  Pelosi P, Caironi P, Vecchione A, Trudu G, Malacrida R, Tomamichel M. Anxiety and Stress in The Nursing Staff. A Comparative Study Between Intensive Care and General Wards. Minerva Anestesiol 1999; 65 Suppl 1: 108-115.

  L) Organization as the Author

  LI J, Zeng H, Xu X. A Study of Methicillin–resistant Stapphlococcus Aureus (MRSA) in a Burn Unit with Repetitive DNA-sequence-based PCR Fingerprinting. Zhonghua Shao Shang Za Zhi 2001; 17(2): 88-90 (Article in Chinese).

  M) Compiler as the Author

  Murray PR, Rosental KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical Microbiology. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby; 2002; 78-81.

  N) Organization as the Author and Publisher

  Institute of medicine (US). Looking at the Future of the Medicaid Program. Washington: The Institute 1992.

  O) Conference Materials

  Kimura J, Shibasli H, editors. Recent Advances in Clinical Neurophysiology. Proceedings of the International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19 Kyoto, Japan.

  P) Electronic Materials:

  i) Journal article which is just in electronic copy (free-access journals)

  Morse SS. Factors in the Emergence of Infectious Diseases. Emerg Infect Dis (serial online) 1995 Jan-Mar (cited 1996 Jun5) Available: .

  ii) Monograph Which is in the Electronic Copy

  CDI, Clinical Dermatology Illustrated [Monograph on CD-ROM]. Reeves JRT, Miabach H. CMEA Multimedia Group, produced. 2nd ed. Version 2.0 Sandiego: CMEA; 1995.

  iii) Computer File

  Hemodynamic III: The Ups and Downs of Hemodynamic [Computer Program]. Version 2.2 Orlando (FL): Computerized Educational Systems; 1993.

  Q) Conference Presentations :

  Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of Data Protection, Privacy and Security in Medical Informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, Editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th world congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland 1992; 1561-5.

  Tables, Graphs and Figures:

  · Tables, Graphs and Figures should be formatted in accordance with the text.

  · Use of tables, graphs and figures should be appropriate and not redundant; examples of these (some do not contribute to results of the study) are a 2-row table, figures of routine Lab Tools or pictures of killed lab animals as witnesses to the true nature of the study. Most authorities believe that for each 500 to 700 words there should be one figure or table.

  · The tables, graphs and figures should be self-explanatory, be numbered, have a complete title, be clear, have legend and not hand-drawn. The picture should be so clear that the findings alluded to in the title or text of the article could be visible and when necessary should be colored. In some cases the original picture should be submitted as the computer generated electrophoresis or EKG graph may not be useful.

  · Deduction of the true purpose of a table or figure should be possible without referring to the text of the article.

  · Tables and figures should explain the findings in brief.

  · Numbering the indexes should be consecutive in the text of the article.

  · Tables and figures should be numbered as they appear in the article.

  Editorial board is free to accept, revise (with author's permission) and/or reject a manuscript.


  1. Pictures, tables, and figures should be written on separate pages and numbered. They should be referred to in the body of the article.

  2. Tables and figures should be written in Persian and include clear titles and legend. The dimensions should be maximally 12 x 8 cm and the number should not exceed 4.

  3. The submitted pictures should be in the electronic formats of Tiff or Jpeg.

  4. Each table should be typed on a separate page and numbered consecutively in the order used in the article. The approximate place of each table should be determined.

  5. The pictures and figures should be printed on separate pages in black-and white and the name of the used software should be mentioned.

  -The interested parties may submit their manuscripts via online submission through the website of Yazd Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences to


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  Checklist for submitting articles to Journal of Educational Development Center of Yazd Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services







  I’ve written completely my full name, scientific rank, address of corresponding author in English and Persian in the title page.


  I’ve mentioned my phone no., fax no., area code, postal code, and e-mail.


  I’ve mentioned the scientific rank of the authors in the title page.


  I’ve indexed “form no. 2” signed by all the authors including the order of names of authors, and their written informed consents for inclusion of the article in this journal.


  In case of objection of any other person or party regarding the ownership of the article, I will be ready to answer any ambiguity.


  I’ve submitted the abstract including Background, Objectives, Methodology, Results, Conclusion, and Key Words (3-5 words) not exceeding 250 words.


  I’ve submitted the structured English abstract including Title, Authors, Background, Objectives, Methodology, Results, Conclusion, and Key Words (3-5 words) not exceeding 250 words.


  The article body has been structured in Background, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and Key Words (3-5 words) not exceeding 250 words.


  I’ve sent the tables and figures in separate pages at the end of the article based on the numbers and to the number given in the body of the article.


  The references are given using the Vancouver convention style and the number of references cited in the body equals the number of them in the references. All the Persian references have been transliterated into Latin scripts and the word “Persian” appears at the end of it.


  I’ve mentioned whether the article is based on a thesis, dissertation, or original article.


  The submitted article has not been accepted or published in any other journal and has not been sent to any other journal for publication.


  Form No. 2

    Request of Article Publication in Journal of Educational Development Center of Yazd Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services

  Title of the Article:

  Forename and Surname of the Corresponding Author:

  Scientific Rank and Major:

  Postal Address:

  Workplace Phone No.:

  Fax No.:

  E-mail Address:

  Commitment Letter

  This is hereby to confirm that I, ……………………………………, as the corresponding author of this article, while observing the regulations of article writing model and filling in “Form No. 1” (Checklist for Article Submission), submit my article indexed to this letter to be considered for publication in EDC journal and accept the following commitments:

  -The submitted article has no history of acceptance or publication in any other journal and has not been sent simultaneously to any other journal. It won’t be sent to any other journal to be considered for publication till I receive the final result of referee processing of this journal.

  -I announce my readiness to do any corrections if needed till the publication phase and grant the copyright of this article to that journal.

  -This article has been prepared by the cooperation of all of the following authors:

  Name Date Signiture

  1. ……………………………………………….

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