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Author Guidelines

Mission and Vision

The IJOEM is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication which will publish articles relevant to epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and management of occupational and environmental diseases. It will also cover work-related injury and illness, accident and illness prevention, health promotion, health education, the establishment and implementation of health and safety standards, monitoring of the work environment, and the management of recognized hazards. Our journal is open access but will not charge authors for publication and have a rapid peer review system. Color photos, when necessary, will be published at no charges.



Only registered users can submit manuscripts. You can easily register with the Journal. During registration, please do not forget to indicate you want to be an "author." Submitted manuscripts are processed with the understanding that they are not under review by other journals, have not been published in nor accepted for publication by other journals, nor have substantial overlaps with published reports. Manuscripts must be submitted through our online submission system by one of the authors of the manuscript. During the submission, please provide complete information for all authors. The corresponding author takes responsibility for the article throughout the submission and peer review process.


Covering Letter

All the submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter including title and author(s) name and exclusively indicates that the manuscript has not been published or under review elsewhere. File formats The manuscript files should be in MS Word and the graphs in MS Excel. The photos must be send with high resolution (600 dpi or more) in JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PDF or PSD format. Color photos should be in CMYK mode.


Manuscript Preparation

All manuscripts should be arranged according to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. The submitted manuscripts should have the following sections:


First (title) page

The first page should contain: a) the article title; b) full names (first names; middle-name; and last names) of all authors; c) their affiliations; d) a short running title not more than 40 characters (including spaces); e) the name and contact details of the corresponding author. Any potential conflict of interests or any source of financial support should also be disclosed on this page.


Second page

The second page should contain the Abstract and five to ten keywords selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of the Index Medicus. Abstract of Original articles should be structured and contains Background, explaining why the study was done; Objective, stating explicitly the specific objectives of this research; Methods, explaining how the study was conducted; Results, presenting the main findings; and Conclusion, describing the main points and potential implications. Minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the Abstract. The Abstract for Review articles and Case reports is non-structured. The Abstract length should not be more than 250 words.


Other pages

The text of Original articles should have the following sections: Introduction, Material and Methods or Patients and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, if necessary, and References. Tables and Figures should be self-explanatory and along with their legends be started on a new page. A good source about how to present various types of research articles is available at the Equator Network.

Review articles are only solicited by the Editor and will undergo the peer review process.

The IJOEM welcomes “Letters to the Editor.” Letters, up to 500 words, should discuss materials published in the journal in previous six months. Letters are subjected to the editorial review and editing for clarity and space.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the References provided. Use of reference manager software programs such as EndNote is encouraged. An EndNote style file for The IJOEM can be downloaded from here. The file should be copied to the EndNote's "Styles" folder. If you use EndNote, please also submit the library as a supplementary file. References must be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text. References in the text should appear as superscript Arabic numerals.

Examples of commonly used references are:

Journal Article: McBride DI, Williams S. Audiometric notch as a sign of noise induced hearing loss. Occup Environ Med 2009;58:46-51.

Section in Book: Ellenhorn M, Schonwald S. Lead poisoning. In: Ellenhorn M, ed. Ellenhorn’s Medical Toxicology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning. 2nd ed. New York, Williams and Wilkins, 2009:1564-79.

Book: Morgan WKC, Seaton A. Occupational Lung Diseases. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 2009.

Web site: WHO. Occupational and community noise. 2008, Available from (Accessed August 28, 2009).

Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference. Nonetheless, they may be placed in parentheses in the text. Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus. If the cited journal is not covered by Index Medicus, mention the complete name of the journal. Inclusive page numbers should be given for all references. Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are four or less. In the case of five or more authors, the names of the first three authors followed by et al, should be listed. For further information on how to cite various types of references visit Citing Medicine.


Take-Home Message

For Reviews, Original Articles, Brief Reports, History, Nursing Corner, and Ethics Corner, 3 to 7 bulleted statements reflecting the essence of the work are provided as "take-home message."


Ethical Considerations

Those research which involves human beings (or animals) must adhere to the internationally-accepted ethical codes such as the Declaration of Helsinki. Reports of animal experiments must state that the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care were followed. The Journal Office may ask for relevant documents, like consent forms, IRB approvals, or even raw data. In accord to the policies proposed and accepted by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), The IJOEM requires that all clinical trials have been registered in one of the internationally-acceptable trial registries prior to submission. Such registries are NIH Clinical Trials Registry, Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (in Persian or English), or other WHO primary registries.


Publication Ethics

In facing suspected scientific misconduct including plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, etc, we abide to the guidelines on good publication practice provided by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Peer Review Process

The submitted manuscript is first reviewed by an internal reviewer. It is rejected in office for several reasons: if the presented topic is not relevant to the journal scope, lack of a clear statement on the research question or hypothesis, lack of obtaining ethical clearance from an institutional review board, lack of registration of submitted clinical trials in accepted trial registries, plagiarism, redundant publication, major methodological flaws, and lack of priority for publication compared to other submissions. Almost one-third of submitted manuscripts are rejected in office. Those manuscripts that pass this step are sent to two external reviewers who are aware of the identity of authors (single-blind review system). If the manuscript involves complex data or statistical methods, it is also sent to a statistical advisor. Reviewers’ comments are then summarized and sent to the corresponding author to take the necessary actions and responses. The revised manuscript will then be evaluated by the hanging committee members, the final decision of whom are sent to the corresponding author.


Editorial Process

The accepted manuscripts then enter the technical editing process. Editorial Office reserves the right to accept or reject the article at any stage and any time or delete a part of the text, Tables or Figures, if editors deem necessary. Finally, the corresponding author receives the galley proof of the article. Accepted articles will be posted to the Journal Web site as soon as possible.


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 manuscript is not under review by other journals, has not been published in nor accepted for publication by other journals, nor has substantial overlaps with published reports.
  2. All parts of the manuscript (title page; abstract; authors and thier affiliations; the corresponding author's name, affiliation and contact information; body of the manuscript; acknowledgments [if any]; conflicts of interest; financial support; references; Tables with their legends; and Figures with their legends) are submitted in a single MS Word file and. An MS Excel file for regeneration of graphs can also be provided. The photos have high resolution (600 dpi or more) and are in JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PDF or PSD format. Color photos are in CMYK mode. All figures will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which allows others freely remix, tweak, build upon and distribute your work non-commercially, as long as they license their new creations under the identical terms and give proper attribution to the work's authorship and initial publication in The IJOEM. Please do not submit any figures that have been previously copyrighted unless you have express written permission from the copyright holder to publish under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. Any funding source, financial support, and conflict of interests are mentioned in the first page of the manuscript.
  5. For Reviews, Original Articles, Brief Reports, History, Nursing Corner and Ethics Corner, 3 to 7 bulleted statements reflecting the essence of the work are provided as "take-home message."

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with The IJOEM agree to the following terms:


  • Authors retain copyright and grant The IJOEM the right of first publication (in a peer-reviewed publication) with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which allows others freely remix, tweak, build upon and distribute your work non-commercially, as long as they license their new creations under the identical terms and give proper attribution to the work's authorship and initial publication in The IJOEM.
  • Authors are permitted to distribute the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in The IJOEM.



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