OPEN ACCESS POLICY AND REDISTRIBUTION

Electronic physician is an open access journal, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. Our articles our published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

 

AUTHOR GUIDELINE

1. Types and scope of articles:

Electronic Physician is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles, reviews (traditional reviews and systematic reviews), meta analyses, case reports and other common types of articles related to all areas of basic and clinical medical sciences and all disciplines of health sciences. Editorials, letters to the editor, opinions, and other short articles also are welcomed. Topics of interest include all subjects that relate to the practice of medicine and the betterment of public health worldwide.

2. Template:

Please click here to download the template of the manuscript. Authors should use the template to prepare their manuscript, especially the font, the size of the font, list of authors, references, acknowledgment section, and other instructions in the template file.

3. Research ethics and publication ethics:

Electronic Physician is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Electronic Physician has zero tolerance for academic misconduct, including "Duplicate Publication," "Salami Publication," and "Plagiarism." All manuscripts are investigated thoroughly regarding any potential unethical conduct. Beginning in January 2015, all submissions will be checked for plagiarism using iThenticate.

4. Manuscript preparation: 

4.1. The "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals" is incorporated into our review and publication process. Please visit http://www.icmje.org for more details. You are encouraged to prepare the reference section of the manuscript using the standard introduced by URM.

4.2. Format of original articles:

Manuscripts must consist of the Title, Abstract (250 words or less for original articles, 200 words or less for reviews, and 150 words or less for case reports), three to five Keywords and the body of manuscript without any information regarding the names of the authors. Abstracts are not required for Letters to the Editor or Editorials. Please click here to download the template of our manuscripts and their recommended structure, and prepare your manuscript using the guidelines in the template file.

Systematic reviews and meta analyses should follow their prescribed formats. Please see one of our recently published systematic reviews at: http://www.ephysician.ir/2014/771-778.pdf  , and a well written case report article at: http://www.ephysician.ir/2014/863-867.pdf . We suggest that authors prepare their systematic reviews and case report articles using the organization and sections specified in these references.

4.3. Key points in preparing a structured abstract for original articles:

Writing a great abstract for an academic paper is very important. Please download our educational article entitled “Writing an eye-catching and evocative abstract for a research article: A comprehensive and practical approach” from http://www.ephysician.ir/2012/520-524.pdf  and follow its guidance in writing your abstract.

4.4. References:

References should be written in compliance with the ‘Citing Medicine, 2nd edition: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers’ published by National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (Aailable from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256 ). Some authors do not use correct abbreviations for journals. Please use the abbreviations of the titles of journals in the reference section. For more information, visit the ISSN website at http://www.issn.org/2-22661-LTWA-online.php and the National Library of Medicine at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/ (Look at the appendix section of that page for abbreviation of journals) for further details. The correct abbreviations for journals also can be found at the journals’ websites. Please add Pubmed PMID (or Pubmed central PMCID) of articles (if the references appear in Pubmed), and add the digital object identifier (DOI) or the URL (in the DOI system) if the reference has a DOI. Visit the following link to search the PMIDs and DOIs of articles: http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery (This link provides doi for those journal articles that use CrossRef doi service, therefore there are many articles with DOI, but not available on Crossref).

5. Review process:

All manuscripts must undergo review. The expected time between submission of the manuscript and receiving the first round of review results varies depending on the availability of reviewers and other issues, but, in general, authors can expect to have the initial result within a month.

6. Language of Journal Articles:

6.1. English editing:

The manuscripts submitted to Electronic Physician should be written in English. Our native English editors will perform advanced English editing on accepted manuscripts free of charge. Please click here to read more about Free English editing.

7. Conflict of Interest (COI):

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Conflict of Interest (COI) form. 

The COI form is available at: http://www.ephysician.ir/tasavir/ConflictOfInterestForm.pdf  

8. Publication fee:

If the paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee of USD 520 (for articles up to 5 authors) to cover the expense of publication. The journal pay a considerable fee to technical editors, DOI registration, Cross-ref service, Online Submission System, PubMed Central XML conversions, iThenticate Plagiarism detection, Native English Editing, and other editorial fees. If the authors choose the fast track option (fast review+publication), they are required to pay additional $150. The journal have also recruited a group of the highest ranked and most expensive English editors to make sure all articles are not only free of grammatical errors, but also our editors re-write most of the sentences and provides constructive comments to the authors. Our authors can consider our English editors' comments and corrections as the highest quality of scientific writing educational class. The journal will pay the English editors and do not charge the authors for this great servicePlease click here to read more about Free English editing. Regarding the iThenticate plagiarism detection service, our authors do not need to check their articles on the iThenticate website themselves; our journal will check all of the accepted article for plagiarism using the iThenticaste service, for free

9. Expected time required for the peer-review process:

Authors can expect to receive the first round of reviewers' comments and the initial result of their submissions within 12-16 weeks for routine submissions, and within 2-8 weeks for fast Track submissions (depending on the availability of expert reviewers).