Guide for Authors

Papers submitted to Regional Planning Journal which do not adhere to the “Instruction for Author”, will be returned for appropriate revision to be in line with the guidance of this instruction. They may then be resubmitted. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same from and language, without the written consent of the publisher.

 

Articles Categories:

The Researches in Regional Planning Journal accepts the following categories of articles:

1. Original articles are scientific report of the original research studies. These articles consist of Abstract (Persian articles are along with short abstract and extended abstract), Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References.

2. Review articles involve the overall study of a new scientific topic. These are usually solicited by the editors, but we will consider unsolicited materials too. Unsolicited review articles will undergo editorial process. Review articles would be approved of for publication if submitted by qualified experts with research experiences and Excellences in the relevant field. The corresponding author of the review article must be one of the authors of at least three articles appearing in the references. The number of references should not be less than 30. These articles consist of: Abstract (does not need to be structured), Introduction, Methods (this section consists of the access methods to all of related references and number of each kind such as book, journal, web page etc.), Discussion, Conclusion and References.

3. Case reports are published only if the report is of exceptional interest and should present a novel and rare case. These articles consist of: Abstract (does not needed to be structured), Introduction, Case Presentation, Discussion and References. Necessary documentation of the case like 1- 4 figures, pathology report, laboratory test report and imaging should be included in the submission package.

4. Brief reports describe significant developments of ongoing research in the field of sport sciences and medical plants and contain less scientific data than the original articles. These articles should include Abstract (does not needed to be structured), Introduction, Topic, Discussion and References.

5. Letters to Editor is comments from our readers on recently published articles.

 

Submission:

The manuscript must be submitted only via electronic submission and accompanied by a cover­ing let­ter to the Editor-in -Chief that signed and dated by corresponding author including title and au­thor (s) name and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Also, authors must declare that it is being exclusively contributed to Researches in Sport Sciences and Medical Plants. In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other journals and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. The text should be submitted in Microsoft Word format as an attachment. Manuscript should be typed in a B- Mitra font size of at least 12 points and double space of lines with clear margins of at least 2.5 cm on both sides. Tables as well as illustrations should be typed and drawn on a separate paper. Do not upload pictures and tables in word file as scan, copy or photographs of them. 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.

 

Preparation of manuscripts:

Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. The papers should be set based on the following pattern. Please note that the pages or sections that are listed in following pattern, should be in one file, not in some separate files.

 

  • The title page: The complete title of the manuscript, the full 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 both in Persian and English.
  • The Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract 250- 300 words. It should be structured as Introduction, Materials & Methods, Findings and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 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 (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
  • 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.
  • Materials & Methods: This should include exact method or observation or experiment and must refer to the research methodology, subject, their selection and control, age, gender and other relevant characteristic, lab materials and tools and their validity and reliability. 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 methods must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
  • Findings: 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. Accurate value of probability values in statistical analyzes should be presented. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
  • Discussion: 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 or no conclusions can be derived.
  • Conclusion: It should include the final outcome of the research.
  • 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.
  • Ethical Considerations: This journal is committed to apply ethics of publication, based on the COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practices. Also, in medical studies, present journal has engaged to apply ethics of research, based on Declaration of Helsinki: Statement of Ethical Principles for Medical Research. In addition, this journal has promised to apply ethics of research, based on American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, in psychological studies. So, the research’s ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section.
  • Authors’ contribution: In this section, you have to provide the contributor role of each author on these divisions: Design and conceptualization; Methodology and data analysis; Supervision and final writing.
  • Conflicts of interest: Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken, too. So, completion and signing the Conflicts of Interest form is necessary for all authors and the articles submission won’t be accepted without filling this form.
  • Tables: Should be submitted with the captions placed above and the number of them should not exceed 6. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading. The tables should be repeated in separate pages at the end of manuscript in addition to text.
  • Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages at the end of manuscript, of course can be repeated in the text. The captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, fig­ures and text, simultane­ously.
  • References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The author should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the bibliographic information. Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference but may be mentioned in parentheses in the text. The references are cited numerically (in parentheses) in the text and listed in the bibliography by the order of their sequence and appearance and based on Vancouver style. Complete information should be given for each reference and following guidelines must be followed (please attention to punctuation of examples):

Journal: Surname and initials of authors (in the case of seven or more authors, the names of the first six authors followed by et al should be listed), title of paper, running title of journal [should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus (see list printed annually in the January issue of Index Medicus) and if a journal is not listed in Index Medicus then its name should be written out in full], publication year, Volume, issue number and related pages.

Example:

1. Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Freiedle HP, Ivanon E, et al. Childhood leukemia in Europe after chernobyl: 5 years follow – up. Br J Cancer. 1996; 73 (8): 1006- 12.

Book: Surnames and initials of authors, title of book, publication sequence, city of publication, publisher, publication year, related pages.

Example:

Billette J. Cardiac electrophysiology. Second edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company; 1995, pp: 216- 228.

A Chapter in a book: Surnames and initials of section authors, chapter title, surnames and initials of book authors, book title, publication sequence, city of publication, publisher, publication year, related pages.

Example:

Landsberg L, Young JB. Pheochromocytoma. In: Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, Wilson JD, Martin JB, Kasper DL, et al. Harison’s principles of internal medicine. 14 th Ed. New York: McGraw – Hill; 1998, pp: 2057- 2060.