Submission Policy

Authors are required to consider the following points before submitting their papers:

1. The article should be typed in English English/American English using Times New Romans, and It should be 1.1 line spacing  and no longer than twenty A4 Pages.

2. The titles of the articles must be in 12 pt bold and capitalize first letters.

3. The author’s name and academic rank/affiliation along with his/her ORCID ID  and email must come right below the title of the article.

4. Graphs and figures should come within the text. The format required is TIFF or JPEG.

5. The bibliography must be attached to the end of the articles and must follow APA style guide.

6. Article and files received will not be returned to the author(s).

 

The IJISM follows the ethical standards issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). The editorial office reserves the right to edit the submitted manuscripts in order to comply with the journal's style. In any case, the authors are responsible for the published material.

1) Authorship:

Based on the newly released Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, by the ICMJE, “an Author” is generally considered to be someone who meets the following conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.

1-Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND

2-Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND

3-Final approval of the version to be published; AND

4-Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

 

2) Plagiarism:

The authors are not allowed to use text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere.

We accept all terms and conditions of COPE about plagiarism and in case, any attempt of plagiarism is brought to our attention accompanied with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE.

3) Retraction Policy:

The IJISM uses the COPE flowchart for retraction of a published article (http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines) to determine whether a published article should be retracted.

4) Author Consent Letter:

Your Article will not be published unless an Author Consent Letter has been signed and received by the IJISM. By signing the mentioned form, you hereby warrant that "This article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form".

5) Copyright Transfer Agreement Form:

The Author should download and sign the Authorship, Conflict of Interest disclosure and copyright file and upload it at submission process.

6) Authorship and the Use of AI or AI-Assisted Technologies

IJISM follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) regarding using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI-assisted technology in manuscript preparation. Tools such as ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) do not meet authorship criteria and thus cannot be listed as authors on manuscripts.

When AI or AI-assisted tools have been used to prepare a manuscript, this must be appropriately declared with sufficient details at submission via the cover letter. Furthermore, authors must be transparent about the use of these tools, disclose details of how the AI tool was used within the “Materials and Methods” section, and provide the AI tool’s product details within the “Acknowledgments” section.

Authors are fully responsible for the originality, validity, and integrity of the content of their manuscript, including any material contributed by AI or AI-assisted tools. They must ensure, through careful review, that this content complies with all IJISM’s publication ethics policies.

 

Manuscript Submission

Language and Style

Contributions should be in either American or British English language. The text must be clear and concise, conforming to accepted standards of English style and usage. Non-native English speakers may be advised to seek professional help with the language.

All materials should be typed in 1.1 line spacing without numbered pages. Abbreviations should be standard and used just in necessary cases, after complete explanations in the first usage.

 

Required files

The following electronic files are required: (all files must be supported by MS Word 2003 and thereafter)
-    Title page (Stating the full title of the manuscript, Authors’ full names, Authors’ affiliation, business address, ORCID ID and authors' emails the corresponding author)

-          Body of manuscript including figures, tables, references and acknowledgments

-          Photos and Figures in JPEG format (If any)

-          A signed Author Consent Form (available in the Forms Section of our website)

-        You will be asked to submit both a full version of your paper and also a 'blinded' version in which   all the authors' names and affiliations have been removed and any identifying references have been suitably anonymised .

-        keep in mind that sending the blinded PDF version of the manuscript is mandatory.

 

* A confirmation email will be sent through the online submission system. Please note that all correspondences will be sent to the corresponding author.

 

Preparation of Manuscript

Organization of the paper and style of presentation

Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are recommended to seek the advice of a native English speaker, if possible, before submitting their manuscripts.

Manuscripts should be prepared with  a plain MS word document. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

- Title page
- Body of text (divided by subheadings)
- Acknowledgements
- References

 

Headings and subheadings need not be numbered. Subheadings should be typed on a separate line, without indentation.
SI units should be used, i.e., those based on meters, kilograms, seconds, etc.

Title page

The title page should provide the following information:


-Type of Article

Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
- Name(s) of author(s) and ORCID iD; please indicate who is the corresponding author
- Full affiliation(s)
- Complete address of corresponding author, including e-mail address, ORCID iD
Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 300 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
Keywords; 3-6 relevant keywords should be stated.

Running title: a shorter version of the title (40 characters at most) is needed.

Introduction: should provide a context or background and specify the purpose or research objective of the study or observation. The literature review can be included in the introduction or be presented in a separate section entitled "Literature Review". Among different types of Literature Reviews (such as Argumentative Review, Integrative Review, Historical Review, Methodological Review, Systematic Review, Theoretical Review), the Argumentative Review would be the journal's preferred option. It would help if you made an argument in the literature review. The argument will establish what has already been done, what still needs to be done, and how your study meets the need.

 

Materials and Methods

Must indicate clearly the steps taken to acquire the information. Be sure that it includes only information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was written. It should be detailed.

The software used for statistical analysis and description of the actual method should be mentioned.

Results: Should be presented in a chronological sequence in the text, table, and illustration. Organize the results according to their importance. They should result from your own study.

Tables
Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text. Tables should be included in the text.

Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.·
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Figures

Number figures as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.
Figures should be included in the text. They should be as single JPEG files at 300 dpi or greater resolution.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed below the figure. Figures taken from other print of electronic sources must be accompanied by the copyright holder’s permission.


Discussion should emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and compare the stydy's results with the published related works. Possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings should be explored. The limitations of the study and the implications of the findings for future research should be explored.

Conclusion should be short and restates the objectives of the study. Summarizing your thoughts and conveying the larger implications of your study based on the results and the discussion. it is assumed that the reader has read the contents of the article, so there is no need to state additional and initial points. Images, charts, and tables are not used in this part of the article.

 

Supplementary Materials such as questionnaires may be published on the online version of the journal.

 

Acknowledgments

Any technical help, general, financial, and material support or contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship  can be cited at the end of the text.

 


References

The references should be in APA style. Please refer to the guidelines of the APA for organizing your references. Also, you can follow the following samples:(For more information you can refer to:  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/)

Journal articles:

Chen, Y., & Baker, P. (2010). Lexical Bundles in L1 and L2 academic writing. Language Learning & Technology, 14(2), 30–49.

Books:

Altenberg, B. (1998). On the phraseology of spoken English: the evidence of recurrent word-combinations. in A. P. Cowie (Ed.), Phraseology: theory, analysis and applications (pp. 101–122). Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Footnotes
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases, it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

Correction of Errata:

The journal will publish an erratum when a factual error in a published item has been documented.

 

For further information please contact the Editorial Office:

Tel: +98 71 36468450

Email: ijism@ricest.ac.ir

Website:ijism.ricest.ac.ir