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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.


The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to the readership. All manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be written so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. They should be written in a clear and direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of scientific content.

The Editor reserves the right to modify manuscripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.


All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.

Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics (IJAB) uses the online submission management software Manuscript Central. Please log on to http://ijab.um.ac.ir to submit your manuscripts.

Please direct your queries to the Editorial Office of IJAB:

Institute of Applied Zoology,

Faculty of Sciences,

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad,

Mashhad, Iran,

Tel/fax: +985118762019

Email to: ijab@um.ac.ir

All manuscripts should be double-spaced and include line numbers, preferably within the page.  All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page including the title, running title, authors and their affiliations and the corresponding author email.

The top, bottom and side margins should be at least 30 mm.


Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium. This must be stated in the covering letter.

The covering letter must also contain an acknowledgment that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.


The length of an article (including references and tables) should not exceed 15000 words.

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) main text, (iv)acknowledgments, (v) references, (vi) figure legends, (vii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (viii) figures.


The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent.

The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Do not use abbreviations in the title. A short running title (less than 30 characters) should also be provided.


All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 300 words or fewer, the purpose, basic methodology, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

Three to five key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.


Authors should use the following subheadings to divide the sections of their manuscript: i) Introduction, ii) Materials and Methods, iv) Results and v) Discussion.


The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged.




The Elsevier Harvard (author, date) system of referencing is used (examples are given below). In the text give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: (Smith, 2000). If there are two authors use ‘and’: Smith and Jones (2001); but if cited within parentheses use ‘&’: (Smith & Jones, 2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002). In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order, then chronologically.

In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al. Do not use ibid. or op cit. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. A Smith, 2000, unpubl. data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.


Currie, P.J., Chen, P.J., 2001. Anatomy of Sinosauropteryx prima from Liaoning, northeastern China. Canadian Journal of Earth Science 38, 1705–27.


Ringsven, M.K., Bond, D., 1996. Gerontology and Leadership Skills for Nurses, 2nd edn. Delmar Publishers, Albany, NY.

Chapter in a book

Hull, D.L. 1988. Interactors versus vehicles. In: Plotkin HC, ed. The Role of Behavior in Evolution. MIT Press, Boston, pp. 19–50.

Conference proceedings

Kimura, J., Shibasaki, H., eds. 1996. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 15–19 Oct 1995, Kyoto, Japan. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Web page

Diabetes Australia. Prevalence of Diabetes in the Australian Population. [Cited 5 Jun 1996.] Available from URL: http://www.diabetes.org.au


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.


All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures should be sized to fit within the column (80.5 mm), intermediate (110 mm) or the full text width (168 mm).

If supplied electronically, figures must be supplied as high resolution (at least 300 d.p.i.) files, saved as .eps or .tif. Do not embed figures in the Word document – they must be supplied in separate files. Line figures should be supplied as sharp, black and white graphs or diagrams, drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package. Lettering must be included and should be sized to be no larger than the journal text.

Original slides and unmounted high-resolution photographs can be submitted by post if the author does not have access to scanning facilities. Hard-copy figure should be labelled on the back indicating name of author(s), figure number and orientation. Individual photographs forming a composite figure should be of equal contrast, to facilitate printing, and should be accurately squared.

Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration.

All figures must be supplied in camera-ready format.

Colour figure files should be set up as CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) and not as RGB (red, green, blue) so that colours as they appear on screen will be a closer representation of how they will print in the Journal.

Figure legends   

Type figure legends on a separate page. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed while their article is in production.


1) A cover letter explaining why you consider the manuscript suitable for publication in Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics.

2) A title page including all authors and their affiliations and email addresses.

3) Check the title and keywords of your study.

4) An abstract of maximum 300 words or less that effectively summarizes your study and engages other researchers.

5) Check that the manuscript follows the Author Guidelines for IJAB and that the sections are in the correct order.

6) Check you have indicated the ethics approval system under which your study was conducted in the manuscript.

7) Cross-checked all referencing and checked the formatting of these both in the text and references section.

8) Ensure your manuscript is in DOC (Microsoft Word) format.

9) All tables and figures are presented at the end of the text.

10) Check that only SI values have been used throughout the manuscript.

11) At least one colleague has read through your manuscript.

This journal will not use your personal information for any reason that is not related to your business with the journal, nor will we sell, rent, or give it to any other person or organization.