Aims and Scopes: The Iranian Journal of Immunology (IJI) is an internationally-disseminated
peer-reviewed quaternary publication that publishes a broad range of experimental and
theoretical studies concerned with all aspects of immunology.
Types of Papers Accepted: The main part of each issue will be devoted to original research
papers which should present new results of interest to a broad spectrum of immunologists. Such
papers must describe significant and original observations to be critically evaluated and, if
necessary, repeated. The journal will include review articles dealing with particular subject areas
in a thoughtful and personal manner. Subjects that are undergoing rapid change or that merit a
new conceptual approach will have priority. The Journal will welcome review articles on basic
and clinical immunology, immunogenetics, transplantation immunology, immunohematology,
cancer immunology and allergy. The Journal will also consider short communications, case
reports and letters to the Editor.
Submission: Submit a copy of your manuscript typed in Microsoft Word for PC (PDF is not an acceptable format). Graphs should be submitted as separate files prepared by Microsoft Excel program. Figures should also be submitted as separate files in TIFF or PCX format and should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Manuscripts that do not conform to these specifications may not be accepted. All the aforementioned files should be submitted as attachments to iji.sums.ac.ir, accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, containing the title and the authors' names and indicating that the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. In the cover letter, clearly indicate the exact contribution of everyone who is listed as an author. The files could also be electronically
sent to the Editor-in-Chief:
Dr. Abbas Ghaderi, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology
Shiraz Institute for Cancer Research
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
P.O. Box: 71345-3119
Phone: +98 (713) 2083277
Fax: +98 (713) 2304952
Submitted materials will be considered for publication with the understanding that they are
solely submitted to the IJI, are not currently submitted to other journals, and have not been
published elsewhere either in paper form or electronically. Abstracts presented in a congress,
oral presentations and theses are excluded from this rule.
Preparation of Manuscripts: All manuscripts should be typewritten in English with double
spacing throughout (including figure legends and references) and with 2.5 cm (1 in.) margins.
All pages should be numbered sequentially in the upper right hand corner, including Title page,
Tables and References.
- Title of the article (should be as short as possible, containing adequate information regarding
the contents, without any abbreviation).
- Running title (not in excess of 50 characters).
- The authors' full first names and surnames as well as the email addresses of ALL authors.
- Affiliation(s)/Address(es) should be followed by the name, the full postal address, the e-mail
address and the fax/telephone numbers of the corresponding author.
- Keywords: Three to six words in alphabetic order selected according to the terms
recommended in the last version of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
Authorship criteria: Iran J Immunol follows the Uniform Guidelines for Biomedical Journals
Requirements of the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) for
determining authorship (http://www.icmje.org). The right to authorship is determined based on
the direct contribution of an individual to the conception, design, data (or sample) collection,
performing experiments, analysis or interpretation of data and writing the article. It is a
requirement that all authors have appropriate approval upon submission of the manuscript.
Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under acknowledgements
Abstract: A Research article should have a structured abstract with the following organization:
Background, describing the motivations of the study; Objective(s), explaining the aim of the
current work; Method(s), clarifying how the work was carried out; Results, revealing the main
findings and their significance; and Conclusion(s), disclosing the main message of the article.
The abstract should not exceed 250 words in length. Do not use reference citations in the
Short papers and Short communications should have the same structure of the abstract as a
research article but with no more than 150 words. The abstracts of case reports should be
unstructured and do not exceed 100 words. Letters to the editor do not require abstracts. A
review article may have an unstructured abstract (one paragraph not more than 300 words). It is
preferable not to use any abbreviations in the abstract section.
Structure of Articles: IJI requires that depending on the type of articles, the submitted
manuscripts should be divided into the following sections:
- Review Articles: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Primary and secondary topic
headings (as many as required), Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References,
- Research Articles: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion,
Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Legends. The length of these articles should not exceed
- Short Papers and Short Communications: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and
Methods, Results and Discussion (combined) Acknowledgements, References, Tables, and
Legends. The length of these articles should not exceed 2500 words.
- Case Reports: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, The case, Discussion, Acknowledgements,
References, Tables, Legends. The length of such articles should not exceed 2000 words.
- Letters to the Editor: Title page, Letter, Acknowledgements, References. The length of such
letters should not exceed 1500 words.
Acknowledgements: 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 the departmental head when providing only general support. Financial and
material support should also be acknowledged by citing the grant number.
Tables: Should be numbered with Arabic numerals and appear after References. They should be
self-explanatory, clearly designed, and not duplicating the text.
Figures: Graphs should be submitted as separate files prepared by Microsoft Excel program.
Figures should be submitted as separate files in TIFF or PCX format and should have a
resolution of at least 300 dpi. Manuscripts that do not conform to these specifications may not be
accepted at the editor's discretion.
References: Should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in parentheses as they
appear in the text. A number must be used if the authors are named in the sentence/text.
Bibliographies cited in tables and figures should be numbered according to the site where the
corresponding table or figure is first referenced. When multiple references are cited at a given
place in the text, use a hyphen to join the first and last numbers that are inclusive. Use commas
(without spaces) to separate non-inclusive numbers in a multiple citation e.g. 2,3,4,5,7,10 is
abbreviated to (2-5,7,10). Do not use a hyphen if there are no numbers cited between the
numbers used (e.g. 1-2). Periodicals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus
(Vancouver Style). Include the name of all authors, if there are six or less authors. Print names of
the first six authors followed by “et al.” when there are more than six authors. References to
books should include Author(s), Title, Edition, Place of publication, Publisher and Year of
publication. Chapters in a book should appear as Author(s), Title of chapter, Editor(s), Name of
the book, Place of publication, Publisher, Year of publication and Pages. References to electronic
journals should include Author(s), Title of article, Abbreviated title of electronic journal, [serial