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Author Guidelines

About the Journal

Galen Medical Journal (GMJ) is an official journal of  Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Research Center of  Fasa University of Medical Sciences. The GMJ established in 2012 and is an international, peer-reviewed, open access publication. The GMJ is available both in print and online. GMJ published quarterly in English by  Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Research Center of  Fasa University of Medical Sciences and is a peer-reviewed general medical journal for all physicians, doctors, medical researchers, and health workers. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to the self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.


Scope of The Journal

The journal will cover basic and clinical studies in the field of all medicine, especially Non-communicable Diseases. Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference.

Overall Conditions for Submission

The manuscript should be prepared according to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and must comply with the ethical standards recommended by the Helsinki Declaration

GMJ complies with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations. 

please, read these recommendations before submission

The Editorial Process

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to GMJ alone then and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with GMJ for all matters related to the manuscript. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the GMJ readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in GMJ are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but this is not mandatory. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copyedited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author.

The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within seven days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period.

The whole process of submission of the manuscript to the final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online. To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ soon after acceptance.

Clinical Trial Registry

The GMJ would consider publishing clinical trials that have been registered with a clinical trial registry that allows free online access to public. Registration in the following trial registers is acceptable:

Also, any registry that is a primary register of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (

Authorship Criteria

 As stated in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations, credit for authorship requires:

1. Substantial contributions to the conception and design; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data,

2. The drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content;

3. Final approval of the version to be published;

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 article are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the four components mentioned above.

Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript.

The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors.

GMJ Authorship Standards

 To respect the authorship right of authors and uphold scientific honesty, the authorship of GMJ should be compiled as follows:

1- Author names should not be added, removed and changed the order after submitted the manuscript.

2- Each article could have one corresponding author. 

3- Authors are not recommended to be co-first authors. Authors in the same institution could not be the co-first authors. 

The GMJ reserves the right of final explanations to the Authorship standard. 

Contribution Details

Contributors should provide a description of contributions made by each of them towards the manuscript.

The description should be divided into following categories, as applicable: concept, design, the definition of intellectual content, literature search, clinical studies, experimental studies, data acquisition, data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing, and manuscript review. One author should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole from inception to published article and should be


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. As a part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and the author's guidelines and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned to the authors.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it submitted before in another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (doc or docx) including Title page, Abstract, Keywords, Manuscript body, Acknowledgments, conflicts of interest, tables, and figures. Tables, Figures, and Graphs will be also submitted as supplementary files.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

    GMJ complies with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations. 

    please, read these recommendations before submission

  5. The authors’ full contribution to the article and declaration that the authors mentioned in the manuscript are the only contributors.
  6. Due to the costs for the scientific editing of each paper (including language, technical, and copy editing) which are paid by the journal, authors are not permitted to withdraw the paper after it passes the peer review process and goes through the editing process unless they admit to pay the costs which will be informed by the editor at that time.
  7. Authors should introduce at least two potential reviewers to the editor of their paper by email or writing in the "comments" section to hasten the review process.
  8. Before submitting your manuscript to a journal you may wish to have it professionally edited, particularly if English is not your first language. This is not a mandatory step but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers.

    GMJ neither endorses nor takes responsibility for these services, which are provided by commercial, for-profit companies. 

    There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services. 

    Language editing using these services does not restrict you from submitting your manuscript to a journal published by GMJ, nor does it guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication in one of our academic journals.

    Language services:

    Authors wishing to make use of these services should follow the links to the specific websites for more information. Each provider will handle all aspects of this service, including payment


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in the journal website will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Processing Charges (APC): 900.00 (EUR)

Open access publishing proposes a relatively new model for scholarly journal publishing that provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of all published articles. Open access allows all interested readers to view, download, print, and redistribute any article without a subscription, enabling far greater distribution of an author's work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model. Many authors in a variety of fields have begun to realize the benefits that open access publishing can provide in terms of increasing the impact of their work.

In an open-access model, the publication costs of an article are paid from an author's research budget, or by their supporting institution, in the form of Article Processing Charges (APC). These APC replace subscription charges and allow publishers to make the full-text of every published article freely available to all interested readers. In addition, authors who publish in our open access journals retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a “Creative Commons Attribution License,” enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Galen Medical Journal (GMJ) is an Open Access journal. Publishing an article in GMJ requires APC that will be billed to the submitting author following the acceptance of an article for publication. Apart from these APC, there are no submission charges, page charges, or color charges. The fees to be paid following the acceptance of an article are indicated  here

We encourage our authors to publish their papers with us and don’t wish the cost of publication processing fees to be an insurmountable barrier especially to authors from the low and lower middle-income countries. A range of discounts or waivers is offered to authors who are unable to pay our publication processing fees. We use the World Bank Country Classification table to identify: 

  • Low-income countries. Authors resident in these countries may apply to receive up to a 100% waiver of the standard publication processing fee; 
  • Lower middle income. Authors resident in these countries may apply to receive a 50% waiver of the standard publication processing fee.  

If you are living in a developing country and need to apply for a waiver please email via with the following information: 

  • Your name and institution with full address details
  • Title of journal you wish to submit a manuscript to
  • Reason for applying for a waiver
  • Title of your paper
  • Country of residence of any co-authors.

If you have already accepted a discounted price offered to you at the time of submission please be aware that this is the maximum discount and we are unable to help you further.