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Author Guidelines

1. Manuscript preparation

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. Submission is only acceptable via Jour­nal website:

2. Types of Manuscripts

Original articles:

These include randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, observational studies (including cross-sectional, case control and cohort), qualitative studies and mixed methods.

A structured abstract (with the subheadings title, Background & Aim, methods and materials, results, and conclusion) should appear on the first page of the manuscript and should not exceed 250 words. An abstract should be followed by 3 - 5 appropriate keywords. Use terms from the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) list of Index Medicus ( Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately. The abstract should not include references or abbreviations.

The text of original articles amounting to maximum 4000 words (excluding Abstract, References and Tables),   four figures and/or tables, and 30 references, and should include: Title; Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgement; References, Tables and Figures.

Important notice

Original research papers that report a randomized controlled trial, should comply with the guidelines provided by the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) group. Also, supplying the manuscript with a CONSORT flowchart diagram is highly encouraged. Researchers who would like to publish their clinical trial reports in NPT should be registered their studies in a registry of clinical trials proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) As an option, the Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (IRCT) is recommended.

Review Articles:

Review articles on any area of research relevant to nursing and midwifery practice are welcomed. Narrative reviews should be written by authors considered experts on the subject; they should be balanced accounts of all aspects of a particular subject including the pros and cons of any contentious or uncertain aspect. Review articles must include an abstract of no more than 250 words, a main text between 5000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figures, and reference list) ,up to 60 references, and up to 6 tables and/or figures. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis are more welcomed and they should respectively follow the PRISMA ( and MOOSE guidelines. The main text should be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and Relevance to Clinical Practice.

Short Communications:

Short communications are brief reports of research works containing new findings, which are not exceeding 2500 words from introduction through references. The Short Communication consists of Abstract, main body including Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion; Acknowledgement, References, Tables and Figures.

Case reports:

Case reports are only considered if they are of extraordinary interest for readers. The case report consists of Abstract (unstructured), Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Case reports must not exceed 1,000 words, 15 references and reasonable amount of tables and/or figures.

Letters to the Editor:

Letters to the Editor have a flexible format and may be published on occasion, where comments on a paper published in NPT or an important issue in the field are of broad interest to the readership.


Guest Editorial is solicited by the Editorial Board. National Reports or similar cases are accepted based on confirmation by Editorial Board. Editorials are shorter, up to 1500 words and 16 references, and give the judgment of the author based on published data.


Authors are encouraged to use the Standard Reporting Guidelines in preparing of manuscripts. According to the type of study, you can use following links.

Type of study


Clinical Trials




Systematic reviews and meta-analysis on clinical trials


Meta-analysis of observational studies


Diagnostic accuracy


Qualitative research



See here…


3. In preparation of main text please consider these basic criteria:

Introduction: This should summarize the literature review or background in the area of the study and articulate the purpose and the rationale for the study.

Methods: Describe the study design, setting and samples, ethical considerations, measurements/instruments, data collection/procedure and data analysis used. 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. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer's name and address should be given in parenthesis.

To mention Ethical considerations Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors, and Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project.

Results: 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. 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 authors. 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. Discussion for advances in nursing practice, nursing knowledge development, and nursing implication is strongly recommended.

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.

Tables: In limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed above. Do not submit tables as pho­tograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.

Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.

Tables and figures should be included in the main manuscript file (in the latest pages)

4. References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The author should ensure about preciseness of references. 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. We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager/Endnote for reference management and formatting. When formatting your references, please ensure you use Vancouver reference style. The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:

Article: Cartagena RG, Veugelers PJ, Kipp W, Magigav K, Laing LM. Effectiveness of an HIV prevention program for secondary school students in Mongolia. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Dec; 39(6): 916-925.

Chapter: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. New York: Raven Press; 1995. P. 465-78.

Book: McKenzie JF, Pinger R, Kotecki JE. An introduction to community health. Boston: Jones & Bartlett; 2005. P. 207.

Web Pages: Key and critical objectives of JAMA. Available at: http://jama. about_current.dtl. Accessed July 4, 2004.

Thesis: Mohammadi MM. Infant sleep and feeding [PhD thesis]. School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran; 2002.

5. Abbreviations and symbols 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.


6. Submission:

Papers submitted for publica­tion should describe original work, not previ­ously published else­where, totally or partly. Manuscripts must be submitted only in English and should be written according to sound gram­mar and proper terminol­ogy.

The title page of the paper should only con­tain the title, running title, Author(s) name, and Authors’ affiliations (including Department, Institution, City, Country, Tel, Fax, and Email).

For ensure to blind review, The text of manuscript should not include au­thor(s) name.. Please include all necessary aforementioned items (Title, abstract, key words, main text, references and figures or tables) in just one  word file. Please do not send the PDF format.

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7. cover let­ter

Manuscript must be accompanied by a cover­ing let­ter to the Editor-in-Chief, in­cluding title and au­thor(s) name and under­taking that it has not been pub­lished or sub­mitted elsewhere.

8. Conflicts of interest:

Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it. Please include the conflict of interest in cover letter.

9. Proof Reading:

A computer printout is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office.

10. Copyright Notice

Accepted manuscripts become the perma­nent prop­erty of the Journal and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the Editor.



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