Modern Care is the scientific quarterly of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at Birjand University of Medical Sciences. It aims to develop and elevate knowledge and original research in medical sciences, especially in nursing and midwifery. The journal accepts original papers, review articles, case reports, and letter to editor. Review articles are accepted only from highly experienced researchers who have cited at least three papers of theirs published in reliable scientific journals in the same area of research. Case reports concern with a rare disease or care issue and contain a valuable message; the disease should be diagnosed and verified by paraclinical interventions. This type of paper should be written by at least three authors, and include introduction, a brief history of the disease, complete description of the patient, clinical findings, paraclinical intervention results, and references, not exceeding 1500 words overall.
Letter to Editor
1. Letter to Editor referring to recent papers of the journal
This type of letter-to-editor should be referred to the most recent issues of the journal (the most recent three issues). Evidently, papers referring to older issues will not be accepted. The text of the letter, irrespective of the references, should not exceed 600 words. There could be a maximum number of three authors and six references. No table or figure should appear in the paper.
2. Letter to Editor not referring to recent papers of the journal
Useful studies that do not fulfill the requirements for a full paper can be submitted as letter to editor. The text of the letter, irrespective of tables and references, should not exceed 600 words. There could be a maximum number of three authors and six references. One table or figure is allowed to appear in the paper.
It is a scientific report that contains significant findings or advances in scientific areas and contemporary methods evaluation. It can be the report of a study which is short in length but high in quality and value. The papers should be written in 3 to 4 printed pages, while the tables and references should not exceed 3 and 10 respectively. They should be accompanied by unstructured abstracts. Furthermore, merely descriptive or descriptive-correlational papers can be accepted as short papers in case they are approved of by the Editorial Board or the Editors’ Committee.
Authors are requested to follow the following points when writing and submitting their papers.
1. The paper should be submitted directly from www.moderncare.bums.ac.ir.
2. A letter should be sent by the author(s) confirming that the paper has not been previously submitted to, accepted by, or printed in another journal.
3. The manuscripts should be in double spacing (using Nazanin Font 12) in Microsoft Office 2003/2007 with due attention to typographic rules. The manuscripts should be saved and delivered in .doc format.
4. How to submit manuscripts:
A) Title Page. Complete title of the manuscript; the name of the author(s); affiliations including place of service, academic rank and title, faculty, university, city, country; postal address; email; telephone and fax number. Corresponding author should be specified on this page for follow-up.
B) Abstract. It must be with a maximum number of 250 words. In original papers, it should have Background and Aim, Methodology, Findings, Conclusion, and Keywords. Keywords section is required, and a set of 3 to 5 terms approved of in MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is recommended. The abstracts in both Persian and English should be provided on separate pages.
C) The main text. It consists of Introduction, Methodology, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion, and Acknowledgements. The text should not exceed ten 18-line pages and 2500 vocabulary items. Systematic reviews that hold new educational content may exceed the limit.
D) Tables and Figures. The number of tables and figures should be proportionate to the length of the main text. The same information should not be presented both in the main text and in tables or figures. Each table should have a heading and be written in Word 2003/2007. Any figure should have a caption, and Microsoft Office-related software should be used to draw it. Both tables and figures should be numbered on separate pages.
E) Photos. Photos should be of good quality. It is necessary to send their computer file along with the manuscript. Further, it is essential to keep the identity of patients.
F) In-text Citation and Referencing. The references should be numbered within parentheses in the order they are used in the text, and mentioned in the References section at the end of the paper in Vancouver style and in English. If the papers which are cited are originally written in Persian, the bibliographical information in English can be retrieved from the Iranian Medical Sciences Guide for papers (www.iranmedex.com) or from the relevant journal of the paper. In case the bibliographical information is not available in English, it is essential to present the title of the work in English in brackets. At the end of the references translated from Persian into English, the word [Persian] should be cited in brackets. The maximum number of references allowed is 25.
References should be written according to the Vancouver Style similar to the following guidelines.
Printed journal paper: Surname and the initial(s) of the first author’s first name, surname and the initial(s) of the second author’s first name, (up to six authors). Full title of the paper. Full or abbreviated title of the journal (according to PubMed) with initials of each word in capital. Year and month/season of publication; volume(issue): first and last pages the paper appears in the journal. [The original language in which the paper has been published if other than English]. For example:
Beydokhti H, Ali Bayge M, Hosseini F. Levels of clinical evidence in published articles in Iranian Scientific Medical Journals (1994-2008). Journal of Birjand University of Medical Sciences. 2011 Summer;18(2):117-25. [Persian]
Lopez V , Sek Ying C , Poon CY , Wai Y . Physical, psychological and social recovery patterns after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a prospective repeated measures questionnaire survey. Int J Nurs Stud. 2007 Nov; 44(8): 1304-15.
Antshel KM, Faraone SV, Maglione K, Doyle A, Fried R, Seidman L, et al. Temporal stability of ADHD in the high-IQ population: results from the MGH Longitudinal Family Studies of ADHD. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Jul;47(7):817-25.
* The month or season of publication should follow the year.
* If there are more than six authors, a comma and the phrase et al should precede the name of the sixth author.
* In some journals, the word year is used instead if issue or volume which stands for issue.
* A journal’s abbreviated title should be the one mentioned in PubMed. As for Iranian journals, the formal title of journal in English should be used rather than its translation into English.
Book: Surname and the initial(s) of the first author’s first name, surname and the initial(s) of the second author’s first name. Full title of the book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher; year of publication. For example:
Kiley R. Medical information on the internet: a guide for health professionals. 2nd ed. London: Churchill Livingstone; 1999.
Note. If it is the first edition of the book, it is not necessary to be mentioned.
Chapter of a book in which each chapter has a different author : Surname(s) and the initial(s) of authors’ first name(s). Title of the chapter: In: Surname and the initial(s) of the first editor’s first name, Surname and the initial(s) of the second editor’s first name. Full title of the book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher; year of publication. p. First and last pages the chapter appears in the book. For example:
Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, Editor, Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk (CN); Appleton and Lange; 1995.p. 361-80.
Book of Conference : Surname(s) and the initial(s) of editors’ first name(s). Title of the chapter: In surname and the initial(s) of the first editor’s first name, editors. Full title of the book. Ordinal number and title of the conference; year, month, and the days of the conference; city, country. Place of publication: publisher; year of publication. For example:
Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th Intemational Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.
One paper in a conference : Surname(s) and the initial(s) of authors’ first name(s). Title of the paper. In: Surname and the initial(s) of the editor(s)’ first name, editors. Full title of the book of conference. Ordinal number and title of the conference; year, month, and the days of the conference; city, country. Place of publication: publisher; year of publication. For example:
Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, Privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P , Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North- Holland; 1992. p. 1561-65.
Internet article with page numbers : Surname and the initial letter of author(s)’ first name. Full title of the article. Full or abbreviated title of the journal according to NLM with initial letters of each word in capital [serial online] Year of issue [cited year month day; issue (volume): first and last pages the paper appears in the journal. Available from: underlined Internet address. For example:
Garfinkel PE, Lin E, Goering P. Should amenorrhea be necessary for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa? Br J Psych [serial online] 1996 [cited 1999 Aug 17]; 168 (4): 500-506. Available from: URL: http://biomed. Niss.ac.uk.
Internet article without page numbers : Surname and the initial letter of author(s)’ first name. Full title of the article. Full or abbreviated title of the journal according to NLM with initial letters of each word in capital [serial online] Year of issue [cited year month day; issue (volume): [Number of screens]. Available from: underlined Internet address. For example:
Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious disease. Emerg infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1999 Dec25]; 1 (1): [24screens]. Available from: URL: http://www/cdc/gov/ncidoc/EID/eid.htm
Note. Number of screens refers to one plus the number of times where Page Down key should be pressed to reach the end of the paper.
Dissertation and Master Thesis : Surname and the initial letter of author’s first name. Full title of the thesis. [Type of Publication]. Place of university: name of the university, name of faculty; year of defense. For example:
Ahmadzadeh M. The effects of health education on anxiety level of patients before coronary artery bypass surgery in Imam-Khomeini Hospital of Tehran. [MS Dissertation]. Tehran: Tarbiat Modares University, Faculty of Medical Sciences; 2000. [Persian]
Note. In case a reference is used which does not abide by any of the above-mentioned items, the author(s) should write its complete bibliographical information containing the name of the author(s) (person or organization), the title, place of publication (city or website), and year of publication so that our journal’s Reference Editor would write it as required.
5. All the papers consistent with the requirements mentioned above will immediately receive a delivery report through email and will be sent for review. Having been satisfactorily reviewed by the Board of Editors, the paper will be in the proceedings for publication, and the authors will be informed through a formal letter.
6. Ethical issues in clinical studies on animals must be observed.
7. The authors are responsible ethically and legally for the materials and references used in their papers.
8. Board of Editors is eligible to accept, reject, modify, or shorten papers as decided.
9. Publication and dissemination of materials from this journal is allowed if the reference is mentioned.
10. To subscribe to the journal, a completed subscription form and paid bank receipt should be sent to the Office of the Journal.