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  Conflict of Interest form for Iranian Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  Originality of the Paper

   Types of papers

  Research papers on all aspects of aquatic animal health and it-related subjects will be considered for publication. All material submitted must be original and  unpublished works. Four types of manuscripts will be accepted for peer review: “Original Research Papers”, “Review Papers”, “ Short Communications” and “Clinical Reports”.

  Original Research Papers

 Original research papers should report the results of original research. Manuscripts should be structured in the following format: Title Page; Abstract; Introduction; Materials and methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements;  Conflict of interest; References; Tables and Figures.

  Reviews Papers

  Reviews can cover any subject within the journal's remit. They will be peer reviewed via the Editorial Board and prospective authors are encouraged to review their ideas and raise any questions with a Board Member or with the Editors, should they wish. Reviews should define the present level of understanding of their subject and suggest new insights or possible avenues for future investigation. The text should be produced on the same editorial basis as Original Manuscripts.

  Short Communications

  These should differ from full papers on the basis of scope or completeness, rather than quality of research. They may report significant new data and new findings arising from problems with narrow, well-defined limits, or important findings that warrant rapid publication before broader studies are complete. Their text should neither exceed 1500 words (approximately 6 pages of typescript) nor be divided up into conventional sections. When submitting Short Communications, authors should make it clear that their work is to be treated as such.

  Clinical Reports

  We also welcome the submission of Clinical Reports on new conditions improvements in clinical diagnosis and new treatments.

    Manuscript Format

  The manuscript should be uploaded as a Word (.doc or .docx) file and should be typed with double spacing on one side of the paper on A4, or similar, paper (297 × 210 mm), with generous margins. Pages should be numbered consecutively either pages or lines, including those of acknowledgements, references, tables and figure legends.

  Title Page
  A title page should contain the full title, author's name(s) and affiliation(s), address for correspondence (including email) and short running title. 
    Essential title page information:

  • Title: Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations: Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
  • Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about Methodology and Materials. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

  The text must be preceded by a short abstract not exceeding 200 words, followed by no more than six keywords.

  Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, separated by commas, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords  indicating the principal topics of the paper.

 The Introduction should briefly indicate the objectives of the research, the nature of the questions or hypotheses under consideration, and essential background. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

  Materials and methods
This section should be brief but sufficient information about the materials studied, instruments used, specialized chemical source and related experimental details must be provided so that other investigators can replicate the research.

In the Results section, only findings should be described without discussion of their significance. This section provides information by means of text, tables, and figures. The results should be concisely presented.

  The Discussion should not repeat the results; instead, the Discussion deal with the interpretation of results, citing relevant published research, and should also be as concise as possible. General information irrelevant to the subject matter should not be dealt with in prolonged discussions. The final paragraph should highlight the main conclusions of the study; do not include “Conclusions” as a separate heading.

This section includes acknowledgment of people, grant details, funds, etc.

  The new version of Harvard system of referencing has been adopted by the journal as follows. The full list of references should be in alphabetical order. Journals names should be given in full and italics without abbreviation.
* In order to ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa), it is recommended to use the EndNote software.
You can download the EndNote format from the below link:

  1) In the text (Citations):

  • Single author: the author`s name (without initials) and the year of publication (Sakai, 1999);
  • Two authors: both authors` names and the year of publication (Coad and Najafpour, 1997);
  • Three or more authors: first author`s name followed by`et al.`and the year of publication, (Rosenthal et al., 2001).
  • Standard institutes and recognized organizations: Full name of the institute (only in the first citation) followed by abbreviation of the institute name:
  • 1st citation: Association of official analytical chemists (AOAC) (2000).
  • 2nd citation: AOAC (2000).
  • Books: (Noga, 2010).
  • Conference: (Bezirtzoglou et al., 2009).
  • More than one citation: Groups of references should be listed first chronologically, then alphabetically. Examples: (Christybapita et al., 2007; Divyagnaneswari et al., 2007; Ardó et al., 2008; Cheng et al., 2008)

 2) In the reference list:
 References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters `a`, `b`, `c`, etc., placed after the year of publication.

       Reference to a journal publication:

  • Sakai, M., 1999. Current research status of fish immunostimulants. Aquaculture, 172, 63-92.
  • Coad, B. W. and Najafpour, N., 1997. Barbus sublimus, a new species of cyprinid fish from Khuzestan Province, Iran. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 7(3), 273-278.
  • Rosenthal, H., McGlade, J. and Gollasch, S., 2001.The role of aquaculture in integrated coastal zone management. Bulletin of Aquaculture Association of Canada, 101(1), 5-10.
      Reference to a book:
  • Noga, E. J., 2010. Fish disease: Diagnosis and treatment. 2nd ed.USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
       Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
  • Chapman, D.W., 1971. Production. In: Methods for the Assessment of Fish Production in Freshwater, in: Ricker, W. E. (Ed.), Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, pp. 199-214.
      Reference to a Conference:
  • Bezirtzoglou, E., Alexopoulos, A., Voidarou, c. and Noussias, H., 2009. Occurrence of Mycobacterium sp.in euryhaline fishes in Greek aquaculture farms. 1st International Congress on Aquatic Animal Health Management and Diseases. Iranian Veterinary Council. Iran. Tehran. February.2009.
      Electronic reference:
  • FAO. 2010. The state of world fisheries and aquaculture (sofia),2008. Available: http://www.fao.org/fishery/sofia/en [Accessed 28.10.2010].
    Important notes
  • Please note that Iranian Journal of Aquatic Animal Health uses CrossRef Similarity Check (Powered by iThenticate) software to screen manuscripts for unoriginal material. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your manuscript may have to undergo during the peer-review and production processes.
  • In case of plagiarism detected by the editorial board in a submitted or accepted manuscript, the full responsibility lies with the authors. The publisher has the right to reject and/or retract the manuscript in case of plagiarism, even it was previously accepted. The authors are not able to object to the decision made by the journal.
  • The submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The manuscript should be included line numbers. Otherwise, your manuscript would not be considered by editorial board.
  • The corrected technical reviewed version of the manuscript (after sending the opinion of the technical manager of the journal) should be submitted again by replacing by the older version of the manuscript (delete the current file and upload the new one).
  • Figures and Table: Tables, figure legends (including magnifications) and acknowledgements should be submitted on separate sheets, and appear at the end of the manuscript, after the references. Tables and figures should be referred to in the text together with an indication of their appropriate position recorded in the text margin. figures should be attached in JPEG or TIFF format with at least quality of 300 dpi.
  • Units and spelling: Spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must be given in metric units but British or other equivalents may be included in parentheses. Where any doubt arises as to the correct abbreviations, reference should be made to Quantities, Units and Symbols, 2nd edition, 1975, published by the Royal Society, London (ISBN: 0 85403 071 9). Full stops are not used with abbreviations. The following are suggested as internationally accepted units: %, ºC, mm, cm, cc, mL, L, m, km, mg, g, kg, s, min, h, ha. The international system of units (SI units) should be used. For example the salinity of sea water should be given as g L-1 or ppt. Use the form g mL-1 will not accepted as g/mL. Avoid use of g per 100 g, for example in food composition, use g kg-1. If other units are used, these should be defined on first appearance in terms of SI units, e.g. mmHg. Abbreviations of chemical and other names should be defined when first mentioned in the text unless they are commonly used and internationally known and accepted.
  • Latin Names, Authority, and Disposition
    The full Latin specific name, including the authority with correct taxonomic disposition, should appear at least once for each species when first mentioned in the text or elsewhere, thus: Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., turbot, Scophthalmus maximus (L.), snakehead, Channa punctatus (Bloch), rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum), i.e. authorities bracketed depending on first description (for further information see American Fisheries Society Special Publication No 12, A List of Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States and Canada or www.fishbase.com).
  • Abbreviations: Acronyms and abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used in the text.
  • Scientific names and Statistics: The genus (always capitalized) and the species (not capitalized) should be typed in italics. When the same name is used more than once in the paper, the first letter of the genus (still capitalized) should be used as an abbreviation in the second and subsequent uses of the name. Complete scientific names, including the authority with correct taxonomic disposition, should be given when organisms are first mentioned in the text. Complete scientific names, but without the authority, should also be given when organisms are first mentioned in tables, figures and keywords.
  • Letter of acceptance: After payment of the fee and upon request of the corresponding author a letter of acceptance will be issued to the author(s).
  • Proofs: Prior to publication, a proof is sent to the corresponding author. Authors are advised to read the proof and correct minor typographical or grammatical errors. Authors should promptly return proofs to the editorial office.
  • Copyright and photocopying: No reproduction of this journal is permitted without the prior permission in writing from the copyright holder. Special request should be addressed to Editor-in-Chief.
  • Disclaimer: The publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher and editors.
  • Cover letter: The cover letter should disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest that Editors may consider relevant to their manuscript.


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