IJVLMS (Interdiciplinary Journal of Virtual Learning in Medical Sciences) aims to promote and enhance the quality e-learning in universities. IJVLMS accepts Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor. Articles in the following areas will be reviewed by the journal:
· Theoretical foundations of e-learning
· Continuing professional development
· New methods of teaching in medicine
· Ethical issues in e-learning system
· Evaluation methods in e-learning
· Quality assurance, evaluation. and validation of e-learning
· New strategies in teaching and learning
· Research in e-learning
· Information and communication technology
· Software used in e-learning
· Comparative study of distance education systems
· Management of distance education
Authors, who want their article to be published in this magazine, should observe the following:
The editorial board members of IJVLMS benefit from editorial freedom. Our editorial policy is consistent with the principles of editorial independence presented by WAME ( http://www.wame.org/resources/policies#independence ).
Article Evaluation Process
Articles are processed through the journal's online submission process ( http://www.mediaj.ir/online/form_send_article.php?slc_lang=fa&slc_sid=1)
Evaluation Process and Journal Responsibilities
· Submitted articles are initially screened by the editor. If they conform to the journal's aim and scope and their structure and methodology is initially confirmed, they will be sent for peer review. In the next stages the articles should be revised by the corresponding author and then modified new versions will be discussed at the editorial board session. After approval by the editorial board members, accepted articles will be published in order.
· The authors are responsible for the order of their names and authors' rights are respected in this regard.
· The Journal is free to accept or reject articles or edit accepted articles. The final edited version will be sent to authors for proof reading.
· The authors can download the articles for free.
· Submitted articles will not be returned to authors.
The publication of all articles is done on the assumption that all ethical considerations have been met. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are approached in confronting any ethical misbehavior. The Journal also follows the guidelines mentioned in the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) ( http://www.icmje.org/#privacy ).
The research that involves human beings (or animals) must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html).
All patients and participants of the research should be thoroughly informed about the aims of the study and any possible side effects of the drugs and intervention. Written informed consent from the participants or their legal guardians is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.
Based on the newly released Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals , by the ICMJE, “an Author” is generally considered to be someone who meets the following conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.
1-Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
2-Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
3-Final approval of the version to be published; AND
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 work are appropriately investigated and resolved
Conflict of Interest
We request all the authors to inform us about any kinds of “Conflict of Interest” (such as financial, personal, political, or academic) that would potentially affect their judgment . Moreover, stating the name of the group or company where the study has been done or the center providing financial support is mandatory ( http://www.icmje.org/ethical_4conflicts.html)
The distribution or reproduction of a previously published text is unacceptable.
By submitting articles to IJVLMS, authors declare that the article's scientific and literary content is original. Using other researchers' words and opinions without acknowledgement or using the exact words written in other published articles is considered as plagiarism and is unethical. Besides stating the references used in the article, the text of the article should not be copied from other articles.
Authors are completely responsible for the references and content of published articles, ethically and legally.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy and accountability of published text.
Respected authors are advised to follow the following guidelines for preparing their manuscripts:
1. In the title page the following should be mentioned: Title, Authors' names , Authors' academic ranks, Name of institution, The institution providing financial support or where the study was done, Running title (at most 40 characters), Postal address, Email, and tel/fax numbers of the authors, the address and telephone number of the corresponding author.
2. Abstract :
-All articles should have two version in English and Persian. English should be written with Times New Roman font size 11, Persian abstract should be written in Mitra font size 12, and the article's text should be written in Mitra font size 12.
- The abstract of original articles should be structured while the abstract of review articles need not be structured.
3. Keywords: 4 to 6 keywords should be stated based on Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) ( http://nlm.nih.gov/mesh/ )
4. Body of articles:
· The body of original articles should include: abstracts, Keywords, Introduction (containing background, aim, and review of literature), Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion, Acknowledgements, and References.
· Review articles should include: abstracts, Keywords, Introduction (containing aims and research background), Review methods and data sources, Discussion and Conclusion, Acknowledgements, and References.
· Case reports include: abstracts, Keywords, Introduction, Case description, Discussion and conclusion, and References.
· The number of typed pages should not exceed 15 pages.
· Since the official language of MEDIA is Persian and english, it is better to use the scientific expressions.
· Articles should be written using MS-Word 2007 and submitted online at http://www.mediaj.ir/online/form_send_article.php?slc_lang=fa&slc_sid=1
· In the text, the exact place of figures and diagrams should be stated. Correct use of the Persian language is encouraged. Please avoid Latin words that have clear Persian equivalents. In case a word has Persian or English abbreviations, it should be written completely the first time it is stated (with the abbreviation in parentheses) in the text and then abbreviated throughout the text.
5. Tables, Diagrams, and Figures:
· Figures should be submitted in JPEG format. Figures and diagrams should have sufficient quality and their number and title should be mentioned at the bottom.
· Tables should be cited in order in the text. Title of tables should be mentioned at the top. Necessary descriptions could be mentioned as subscripts under the tables.
· The number of figures, tables, and diagrams should conform to the length of the article (one item for every four pages).
· Avoid stating tables or diagrams whose data have been written in the text. Figures and diagrams should be cited in order in the text. Data should not be presented both as text and table.
· References should be cited in order of appearance in the text. please send your endnote file of the references.
· References should be cited according to the Vancouver style and cited in brackets.
· Persian references should be written in English according to their English bibliography. If they do not have an English bibliography after translating the name of the article, journal name and name of authors, the word [in Persian] should be stated.
· For more information of Vancouver Style and referencing please visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK 7256/
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Streubert HJ, Carpenter DR. Qualitative research in nursing. 4 th ed. Philadelphia: lippincott Williams and walks; 2007. p. 127.
Chapter in book:
Bransford JD. Schema activation and schema acquisition: Comments on Richard C Anderson’s remarks. In: Anderson RC, Osborn J, Tierney RC, editors. Learning to read in American schools. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum; 1983 . p. 259 – 272.