Guide for Authors

 | Post date: 2022/11/16 | 
Guide for Authors
Original high-quality research and review papers falling within the Aims and Scope of the journal will be considered for publication. Contributions are normally received with the understanding that they comprise original, unpublished material and are not being submitted for publication elsewhere. 
Required files to be uploaded: Five essential files must be submitted through the manuscript submission system: 1. The main file of the manuscript (without the names of the authors), 2. Title page in the mentioned format, 3. Authorship form (must include the title of the article and the name and surname of all authors and be signed by all authors), 4. Conflicts of Interest form (must be signed by the Corresponding Author and uploaded with the article file), and 5. Cover letter.

Manuscript Submission
Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. A manuscript should be written and submitted according to the structure below.


The title should be concise and informative.

Author information

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
  • A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s)


Please provide an abstract of 100 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Please provide 4 to 7 keywords, which can be used for indexing purposes.

Manuscripts should be written in English. Manuscripts with serious deficiencies in English may be returned without review. Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the journal service. 

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

  • Use a normal, plain font (12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).
Authors should follow the APA 7th Edition standards. The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Authors are encouraged to use EndNote software for creating, collecting, and managing references.

Manuscript Template

To help you format your manuscript, we created a template in Microsoft Word. You can download it here and format your paper according to it.
Declaration of competing interest
Corresponding authors, on behalf of all the authors of a submission, must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Completion of the conflict of interest/commitment form by the authors is obligatory. Get the form here, complete and send it along with the article.
Please prepare your articles according to APA Format–7th Edition
OVERVIEW–The American Psychological Association (APA) style is widely accepted in the social sciences and other fields, such as education, business, and nursing. The APA citation format requires parenthetical citations within the text rather than endnotes or footnotes. Citations in the text provide brief information, usually the name of the author and the date of publication, to lead the reader to the source of information in the reference list at the end of the paper.
Review process
Each paper is first reviewed by one of the Associate Editors on the criteria of minimal “fit” (whether it fits the focus and scope of IJER)), “quality” (whether the paper is both methodologically and conceptually sound), and “contribution” (whether the paper has advanced our understanding of educational research in the global context).  Once the submission passes this initial screening, it will be assigned to reviewers as a double-blind review process.
Iranian Journal of Educational Research is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. Below is a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors.
Also to avoid plagiarism in published articles this journal uses the iThenticate software that analyses the manuscripts and reports the rate of plagiarism in percent. The manuscript submitted to the journal must have a similarity level of less than 10%. Similarity per each detected reference also must be a maximum of 1%. The textual similarity in the amount of more than 10% is unacceptable.
 Peer Review Process in Brief

Publication and authorship
  1. All submitted manuscripts to the IJER subject to strict peer-review process by at least three reviewers that are experts in the area of education.
  2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
  3. The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
  4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
  5. Rejected manuscripts will not be re-reviewed.
  6. The manuscript acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  7. No research can be included in more than one publication.
Authors' responsibilities
  1. Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
  2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
  3. Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  4. Authors must participate in the peer review process.
  5. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  6. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  7. Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
  8. Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest.
  9. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  10. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the editors.
 Identification of unethical behavior

Misconduct and unethical behavior may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
Misconduct and unethical behavior may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above.
Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
  1. All editorial members, reviewers, and authors must confirm and obey the rules defined by COPE.
  2. The corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
  3. The authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
  4. All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.
  5. Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data, or any other kinds of fraud must be reported completely to COPE.
Ethical Considerations for Human Subjects
Human subjects
Authors reporting experimental studies on human subjects must include a statement of assurance in the Patients and Methods section of the manuscript reading that. The project was done with consideration of ethical issues and obtaining a license from the ethics of their local committee and obtaining the written consent of participants. Also, it was done according to ethical standards of human experimentation in accordance to the Helsinki Declaration ( ).
Informed Consent
In the case of research on human subjects, informed consent and other ethical considerations should be mentioned in the "methods" section of the manuscript. The author should include a statement that informed consent was obtained for any experimentation with human subjects.
Conflict of Interest: The authors must declare any conflicts of interest of contributed authors very briefly in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper. All sources of funding should be declared; unless otherwise the following sentence should be given “Authors declare no conflict of interests”.
To prevent the information on potential conflicts of interest for authors from being overlooked or misplaced, mention this information in the cover letter. Authors must identify any potential financial conflicts of interest before the review process begins. Declared conflict of interest will not automatically result in the rejection of the paper, but the editors reserve the right to publish any declared conflict of interest alongside accepted. The following would generally be regarded as potential conflicts of interest:
1. Direct financial payment to an author for the research or manuscript produced by the sponsor of a product or service evaluated in an article.
2. Ownership of shares by an author in the company sponsoring a product service evaluated in an article (or in a company sponsoring a competing product).
3. Personal consultant for companies or other organizations with a financial interest in the promotion of particular healthcare products and services.
Source of Funding: Authors are required to specify the source of funding for their research when submitting a paper. Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included. The information will be disclosed in the Acknowledgements section of the published article.
Copyright Assignment: If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author of the paper, and the corresponding author should study and accept the copyright statement that is available on the journal website.
Acknowledgment: Authors should acknowledge any scientific, technical, statistical, and financial support. Contributors other than coauthors may be very briefly acknowledged in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper. All sources of funding should be declared. 
Article processing charge (APC): Article processing charges (APC) are required from the Iranian authors (No review costs, but the Iranian authors must pay 6,000,000 Iranian Rials as article publication charges after acceptance, and foreign authors are exonerated from the publication charges).  There are no charges for rejected articles. If, after the peer review process, a manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under the Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. The APC for the Iranian authors is 6,000,000 IRR. The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review before it is published.

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