Manuscript Submission Guidelines For Authors

Pre-submission: Helping Readers Find Your Article
Write abstract and select keywords according to you research focus. Before you submit your manuscript, go back and review your title, keywords and abstract. Title and keywords are important to ensure that readers will be able to find your article online through online different search engines. One simple thing you can do to improve your article’s visibility and ensure proper indexing and cross-linking is to provide full names for all authors.

Submitting your article
All manuscripts should be submitted via Online to managing editor via one of the following emails.

Note: Please do not send a print copy of your submission.

Formatting your article
Please refer to the submission guidelines for formatting your references, please ensure you check the APA (6th ed.) reference style. Here is a quick link to the APA (6th ed.) reference style.  

Artwork guidelines
Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the online version.

    • Format: TIFF, JPEG, PDF: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs). EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in). MS Office files (Word, Power Point, Excel) are also accepted
    • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document. Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately also. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")
    • Resolution: Bitmap based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a resolution of 600 dpi.
    • Format: TIFF, EPS or PDF. MS Office files (Word, Power Point, and Excel) are also accepted provided they meet certain conditions. For more information, see below. 
    • Colour: Please note that images supplied in colour will be published in colour online (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using colour with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating colour.
    • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination
    • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).
    • Page Size: Letter size page (8.5 inches by 11 inches)/(21.59 cm x 27.94 cm)
    • Margin: One inch/2.54 cm all four sides
    • Font Size:
      1. 1. Topic of Article: Arial 14 pt Bold
      2. 2. Headings and Sub-headings: Arial 9 pt Bold
      3. 3. Text: Arial 9 pt
    • File Type: MS Word
    • Language: The Journal accepts manuscripts in English only.
    • Length: Maximum 4000 words excluding references and appendix.
    • Abstracts: Each manuscript, with the exception of short technical notes and letters to the Editor, must be accompanied by an abstract of 150 words or less stating, in a short, concise manner, the objectives of the study, the techniques used, and what was accomplished.
    • Abbreviations and Units: Abbreviations that are accepted and recognized as common scientific terminology may be used without definition. All nonstandard abbreviations should be defined at that point in the text where they first appear.

    Text: Articles should be organized using the following headings:

  1. 1. Introduction,
  2. 2. Experiment/Review of Literature,
  3. 3. Apparatus,
  4. 4. Methods,
  5. 5. Results,
  6. 6. Discussion,
  7. 7. Conclusions,
  8. 8. Acknowledgments, and
  9. 9. References
    • 10. Instrument/Questionnaire: Instruments of study should be attached


Tables and Equations: Tables and equations should not be submitted in a format exceeding the Letter size page (in portrait form). All tables should be embedded within the manuscript, and must be captioned and numbered sequentially.


Format Sample: Manuscript must follow format.IR Formating.template.pdf

Publication Procedure and Peer review policy

Submission of a paper to this journal implies that the manuscript has not been published in, or submitted to, any other journal and that the author(s) have obtained appropriate permission to use data obtained for and contained in the manuscript. Previous presentation at professional meetings should be mentioned in a footnote. All manuscripts are subject to review by two or more independent, anonymous referees chosen by the Editor-in-Chief. If revision is necessary, the author is asked to resubmit the dated, revised manuscript incorporating the suggestions and recommendations of the referees within three months. Revisions not received within three months from the date of notice must be resubmitted as a new manuscript with reference to the previous submission. All revisions must be accompanied with a letter detailing the changes made to the original document; changes should also be indicated directly on the manuscript (e.g., underlined or colored text). Revisions will be re-reviewed at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. The author of an accepted manuscript will be notified. He/She will receive page proofs (PDF) for proofreading prior to publication. Responsibility for accuracy in the final copy lies with the author. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to reject a manuscript without peer review if the manuscript does not comply with the Journal’s Instructions for Authors. All submissions are subject to final approval and acceptance for publication by the Editor-in-Chief.

How the referee is selected

Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our database is constantly being updated. We welcome suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations may or may not be used. Referees advise the editors, who are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

How long does the review process take?

Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within four weeks. If the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is unreasonably delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. Referees may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors are responsible for plagiarism. Authors must explicitly acknowledge all sources of funding and include this information in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript. Authors must also state other potential conflicts of interest, including financial and non-financial, in the cover letter that accompanies the manuscript submission.

Access policy

IR is an open access journal. All online content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.