Guide for Authors

Contents
Article Types
Article Structure
Figures and Tables
References
Open Access Policy
The publication fees
Publication Policies
Peer review
Author contributions
Conflict of Interest
Article Withdrawal
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Studies in humans and animals
Informed Consent
Further considerations
Submission Declaration

Article Types

1. Research Articles: An Article is a research novel study in various fields of scientific interest to the readership of the journal.

2. Review Subject: Comprehensive analyses of recent developments, improvements, discoveries, and ideas in various fields of fundamental and applied science.

3. Letters to the Editor: These include opinions, comments relating to the publishing policy of the journal, news, and suggestions. Letters are not to exceed a single page.

4. BriefCommunication: Type of studies that falls short of the criteria for a full research article.

The editor reserves the right to decide that an article may be treated as a research note.

Article Structure

The authors are invited to submit papers in MS-word style and pdf format through the journal online submission with a cover letter. For more details about the submission process, kindly visit  ‘Submit a Manuscript”.

For manuscripts that may be prepared with other software, the author should provide the full document data includes (figures, schemes, and tables ). Times or Times New Roman font is required. In general, all papers should have the following main sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgment (if available), and References.

Ensure that the following item is present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

• E-mail address

• Full postal address

Figures and Tables

The term figure includes all types of illustrations such as graphs, diagrams, photographs, and flow charts. All figures and Tables should be placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript file. A reasonable number of figures will be reproduced without charge. Figures and Tables should be cited consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. For figures, always use a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Ensure that each figure has a caption (not embedded in the figure itself)، the caption should comprise a brief title. Keep text in the figure itself to a minimum but define all symbols and abbreviations used.
Please add tables as editable text and not as images. Ensure that the data presented in the Tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the manuscript

References

The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the information given in the text is exactly the same as that given in the reference list. References to the literature should be made according to the numerical system totally described in the template.

Abbreviations of journal titles should conform to those adopted by the Chemical Abstract Service (Bibliographic Guide for Editors and Authors, The American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1974). If the correct abbreviation is not known, the title should be given in full.

A full template file can download from here (doc file).

All submissions will be checked by the editor within a week of the submission date.  Authors have to suggest at least 3 independent referees (preferably non-native) with appropriate scientific backgrounds. E-mail address should be provided for the corresponding author.

We shall try our best to complete the review process within 30 days from the date of submission. The Editorial Board needs to set some rules from time to time.

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all 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, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

The publication fees :

50,000 IQD

Publication Policies

Peer-Review

Peer review is a process of evaluation involving qualified individuals within the relevant field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards, improve performance and provide credibility. In academia peer review is used to determine an academic paper’s suitability for publication.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. All submitted manuscripts will be checked by the editor for suitability, Originality, Presentation, and Contribution to new Knowledge. Articles considered suitable are then sent to at least two independent reviewers to review the scientific quality of the paper.

Detailed Research Protocols:
Authors submitting manuscripts to the Muthanna Journal of Pure Science are encouraged to develop comprehensive research protocols that outline the rationale, objectives, methodology, and ethical considerations of their studies.
These protocols should be carefully crafted and agreed upon by all contributors and collaborators, ensuring clarity and consistency in research procedures.
The finalized research protocol should be documented and preserved as part of the research record, demonstrating adherence to ethical standards and providing transparency in study design.

Statistical Considerations:
Authors are advised to consider statistical issues early in the design phase of their studies, including power calculations to determine appropriate sample sizes.
Statistical methods employed in data analysis should be clearly explained in the manuscript, with references provided if they deviate from commonly used approaches.
Authors should disclose any post hoc analyses conducted on subgroups, ensuring transparency and accountability in data interpretation.

Author contributions
Authorship

All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted.

Change to Authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in the author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. (https://www.manafort.com/)
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Fair Attribution of Authorship:

Authors are expected to take public responsibility for the content of their paper, ensuring transparency and accountability in academic publishing.

To avoid disputes over attribution of academic credit, authors should disclose individual contributions to the study, facilitating clear delineation of roles and responsibilities.

Conflict of Interest

Muthanna Journal of Pure Science (MJPS) has a transparent publications policy and adheres in principle to the Conflict of Interest policy recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). MJPS does not discriminate on the basis of the source of material submitted, provided full disclosure is provided and appropriate declaration of interest statements and acknowledgments are included in published manuscripts. Thus, we require that authors/submitters include comprehensive ‘Declaration of Interest’ and ‘Acknowledgements’ sections in submitted articles. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. It is the sole responsibility of authors to disclose any affiliation with any organization with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript (such as consultancies, employment, paid expert testimony, honoraria, speakers bureaus, retainers, stock options or ownership, patents or patent applications or travel grants) that may affect the conduct or reporting of the work submitted. All sources of funding for research are to be explicitly stated. If uncertain as to what might be considered a potential conflict of interest, authors should err on the side of full disclosure.

More specifically, we request the following: 

  • All relevant potential conflicts of interest for each named author and/or a statement of no- conflicts if there are none relevant to the contents of the article for any author(s). 
  • Disclosure of how the article is (partial or total) funded.  
  • A comprehensive explanation of the role of the sponsors in article preparation (if the article is sponsored in part or whole).

Editors should disclose relevant conflicts of interest to their readers. If in doubt, disclose. Sometimes editors may need to withdraw from the review and selection process for the relevant submission.

MJPS also strictly requires that all individuals who meet authorship criteria as per ICMJE requirements are included as authors on an article.

Contributions from individuals who do not qualify for authorship should be acknowledged in the ‘Acknowledgments section. This should include details (with professional affiliations) of any other contributor ship, such as data analysis, statistics, data collection, technical assistance, special thanks, personal assistance, and dedications. 

The ‘Declaration of Interest’ and ‘Acknowledgements’ sections will be made available to reviewers and will appear in the published article. Please note that the Editor(s) or Publisher can make or suggest changes to these statements where necessary. If any potential conflicts of interest are found to have been withheld following publication, the journal will proceed according to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidance.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent authors with any particular relationship or interest from publishing their work, but rather to adopt transparency such that reviewers, editors, the publisher, and most importantly, readers can make objective judgments concerning the work product.

Article Withdrawal

Muthanna Journal of Pure Science (MJPS) expects our authors to comply with best practices in publication ethics as well as in the quality of their articles. We are committed to publishing high-quality articles while adhering to publication ethics. MJPS follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows the COPE Flowcharts for Resolving Cases of Suspected Misconduct.

We want to avoid the unwarranted withdrawal of manuscripts. In such scenarios, MJPS defines a refund policy keeping in mind the cause of the time wasted by the editors, reviewers, and editorial staff.

  • Authors should follow the publication ethics.
  • It is unacceptable to withdraw a manuscript from a journal because it is being accepted by another journal.
  • Before submitting the manuscript, authors should carefully check that the facts and data presented in the manuscript are accurate and error-free.

All authors, including corresponding and co-authors, should confirm the number of authors, authorship, approval, and integrity of the manuscript before submission.

This is only used for “Article in Press”, which represents the early versions of the accepted articles. If any article at the stage of “Article in Press”, by any means, represents infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, or similar incidences, the article may be withdrawn depending on the editor’s discretion. In this regard, the editor’s decision must be considered final following a deep assessment and analysis of the situations on a case-by-case basis.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Journal Ethics

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. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc.,

A short guide to ethical editing for new editors

Editors’ responsibilities

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality, and clarity, the study’s validity, and its relevance to the journal’s scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered. Confidentiality The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent.

Author’s duties

Reporting standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality and acknowledgment of sources

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Plagiarism

Muthanna Journal of Pure Science (MJPS) have a policy of screening for plagiarism and committed to publishing only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.
The official plagiarism detection tool used by MJPS is Turnitin.

Data Fabrication and Falsification

Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. If double submission was found or noticed from other sources, the editorial board should check the status. If the double submission was confirmed as intentional thing, then the following actions must be imposed: Review process will be terminated; The reason should be sent to reviewers, editorial board and authors; All authors’ names will be marked as black list, and these authors cannot submit any article to all BM-Publisher journals for 3 years. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/], which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Citation Manipulation

Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.

Improper Author Contribution or Attribution

All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.

Duplicate Submission

Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/publication sanctions. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.

Studies in humans and animals

If human or animal subjects were used in the work, the author should provide a statement in the experimental part of the manuscript to indicate that all the followed procedures were approved by an institutional human and/or animal research ethics committee(s), provide the name of the committee (s).

All authors are required to follow the ICMJE requirements on privacy and informed consent from patients and study participants. Authors should include a statement at the end of the manuscript to confirm that any patient or participant (or that person’s parent or legal guardian) in any type of research, has given informed consent to participate in the research. For papers where patients or participants can be potentially identified (e.g. reporting detailed medical history, identifiable images or media content, etc), authors should include a statement to confirm that they have obtained written informed consent to publish the details from the affected individual (or their parents/guardians if the participant is not an adult or unable to give informed consent; or next of kin if the participant is deceased). Unless the author have obtained permission from the patient (or, where applicable, the next of kin), the personal details of any patient included in any part of the article and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.

Further considerations:

• Manuscript had been ‘spell-checked’ and ‘grammar-checked’.
• References are in the correct format for this journal.
• all images and figures should be in high resolution (300 dpi) and preferred in color.
• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet).

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture, or an academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that all authors have approved its submission, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically, without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify compliance, your article may be checked by Crossref Similarity Check and other originality or duplicate checking software.

Preprints can be shared anywhere at any time, in line with MJPS’s sharing policy. Sharing your preprints, for example, on a preprint server will not count as prior publication.