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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Author statements form (See Author Guidelines)
  • Laser Parameter Items (See Author Guidelines)
  • Cover Letter

JLMS publishes Original Papers, Review Articles, Case Reports, and brief reports, Case series, photo essay, Letters to the Editor, and commentary in the fields of laser or lights in any field of medicine, In addition to technical papers on The development of new laser and non-laser light devices, Light delivery systems, Sensors to monitor laser effects, Basic lasers-tissue interactions and Modeling of laser-tissue interactions.


Types of Article and Standards Necessary

  • Original Articles: Should contain a title page, structured abstractkeywords (not more than 5 words)introductionmaterials and methodsresultsdiscussionethical considerationconflict of interest, acknowledgmentreferencestables, and figures. The length of the text should be limited to 4500 words excluding the references.

  • Randomized Controlled Trials: Based on the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) randomized controlled trials must be registered in a public trial registry [e.g. World Health Organization's (WHO) International Clinical Trial Registry Platform (ICTRP) and the registration number should be stated at the end of the Abstract section. Authors are encouraged to complete the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart (http://www.consort-statement.org) to prevent the omission of valuable information.

  • Review Articles: Should be requested by the editor, but J Lasers Med Sci will also accept submitted reviews. The authors of review articles are invited to contact the Editorial Office before preparing a review article. Both solicited and unsolicited review articles are subjected to editorial review such as the original papers. This type of article should be limited to 5000 words. For more information about how to write a review article, you can see the PRISMA checklist

  • Case Reports and Brief Reports: Should not exceed 2000 words. Both should include the structured abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, informed consent, acknowledgment, references, and 1 to 4 figures. Necessary documentations of the case(s) like pathology and laboratory test reports should be included in the submission package. Brief reports should not have more than one figure and/or table. Guidelines To Writing a Clinical Case Report or CARE

  • Case Series: It is included all of the reports about the special treatment and new procedure in some limited cases with good results but not confirmed yet internationally as a global choice. It should be limited to 2500 words. Both should include the structured abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, informed consent, acknowledgment, and references.

  • Photo Essay: It is a quiz type article that should be presented by a high-quality picture, a brief history of the picture, and a question about the best modality of intervention. It should be limited to 2500 words.

  • Letters to the Editor: Letters, less than 500 words, should discuss articles published in the journal during the previous six months. Letters will undergo peer-review processing and will be edited for clarity.

  • Commentary: J Lasers Med Sci accepts the comment(s) from the experts in the shape of a Commentary Letter not more than 1000 words.


Manuscript submission to the J Laser Med Sci is only possible through the Journal’s Online Paper Submission page. The manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name, and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other journals and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. The manuscript should be typed as a Microsoft Word document in double space on the A-4 size page set up with clear margins on both sides. Tables, as well as illustrations, should be typed and drawn at the end of the manuscript after the references. Do not submit tables as photographs. All text documents should be uploaded in Microsoft Word format as an attachment. The figures should be sent in a format of JPEG or GIF which will produce high-quality images in the online edition of the journal.

  • The Title Page: The title page should carry the following information:

      • Article Title (limited to 100 characters)

      • Author Names (Mark D. Smith B.S.1*, Fatemeh Hasani M.S.2, Ali Barati M.D. Ph. D.1,2)

      • Institutional Affiliations of all authors in order of appearance in author names 

      • Contact information for the corresponding author(s) including address, email, ORCID Id, phone, and fax. The corresponding author should indicate clearly whether his or her e-mail address can be published. 

      • Short Title (50 character limit shorter title for headers)

      • Key Phrases – Relevant words or short phrases that aid search engines or indexes in finding your work (use MeSH headings if possible). 

      • Word Count: Abstract and Body (excluding abstract, illustrations, and references)

      • Conflict of Interest Statement

  • The Abstract: All of the articles must accompany a structured abstract. It should be structured as Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Abstracts are the only substantive portion of the article indexed in many electronic databases, and the only portion many readers read. Authors must be careful that they accurately reflect the content of the article in the abstract. They may be formatted differently and may have different content depending on the article type. This description should include:

      • background for the study including a description of literature search methodology

      • purpose, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions

      • Emphasis on new and important aspects of the study or observations

      • No references, illustrations, or references to illustrations are allowed in the abstract

      • The abstract should be structured with similar headings as in the main article (example for a case study: introduction, patient profile, interventions, conclusions)

  • Introduction:  This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.

  • Methods:  This should include the exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. Please note that any article dealing with laser details such as type of laser, energy, pulse duration, and the spot size should be mentioned precisely (below table). If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author be able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose, and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation should be given. The statistical method must be mentioned and specify any computer software used.

  • Table: Items for Laser Parameters:

    • Type of laser

    • Emission mode

    • Time on/Time off

    • Delivery system

    • Energy distribution

    • Peak power

    • Average power

    • Spot diameter at the focus

    • Focus spot area

    • Spot diameter at the tissue

    • Focus-to-tissue

    • Spot area at the tissue

    • Peak power density at spot area

    • Peak power density at the tissue

    • Average power density at spot area

    • Average power density at the tissue

    • Beam divergence

    • Water irrigation

    • Air and aspirating airflow

  • Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables, and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.

  • Discussion:  This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.

  • Ethical consideration: "Ethical Approval Code" is required for all studies on people, medical records, and human samples.

  • Acknowledgment:  All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgment section. It should include persons who have provided technical help, writing assistance, and the departmental head who has only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

  • Tables:  In limited numbers should be submitted with the legends placed above. Do not submit tables as photographs. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.

  • Figures:   Should be in limited numbers, with high-quality artwork and mounted on separate pages. The legends should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures, and text, simultaneously.

  • References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The author should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing a proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. 

  • Reference style in this journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors-uniform guidelines (ICMJE)-Vancouver style (for more information, visit: http://www.icmje.org/index.html#reference). Reference to articles that are accepted but not yet published should be marked as “In Press” in parentheses after confirmation of acceptance is obtained by the author(s). Theses and manuscripts in the submission are not accepted as references in this journal. Articles that are still in the submission stage should be cited as personal communication, data not shown, or unpublished data. For papers with more than 6 authors, “et al” should be used after the 6th author. Refer to a current issue of the Journal for additional examples of correct style and format.

    •  Journal names should be abbreviated according to PubMed, but journals not listed with PubMed should be spelled out in full.

    • The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:

    1. Article: Tallab TM, Bahamdam KA, Mirdad S, Johargi H, Mourad MM, Ibrahim K, et al. Cutaneous leishmaniasis: Schedules for intralesional treatment with sodium stibogluconate. Int J Dermatol. 1996;35(2):594-7.doi:10.1590/S1677-54492007000300009 

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  • Abbreviations and Symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.


Corresponding Author

The corresponding author should be the one and only person who is willing and able to handle all correspondence with the journal editor, including responding to reviewers’ comments and proofreading the final version. Only one corresponding author would be accepted for each article.

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 the addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

So you should fill the Agreement/Statement form (PDF file) then upload it in the submission process. (Author Statements Form)

NOTE: The authors are required to provide their ORCID numbers at submission.

Ethical Guidelines

    Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section.

  1. Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project.

  2. Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals comply with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your Institute or agency.

  3. Case report articles are not obliged to show “Ethical Approval Code”. But it is strongly recommended to obtain written and signed informed consent from patients/ guardians for publishing the case report. 


 ■ Conflicts of Interest 

  • Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.


 ■ Publication Fee

Article Processing Charge (APC):

  • For providing researchers with Open Access and freely available content, since the beginning of October 2020, publishing an article in the Journal of Laser in Medical Sciences requires payment of an APC that will be billed to the corresponding author following acceptance for publication. These fees are used to cover the costs of providing and maintaining a publication infrastructure, managing the journal, and processing the manuscripts through peer-review and the editorial procedure. No submission charges, page charges, or color charges exist apart from the APC. The fees are demonstrated in the table below:

                                                       Iranian Authors*          Non-Iranian Authors*

  • Research Article              15,000,000 Rails               300$

  • Review Article                  15,000,000 Rails               300$

  • Case Series / Reports     10,000,000 Rails               300$

  • Other Type                        10,000,000 Rails               300$

*updated in October 2020

  • The authors confirm that they have agreed to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) after acceptance of the article. For international authors, APC is 300 US dollars which should be paid to Paypal email to dr.barikbin@gmail.com and then the receipt should be sent to  jlasers@sbmu.ac.ir. For fast tracking articles the charge would be 400 US Dollar

  • For Iranian authors, the APC is 15,000,000 Iranian Rials which is billed for the corresponding author and should be paid to Bank account Refah bank: 246984545. After payment, the receipt should be sent to  jlasers@sbmu.ac.ir. . for fast-tracking articles the charge would be 20000000 rails.


 ■ Peer-Review Process

  • All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer-reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the Editorial Board. Also, authors are requested to introduce three potential reviewers in the field of their research.

  • The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor's decision to accept, reject, or require modifications. If the manuscript is completely acceptable according to the criteria outlined in these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue.

  • The approximate Review Process time is between 6-8 weeks.


The editorial team of this Journal will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) by the plagiarism detection software: www.crosscheck.ithenticate.com.  If suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication, JLMS will act according to COPE’s code of conduct and flowcharts


Article withdrawal

Articles can only be withdrawn before their acceptance, except in cases that contain errors or have been accidentally submitted twice.
Occasionally, articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, or the like.
Articles that include errors, or are duplicates of or very similar to other published article(s) or are determined to violate the journals’ publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors, may be withdrawn.
For this purpose, a withdrawal letter must be emailed to the editorial office indicating the decision to withdraw and explaining the reason for withdrawal signed by the corresponding author and the submitting individuals’ signature.