Official Journal of the College of Pharmacy, University of Mosul

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically through the Journal website submission system to the Editorial Office. Iraqi J. Pharm. Website:   

1. Preparation of the manuscript

Manuscripts must be submitted only in English and should be written according to sound grammar and proper terminology. Manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman 12 pt. font and in MS Word format in one column using A4 paper size. No line number should be applied to the manuscript. Manuscript submission must be applied for once in order to obtain only one submission ID number. More than one submission of a single manuscript can lose the chance of manuscript consideration. The manuscript must be accompanied by a title page file, which can be downloaded from here.

1.1 English language writing 

All publications in the Iraqi J. Pharm. are in the English language. Authors whose first language is not English should make sure their manuscript is written in idiomatic English before submission. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). No language and copyediting services are provided by the Iraqi J. Pharm.; hence, authors who feel their manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors are encouraged to obtain such services prior to submission. 

1.2 New submission

Submission to the Iraqi J. Pharm. journal proceeds totally online, and authors will be guided step-by-step through the creation and uploading of the manuscript files. As part of the manuscript, authors may choose to submit the manuscript as a single file to be used in the refereeing process. This can be a Word document (*.docx), that can be used by referees to evaluate the manuscript. All figures and tables are encouraged to be embedded and included in the main manuscript file. It is important that if the manuscript is returned to the author(s) for resubmitting twice, it will be rejected on the third resubmission.

1.5 Revised submission

Regardless of the file format of the original submission, at revision, the authors are instructed to submit their manuscript in a Word document (docx). Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. To avoid unnecessary errors, the authors are strongly advised to use spell- and grammar-checking for the submitted manuscript. Based on the reviewers' comments, the changes must be highlighted in yellow.

2. Manuscript structure

The manuscript must be structured as follows: Title; Abstract; Keywords; Article Highlights (for review articles only); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results and Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgement (optional); and References. Next to the first three items for the research article or the first four items for the review article, all heads and subheads must be numbered consecutively.

2.1 Manuscript title

The title of up to 17 words can contain the name of location, country, or city, at which the research was related. Please avoid the use of complicated and vague expressions, as well as any abbreviation.

2.2 Abstract

An abstract for a research article of 150 to 300 words that sketches the background, basic procedures, the main findings, discussions, and the principal conclusions should not contain any undefined abbreviations or references. The same number of words is applicable for the review article that schemes as follows: Background, aim, and conclusion.

2.3 Keywords

Provide 3 to 5 keywords that can be used for indexing purposes. Keywords should not repeat the words of the manuscript title or contain abbreviations and shall be written in alphabetical order, separated by a semicolon. Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter throughout the text.

2.4 Highlights (for review articles only)

Highlights section is mandatory for the review article from the begining of 2024. Each highlight must be concise, short phrase, conveying the core findings, with the maximum of 125 characters with spaces. The approximate number of the highlighted items is between 3 to 7.

2.5 Introduction

It briefly describes the background of the investigation with updated information and states the aim of the study.

2.6 Materials and Methods

They provide sufficient details to enable the experiments to be reproduced. Support the techniques and methods used with references. Investigations of animals must comply with institutional and/or equivalent guides for the care and use of animals. Metric and standard international units should be used in this section and throughout the manuscript. Specify the computer software used for statistical analysis and define the statistical terms, abbreviations, and symbols applied.

2.7 Results

They present the outcomes and their significance clearly. Graphs and tables should be self-explanatory. Do not repeat in figures or in the text the data presented in tables. Tables and figures should be numbered in the order of their mention in the text.

2.8 Discussion

It deals with critical reviews and interpretations of the results, supported by relevant updated references. Repetition of data should be avoided. It should end with brief conclusions. In short communications, results and discussion may be combined.

2.9 Conclusion

This section should highlight the major, firm discoveries and state what the added value of the main finding is, without using literature references. It is possible to insert a figure or tile if this can clarify the conclusive points.

2.10 Acknowledgement(s)

Thanks to people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed herein. The names of funding organizations should be written in full. The financial support affiliation of the study, if it exists, must also be mentioned. Thereby, the grant number for financial support must be included.

2-11: Conflict of Interest

If there is no conflict of interest, a statement must be placed on the manuscript as below: "The author(s) declare(s) that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this manuscript.". Otherwise, the conflict of interest must be recorded in detail.

2.12: References

The author may cite at least 20 references in a research article type and not less than 70 references in a review article type. References to the literature should be numbered (in brackets) consecutively in the text in the order in which they are first mentioned and listed at the end of the manuscript. The titles of journals in the references section should not be abbreviated and must be in italic font. The DOI link can be provided for the reference that is not yet paged.

Examples of references

Journal article: Rose AA, Kaialy W. Improved tableting behavior of paracetamol in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone additive: Effect of mixing conditions. Particuology 2019;43:9–18. 

Book: United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) 33, NF 28. USA: The United States Pharmacopeia Convention, Inc., 2010.

Chapter in a book: Chabala JC, Miller MW. Chemistry of antiprotozoal agents. In: Campbell WC, Rew RS, editors. Chemotherapy for parasitic diseases. New York: Plenum Press; 1986. 25–85 p.

Ph.D. Dissertation: Zhao C. Development of nanoelectrospray and application to protein research and drug discovery [Ph.D. dissertation]. Buffalo: State University of New York at Buffalo; 2005. 276 p.

Master's thesis: Roguskie JM. The role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1244 billion glycan in virulence [Master thesis]. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University; 2005. 111 p.

3. Tables

Tables should be set and numbered within the text and not submitted as photographs. Give enough information in the subtitles so that each table is understandable without reference to the text. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lowercase letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

4. Figures 

Figures and illustrations should be high-quality artwork, within 200–300 dpi. Ensure that figures are clear, labeled, and of a size that can be reproduced legibly in the journal. Figures should be set within the text. The following remarks should be applied to the figures:

  1. Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text of the manuscript.
  2. The figure caption begins with the term "Figure+number."
  3. No punctuation is to be placed at the end of the caption.
  4. Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption, and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  5. Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.

5. Submission final checklist

  1. Read the Journal’s Guide for Authors and make sure that the manuscript, including all of its structural points, meets journal requirements.
  2. All authors must read the ethics of publishing, plagiarism prevention, violation of publication ethics, and handling cases of misconduct before being submitted to the journal.
  3. Not only the corresponding author but also all the contributors to the manuscript are advised to register on the journal website in order to keep their names in the manuscript biosketches.