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:: HMS Principles ::

Peer-review process

All submitted articles are evaluated at the submission to meet the structural and subject principles of HMS. The matched articles will gone under a double-blinded peer-review process by at least 3 reviewers (expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff) who are selected by the Editorial Board members according to their field specialties. The Editorial Board members have the final responsibility to select the articles.

Governing body

HMS is under the scientific control of Editorial Board whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. Some executive roles of the Editorial Board members are delegated to the Editor-in-Chief who is well-known in the journal’s scope.

Editorial team

HMS is under the scientific supervision of the Editorial Team whose members are all experts with high number of publications in their field.

Author fees/Access

There are No Fees or Charges at all for submission, reviewing and publishing processes in HMS.

HMS follows the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing.


The content of HMS is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. To the extent this Public License may be interpreted as a contract, we are granted the Licensed Rights in consideration of your acceptance of these terms and conditions, and the Licensor grants you such rights in consideration of benefits the Licensor receives from making the Licensed Material available under these terms and conditions.

HMS allows the authors to hold the copyright and retain publishing rights without any restriction and the material is freely presented to the readers and can be used according to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License.

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

Publisher and editors of HMS are reasonable to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. The mentioned items are evaluated by the HMS editors at the submission stage. It means that all the submitted articles to the journal are firstly analyzed to find any case of plagiarism and invalid citations. The journal choose a methological reviewer for each article in the review process. In the case of any allegations of research misconduct, HMS follows COPE’s guidelines.

Ownership and management

HMS is owned by Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and is managed and published by Afarand Scholarly Publishing Ins.

Conflicts of interests

All HMS Editorial Board members and the Editor-in-Chief submitted articles are gone under the same reviewing process as the other authors gone. In the cases that a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript or a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article (all authors are filling the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest at the submission time) HMS will follow COPE’s guidelines.

Revenue sources/Advertising/Direct marketing

HMS is financially supported completely by Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and has no other sources for earning funds. HMS accepts No advertisements in the site or even as a report article.

Publishing schedule/Archiving

HMS is published 4 issues per year. All the content from the beginning to the end will be available for ever in its own site and after it at Gonabad University of Medical Sciences website and EBSCOhost. Also HMS is included at Chemical Abstarct and has the plan to enter to Scopus and Thomson-Reuters databases.

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مجله علمی پژوهشی افق دانش The Horizon of Medical Sciences
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