Guide for Authors

Important new Notes:

1- As unfortunately our editorial system will not edit the language of the manuscripts from now on, we only proceed on the manuscripts that have gone through the language editing process. So, Please have the English language of the paper edited by a native English language person or an English editing organization and then send it to us for further processing.  We will return the manuscripts with poor English language promptly.

2- Authors should take into consideration that the reviewers comments should all be implemented into the new version of the ms. they submit for the second time or answer the question clearly as these will be checked by the reviewers again. In case if the authors ignore the comments provided the manuscript will be rejected without hesitation.  

3- Accepted manuscripts will be send to the authors for proof readings at the latest stages of our processing.  Authors should read it carefully and return it back to us quickly and with minimum changes. At this stage we only accept minor editorial changes and Such changes as address and displacement of figure captions. No conceptual changes and/or adding or reducing of texts or tables and figures could be accepted.

4- Authors are recommended to name at least four potential referees of them two should be from abroad universities. This makes us able to send the article quickly and get the result sooner to make our final decision.     

Submission Fees

A submission fee of 240,000 Tomans must accompany each new submission. Authors must also pay 480,000 Tomans if the manuscript is accepted for publication. This fee is waived for authors from countries other than Iran. Submissions will only be considered after payment of the submission fee. The submission fee is non-refundable, and the Editors may reject a paper without being sent for review. Desk rejections typically happen if the paper does not fit the Journal's Aims and Scope (as set out on the Journal website) or if the paper's incremental contribution or quality does not meet the standards required for publication in the Journal. The submission fees are used to support Journal related activities.


Submission checklist

The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.

Ensure that the following items are present:

• One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

• E-mail address

• Full postal address

• Phone numbers


All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:

• Keywords

• All figure captions

• All tables (including title, description, footnotes) Further considerations

• Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'

• References are in the correct format for this journal

• 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 Web)


Line numbers:To facilitate the review process, continuous line numbers should be inserted throughout the text of the manuscript.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts should consist of title page and the following sections:  Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References, Figure captions, Figures, and Tables. A cover letter should be sent along with the manuscript.

The cover letter should briefly explain the novelty and significance of the research in light previously known relevant knowledge. Manuscripts should be submitted as Word files. Use Times New Roman and only two to three different font sizes for headings. For the main title use font 16 bold, for authors names and affiliations font 10 bold, for the other heading font 10 bold for subheading font 11 italic, for abstract font 9, for references font 10 and for the main text font 11. The text should be double spaced and the lines and pages should be numbered.

The title page should contain the following items: title, complete name of authors, affiliations, phone, fax and e-mail address of corresponding author, and maximum of seven keywords. Authors should be footnoted with numerical superscripts to their corresponding affiliations.  The Abstract should contain a maximum of 100-200, present a brief background, and convey the conceptual advance and significance of  the work to a broad readership.

Papers must be limited to a maximum of 15 printed pages.


References should include only articles that are published or in press. The following styles should be used:

•Article in journal:

Aali, J., Rahimpour-Bonab, H., Kamali, M.R., 2006. Geochemistry and origin of the world’s largest gas field from Persian Gulf, Iran. Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering 50, 161–175.

Ghasemi-Nejad, E., Head, M.J., Naderi, M., 2009. Palynology and petroleum potential of the Kazhdumi Formation (Cretaceous: Albian–Cenomanian) in the South Pars field, northern Persian Gulf, Iran. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2: 805-816. 

 •Article in book:

Batten, D.J., 1996. Palynofacies and palaeoenvironmental interpretation. In: Jansonius, J., McGregor, D.C. (Eds.), Palynology: Principals and Applications, vol. 3. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Foundation, Dallas, Texas, pp. 1011–1064.

 •Book reference:

Motiei, H., 2003. Stratigraphy of Zagros. A Publication of the Geological Survey of Iran, 536 pp. (in Persian).

 •Online reference:

Reinthal, P.N.,  Cohen, A. S., Dettman, D.L.,  Fish fossils as paleo-indicators of ichthyofauna composition and climatic change in Lake Malawi, Africa, Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. (2010), doi:10.1016/j. palaeo. 2010.01.004


Di Toro, G., 2003. Processes on fault surfaces of seismic shear zones. Ph.D. thesis, University of Padova


Albee, H.F., Cullins, H.L., 1975. Geologic map of the Alpine Quadrangle, Bonneville County, Idaho, and Lincoln County Wyoming. United States Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-1259, scale 1:24,000.

 Electronic artwork

General points

•Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.

•Save text in illustrations as "graphics" or enclose the font.

•Only use Times New Roman fonts in your illustrations.

•Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.

•Provide captions to illustrations separately.

•Produce images near to the desired size of the printed version.

•Submit each figure as a separate file.