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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


 Guide for Authors

 Submission of Papers:

Authors must submit electronic copy of their manuscript by online submission. MS Word is recommended for software for article submission.

Although this journal is international in scope, all articles must be in the English language.

Papers should be written in the third person in an objective, formal and impersonal style.

Manuscript Preparation

General: Manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced with wide margins on one side of white paper. Good quality printouts with a font size of 12 pt are required.

 The paper title has to be written in English language (Times New Roman) and in Arabic language (Simplified Arabic). The name and postal address of correspondence author who submits the paper and whom the proofs supposed to be sent to, are to be given. The typing specifications are as follows: Title (Bold,14), Author Name(s) (Bold,12), Author addresses (Normal,10), Texts (Normal,12).

Figures, photographs, tables and diagrams have to be fitted within the paper text in their order of appearance.

The corresponding author should be identified (include E-mail address).

Full postal addresses must be given for all co-authors.

Abstracts: Each manuscript must include a brief abstract (not more than 300 words) in both Arabic and English languages.

Keywords: Between 3 and 6 keywords must be provided for indexing and information retrieval.

Text: Follow this order when typing manuscripts: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract,  Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, Appendix, References. Pages should be numbered consecutively.

Abbreviations: All abbreviations should be defined on first use in the text along with the abbreviation in parenthesis. e.g. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Units and Symbols: Symbols should be used while referring to alpha, beta, micro, etc (Ex: α, β, µ, etc). All units must follow the International System of Units (SI units).

References: References are numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. The number of references should not more than 30.

Reference style

Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.
Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....'

List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. References should be given in the following form:

1.Books with one Author

Include (if available): author’s last name and first name; year of publication; title; edition (if not 1st); place of publication and publisher.


New, T. R. 1988. Invertebrate: Surveys  for  conservation. New York. Oxford  University Press.

Pennak , R.W.1971. Freshwater invertebrates of the United States. 2nd ed. New York. John –Wily & Sons .

2.Books with two or more Authors

Whistler, R. L. and Wolfrom, M. L. 1962. Methods in carbohydrate chemistry (I). New York and London. Academic press.

Bonabeau, E., Dorigo, M., and Theraulaz, G. 1999. Swarm Intelligence: From Natural to Artificial Systems. New York. Oxford University Press.


The same information should be provided as for printed books, see examples above. For books that have been read or downloaded from a library website or bookshop you should add the information that it is an e-book at the end of the reference.

Bowen, N. K. and Guo, S. 2012. Structural equation modeling. New York: Oxford University Press. E-book.

Some books whose copyright have expired are sometimes freely available on the internet (They are in the public domain.). In those cases you should add the complete URL (http ://....) or the link provided by the publisher and your date of access, the date you downloaded/read the book.

4.Book Chapters

Include (if available): Last name(s) and first name(s) of author(s) of book chapter. Year of publication. Title of book chapter. In first and family name(s) of editor(s) and ed(s) in brackets. Title of book. Edition (if not 1:st). Place of publication: publisher, page numbers of chapter.


Mertens, J. A. 1993. Chlorocarbons and chlorhydrocarbons. In: Kroschwitz and Howe-Grant M (eds), Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. New York: John Wiley & Sons , 40-50.

5.Journal Articles

Include (if available): Last name(s) and the first letter of the first name (s) of author(s). Year of publication. Title of article. Journal name Volume (issue): page numbers of article.

Yang, Y. 2005. Radioactivity concentrations in soils of the Xiazhuang granite area, China. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 63: 255–259.

Shabir, M. and Naz,  M. 2011. On soft topological spaces. Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 61(7):1786-1799.

Srivastava, V. C., Swamy, M. M, Mall, I. D., Prasad B., and Mishra,  I. M. 2006. Adsorptive removal of phenol by bagasse fly ash and activated carbon: Equilibrium, kinetics thermodynamics. Colloids and Surfaces Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 272(1): 89-104.

6.Electronic Journal Articles

Same information included as for journal articles (see example above) and a DOI-number. DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is used to uniquely identify an object such as an electronic article. DOI-numbers are permanent, which makes it possible to easily locate articles even if the URL of the article has changed.  Articles are assigned DOI-numbers by major academic publishers. If there is no DOI-number you should give the URL-link of the article and in some cases access date (mainly articles that are freely available on the internet).


Das, J.  and Acharya, B. C. 2003. Hydrology and assessment of lotic water quality in Cuttack City, India. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 150:163-175.  doi:10.1023/A:1026193514875

7.Dissertations and theses

Include information about university of graduation and title of degree.

Ali, S.M. 2012. Hydrogeological environmental assessment of Baghdad area. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Geology, College of Science, Baghdad University, Iraq.

Prtoneto, V.F. 2003. Zooplankton as bioindicator of  environmental   quality In the   Tamandane  Reef   system   (Pernambuco - Brazil):  Anthropogenic influences and  interaction with   mangroves. Ph.D. diss.,  University   of  Bremen, Brazil.

A typical reference to an electronically published thesis:

Abramowicz, K. 2011. Numerical analysis for random processes and fields and related design problems. Diss. (Comprehensive summary), Umeå University. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46156 (Accessed 12-01-30).


USEPA (US Environmental Protection Agency). 1983. Health Assessment Document for Acrylonitrile. EPA-600/8/82/007F. Office of Health and Environmental Assessment, Washington, DC, USA.

9.Conference Proceedings and Symposia papers

Lectures/presentations at conferences and seminars are published in anthologies called proceedings. Title, year and city of conference are to be included if known. Individual contributions to conference proceedings, if published in their totality (not abstract only) are treated as chapters in books.


Mishra R. 1972. A comparative study of net primary productivity of dry deciduous forest and grassland of Varanasi. Symposium on tropical ecology with emphasis on organic production. Institute of Tropical Ecology, University of Georgia: 278-293.

Publication charges:

Publication in Iraqi journal of science is free of charge for foreign researchers.

For Iraqi researchers should pay 105000 Iraqi dinars in case the paper is less than 12 pages. If the paper  is more, the researcher pays 2500 dinars for each additional page.

If a manuscript has been submitted, reviewed and accepted with color figures, then it MUST be published with color figures; the color figure charge is 5000 Iraqi dinars.

Proofs: Proofs will send to the author and should be returned 48 hours of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors; any others may be charged to the author. Any queries should be answered in full.

Copyright: Papers are considered for publication on the understanding that they have not been submitted to any other publisher.

All correspondence should be addressed to: ijs@scbaghdad.edu.iq

The Editor, Iraqi Journal of Science,

College of Science, University of Baghdad. Jadiriyah, Baghdad- Iraq