Peer Review Process in Journals of Nickan Research Institute (NRI)

 
Journals of NRI accept manuscripts report novel findings, which could result in impacts on biomedical sciences. Quality and topic of submitted manuscript beside the priority of research field are the least considered criteria in each manuscript before entering in formal review process. Any type of submissions containing scientific information necessitates review process to ensure content quality.
 Technical editor checks the format and style of manuscript prior to review process to assure its compatibility with Journals’ guidelines for authors. Checking compatibility continues in whole of the review process and publication. In cases when the authors have not considered the guidelines, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for compatibility. Each submitted manuscript will be considered by the editor-in-chief or one of associate editors in the editorial board. If it meets the minimum criteria to be included in review process, one of the editors (topic expert) selects at least two external reviewers for detailed evaluation process. Selection of reviewers is based on their scientific background and experience, previous works, authors’ suggestion, and expertise. Reviewers promise to undertake the confidentiality of materials previous to ePublication. In the review process of Journals of NRI, reviewers stay anonymous, but authors’ names are declared to reviewers. Also, authors could suggest reviewers for their manuscript.
Editor receives the reviewers’ comments and sends them along with decision letter to corresponding author. Final decision on each manuscript will be made by the assigned editor of the manuscript. While Journals of NRI are, a rapid response journal, so this process takes not more than three weeks. Decision letter determines the status of manuscript in five ways:
1. Acceptance: the manuscript could be ePublished. This process lasts two weeks. Before ePublication, corresponding author could verify a proof copy of the paper. After ePublication, paper will be in a queue to be published in one of the issue of journals, related to NRI
2. Minor revises: authors will receive comments upon their manuscript, at which point the authors will be asked to submit a revised copy beside cover letter showing authors’ rejoinders, and also a marked copy utilizing Track Changes in Review menu of Microsoft Word Documents. Revised manuscript should be submitted in one month after decision letter. Unless, authors need to go through a resubmission process.
3. Major revises: it means a chance to reorganize the manuscript to meet the required scientific criteria for another review process. Authors should pay more attention to reviewers’ comments and focus on their highlighted points. Editor may/may not request the authors to resubmit their revised manuscript beside cover letter and a marked copy. Revised manuscript should be submitted in one month after decision letter. Otherwise, authors need to go through a resubmission process.
4. Reject: in most cases, methodological and scientific concerns are the main origins of rejection. Causes of rejection will be sent to the authors to provide more chance for them for publication in other journals.
5. Withdraw: if the manuscript does not meet the scopes of our journals, it will be withdrawn with suggestion to be sent to another journal.
NRI may invite prominent experts to submit editorials or review papers in special topics, which will be reviewed by editors only. Also commentaries may pass the same way in review process.
In cases that concerns arise during review process about statistical test, methodology or techniques applied in research, editor may request independent internal/external experts to comment before final decisions.
As the final point, we strongly suggest authors to observe research and publication ethics in their manuscript, as reporting of any unethical issue during steps of review may lead to the rejection of the work by Journals of NRI. Also, the authors should consider that they are in the charge of all materials (scientific and ethical) that they provide in their articles.
All of editors and reviewers of NRI do their utmost to keep the quality of disseminated scientific works to ensure the solid impact of papers on biomedical fields. In NRI, the review process lasts maximum one month.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:30

The theme of World Hypertension Day 2014: Know your Blood Pressure

Firstly World Hypertension Day inaugurated in May 2005 and has become an annual event ever since. The aim of the World Hypertension Day is to promote public alertness of high blood pressure and to promote citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic.World Hypertension Day was initiated firstly by the World Hypertension League.High blood pressure (hypertension) is considered as the silent killer since it has no apparent symptoms. Investigations show that the disease involves more than 1.5 billion people global, and around seven million people die every year from hypertension. 

Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD)

The definition of CKD-MBD is different than the previously recognized as "renal osteodystrophy", and it refers to a systemic disorder of mineral and bone metabolism due to CKD manifested by either one or a combination of the following:
•Abnormalities of calcium, phosphorus, parathyroid hormone (PTH), or vitamin D metabolism.
•Abnormalities in bone turnover, mineralization, volume, linear growth, or strenght.
•Vascular or other soft-tissue calcification.
The term "renal osteodystrophy" is now limited to an alteration of bone morphology in patients with CKD, and it is one measure of the skeletal component of the systemic disorder of CKD-MBD that is quantifiable by histomorphometry of bone biopsy.

 

World Kidney Day 2014:chronic kidney disease and aging

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).Seven years on from the first campaign, World Kidney Day (WKD) has turned into a global phenomenon. On March 13, 2014, medical professionals, government officials, the general public, celebrities and patients will take action locally.
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education
In 2014 World Kidney Day (WKD) will focus on chronic kidney disease and aging.The mission of WKD is to raise awareness so that everyone cares for their kidneys and, if appropriate, check to assess if they are at risk for kidney disease. Prevention of kidney disease, early detection, and subsequent kidney protection are critical aims for World Kidney Day.
Our research group is working on the below projects
1-Oxford classification in Iranian IgA nephropathy patients [Renal pathology unite of Dr. Baradaranlaboratory, Isfahan, Iran].
2- Significance of C4d deposits in IgA nephropathy [Renal pathology unite of Dr. Baradaran laboratory, Isfahan, Iran].
3-Renal tubular cell protection by herbal anti-oxidants [Medical Plants Research Center; Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran]
4-R229Q Polymorphism of NPHS2 Gene in Patients with Late-Onset Steroid-Resistance Nephrotic Syndrome [Chronic Kidney Disease Research Center; Tabriz University of Medical Sciences,Tabriz, Iran]

Recently Published Papers
Baradaran A. Antiphospholipid syndrome-associated nephropathy; a nephropathy needs classification. J Nephropharmacol. 2012; 1(1):7-9.
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education
A suggested classification for antiphospholipid syndrome-associated nephropathy, should be simple and practical. However, the suggestion of a new classification for antiphospholipid syndrome-associated nephropathy will involve a magnificent amount of work and will necessitate a working group, hence, more studies on this topic is suggested.

Nasri H. Antiphospholipid syndrome-associated nephropathy: Current concepts . J Ren Inj Prev 2013; 2(1): 1-2.
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education
Renal pathologists and nephrologists should be aware of the morphologic characteristics of APS-nephropathy when they reviewbiopsies of lupus nephropathy patients, especially those with positive antiphospholipid antibodies.

Mubarak M, Nasri H.What nephrolopathologists needto know about antiphospholipid syndrome-associated nephropathy: Is it time for formulating a classification for renal morphologic lesions? J Nephropathology. 2014; 3(1): 4-8.
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education
There is sufficient epidemiological, clinical and histopathological evidence to show that antiphospholipid syndrome-associated nephropathy is a distinctive lesion caused by antiphospholipid antibodies in patients with different forms of antiphospholipid syndrome. It is now time to devise a classification for an accurate diagnosis and prognostication of the disease.