IJVLMS is the official publication of the Virtual School, Comprehensive Center of Excellence for Electronic Learning in Medical Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. It is a multidisciplinary journal publishing articles on technology-enhanced learning in formal and non-formal education. The journal accepts manuscripts in the form of original research articles, review articles, special reports, brief reports, short communications, news, software article, commentary and letters to the editor.
All submitted manuscripts undergo a preliminary editorial screening to ensure compliance with the journal's guidelines. They will then be subject to a double anonymized peer review process by at least two external (peer) reviewers.
It is incumbent upon the submitting author to ensure the accuracy and inclusion of all contributing authors' names and affiliations upon the original submission. The order of authors should also be decided in this step. Changes or rearrangements in authorship after acceptance and publication are strictly prohibited.
All patients and participants of the research must be thoroughly informed about the aims and procedures of the study, including the potential risks/benefits of the intervention and exclusion criteria. Written informed consent from the participants or their legal guardians is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.
The following files must be uploaded during the submission process:
Q: [reviewer's first question]
R: [author's first reply]
Please note that the revised parts in the main manuscript file must also be highlighted. Authors may find it useful to specify the pages and line numbers of these highlighted parts in their replies.
Before submitting your manuscripts, please click on the links below to read the general instructions for different article types:
The ijvlms welcomes book reviews that fall within the aims and scope of the journal (maximum of 4000 words).
The book review format includes an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Introduction Describe the book cover and title, include any subtitles at this stage, and include the Author’s Name.
Thesis Write a brief description of the book, briefly introduce the main points of the body in your book review, Avoid mentioning any opinions at this time.
Body Use about 3 quotations from the author’s opinion, summarize the quotations in your own words, mention your own point-of-view of the quotation. Remember to keep every point included in its own paragraph.
Conclusion In brief, summarize the quotations, In brief, summarize the explanations, and finish with a concluding sentence (This can include your final opinion of the book)
To improve the success rate of their submissions, authors are advised to consider the following checklists which will be used by the Reviewers in the review process.
Authors are encouraged to refer to the SAGER guidelines for reporting of sex and gender information in study design, data analyses, results, and interpretation of findings:
References must conform to Vancouver” style. Please be consistent with your referencing style throughout the manuscript. The following general instructions must be observed in citing references:
Referencing AI-generated material as the primary source is not acceptable.
Listed below are sample references for different types of work. For further details and examples, authors may consult Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (2nd edition).
Listed below are sample references. Moreover, IJVLMS has its own EndNote style. Authors are advised to prepare their references based on this style. This style is available at THIS LINK
Almarzooq ZI, Lopes M, Kochar A. Virtual Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Disruptive Technology in Graduate Medical Education. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020;75(20):2635-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.04.015. PubMed PMID: 32304797; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC7159871.
Secker J. Electronic resources in the virtual learning environment: a guide for librarians. Oxford: Elsevier Science; 2004.
Chapter in an Edited Book:
Fournier H, Kop R, Molyneaux H. New personal learning ecosystems: a decade of research in review. In: Becnel K, editor. Emerging technologies in virtual learning environments. Harshey: IGI Global; 2019. p. 1-19.
Meyer D. Virtual learning is the way forward for educators. Elmhurst: Elmhurst University; 2020 Oct 8. [Cited 2021 Nov 10]. Available from: https://www.elmhurst.edu/blog/virtual-learning/.
If a manuscript contains any third-party materials (e.g. image, text, table, speech, etc.), it is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscript.
Authors retain copyright and other intellectual property rights such as patent and trademark, provided explicit acknowledgment is made of the initial appearance in IJVLMS. All readers are permitted to copy, print, link, reuse, and distribute the articles, in whole or in part, subject to appropriate acknowledgment of the original source.
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