Instruction for Authors

Guidelines for Writing Papers 


When preparing the paper, the following guidelines should be followed:

Paper’s full title should contain the theme of the paper and typed in bold letters.

Author’s (authors’) given name and surname, and academic rank (if any), should be mentioned right after the title.

In order for other researchers to have access to the author(s), the email, mailing address (including zip code), phone number and fax number of the corresponding author should be included.

The second page should contain the abstract with the following arrangements:

The abstract should be written in both Persian and English in maximum 250 words.

A) Persian abstract needs to include the objectives, mythology, major findings and the result of the research. Three to five keywords should be included at the end of the abstract.

B) English abstract should include the objective(s), methods, results and conclusion of the research, respectively. Three to five keywords should be included at the end of the abstract.

The English abstract should not be a translation of the Persian one but should be prepared as a separate text.


Other pages form the text of the paper with the following specifications:

(Introduction, statement of the problem(s), research questions, necessity of research)

In addition to elaborating on the objective of the research, the author should offer a brief account of previous studies and observations related to the research, citing the sources.


Methodology of Research

The way the research has been designed and carried out, samples chosen and data collected and analyzed should be explained in detail.  The assessment tools and their evidence (reliability). 


1. The findings of the research should be presented in full and without any discussions in the form of text, tables and charts.

2. What is presented in the text, tables and charts should not be a repetition of what has been already mentioned.



In this section, the process of conducting the current research is introduced, its findings are compared to those of similar previous studies in the country and abroad, and the reasons why they are accepted or rejected are explained. At the end, it is recommended that suggestions be made for better conducting similar researches in the future. 


Papers should not exceed 30 A4 pages.

Gratitude and Appreciation


In this section, author(s) can express their gratitude and appreciation to people or institutions that have somehow contributed to conducting the research or preparing the paper. This section is optional.


Sources and References

A list of the sources and references used in the paper should be prepared in a separate page in APA style and in alphabetical order.


Different types of citation in text:

1. In case there is a direct quote and the name of the author is not mentioned in the text, citation is made as follows: (in parentheses) the surname of the author followed by a comma and publication year, followed by a colon, a space and the number of page(s).

Example: (Vaezi, 1986, P.23)

2. For two works by different authors, the names of the authors are cited within the same parentheses.

Example: (Beheshti and Bahonar, 1984,  P.93).

If there are more than two authors, in the first citation all the names are mentioned, for instance: (Miller, Reed & Mahoney, 1979, P.354) but in the following citations, only one author’s name is mentioned and for others the word (et al) is used. (Miller et al, 1979)

3. If the author’s name is mentioned in the text, there is no need to cite the name in parentheses. For instance: Miller believes that “Most of our duties of justice are held towards our fellow citizens.” (1979, P.23)


Citations at the End of Text

Citing books at the end of the text is done in APA style as follows:

Translated Works:

Surname, given name (year of publication). Title of book in italics. No of print. Given name and surname of translator(s) followed by the word ‘translated’, place of publication: name of publisher.


Written Works:

Surname, given name (year of publication). Title of book in italics. No of print, place of publication: name of publisher.

Example: Haliday, M. A. K.,& Hasan, R. (1995). Language, Context, and text: aspects of language in semiotic perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Surname, given name (year of publication). Title of dissertation in italics. Degree for which the dissertation has been submitted, name of college/faculty, name of university, city.

Example: Ahmadi, Ali (1998) A Review of the History of Money in Asia. PhD dissertation, Faculty of Humanities, University of Tehran, Tehran.



Surname, given name (year of publication). Title of paper in italics. Name of journal or conference in italic. Year, issue of journal, number of pages.

Example: Example: Bilal, H. A. (2012). Analysis of Thank You Mom: Halliday's Metafunctions. Academic Research International, 2(1), 726-732.


How to submit Papers


In order for papers to be published in the journal, the entire paper along with a request for its publication should be send by the main author to the editor-in-chief at or journal.quran@ir.