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Journal of History of Iran

 Instructions for Authors


Journal of History of Iran is a double-blinded peer-reviewed journal, published on behalf of the Department of History in the Shahid Beheshti University. The journal publishes new articles relating to Iranian history within the fields of culture, society, economy, politics, and foreign relations.

  1. A) Submission Requirements

1) Submitted articles should be the result of authors’ research and contain no plagiarism. The articles should either add to our knowledge of Iranian history or elucidate a historical problem. 

Authors are solely responsible for the credibility and authenticity of their articles.

2) The journal publishes only research articles.

3) Faculty members of the universities or other academic institutes PhD graduates and students may submit their articles individually. M.A. students may submit their articles only with a Faculty member.

4) Only the articles that are submitted through our online submission system (at: will be approved for consideration and evaluation. Online registration is required for new users. Further changes in the status of submitted articles can be accessed via our online submission.

5) Articles based on Ph.D. dissertations should mention the full title of the dissertation in the file containing information about the authors.

6) Submitted articles should not have been published in any Iranian or International journal. Furthermore, after the acceptance of the article for publishing, authors are not permitted to publish it in another journal.

7) Articles should not contain more than two authors, otherwise they will not be considered for evaluation. In exceptional cases, a third author may be added provided the permission of the supervisor of a Ph.D. dissertation by letter and approval by the editorial board.

8) In the articles, based on PhD dissertations, the supervisor and the student are considered joint authors (with the supervisor as the corresponding author).

9) The general editor, the editorial board, and the referees are free to accept, edit, or reject the submitted articles. 

10) The Journal is free to edit the articles but it has no responsibility for the contents of an article.

11) The sole responsibility for the validity of citations, quotes, and bibliographical references is held by the corresponding author.   

12) The corresponding author should evaluate and revise all the corrections and revisions suggested by the referees or editors; otherwise, the article will be removed from the course of review, editing, or publishing.

  1. B) Author’s Information

1) All the authors should be mentioned according to their first name and last names in English and Persian.

2) Authors’ affiliations should be filled in the required fields exactly according to the notes below; otherwise, the article will be sent back to the authors for correction, which may cause a delay in the process of evaluation. Please fill in the required field in English and Persian:

  1. Department, 2. Faculty, 3. University/Academic Institute, 4. City, 5. Country

   For Example:

History Department, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

Upon the decision of the editorial board, the names of the authors cannot be added, changed, or removed after submitting the article.

Please notice that after the acceptance of the article, the names and affiliations of the authors will be sorted according to the journal’s guidelines. Therefore, it will not be subject to change according to the author’s request.

4) In articles with more than one author, the corresponding author should be specified.

5) An e-mail address is required for each author.

The corresponding author should use an academic email address.

6) An ORCID code is required for each author for registration and submission. The ORCID code is available via this link:

7) All the author information should be uploaded in a separate file (MS WORD 2010) in our online submission manager.

8) Acknowledging the research sponsor is required. Articles with no research sponsor have to include the phrase “The present article has been written without any research sponsor”


  1. C) Article’s Format

1) Text files (an article file with no information regarding authors and a file containing authors’ information ) should be written as WORD documents (MS WORD 2010) Persian text should be written with B Mitra font (size 13.5) and Latin-based parts with Times New Roman font (size 12).

2) The length of the article (including the bibliography) should not exceed more than 8000 words. Additional words are subject to charges.

3) The structure of the article must include: 1- Title 2-Abstract (250-300 words) 3- Key Words (5-7 words) 4- Introduction (including problem statement, research question, hypotheses and literature review) 5- Body text (Analyses, explanation, criticism, results, etc.) 6- Conclusion 7-Acknowledgments 8-Bibliography

4) Acronyms and Abbreviations: Lunar Hijri Calender= H; Solar Hijri Calender= SH; Christian era = A.D.; Before Christian Era= B.C. Authors are encouraged to use the system developed by Encyclopædia Iranica for the transliteration of historical proper names and place names available at:

5) Figures (documents, maps, etc.) should be sent in JPG file format (300 dpi resolution with less than 500 KB in size). Using third-party materials is subject to copyright.

6) Foreign equivalents of proper names and terminology should be mentioned in parentheses within the text after their Persian rendering.

7) No Footnotes should be inserted in the article. Any notes should be added as an endnote.

8) All the endnotes should be inserted automatically by the MS Word, “reference” tab, using the “endnotes” section at the end of the article to be accessed by simply clicking on them in the text. Articles with non-automated endnotes will be returned to their authors for correction.

9) The size of tables, charts, and figures should be at most 12×18 cm.


  1. D) Citation Style

1) Quotations less than 40 words simply should be inserted within quotation marks (“”). Quotations with more than 40 words should be increased in size of the font (1.5 p lesser in size) without quotation marks with an indentation of 1.5 cm before the text.

2) The article must have been written only by credible sources. No unreliable source material (e.g. Wikipedia etc.) should be used in citations. Using any unreliable source may affect the evaluation of the article and it will be removed from the article.

3) The Journal of History of Iran uses the Chicago Author-Date citation style in both text and bibliography. Therefore, submitted articles should be written using in-text citations according to the Chicago Author-Date manual of style available at:


The following examples illustrate the author-date system. Each example of a reference list entry is accompanied by an example of a corresponding in-text citation. For more details and many more examples, see chapter 15 of The Chicago Manual of Style


Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Grazer, Brian, and Charles Fishman. 2015. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Smith, Zadie. 2016. Swing Time. New York: Penguin Press.

In-text citations

(Grazer and Fishman 2015, 12)

(Smith 2016, 315–16)

For more examples, see 15.40–45 in The Chicago Manual of Style.

Chapter or other part of an edited book

In the reference list, include the page range for the chapter or part. In the text, cite specific pages.

Reference list entry

Thoreau, Henry David. 2016. “Walking.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–95. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press.

In-text citation

(Thoreau 2016, 177–78)

In some cases, you may want to cite the collection as a whole instead.

Reference list entry

D’Agata, John, ed. 2016. The Making of the American Essay. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press.

In-text citation

(D’Agata 2016, 177–78)

For more details, see 15.36 and 15.42 in The Chicago Manual of Style.

Translated book

Reference list entry

Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2016. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

In-text citation

(Lahiri 2016, 146)


For books consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database in the reference list entry. For other types of e-books, name the format. If no fixed page numbers are available, cite a section title or a chapter or other number in the text, if any (or simply omit).

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Austen, Jane. 2007. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Penguin Classics. Kindle.

Borel, Brooke. 2016. The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ProQuest Ebrary.

Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. 1987. The Founders’ Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Melville, Herman. 1851. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. New York: Harper & Brothers.

In-text citations

(Austen 2007, chap. 3)

(Borel 2016, 92)

(Kurland and Lerner 1987, chap. 10, doc. 19)

(Melville 1851, 627)

Journal article

In the reference list, include the page range for the whole article. In the text, cite specific page numbers. For articles consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database in the reference list entry. Many journal articles list a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). A DOI forms a permanent URL that begins This URL is preferable to the URL that appears in your browser’s address bar.

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Keng, Shao-Hsun, Chun-Hung Lin, and Peter F. Orazem. 2017. “Expanding College Access in Taiwan, 1978–2014: Effects on Graduate Quality and Income Inequality.” Journal of Human Capital 11, no. 1 (Spring): 1–34.

LaSalle, Peter. 2017. “Conundrum: A Story about Reading.” New England Review 38 (1): 95–109. Project MUSE.

Satterfield, Susan. 2016. “Livy and the Pax Deum.” Classical Philology 111, no. 2 (April): 165–76.

In-text citations

(Keng, Lin, and Orazem 2017, 9–10)

(LaSalle 2017, 95)

(Satterfield 2016, 170)

Journal articles often list many authors, especially in the sciences. If there are four or more authors, list up to ten in the reference list; in the text, list only the first, followed by et al. (“and others”). For more than ten authors (not shown here), list the first seven in the reference list, followed by et al.

Reference list entry

Bay, Rachael A., Noah Rose, Rowan Barrett, Louis Bernatchez, Cameron K. Ghalambor, Jesse R. Lasky, Rachel B. Brem, Stephen R. Palumbi, and Peter Ralph. 2017. “Predicting Responses to Contemporary Environmental Change Using Evolutionary Response Architectures.” American Naturalist 189, no. 5 (May): 463–73.

In-text citation

(Bay et al. 2017, 465)

For more examples, see 15.46–49 in The Chicago Manual of Style.

News or magazine article

Articles from newspapers or news sites, magazines, blogs, and the like are cited similarly. In the reference list, it can be helpful to repeat the year with sources that are cited also by month and day. Page numbers, if any, can be cited in the text but are omitted from a reference list entry. If you consulted the article online, include a URL or the name of the database.

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Manjoo, Farhad. 2017. “Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera.” New York Times, March 8, 2017.

Mead, Rebecca. 2017. “The Prophet of Dystopia.” New Yorker, April 17, 2017.

Pai, Tanya. 2017. “The Squishy, Sugary History of Peeps.” Vox, April 11, 2017.

Pegoraro, Rob. 2007. “Apple’s iPhone Is Sleek, Smart and Simple.” Washington Post, July 5, 2007. LexisNexis Academic.

In-text citation

(Manjoo 2017)

(Mead 2017, 43)

(Pai 2017)

(Pegoraro 2007)

Readers’ comments are cited in the text but omitted from a reference list.

In-text citation

(Eduardo B [Los Angeles], March 9, 2017, comment on Manjoo 2017)

For more examples, see 15.49 (newspapers and magazines) and 15.51 (blogs) in The Chicago Manual of Style.

Book review

Reference list entry

Kakutani, Michiko. 2016. “Friendship Takes a Path That Diverges.” Review of Swing Time, by Zadie Smith. New York Times, November 7, 2016.

In-text citation

(Kakutani 2016)


Reference list entry

Stamper, Kory. 2017. “From ‘F-Bomb’ to ‘Photobomb,’ How the Dictionary Keeps Up with English.” Interview by Terry Gross. Fresh Air, NPR, April 19, 2017. Audio, 35:25.

In-text citation

(Stamper 2017)

Thesis or dissertation

Reference list entry

Rutz, Cynthia Lillian. 2013. “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

In-text citation

(Rutz 2013, 99–100)

Website content

It is often sufficient simply to describe web pages and other website content in the text (“As of May 1, 2017, Yale’s home page listed . . .”). If a more formal citation is needed, it may be styled like the examples below. For a source that does not list a date of publication or revision, use n.d. (for “no date”) in place of the year and include an access date.

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Bouman, Katie. 2016. “How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole.” Filmed November 2016 at TEDxBeaconStreet, Brookline, MA. Video, 12:51.

Google. 2017. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy & Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017.

Yale University. n.d. “About Yale: Yale Facts.” Accessed May 1, 2017.

In-text citations

(Bouman 2016)

(Google 2017)

(Yale University, n.d.)

For more examples, see 15.50–52 in The Chicago Manual of Style. For multimedia, including live performances, see 15.57.

Social media content

Citations of content shared through social media can usually be limited to the text (as in the first example below). If a more formal citation is needed, a reference list entry may be appropriate. In place of a title, quote up to the first 160 characters of the post. Comments are cited in reference to the original post.


Conan O’Brien’s tweet was characteristically deadpan: “In honor of Earth Day, I’m recycling my tweets” (@ConanOBrien, April 22, 2015).

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Chicago Manual of Style. 2015. “Is the world ready for singular they? We thought so back in 1993.” Facebook, April 17, 2015.

Souza, Pete (@petesouza). 2016. “President Obama bids farewell to President Xi of China at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit.” Instagram photo, April 1, 2016.

In-text citations

(Chicago Manual of Style 2015)

(Souza 2016)

(Michele Truty, April 17, 2015, 1:09 p.m., comment on Chicago Manual of Style 2015)

Personal communication

Personal communications, including email and text messages and direct messages sent through social media, are usually cited in the text only; they are rarely included in a reference list.

In-text citation

(Sam Gomez, Facebook message to author, August 1, 2017)