Guide for Authors

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The Iranian Journal of Materials Forming (IJMF) covers all forming processes, including sheet forming, bulk forming, powder forming, machining and cutting technologies, non-traditional processes such as abrasive jet, laser or ultrasonic abrasion, micro-forming, hydro-forming, thermo-forming, incremental forming, workability, and formability of all materials and development in severe plastic deformation techniques, etc. The contributions in the field of tools design, manufacturing and control, process chains, virtual manufacturing, and quality assurance in material forming are also welcome.

Mechanical properties of all materials will be considered, including metals, ceramics, polymers, fiber-reinforced materials, composites, glass, biomaterials, ultrafine grain or nanostructured, functionally graded, porous and cellular materials, etc.


Submission of papers

Online Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted using the Shiraz University System available at


Types of papers

The following types of contributions will be considered for publication in the Iranian Journal of Materials Forming:

 Regular papers

Report new and original research not previously published. Papers may be of a theoretical, experimental, or practical nature provided that they make a contribution to the scientific record.

 Rapid Communications

Report research of immediate value to the scientific community and is limited to a maximum length of 2000 words with an abstract of no more than 50 words and a maximum of six figures.



Ethics in publishing

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work.

 The authors should complete the declaration of interest statement using the provided template ( and upload it to the submission system at the Attach/Upload Files step.


Submission declaration and verification

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language.

 Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted.


Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a Copyright Transfer Form (




Essential title page information

Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of"). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


Collate acknowledgments in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proofreading the article, etc.).

Nomenclature and units

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI).


Figure captions

For review purposes place appropriate captions beneath each illustration (not on the figure itself), not in a separate file. Captions must briefly describe the illustration and contain explanations of all symbols and abbreviations. List each caption at the end of the corresponding figure.


  • If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves.
  • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  • When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width. Decide if the figure is to be a one-column figure (maximum width 8 cm, including all labels and legends) or a two-column figure (maximum width 16 cm, including all labels and legends).
  • The variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
  • Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lower case letters (a, b, c, etc.) within the figures themselves.


Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. 


Citation in text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

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.

Reference to a journal publication:

 [1] S. K. Lee, D. C. Koo, B. M. Kim, Optimal die profile design for uniform microstructure in hot extrusion, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, 40 (2000) 1457-1478.

[2] N. H. Kim, C. G. Kange, B. M. Kim, Die design optimization for axisymmetric hot extrusion of metal matrix composites, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 43 (2001) 1507-1520.

[3] A. S. Wifi, M. N. Shatla, A. Abdel Hamid, An optimal-curved die profile for hot rod extrusion process, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 73 (1998) 97-107.

 Reference to a book:

[1] B. Avitzur, Metal Forming Processes and Analysis, Mc Graw Hill, New York, 1968, pp.201-222.

Further considerations

• Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar checked'.

• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa.

• Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed.

• Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements.