University Press Guidelines

University Press Guidelines



You can submit your articles for publication in FTJ or IAJ.


The Freedom of Though Journal is a peer-reviewed journal from The Freedom of Thought Association. Iran Academia University Press is hosting and facilitating the publication and indexing of the FTJ. The FTJ has its calls for paper for every issue. For more information on the latest issue’s call and other information about the FTJ Editorial Board and more, please visit the journal’s website at:

FTJ’s Aim and Scope

The Freedom of Thought Journal (Print ISSN: 2772-7459, Online ISSN: 2772-7556) is a multi- and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. We are particularly interested in research that addresses Iranian society’s grand challenges from social scientific perspectives.

The journal’s scope is inclusive: it is open to a theoretical, methodological, quantitative, and qualitative scholarship from all areas within the Social Sciences and Humanities. The Freedom of Thought Journal features thematic article Collections on key themes that will be announced in its periodical call for each issue.

Submissions are evaluated on their academic rigor and methodological soundness. Together with the support of an international Editorial Board and prominent scholars in our Advisory Board, we are committed to upholding the highest editorial and ethical standards.


Iran Academia Journal for Social Sciences and Humanities (IAJ) gives priority to its graduates and students for publication, but is open to contributions from outside of the university.

IAJ Aim and Scope

The Iran Academia Journal (Print ISSN: 2589-1367, Online ISSN: 2772-7475) is a multi- and interdisciplinary journal. We are interested in all types of research that address Iranian society’s social and cultural challenges from social, anthropological scientific perspectives.

The journal’s scope is inclusive: it is open to a theoretical, methodological, quantitative, and qualitative scholarship from all areas within the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Submissions are evaluated on their academic rigor and methodological soundness by our editorial board.

Students of Iran Academia Graduate School are welcomed to submit their shortened thesis as a Journal Article supervised by their professors.

By developing and implementing technical and methodological standards in our journal management system, We aim to bring Persian scholarly works to be included in the body of international scientific literature. We strive to provide our authors and readers with an efficient and responsive environment and offer them a highly respected home for their research.

Your Submitted Article Must Be One of the Following Types

Original Research Article

Original research articles are the most common type of journal article. They’re detailed studies reporting new work and are classified as primary literature.
You may find them referred to as original articles, research articles, research, or even just articles, depending on the journal.

Theoretical Article

Like research articles, theoretical articles are usually peer-reviewed before they are published in academic and scientific journals. Still, they do not require or report empirical research of the kind presented in original research articles.

Established theories are often introduced, described, analyzed, and compared. The author uses them to develop and present their own new theory about a problem, question, behavior, situation, event, or anything else worthy of reflection and discussion.

The application of theories to real-life situations, events, and processes can be part of the point of publishing theoretical articles. University instructors often ask students to apply (or imagine applying) the theories they discuss in their papers as a test of sorts to determine how well they understand the material taught in a course and its practical implications. Papers in philosophy, literature, psychology, anthropology, and other social sciences are frequently theoretical in nature. Still, scientific articles can be as well – cosmology comes to mind, for instance, as a branch of scientific study that is highly theoretical in nature. The language, vocabulary, and argumentation used in a theoretical article must usually be of a superior quality to earn publication.

Your theoretical article will be peer-reviewed.

Book Review

Many academic journals publish book reviews, aiming to provide insight and opinion on recently published scholarly books. Writing book reviews is often a good way to begin academic writing. It can help you get your name known in your field and give you valuable publishing experience before writing a full-length article.

A book review is a thorough description, critical analysis, and/or evaluation of the quality, meaning, and significance of prior research on the topic.

Your book review should have 5 sections: Supportive context. Summary of the content. Critical analysis. Sum up.

Style Guide

As a policy, we employ the Chicago style of notes and bibliography in all Journals we publish.
Please use this summary as the foundation of your work standard. Your article submission will be evaluated accordingly.

More information about Chicago Notes and Bibliography Style can be found on Chapter 14 of Chicago manual of style website:

Technical artwork guidelines

Including the appropriate graphs, charts, drawings, schematics, pictures, and diagrams can enhance your manuscript. If you are creating your own charts and graphics, be sure to send them as separate files with the appropriate labels and in an editable format. Therefore, you should NOT submit a chart as a static image. Charts, graphs, diagrams, and any other kind of infographics must be in Adobe Illustration or any other editable format in MS Word, Google Sheets, Power Points, etc., so that we can modify them to meet publication specifications.

Policy on Citations

  • Research and non-research articles must cite relevant, timely, and verified literature (peer-reviewed, where appropriate) to support any claims made in the article.
  • You must avoid excessive and inappropriate self-citation.
  • If you’re the author of a non-research article (e.g. a Review or Opinion) you should ensure the references you cite are relevant and provide a fair and balanced overview of the current state of research or scholarly work on the topic. Your references should not be unfairly biased towards a particular research group, organization or journal.
  • The following types of references should be added to the main text only and should not be included in the formal reference list. You should consider adding the following types of references only when it is deemed to be necessary:
    • Unpublished observations
    • Personal communications

It is your responsibility, as the author, to obtain permission from the person(s) you are quoting within the article. The process of obtaining permission should include sharing the article prior to submission, so that those being identified and quoted can verify the context in which they are being quoted. If permission cannot be obtained, the personal communication must be removed from the article.

Requirements, and A Helpful Checklist

There are a lot of things you’ll need to check, understand, and incorporate into your paper by the time you’re ready to submit it to a journal.

We’ve designed this checklist to ensure that you don’t overlook anything vital when writing and preparing your paper, as well as when using a submission system. This can help to expedite the submission process and avoid delays in receiving a decision from the journal editor (s).

Take the steps outlined in the checklists below.

✔️ Is your article a good fit for the journal?
Check by reading the aims and scope of the journal, and look at recently published articles.

✔️ Have you identified 5-7 appropriate keywords?
Keywords help relevant readers find your article online.

✔️ Have you written an effective title and abstract?
The title and abstract are your chance to grab a potential reader’s attention.

✔️ Does your article match the journal’s specified style guides?
Your article should be a good fit and format for both FTJ and IAJ journal’s style guide. Make sure your article meets this style.

✔️ Did you clearly describe your methodology and approach?
Your study design, research argument strength and positioning should be structured and articulated properly. Check that you have carried out an in-depth technical review of your work.

✔️ Do your figures and charts comply with journal’s requirements?
Make sure you format your artwork according to the technical artwork guidelines for the journal.

✔️ Have you cited sources appropriately?
Make sure you avoid accidental plagiarism by taking a look at our policy on citations. Also don’t forget to include all references in the reference section.

✔️ Did you have another pair of eyes read through your article?
It can be helpful to ask a friend or peer to read through your paper and make suggestions that will improve its clarity.

Make sure your article is revised appropriately to address possible issues before you submit

✔️ Have you included the name and affiliation of any co-authors?

✔️ Do you have the correct files ready to upload?
This can vary depending on what type of peer review is used. For double-blind peer review, an anonymized version of your article will be needed.

✔️ To submit your article, you need the following files:

  1. Your manuscript (including a title page with names of all authors and co-authors)
  2. A main document file with abstract, keywords, main text and references
  3. Figure files
  4. Table files
  5. Any extra files such as supplemental materials or biographical notes

All the article s of FTJ and IAJ are published under creative commons rights. Both journals are open-access Journals distributed and facilitated by Iran Academia University Press, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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For publication, Iran Academia University Press doesn’t charge authors anything.

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