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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • An abstract of not more than 100 words (not required for book reviews)
  • Keywords (six to eight).
  • Authors biography
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format (docx or doc).
  • Any images or figures must be sent as separate editable files and not embedded into the submission.
  • Harvard style referencing should be used with a separate document for the bibliography. More details about Harvard referencing can be found at
  • It is the author's responsibility to obtain copyright permission to reproduce images in their submissions.
  • All references to online material should include a DOI if available, in the following format:

    Example: Soleimani N, Mohabati Mobarez A, Farhangi B. Cloning, expression and purification flagellar sheath adhesion of Helicobacter pylori in Escherichia coli host as a vaccination target. Clin Exp Vaccine Res. 2016 Jan;5(1):19-25.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Authors who make a submission to this journal must ensure they have read our Privacy and Consent Policy, and agree to its terms.

Author Guidelines


  • Abstracts of articles should be provided (not more than 100 words long).
  • Articles should be up to 8-12,000  words (inclusive of references).
  • Harvard style referencing should be used with a separate document for the bibliography. More details about Harvard referencing can be found at
  • Any images or figures must be sent as separate editable files and not embedded into the submission.
  • Book reviews should be up 2500 words (inclusive of references)
  • Articles and Book reviews should be single spaced, pitch 12, Times New Roman with a separate document for the bibliography.
  • Italics should be used rather than underlining.
  • Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word files (doc or docx format).
  • To ensure anonymity, authors must ensure the publication is fit for blind review.


Openings is a section in CVIR for short creative engagements with international relations; therefore, it requires an alternative review process.

 This alternative review process will meet the standards of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and Creative Commons by employing the following review guidelines:

  • Two peer reviewers will be found for creative pieces or a set of Special Issue submissions if the creative form/format allows. They will follow the usual anonymous peer review process.
  • Where the creative form/format of the piece makes securing a peer reviewer difficult (e.g. an original artwork and accompanying text; a recorded audio interview and transcript), two Openings editors will serve as the reviewers of the submission.

Opinion Pieces

Opinion pieces will be included at the discretion of the Editor.

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