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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The guidelines provided in this document are to help you prepare your manuscript for submission to conform to the Mustansiriyah Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences style and formatting, which need to be adhered to while preparing your manuscript. So, please follow these detailed instructions carefully.

Prior to that, we encourage you to consider the aim and scope of the journal before submitting your paper. You can find them in the journal's  About us section. So, when writing your paper try to be specific, concise, and straightforward to accomplish clear and specific aim and scope that fit those of the journal. The journal annotated template and its list of guidelines are as follows.

      1. The MJPAS xTemplate dox.
      • The Manuscript should be written in Englishonly.
      • Prepare text using MS Word 2007 (or later).
      • Paper size: A4, the margins should be 0.79” in all directions (Top, Down, Right, Lift). The submitted manuscript has only one column.
      • Font type: Times New Roman.
      • Title: pt 14, bold, centered.
      • Authors’ Names: pt 12, bold, centered.
      • Authors' Addresses: pt 11, the corresponding author should be mentioned (email address and mobile number should be included).
      • The manuscript’ main titles (abstract, introduction, material, methods of work, results, and discussion): pt 12, bold.
      • The keywords are written under the Abstract (five keywords).
      • Manuscript text: pt 12.
      • Subtitles: pt 12, bold, non-numbered.
      • The full word "Figure" is used as a heading under the shape or what it represents and an abb. Word “Fig.” is used anywhere in the text.
      • Tables and shapes are placed in the results in the sequence mentioned, not at the end of the manuscript.
      • All numbers are written in the Arabic numerals system (eg 1,2,3, ..... )
      • The authors can separate or merge the results with the discussion.
      1. Instructions for Authors


      • The referenced facts adopted in the manuscript should not be taken from arbitrary Internet sites, but only those that rely on research published in international or local journals, books, dissertations, and thesis.
      • The research undertaking and submission request forms (available in the Author Guidelines section) should be completed formally and submitted before any action taken by the journal.
      • MJPAS applies the license of CC BY (a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).   If you need to know information on this license, please follow this link:
      • Submission fees and publication fees are dropped for the first manuscript published for foreign authors.
      • The author must incorporate revisions required by referees within a maximum period of one month; however, the final copy of the manuscript should be viewed and approved by the author within a period of three days maximum.
      • The author/s should be declared if any, national or international organizations explicitly cover such fees for articles originated in funded research projects. If it is not announced by the author/s and if the grant authorities have a conflicting, in this case, the manuscript will be rejected in any process of publishing while if the paper published in this case the journal marked on the paper by "retracted ".


      ReferencesThe manuscript can be sent using Submission system in the journal web site.The manuscript is subject to the Turnitin plagiarism detection software before sending to reviewers, preferably the linguistic review in Arabic and English by the authors.

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. 
List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. References should be written in 11 point font based on the following style:

Reference to a journal publication: 

  • Youssf, O., ElGawady, M. A., & Mills, J. E. (2016). Static cyclic behaviour of FRP-confined crumb rubber concrete columns. Engineering Structures, 113, 371-387.
  • Najafi, H. S., & Edalatpanah, S. A. (2013). Iterative methods with analytical preconditioning technique to linear complementarity problems: application to obstacle problems. RAIRO-Operations Research, 47(1), 59-71.


Reference to a book:

  • Liao, H., & Xu, Z. (2017). Hesitant Fuzzy Decision Making Methodologies and Applications. Springer Singapore.


Reference to a chapter in an edited book: 

  • Mettam, G.R.& Adams, L.B.(2009) How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc, p. 281–304.

Reference to a website:

  • Cancer Research UK. Cancer statistics reports for the UK,; 2003 [accessed 13.03.03].

Plagiarism Policy


  Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. Plagiarism is the copying of ideas, text, data and other creative work (e.g. tables, figures and graphs) and presenting it as original research without proper citation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 20% similarity and without citation.

If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).

   We check each submission for plagiarism with dedicated software, to prevent such unethical practices.​

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