About the Journal

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Medical Laboratory Journal (MLJ) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, open-access, and free official journal published by Golestan University of Medical Sciences. The bimonthly journal was first published in 2007 with the aim of providing the most complete and reliable source of information about laboratory sciences. The Journal was published quarterly till 2013. It is now an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality and novel scientific research papers bimonthly. This journal is published as a web resource with open access on the web page of the journal. The journal accepts all kinds of original research including reviews, originals, and case reports or new methods and approaches in all areas of the subject such as anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, hematology, urinalysis, etc.  MLJ is an Open Access journal that allows its readers to access, download, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles free of charge. All papers are subject to a double-blind reviewing process. The submitted papers will be published after a special review as well as the approval of the editorial board. The honorable professors and researchers are highly appreciated if they visit this website, register, submit and set up their papers based on the Instructions to Authors. Therefore, visiting in person or calling the journal office are not recommended, so all connections with authors and reviewers are done through the website.
E-mail: mljgoums.ac.ir

                                                                    Bibliographic Information of the Journal
Title proper  Medical Laboratory Journal
Abbreviated key-title  Med. Lab. J.
Other variant title  MLJ
ISSN   Online ISSN: 2538-4449


 Clinical Laboratory sciences 
 Clinical Pathology
 Clinical Biochemistry

Subject Category  Web of Science Categories:
     Medical Laboratory Technology | Medicine, Research & Experimental | Pathology

Scopus Subject Area and Category:
     Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
          -- Clinical Biochemistry
     Health Professions
          -- Medical Laboratory Technology
          -- Biochemistry (medical)
          -- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
NLM  QY  Clinical Pathology
LC Number  RB RB38.2
Dewey Number  542.1
Dewey Number  378.55
OCLC Number  844691344, 987855862
Language  English
Dates of publication  2007
Frequency  Bimonthly
Director-in-Chief  Alireza Ahmadi (Faculty member)
Editor-in-Chief  Hamid Reza Joshaghani (Professor) 
Place of Publication  Iran, Gorgan
Publisher  Golestan University of Medical Sciences
Status  Active
Refereed  Yes; Double-blind peer review.

URL  www.mlj.goums.ac.ir
Type of Access  Open Access (OA)
Type of License  - CC BY-NC: Creative Commons.
- Sherpa/Romeo.
Plagiarism Detection Software  iThenticate

The Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

 All manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. Manuscripts submitted to Medical Laboratory Journal will be screened for plagiarism using Similarity Check / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to do the similarity checking before submitting their manuscript to the journal.
 Editors check the plagiarism detection of manuscripts in Medical Laboratory Journal by using Grammarly detection software (www.grammarly.com) and using iThenticate since September 2019. The journal will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism. Whenever it is determined that the manuscript has not complied with the plagiarism rules, the article is rejected (before accepting) and if it has been published (after accepting) it will be removed from the published list and placed in the withdrawn list (returned articles because of Failure to observe plagiarism law).
Type of Publication (Processing Charges and Publication Charges)  Free of charge: We do not charge the authors who want to publish in the Journal. No publication charges are required from the author.
 Full-text access: Open Access.
Revenue Sources  Institutional support, Donations
Type of Material  Serial (Periodical)
Description  Medical Laboratory Journal is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal in English that publishes original research papers, review papers, and clinical studies related to Medical Laboratory. Medical Laboratory Journal accepts original articles, review articles, short communications reporting clinical and basic research studies, case studies, and clinical trials of significant scientific and ethical standards in the following areas:
 - Anatomic pathology
 - Clinical pathology
 - Hematology
 - Urinalysis
Copyright owner / Copyright holder  Authors retain copyright to their work without restrictions.  The author has full control over the work (e.g., retains the right to reuse, distribute, republish, etc.).

 The consent of all authors, as well as related authorities/institutions, has been received prior to the submission of the manuscript. The order of the authors (as to be reflected on the published article) has been established. The adding or deleting of authors once the manuscript has been accepted for publication would have to be accompanied by a signed statement of consent of all authors. All authors have contributed significantly to the research. Authors are obligated to participate in the peer-review process, providing retractions/ corrections/ amendments when necessary. All conflicts of interest/financial support have been declared.

Open Access Statement
 Medical Laboratory Journal is a fully open-access journal, which means that all articles are available on the Web to all users immediately upon publication. All content of the Medical Laboratory Journal (MLJ) is published with open access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license allows users to copy and redistribute the article under the following conditions:
    Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
    Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.
The full details of the license are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

No publication charges are required from the author.

Digital Archiving Policy
 Medical Laboratory Journal works with some organizations as the Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC), Yektaweb, National Digital Archives of Iranian Scholarly Journals, and own server of Golestan University of Medical Sciences for maintaining our own digital archive. This makes possible the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and to ensure accessibility by converting and upgrading digital file formats to comply with new technology standards.

Data Citation
 Data should be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations, and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes. When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. Medical Laboratory Journal follows the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles: Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g., DOI).

Data Sharing Policy
 Medical Laboratory Journal uses the Basic Data Sharing Policy. The journal is committed to a more open research landscape, facilitating faster and more effective research discovery by enabling reproducibility and verification of data, methodology, and reporting standards. Medical Laboratory Journal encourages authors to cite and share their research data including, but not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, materials. Authors are encouraged to share or make open the data supporting the results or analyses presented in their article where this does not violate the protection of human subjects or other valid privacy or security concerns.
 Medical Laboratory Journal encourages authors to share the data and other artifacts supporting the results in the article by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a Data Accessibility Statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.
 Medical Laboratory Journal requires authors of Original Investigation, Case Report, and Special Paper articles to (1) place the de-identified data associated with the manuscript in a repository; and (2) include a Data Availability Statement in the manuscript describing where and how the data can be accessed.
Medical Laboratory Journal defines data as the digital materials underlying the results described in the manuscript, including but not limited to spreadsheets, text files, interview recordings or transcripts, images, videos, output from statistical software, and computer code or scripts. Authors are expected to deposit at least the minimum amount of data needed to reproduce the results described in the manuscript.
Data can be placed in any repository that makes data publicly available and provides a unique persistent identifier, including institutional repositories, general repositories (e.g., Figshare, Open Science Framework, Zenodo, Dryad, Harvard Dataverse, OpenICPSR), or discipline-specific repositories.
The Data Availability Statement should be placed in the manuscript at the end of the main text before the references. This statement must include (1) an indication of the location of the data; (2) a unique identifier, such as a digital object identifier (DOI), accession number, or persistent uniform resource locator (URL); and (3) any instructions for accessing the data, if applicable.
 At the point of submission, you will be asked if there is a data set associated with the paper. If you reply yes, you will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-registered DOI, hyperlink, or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). If you have selected to provide a pre-registered DOI, please be prepared to share the reviewer URL associated with your data deposit, upon request by reviewers.
Where one or multiple data sets are associated with a manuscript, these are not formally peer-reviewed as a part of the journal submission process. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of data. Any errors in the data rest solely with the producers of the data set(s).
 Please note: As you are submitting your manuscript to Medical Laboratory Journal where submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors (i.e., Author Name, Address, Conflict of Interest and fund related information). As a data availability statement could reveal your identity, we recommend that you remove this from the anonymized version of the manuscript.
 Exceptions to this policy will be made in rare cases in which de-identified data cannot be shared due to their proprietary nature or participant privacy concerns. Exceptions to policy and restrictions on data availability are granted for reasons associated with the protection of human privacy, issues such as biosafety, and/or to respect terms of use for data obtained under license from third parties. Confidential data, e.g., human subject or patient data, should always be anonymized, or permission to share should be obtained in advance. If in doubt, authors should seek counsel from their institution’s ethics committee.
Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper. Below a few examples:
Data Availability Statement:
 1. Data associated with this article are available in the Open Science Framework at.
 2. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at http://doi.org/[doi], reference number [reference number].
 3. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at [URL], reference number [reference number].
 4. The data that support the findings of this study are available in [repository name] at [URL/DOI], reference number [reference number]. These data were derived from the following resources available in the public domain: [list resources and URLs]
Supported by  - Iranian Association of Clinical Pathologist
 - Iranian Society of Parasitology
 - Iranian Society of Pathology
 - Iranian Society of Immunology and Allergy
 - Biochemical Society of Iran
 - Iranian Scientific Association of Clinical Laboratory.

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