Guide for Authors

Citation format in the Journal of Science and Technology Policy

Guide for authors

Consider the following details when submitting to the Journal of Science and Technology Policy:

1- The topics of the journal are:

- Innovation systems and science and technology organization;

- Effects of science and technology on society, culture, and ethics and vice-versa;

- Effects of science and technology on rights and laws and vice-versa;

- Knowledge management at the national level;

- transfer, dissemination, and localization of knowledge and technology;

- Science and technology policymaking;

- Economics of science and technology and technological entrepreneurship;

- Technology forecasting and assessment;

- Application of science and technology studies in policymaking

2- Manuscripts must be original research, not previously published or under review in national or international scientific journals.

3- Following research ethics according to national and international standards is crucial. Non-compliance at any stage - even after acceptance or publication - will lead to rejecting the manuscript while dealing with it according to the laws on preventing scientific fraud.

4- Manuscripts are only accepted in Persian, while an English abstract is also required.

5- The manuscripts are submitted electronically through the journal website (

6- The authors' names and affiliations are required with the corresponding author's email address and ORCID ID.

7- The Persian equivalents of scientific terms - approved by the Academy of Persian Language and Literature - should be used throughout the manuscript.

8- At least two references to the articles of the previous issues of the journal are necessary to guide the research directions for future studies.

9- Persian references should also be introduced in English, with {In Persian} at their end to facilitate citation count to the journal articles in international indexings. The metadata of journal articles (e.g., authors, article titles, journal titles) should be extracted from the English page of the publisher's website,, or Google Scholar, while books and other references should be cited in a way that can easily be found through a web search. DOI numbers should also be mentioned if available.

10- The maximum number of references in the manuscript is 40.

11- All sections and subsections of the manuscript (including the introduction) must be numbered. The numbering of sub-sections as "section-sub-sections" will be like 3-1, 3-2, and 3-3 for section 3 of the manuscript.

12- The authors can announce corrections at any publication stage, even after the reviewers accept the manuscript; otherwise, the manuscript will be rejected.

13- "Keywords" are presented below the manuscript's abstract. As the right keywords attract attention to the article, the words searched mainly by other scholars should be provided.

14- The maximum number of words in each manuscript is 8000.

15- Notes regarding the prominent topics of science and technology policy can be sent to the journal as a "letter to the editor" in a maximum of 400 words.

16- Persian and English abstracts of the manuscript must include context, methodology, content, and conclusion and be a maximum of 250 words, with the English abstract completely matching the Persian.

17- Presenting the vast output of statistical software in the manuscript's findings is unnecessary, as the final results of the tests (specifically, p-value, significance level, and a few helpful indicators for understanding the results) should suffice.

18- According to international scientific standards, the exact quotation (word by word) from a source - even cited - is considered scientific misconduct, suggesting that the quotations must be paraphrased.

19- The corresponding author is fully responsible for any scientific violations in the throughout, and the issue will be followed up according to the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) regulations.