2008-0360 :pISSN

2538-2179 :eISSN

Literary Criticism

  • Editor-in-Chief: Mahmoud Fotouhi Rudmajani
  • Publication Period: Quarterly
  • This is an Open Access Journal
Literary Criticism is one of the TMU Press journals that is published by the responsibility of its Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board in the determined scopes.
The literary criticism from spring 2008 was intended to provide a space for the presentation of new approaches in literary criticism. The main goal of the Quarterly is to focus on supporting critical thoughts and publishing literary studies with critical approaches. Therefore, emphasis is placed on publishing priority articles in order to develop critical thoughts in both areas of literary theory and practical critique; to provide theoretical knowledge and theoretical reflection in literary studies in Persian; a way to apply theories and methods of critique in Open patriotic literature; lead readers to recognize the theorizing capabilities of the patriotic literature and link the world of literary critique and Persian literature.
Peer-review process
All submitted articles are evaluated at the submission to meet the structural and subject principles of Literary Criticism. The matched articles will gone under a double-blinded peer-review process by at least 3 reviewers (expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff) who are selected by the Editorial Board members according to their field specialties. The Editorial Board members have the final responsibility to select the articles.
Governing body
Literary Criticism is under the scientific control of Editorial Board whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. Some executive roles of the Editorial Board members are delegated to the Editor-in-Chief who is well-known in the journal’s scope.
Editorial team
Literary Criticism is under the scientific supervision of the Editorial Team whose members are all experts with high number of publications in their field.
Author fees/Access
There are No Fees or Charges at all for submission, reviewing and publishing processes in Literary Criticism.
Literary Criticism follows the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing.
The content of Literary Criticism is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. To the extent this Public License may be interpreted as a contract, we are granted the Licensed Rights in consideration of your acceptance of these terms and conditions, and the Licensor grants you such rights in consideration of benefits the Licensor receives from making the Licensed Material available under these terms and conditions.
Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Publisher and editors of Literary Criticism are reasonable to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In doing so, Literary Criticism follows COPE’s guidelines in dealing with allegations.
Ownership and management
Literary Criticism is owned by Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, and is managed and published by YektaPub Co.
Conflicts of interests
All Literary Criticism Editorial Board members and the Editor-in-Chief submitted articles are gone under the same reviewing process as the other authors gone. In the cases that a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript or a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article (all authors are filling the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest at the submission time) Literary Criticism will follow COPE’s guidelines.
Revenue sources/Advertising/Direct marketing
Literary Criticism is financially supported completely by Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, and has no other sources for earning funds. Literary Criticism accepts No advertisements in the site or even as a report article.
Publishing schedule/Archiving
Literary Criticism is published 4 issues per year. All the content from the beginning to the end will be available for ever on Literary Criticism exclusive website. Also Literary Criticism is included at EBSCOhost and has the plan to enter to Scopus and Thomson-Reuters databases.


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Pournamdarian, Taghi; Professor of Persian Language and Literature
Affiliation: Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran
Email: pournamdariyan@yahoo.com
Shamisa, Sirous; Professor of -
Affiliation: Allame Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran
Email: shamisa@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Hamidian, Saeid; Professor of Persian Language and Literature
Affiliation: Allame Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran
Email: lcquarterly00@gmail.com
Tel:  +98 (21) 88630230
Emami, Nasrollah; Professor of Persian Language and Literature
Affiliation:  Shahid Chamran University, Tehran, Iran
Email: nasemami@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Hasanli,  Kavous; Associate Professor of -
Affiliation: Shiraz University, Tehran, Iran
Email: hasanili@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Hoseini, Maryam; Professor of Feminist critique and women's literature 
Affiliation: Al Zahra University, Tehran, Iran
Email: hossaini@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Nikouei, Alireza; Assistant Professor of Persian Language and Literature
Affiliation: Guilan University, Guilan, Iran
Email: alireza_nikouei@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82884128
Zolfaghari, Hasan; Associate professor of Persian language and literature
Affiliation:Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Email: zolfagari_hasan@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Completion and signing the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest is necessary for all authors and the articles submission won’t be accepted without filling this form. Also all authors must sign the Authors Introduction and Commitment Form and declare the number, order of appearance, contribution and affiliation of authors and transfer the right of publishing to Literary Criticism.
The submitted articles will be sent to the reviewers after primary acceptance by the Editor-in-Chief according to the adaptation of the subject to Literary Criticism scopes and also the structural principles of the article that must be as this instruction. Literary Criticism has the right of rejection or acceptance and also editing the articles. After final acceptance by Literary Criticism Editorial Board, the articles will be completely revised by the Editorial Team members scientifically, structurally and methodologically and the galley proof will be sent back to the corresponding author for final confirmation. The authors are responsible for the precision and correctness of the content.
How to submit your article
Article admission can only be performed electronically via Literary Criticism exclusive website. Please avoid postal or email submitting.
The steps of electronic submission of the article are as follows (submitting, reviewing and publishing article are completely free of charges):
  1- Go to the Literary Criticism exclusive site: journals.modares.ac.ir
  2- Select "submit an article" in For Authors section in the left menu bar of the site.
  3- If you are a site member you can start the process; If not, first register and wait for administrator confirmation.
  4- Select and confirm the number of authors, article type and subject(s) of the article in step 2.
  5- All parts should be filled in step 3. Note that even if the system confirms the submission, in case of insufficiency of the data or not sending the article's files by the mentioned order, the article will be sent back by the administrator. The Main file must be a Microsoft Office Word 2003 file containing the whole article parts.
Notice: The article submitter is considered as the connector author for all affairs about the article and all further connections and data transmission will be done with him/her. The connector MUST be from authors.
How to prepare the article file
The entire text should be typed as single column (Font size: 12; Font type: Cambria; Line spacing: 1) in A4 paper size with 3cm margins from top, bottom, left and right of the page. The article file should contain 4 separate parts: Cover Page (1 page), Abstract (1 page), Text Body(several pages), References List (appropriate number according to article type) and Figures (1 figure per each 1000 words of the Text Body)
Cover Page
1- The title of the article should be written at the top (Write the running title below the title of the article).
2- Authors must be mentioned separately in order of appearance on the article with following data (Please notice the authorship principles from here):
First name & Surname
Academic Degree (PhD, MD, MSc, etc.)
Affiliation (Department/Research Center, School/Institute, University, City, Country)
(Cell Phone Number, Telephone Number, Fax Number, Post Address and Email are just necessary for the correspondent).
1- The abstract of all type of articles must have AimsMethodsFindings and Conclusion sections and should not be less than 150 and more than 250 words.
Notice: The abstract does not have any introduction at all and is not an introduction to the article. An abstract should express the maximum data related to the article in the minimum possible volume.
2- The keywords must be 3 to 6 MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) words with the url of them at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/
Text Body
1- The section titles and word numbers of the text bodies are different according to the type of the article.
Original Research
Description: These articles are the result of authors’ researches and must have intervention and data analysis processes (not descriptive).
Sections: Introduction, Materials & Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: Accorded to the research size
Words Limitation: 3000 to 4000 words
References Limitation: Min. 25 and Max. 40
Diagrams Limitation: 3 to 4 (Tables, Charts or Pictures)
Qualitative Research
Description: In the fields that the direct investigation of parameters is not possible, the research can be done regarding to the opinion of the experts qualitatively by appropriate documentation.
Sections: Introduction, Participants & Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 2 authors
Words Limitation: 3000 to 4000 words
References Limitation: Min. 25 and Max. 40
Diagrams Limitation: 3 to 4 (Tables, Charts or Pictures)
Short Communication
Description: Original researches in the novel fields of research with low number of references that mainly introduce new achievements although having low number of words.
Sections: Introduction, Materials & Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 1 author
Words Limitation: 1500 to 2000 words
References Limitation: Min. 10 and Max. 15
Diagrams Limitation: 2 (Tables, Charts or Pictures)
Descriptive & Survey
Description: Articles that just report descriptive data by checklists or questionnaires and have no intervention and data analysis. These are not considered as research articles and can be just accepted according to their strong practical aspects.
Sections: Introduction, Instrument & Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 3 authors
Words Limitation: 2000 to 2500 words
References Limitation: Min. 35 and Max. 50
Diagrams Limitation: 3 to 4 (Tables, Charts or Pictures)
Systematic Review
Description: Review article with research structure that is written by experts in the field of research. The material of these articles are other research papers in the field that should be analyzed completely. 
Sections: Introduction, Information & Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 2 authors
Words Limitation: 4000 to 6000 words
References Limitation: Min. 50 and Max. 60 (At least 5 references from the authors)
Diagrams Limitation: 1 (Tables, Charts or Pictures)
Analytic Review
Description: Review articles that are written by one expert in the field of research. The author is usually invited by the Editor in Chief to write a review in the desired field and this kind of article is not accepted from newcomers without enough original researches in the field.  
Sections: Introduction, Sections by Author (6 to 8), and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 1 author
Words Limitation: 8000 to 10000 words
References Limitation: Min. 80 and Max. 100 (At least 10 references from the author)
Diagrams Limitation: Accorded to the author
Case Report/Series
Description: In exposure to rare case(s), the researcher can report the patient condition, treatment methods and the conclusion. 
Sections: Introduction, Information & Methods, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 1 authors
Words Limitation: 1000 to 1500 words
References Limitation: Min. 10 and Max. 15
Diagrams Limitation: 2 (Tables, Charts or Pictures)
Letter to the Editor
Description: This kind of article is written in answer or in critic of the published articles of the journal.  
Sections: Introduction, Sections by Author (1 to 2), and Conclusion
Authors Limitation: 1 author
Words Limitation: 800 to 1000 words
References Limitation: Min. 3 and Max. 5
Diagrams Limitation: No Diagrams
2- All articles MUST have AcknowledgmentsEthical PermissionAuthors ContributionConflicts of Interests, and Funding/Supports sections at the end. If there is nothing to report in each case use “None declared by Authors”.
References List
Mentioning the references in all necessary cases should be fully observed (the referencing guide can be found here). To mention a reference, the numbering system should be used (Vancouver Style). Thus, the references should be listed in the reference list based on the order of use in the main text and they should be numbered orderly. Where ever necessary, the number of the given reference should be brought in brackets []. If there is more than one number in a [], the numbers must increase from left to right and be separated by “,” (e.g., [8, 11, 42]. If there are more than two following numbers, they must separate with “-“ (e.g., [12, 25, 32-38, 44-51].
Notice that the only valid references for scholarly articles are those with peer-reviewed content, mean published articles in peer reviewed journals; books, web pages, conference papers and posters, thesis and dissertations and so on are not appropriate references for scholarly articles. Due to this, at least 80% of the cited references of the submitted articles MUST be published articles in peer-reviewed journals. 
1- All tables, charts and pictures are numbered in order of appearance in the article under the unique title of “Figure”.
2- Figures must not repeat each other’s data or text data.
3- The description of figures should be clear and complete without the need to refer to the text.
4- Each figure should be placed in a separate page in the original size and the description should be written in the same page above (tables) or below (charts and pictures).
5- In the case of charts, the original excel file (or other formats) must be sent.