Strides in Development of Medical Education

Editorial Policy page contains the following policies:

Ownership and management

Strides in Development of Medical Education Journal (SDME) is owned, managed, and published by Kerman University of Medical Sciences. SDME is scientifically supported by Kerman  University of Medical Sciences.


SDME presents new experiences of curriculum development and evaluation, designing educational courses, teaching and learning issues, social accountability, faculty development, e-learning, management and leadership, assessment and evaluation in medical education, educational research methodologies and other related topics. This journal is dedicated to original research articles and other type of research paper includes case studies, practical guidelines, reviews of current literature, short communications, letter to editors and commentaries review articles. For more information  please see guideline

The Policy of Submitting an Article in Farsi

It is recommended to send articles from Iranian authors in Persian language. Iranian authors whose manuscripts are in English, please send the Persian version as well. If the article is accepted, the author is responsible for the process and cost of translation and editing in English by the company approved by the journal.

Publication Ethics

The SDME journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) It means COPE’s flowcharts and instructions are provided to deal with any ethical misbehavior. SDME is also a member of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and pursues the guidelines. For more information  please see guideline

Competing Interests

The SDME journal requires authors to declare all competing interests in their work. Authors are requested to disclose their interests that are directly or indirectly related to the work submitted for publication. All submissions must include a " Competing Interests/Conflict interest" section at the end of the article listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). interests to be considered and disclosed but not limited to:

Employment: Recent employment (during a research project), current or anticipated employment by any organization that may have a financial gain or loss through the publication of this manuscript. This includes multiple affiliations (if any).

Funding: Research grants from funding agencies (please mention research funder and grant number) and / or research grants (including salaries, equipment, supplies, refunds for symposia and other expenses) By organizations that may gain or lose through publication.

Financial interests: stocks and shares in companies that may have a financial gain or loss through the publication of this letter. Consulting costs or other forms of rewards from organizations that may be financially profitable or unprofitable. Inventions or patent applications whose value may be affected by the publication of this manuscript.

Non-financial interests: In addition, authors are asked to disclose interests that go beyond financial interests that could lead to bias in the work presented for publication, such as professional interests, personal relationships, or personal beliefs.

Early research papers require a disclosure statement. Review articles provide a synthesis mix of evidence and may be considered as a valid work on a subject. Therefore, review articles need a disclosure statement. Other types of articles such as editorials, book reviews, comments (among others) may require a disclosure statement depending on their content.

Plagiarism detection

The manuscript should not contain the verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere. Hence, we evaluate all submitted manuscripts by the iThenticate plagiarism checker, which based on the detected plagiarism of the submitted manuscripts, we will ask the authors to rephrase the manuscript. COPE's flowcharts and guidelines would be used to handle plagiarism. Plagiarisms will be reported to the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Technology of relevant universities and organizations through official correspondence.

Copyright and Licensing

If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscript.

Peer review policy

This Journal is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal and its purpose is providing an accurate and fair critical review of all submitted manuscripts. For paper submission, the author should register on the journal website ( and register. For more information please see guideline

Publication Fees

This  journal is published and  sponsored by Kerman University of Medical Sciences . Therefore, there are no submission and publication fees for the authors at the moment. Although the cost of translation and editing in English by the company approved by the journal is the responsibility of the author.

Open Access Agreement

This Journal is a Platinum Open Access journal and provides immediate open access to the content published in the journal. Upon submitting an article, authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide by an open-access Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC 4.0). Under the terms of this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of their articles. However, the license permits any user to download, print out, extract, reuse, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and the source of the work. The license ensures that the article will be available as widely as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Policy on intellectual property 

SDME requires authors  to make their article open access under one of the Creative Commons Licenses in order to meet the terms of open access publication and ensure the widest possible dissemination. The Creative Commons website explains how these licenses work.

Revenu Sources

SDME is financially supported completely by Kerman University of Medical Sciences, and has no other sources for earning funds.

Advertising/Direct marketing

SDME accepts No advertisements on the site or even as a report article and our publisher does not consider advertisements in its collection of scholarly journals.


It is the author’s responsibility to secure all permissions prior to publication. Even before submitting your manuscript to the journal, please make sure you check the copyright status for the content you want to use in your article, identify the relevant copyright holders, and determine if you can possibly get permission from them. 

Complaint’s policy

Our editors, staff, and editor in chief will respond promptly to any complaints, regardless of our writers, academics, or readers, and will do their utmost to resolve the matter to the full satisfaction of the person. At the same time, we do not consider every statement to be a complaint, but if the criticism is sound, we thank that person and try to upgrade our system.

Data Sharing and Reproducibility

SDME strongly encourages authors to include as supplementary material datasets and code that demonstrate the results shown in the final article. This data includes range of useful materials associated with research project (Raw or processed data files. Software, Code, Models, Algorithms, Protocols and Methods) does not include text in manuscript or final published article form, or data or other materials submitted and published as part of a journal article.

Journal Archiving

To guarantee long-term digital preservation is Open Archive and publicly and openly accessible to all digital readers, all articles published in the SDME are archived in Kerman university of medical sciences and pre-print servers.