COPYRIGHT RELEASE FORM & Conflict of interest

The Journal of Mining and Environment (JME) is a tree-monthly peer reviewed (blind peer-review) publication of Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran. JME publishes original research papers, case reports, research notes, short communications and review papers on various aspects of Mining and related Environmental issues.

1. Submission of an article to JME implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, in English or in any other language 

2. Manuscripts must be submitted only in English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these) and should be written according to sound grammar and proper terminology.  

3. Manuscripts should be typed with a font Times New Roman of 11 pt. in the MS-Word format, single spacing, in one column with 2.5 cm margin at each side. Number all pages should be consecutively.

4. Manuscript must be accompanied by a title page including title, author (s) name, affiliation, E-mail address and corresponding author.

5. The text should be include: Title; an abstract (150 - 250 words), which states the purpose of the study, basic procedures, main findings and the principal conclusions where are followed by 5-7 keywords. Introduction; materials and methods; results and discussion; acknowledgement and references list are followed.

6. Tables, Figures and Graphs should be submitted on manuscript text with the captions of tables placed above without style options and the captions of figures and graphs should be placed below without style options.

* Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.

** Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules.

*** All graphs should be provided in Excel format. The captions should be placed below.

7. Suggested place of tables and figures should be clearly marked throughout the text after citations in the text.

8. The same data should not be presented simultaneously in tables and figures.

9. The author (s) will be supplied with two issues of the Journal and 5 reprints. Author (s) can purchase any extra Journal copy and reprints they wish to order.

10. The policy of the Journal with respect to unit and symbols is that SI (Systems Internationals) symbols should be used.

11. Following acceptance of the article for publication, authors will be asked to complete and signed, the copyright for the accepted article, individually due to the fully peer review processing and publication. 

12. Editors of the Journal reserve the right to accept or reject any article in any stage, if necessary.

13. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Journal electronically via the website

14. Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections without style options. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2,), 1.2, etc. The abstract, keywords, acknowledgement and references are not included in section numbering. 

15. How to cite references: The ability to cite references correctly is an important part of an article. It is in the interests of both the writer and the readers of the articles that references should be cited correctly, systematically and in full, so that they form a useful integral part of the work as a whole.

- Citations in the text:

When citing a work in the text, references should be presented by English numerical in square brackets [number]. References should be listed in the numerical sequence. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list. "Unpublished results" or "Personal communication" citation of a reference as "in press" implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

- Creating a reference list:

A list of references contains details only of those works cited in the text. The reference list should be arranged by numbers according to appearance of references in text. Different forms of published work (book, journals, …) are referenced in slightly different ways as given below:   

Reference to a journal publication:

  • § Lewis, R.L. (1999). Predicting the steady-state water quality of pit lakes. Mining Eng. 51(10): 54-58.
  • § Jaynes, D.B., Rogowski, A.S. and Pionke, H.B. (1984a). Acid mine drainage from reclaimed coal strip mines, 1, Model description. Water Resour. Res. 20 (2): 233-242.

Reference to a book:

  • § Pankow, J.F. (1991). Aquatic chemistry concepts, Lewis Publishers, Chelsea, 673 P.
  • § Freeze, R.A. and Cherry, J.A. (1979). Groundwater, Prentice-Hall, Inc, Englewood Cliffs, 604 P.
  • § Domenico, P.A. and Schwartz, F.W. (1990). Physical and chemical hydrogeology, 1st ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 824 P.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

  • § Hinze, W.J. (1994). The role of gravity and magnetic methods in engineering and environmental studies. In: Stanley H.W. (Ed.). Geotechnical and Environmental geophysics. Society of exploration geophysics (SEG), 398 P.
  • § Mettam, G.R. and Adams, L.B. (1999). How to prepare an electronic version of your article, In: Jones, B.S. and Smith, R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281-304.

 Reference to a conference paper:

  • § Blowes, D.W., Ptacek, C.J., Frind, E.O., Johnson, R.H., Robertson, W.D., and Molson, J.W. (1994). Acid neutralization reactions in inactive mine tailings impoundments and their effect on the transport of dissolved metals, Proc, Third Intl Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage, Pittsburgh, PA, 24-29 April, 1, 429-438.


Types of article

The Journal publishes Full-Text Papers, Short Communications, State-of-the-Art Reviews and Letters to Editors. Prospective Review authors are requested to contact the Managing Editor prior to submission.
A Short Communications is a concise but complete description of a limited investigation, which will not be included in a later paper. Short Communications should be as completely documented, both by reference to the literature and description of the experimental procedures employed, as a regular paper. They should not exceed 4-6 printed pages but must include complete descriptions of any investigation of the research which must be cutting-edge and novel with knowledge that warrants speedy communication to the readership.

Conflict of interest

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Submission declaration and verification

 Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright holder.

Changes to authorship

Please be advised that, as per journal policy, we are unable to make changes to the author list once a paper has been accepted for publication. Please ensure that the authorship of your paper is correct when submitting your manuscript to JME, as no amendments can be made after acceptance.


The Journal of Mining and Environment is an Open Access journal (i.e. all articles published will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download), which publishes Free of Charge.

Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify (in Acknowledgement) who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.


Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from the journal. For more information, please contact to Managing Editor.

Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts source files to a single PDF file of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail removing the need for a paper trail.

Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of at least three potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

Submission checklist

The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.

Ensure that the following items are present:

One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

• E-mail address

• Full postal address

• Telephone and fax numbers

All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:

• Keywords

• All figure captions

• All tables (including title, description, footnotes)

Further considerations

• Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'

• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa

• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)