Duhok Medical Journal (DMJ) is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that allows all content to be freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. DMJ is a non-profit journal published biannually by Duhok College of Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region- Iraq. The DMJ publishes original research and reviews articles in the aspects related to medical disciplines to ensure rapid and wide dissemination of the results of scientific research to enhance the development of academic disciplines and serve society. The DMJ also publishes short articles, letters to editors, review articles, and case reports.

The Duhok Medical Journal is a signatory journal to the uniform requirement for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, February 2006 http://web.uod.ac/ac/c/com/duhok-medical-journal/archive/ [updated 2017] http://dmj.uod.ac/index.php/dmj/index/ . The Journal has obtained the International Standard Serial Number: ISSN 2071-7326  (Print) and is in processing to obtain ISSN 2071-7334 (Online).  In addition, DMJ has obtained the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from Crossref Organization  which will be identified via this link https://doi.org/10.31386/eissn.2071-7334


Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for publication in DMJ are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. The review process is double-blind. If the manuscript is accepted for a full review, it will be reviewed by a minimum of two external reviewers.

Submitted manuscripts will undergo an initial check including a Plagiarism Check in the Editorial Office via using the Turnitin software to compute and assess the percentage of similarity of the research. The content and outcomes of the manuscripts submitted for publication to the DMJ are the responsibility of the author. An Editorial Office takes charge of the peer-review process. It starts with a preliminary review by the Editor (finished in more than 15 working days after manuscript submission).

After a manuscript is accepted for a full review, the Editor will send the manuscript to at least two reviewers (registered with the DMJ system) specialized in the research field inside and/or outside the Kurdistan region for evaluation. Within an average of 4-6 weeks, the Editor will collect the reviewers’ comments and prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers. The decision letter will be sent to the Corresponding Author to reply to reviewers' comments. Furthermore, the Author will be able to track the reviewers’ comments via the journal's online system. In the case of acceptance of the submitted manuscript, the acceptance letter will be released and sent via the system to all authors and the author will be requested to follow the formatted manuscript according to the Duhok Medical Journal template before it goes into publication process and they will receive the paper in PDF produced by DMJ for checking before it is published online.


Becoming a Reviewer for the Duhok Medical  Journal

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for the Duhok Medical Journal, then please follow the steps below: 

  • Contact the editors and inform them about your Research Interests.
  • Decline an invitation to review if there is a conflict of interest with one of the authors. Conflicts of interest may include relationships with academic advisors and/ or advisees, anyone at your current institution, members of your family, or people with whom you have collaborated during the last ten years.

  • When rejecting a review, feel free to provide the contact information of a person  ( within the academic community) who would be qualified to review the manuscript 

  • Upon accepting an invitation you will be allowed two-three weeks to complete your review. Reviewers that don't reply on time will be excluded from the Database of Reviewers.

The benefits of reviewing for the Duhok Medical Journal include the opportunity to read, see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage and to contribute to the overall integrity of scientific research in the Medical field and its published documentation. You may also be able to cite your work for the Duhok Medical Journal  as part of your professional development requirements for different Organisations and Professional Societies



This journal uses the CLOCKSS  (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) and LOCKSS systems (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.


 Publication Ethics

The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed  Duhok  Medical Journal is to support the standard and respected knowledge transfer network. Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors that was revised and approved for publishing in 2011, for more details Click Here   


 Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


 Publication Fees

If the submitted paper is accepted for publication in the Duhok Medical Journal, the researcher must pay wages as an Article Publication Fee as follows:

  • If the Researcher is from outside of the University of Duhok, the fee is 250000 (IQD)
  • If the Researcher is an academic staff of the University of Duhok, the publication is free of charge.

Note: The DMJ has three payment options. 

1-Check Payment:  Please mail checks with a copy of the invoice

2-Bank Transfers: Please use the following information 

Account #  00004271381 - 251600-840 - 400


3- Cash to bursar of College of Medicine, University of Duhok.