Guidelines for Authors and Publication Requirements


General Information

Al-Nahrain Journal for Engineering Sciences (NJES), is a refereed scientific engineering journal published under the authority of the College of Engineering, Al- Nahrain University four times per year. The journal publishes the scientific output of researchers from Iraq and other countries in the fields of architectural, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronic, communications, information technology, laser and optoelectronics, mechanical and biomedical engineering as well as any directly related fields. Papers are submitted in English to the journal. The submitted reasearches are subject to proper evaluation and are classified accordingly as followed: 

  • Original research papers and papers on novel design, analysis or construction methods of great value to the engineers which include basic and practical results.
  • Short communications or short discussions on papers which have already appeared in the journal provided that texts do not exceed 800 words.

The material of the paper must not violate any intellectual property rights of any person or entity, must not contain any subject matter that contravenes any Iraqi or international laws, and must adhere to the ethical standards applicable for all research disciplines.  



  1. All papers submitted for publication must not be published or considered for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere. 
  2. The papers submitted for publication must be submitted online as an MS Word copy only according to the standards of the journal's research template provided in our website. Please provide a physical copy of the Researcher's Obligation form with the required signatures and physical stamping in person if the researchers are from Iraq or a scanned copy if the researchers are abroad.  
  3. The manuscript must include a title and an abstract that ranges between 200-250 words for each of the Arabic and English versions. The paper pages must not exceed 15 printed pages. 
  4. Full name(s), qualification(s), affiliation(s), address(es) and e-mail addresses of all the authors must be arranged just below the title of the paper. 
  5. Abbreviations must not be used in the title of the manuscript and the abstract except those of the measurement units. 
  6. Only standard international units (SI units) must be used. 
  7. Tables and illustrations such as figures, photographs and drawings must be clear, numbered, titled and referred to in the text consequently.
  8. Footnotes can be used to clarify information, and, when used, footnotes must be numbered.
  9. For the paper to be submitted for publications, 50000 ID should be paid at the time of submission of the paper. 
  10. Font description for papers written in English.
    • Title: "Time New Roman" 16pt (Bold) in the middle.
    • Authors Name/Names : "Time New Roman" 12pt (Bold). 
    • Affiliations: "Time New Roman" 11pt (Regular).
    • Headings: Capital initial letters size 12pt (Bold) and placed flush to the left-hand margin.
    • Sub-headings: Capital initial letters size 11pt (Bold) and placed flush to the left-hand margin.
    • The paper should be written in TWO columns. While the Arabic abstract written at the paper end with single line spacing.
    • Keywords: should be written after both abstracts.
    • Text: "Time New Roman" 10pt.
    • Equations: Must be numbered in parentheses flush to the right-hand margin with dots leading the numbers; a single line blank space should be left before and after the equation. Equations are referenced within the text as follows:  

eq. (x), where x is the equation number.

  • Figures and Tables: Should be referenced in bold as follows: Fig.1, Table 1. Figure captions should [ Figure ( ): ] appear below the figure in small letters sized 9 and must be centered above the table [Table ( ): ] in small letter size 9; a single line blank space should be left before and after the table heading.
  • References: References should be grouped together at the end of the paper, after the acknowledgment. They must be referred to as they appear in the text with square brackets [ ].

- For referencing books, provide the place of publishing, publishing institution/company, year of publishing, edition, and number of pages. e.g.:

J.M.Perry, Chemical Engineering Handbook. New York: McGraw- Hill, 1950, 2nd ed., 1170- 1175.

Volume, issue number, pages and year concerning references taken from periodicals should be given. For example:

  1. Ohashi, N. Kuwaki, and N. Uesugi, " Suitable definition of mode field diameter in view of splice loss evaluation" J. Lightwave Technol., Vol. LT-5, No. 12, pp. 1676-1679,1987.


Approval and Publication Procedure

All materials submitted to the Journal are checked for plagiarism using Turnitin, Plagiarism per source should  be less than 5%, or no more than 5 words. Total Plagiarism must not exceed 20% 

Thenafter the material must be approved by the assigned reviewers and the Editorial Panal before being published in the Journal. The research papers are usuallyreviewed at leaset by two referees, selected by the Editorial Panel according to the paper's subject matter. Referees are required to conduct a review and provide an assessment report within one month of receiving the paper. The author/s shall recieve the reviewers' reports and the required modifications, if available, then are requested to make these revisions within two weeks of receiving them, which shall be resubmitted to the referees for reassessment (if required). 

The author/s shall receive a confirmation email with their manuscript reference number within 72 hours. If the author/s do not receive the confirmation email, please have the corresponding author check their SPAM E-mail folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of the inbox.

If the paper is accepted for publishing, the author/s are asked to provide a final electronic copy of the paper that incorporates all the modifications requested and made during the assessment process.

The minimum period for submissions to be either accepted or rejected is approxiately two months. Rejected submissions are returned to the corresponding author as soon as possible.

When a paper is accepted, it shall be sent for typesetting. One set of page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to check thouroughly before publication. The marked proof must be returned to the Journal within seven days. 


Author(s) Rights

  1. Each author retains the right to use the work for non-commercial purposes and for further research and presentations.
  2. Each author retains the right to use the illustrations and research data in his/her future work. 
  3. Only one offprint is provided free for authors. The authors can order offprints at the proof stage at certain rates depending on the number of additional copies required and the year of publication.


Publisher Rights

The publisher of the journal has all rights for publication in the paper, electronic and facsimile formats and for electronic capture, reproduction and licensing in all formats now and in perpetuity in the original and all derivative works.