Quarterly Publication

Submission Guidelines

The manuscripts submitted to Petroleum Business Review (PBR) should be in English and restricted to around 5000 to 6000 words. To assist the process of peer reviewing, authors are encouraged to submit their papers according to the guidelines provided below.

Manuscript Submission

Petroleum Business Review (PBR) receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its website located at http://pbr.put.ac.ir.

Manuscript Copyright (Copyright Form)

Papers previously published, copyrighted, or being considered for publication elsewhere should not be submitted to the PBR, nor may a paper that is under consideration by the PBR be submitted elsewhere.

The translations of papers previously published in languages other than English can be considered as a submission; however, the author(s) must provide this information and the permission to reprint the paper at the time of submission. All accepted manuscripts, artworks, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted materials from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of the copyright to the publisher. Authors must inform the publisher when there is a change of address.

By submitting a manuscript to PBR, the author/authors agree that the copyright of that article is transferred to the PBR, if and when, the paper is accepted for publication. The published articles are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided each paper is properly cited.


Conflict of Interest (Conflict of  Interest Form)

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 that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Please fill the Conflict of Interest Form and upload it during the submission.


Manuscript Inquiries and Correspondence

If there are any questions about a manuscript, the editor(s) will only respond to written correspondence from the corresponding author of the record. All inquiries from co-authors should go through the corresponding author.

Author Responsibilities

The corresponding author must ensure that all co-authors agree with the author list and technical content before submitting the manuscript. The corresponding author is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the manuscript at the time of submission. Author names and affiliations must be complete and correct at the time of paper submission. While corrections can be made at the proof stage for authors who have changed institutions since the time of paper acceptance, author cannot be added or deleted after the proof stage. If the corresponding author wishes to add or delete authors, the paper must be withdrawn, corrected, and resubmitted.

Manuscript Formatting

Authors are responsible for the proper formatting of manuscripts. While you are preparing your paper for submission, please take care of the following set of guidelines:

Manuscript file type Microsoft Office Word 2007 or newer
Paper size A4
Margin on all sides 25 mm
Paper orientation Portrait, single column
Header distance from top 20 mm
Footer distance from bottom 20 mm
Header and Footer Different first page
Different odd and even pages
Text font type, unless defined otherwise Times New Roman, Regular
Text font size, unless defined otherwise 11
Text paragraph line spacing 1.15 line
Text space before paragraph, unless defined otherwise 6 pt
Text space after paragraph, unless defined otherwise 6 pt
Text paragraph alignment, unless defined otherwise Justified Low
Keywords 3 to 5 items
Manuscript number of pages Maximum 20 pages including figures and tables; each figure and table should be on separate sheet.

First Page Header

  • Font: Time New Roman 11
  • Space before first line: 12 pt
  • Space after second line: 6 pt
  • Line spacing: Single
  • Alignment: Left


  • Font: Time New Roman 14 Bold
  • Space before title: 24 pt
  • Space after title: 12 pt
  • Line spacing: 1.15
  • Alignment: Center

Author Names

  • Font: Time New Roman 11 Bold
  • Space before: 6 pt
  • Space after: 12 pt
  • Line spacing: 1.15
  • Alignment: Center

Corresponding author: defined by asterisk sign (*) in front of the author name and described in the footnote area as given in the example below:


M. Farhadi*1 and M.A. Mehrabi2

[*] Corresponding Author: Email: m.farhadi@gmail.com


The full names of authors, academic and/or other professional affiliations, and the complete address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of all the authors should be included on the title page.

  • Font: Time New Roman 10 Regular
  • Space before and after lines: 0 pt
  • Space after the last line: 12 pt
  • Line spacing: 1.15
  • Alignment: Center



* Niger delta oil samples were assessed for depositional environment and organic matter source.

* Three samples were deposited in an oxic environment, while two were deposited in an anoxic environment.

* The organic source inputs showed type III kerogen (Terrestrial) and a mixture of types II and III (Marine).



Each article should be summarized in an abstract limited to 115 to 300 words in both Persian and English. A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article; so, it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations, formula, and any other signs should be avoided in the abstract.


Headlines should be numbered to 2 levels and the first letter of the first word of each headline should be capitalized. The third level should be numbered using English lower case alphabet (i.e. a, b, c, etc.). An example is as follows:

  • Font: Time New Roman 12 Bold
  • Space before and after lines: 12 pt
  • Space after the last line: 3 pt
  • Line spacing: 1.15
  • Alignment: Left


This section should provide a clear research question, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed theoretical or empirical approach to address the question. The aims of the manuscript need to be clearly specified.

Materials and Methods

This section should provide enough literature review and sufficient methodological details to allow other researchers to repeat the work. Previously published papers, books etc. should be cited correctly.


Results should be in a logical order in the text, tables and figures. Results should be clear and concise. The results should not contain material from literature review or methodology. It should be in the past tense when describing findings of the research.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work and its comparison with the previous research. Results and Discussion sections can be combined.


This section should not substantially duplicate the abstract. The main conclusions of the study form Discussion sections can be presented here. The limitations of the study and suggestions for future research may be offered in this section.


References should be in APA standard format; This link will be helpful:

USQ Library > APA Referencing Guide


Acknowledgements must be complete and correct at the time of submission. It should be placed at the end of paper preceding the references. Additions or deletions cannot be made at the proof stage. If the corresponding author wishes to add or delete sponsoring institutions or persons, the paper must be withdrawn, corrected, and resubmitted.

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