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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or pdf document file format.
  • There are no strict format requirements, but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements necessary to evaluate a manuscript (Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Conclusions, Figures and Tables).
  • Articles that present research results involving human beings must contain a clear affirmation of the above compliance in the body of the article, and must have been approved by an ethics committee in research duly established for that purpose.

Author Guidelines

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Microbes, Infection and Chemotherapy adheres to the submission of contributions: "your manuscript, your way"

Authors can submit their manuscript (text, figures and tables) in two files. The first file contains the initial page with the identification of the authors and the second file is the anonymous manuscript. It can be a Word or PDF file, in any format or design, and figures and tables can be placed inside the text.
Figures should be of sufficient quality for review.
There are no strict format requirements, but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements necessary to evaluate a manuscript (Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Conclusions, Figures and Tables).
References can be in any style or format, as long as the style is consistent. Name(s) of author(s), journal title / book title, article title (when necessary), year of publication, volume and chapter / book number and pagination must be present. DOI is recommended.

These are all of the guidelines you need for your initial submission.

LANGUAGE

Every manuscript should be written in English. Medical terminology should follow the latest version of Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary (Saunders). Abbreviations should be fully written at the first appearance in the text and should be abbreviated in parentheses. After that the abbreviation can be used instead of the full term. Numbers should be in Arabic numerals. Weight and other measurements should be written in the CGS (centimeter-gram-second) system of units.

STYLE

The file must present the following order: Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, Bibliographic references and tables and / or illustrations. The complete final file must be sent only in the DOC format (Microsoft Word).

INITIAL PAGE

Title: Authors must provide the titles of the manuscript (maximum 15 words). The title should be concise, reflect the study design or type of article (eg, randomized controlled trial, systematic review) contain key terms to help electronic searches locate the article.

Heading title: Must also have a running title (maximum of 8 words).

Authors: List of the authors' data, corresponding author's data (full name, address and email), identification number / approval of the Research Ethics Committee, if applicable. The individual contribution of each author in the development of the manuscript must also be specified.

Funding must be reported in the initial page. If the study was not funded by institutional and / or private resources, the authors must state it.

KEY WORDS

Authors must submit at least 3 and at most 6 key words that they consider as descriptors of the content of their work. These descriptors should be standardized according to MeSH (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh).

TEXT

Microbes, Infection and Chemotherapy strongly recommends that authors follow the recommendations of international consensus reports for specific types of articles such as:

STROBE guidelines for observational studies (www.strobe-statement.org)

CONSORT for clinical trials (http://www.consort-statement.org/

STARD for studies of diagnostic tests (http://www.stard-statement.org)

PRISMA for meta-analysis (http://www.prismastatement.org/

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Recognize only people who have contributed to the scientific content or provided technical support. Authors must obtain written permission signed by all those listed in the acknowledgments section. The correspondent author must also state that he has listed all those who contributed significantly to the work in the acknowledgments section.

ILLUSTRATIONS

Should be included at the end of the manuscript, and are not allowed to be sent in separate pages. They must be sufficiently clear to allow their reproduction in a reduced form when necessary. Include them after the references, at the end of the manuscript (in single file).

REFERENCES

References should follow the standards outlined in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" published by the "International Committee of Medical Journal Editors" at http://www.icmje.org/.

They should be inserted in the text, listed according to their order of appearance and specify:

Last name of the authors followed by initial of the first name, separating them with a comma, up to a maximum of six; if there are more than six, only the first six are cited and the expression et al is added. Period.

Work title. Period.

Abbreviated name of the journal according to conventions published in: List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus: http: // www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals

Year of publication. Semicolon.

Volume. Colon.

Initial and final page of the text. Period.

Examples:

  • Rodríguez L, Alva A, Coronel J, Caviedes L, Mendoza-Ticona A, Gilman R, et al. Implementación de un sistema de telediagnóstico de tuberculosis y determinación de multidrogorresistencia basada en el método Mods en Trujillo, Perú. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2014;31(3):445-53.
  • Garcia-Pinzas J, Wong JE, Fernández MA, Rojas-Espinoza MA. Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva: diagnosis in primary care. Rev Paul Pediatr. 2013;31(1):124-8.

Accepted bibliographic references that have not yet been published can be cited by adding the phrase: in press.

References obtained from the Internet that do not correspond to electronic versions of periodic publications indexed in Index Medicus / Medline must include: chapter name or text heading, complete electronic address, date of access to the information.

To quote book chapters, the following order must be respected: author(s) of the chapter, name of the chapter, name of the author(s) of the book, title of the book, edition, city of publication, publisher, year, initial pages and end of the chapter.

  • Musher DM. Chapter 200: Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, editors. Mandell, Douglas and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 7th ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2010, p. 2623-2642.

TABLES

List tables by using Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text. Tables should have titles that concisely describe the contents of the table so that the reader can understand the table without consulting the text. Tables may contain abbreviations, but they must contain a footnote that explains the abbreviation. Provide the units of measure for all numeric data in a column or row. Place the units of measure under a column heading or at the end of a side header only if those units are applied to all the numeric data in the column or row.

IMAGES

List figures with Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text. Each figure must have a figure caption that starts with a short title. Explain all abbreviations and symbols in the figure, even if an explanation appears in the text. For histological slide images, provide staining and magnification data at the end of the caption for each part of the figure. If a scale marker does not appear in the figure, provide the original magnification used during the observation, not that of the photographic impression.

ABBREVIATIONS

When they are cited for the first time, they must be printed immediately after the complete term. Abbreviations should not be used in the title or in the abstract.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Manuscripts must be submitted exclusively to Microbes, Infection and Chemotherapy, and their simultaneous submission to another journal is not allowed. The opinions and concepts issued in any of the sections of Microbes, Infection and Chemotherapy are the entire responsibility of their authors.

The submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been previously published, except in the form of a summary or an academic thesis, in which case, this should be mentioned in the CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST statement.

AUTHORSHIP

All authors must have made substantial contributions in each of the following aspects: (1) the conception and design of the study, the acquisition of data, or the analysis and interpretation of the data, (2) the draft of the article or the critical review of the intellectual content, (3) the final approval of the version presented.

Authors are advised to carefully review the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript for the first time. Any addition, deletion or reordering of the names of authors after the manuscript has been submitted will not be permitted.

The ‘Author contributions’ section should be presented as follows:

(I) Conception and design:

(II) Administrative support:

(III) Provision of study materials or patients:

(IV) Collection and assembly of data:

(V) Data analysis and interpretation:

(VI) Manuscript writing: All authors

(VII) Final approval of manuscript: All authors

Note: 1. With VI and VII, “All authors” is obligatory, while the other credits are case-based; 2. The ‘Author contributions’ section is not required when there is only one author.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

The authors must inform the editors of any financial or personal relationship with other individuals or organizations that could possibly have negatively influenced their work in any way. They must also inform the editors if the research has received funding of any kind.

EDITORIAL

They are included at the request of the editor, its content will refer to the articles published in the same issue of the journal, or they deal with topics of interest according to the editorial policy. A maximum of 1500 words and 10 references will be accepted.

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

Observational studies, clinical research, articles on pharmacology or microbiology will be accepted, as well as original contributions on aetiology, pathophysiology, pathology, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment, as well as experimental or field work in all areas of infectious diseases. The maximum length of the text will be 3,000 words. The abstract is not to exceed 250 words, and is to be divided into sections (usually into four paragraphs with the following subheadings: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions). A number of 3-5 key words and up to 6 figures and / or tables will be accepted. No limits for references.

BRIEF COMMUNICATION

In this section we will consider works of research that due to their special characteristics (such as series with reduced number of observations, research works with very specific objectives and results, descriptive epidemiological studies, among others) can be published in a more abbreviated and quick way. These manuscripts must have a maximum length of 1500 words and have no subdivisions in the main text. A maximum of 15 bibliographical references and up to 3 figures and / or tables will be accepted. The abstract should not exceed 150 words or be separated into sections. A number of 3-5 keywords are required.

REVIEW ARTICLE

The editorial committee will request review articles from researchers with extensive experience in their areas. Authors wishing to submit a review manuscript not requested by the editorial committee, should send a summary of the proposed manuscript that includes the title, and detailed index. Additionally, the summary of the authors' resumes supporting their experience in this field and a letter indicating the need to update the subject should be attached. The editorial committee will review the relevance of each proposal and communicate its decision to the proposing authors. The maximum length will be 6000 words, no limits to bibliographical references, in addition to 10 tables and / or figures.

CLINICAL CASES

In this section we will consider the publication of reports of clinical cases of any pathology, as long as they contain a pedagogical approach and respect the anonymity and modesty of the patient. Each manuscript on clinical cases and clinical series must be accompanied by a letter with the written authorization of the patient(s) or their instructor(s) to publish the clinical data and / or images corresponding to the article. If it is impossible to obtain this documentation, it may be replaced by a letter issued by the head of the hospital where the patient(s) was treated, specifying that the institution supports the publication of the case / clinical series for scientific reasons. These reports are to have the following structure: unstructured summary, keywords, introduction, case report, discussion (where the contribution or teaching of the article is highlighted) and bibliographical references. The maximum length is 150 words in the summary, 1500 words in the content, three figures or tables and fifteen bibliographical references.

IMAGES IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES

In this section, relevant images will be published related to all aspects of infectious diseases (clinical, endoscopic, radiographic, microbiological, pathological, etc.). It is convenient to use graphic resources (arrows, asterisks, etc.) for highlighting observations. They should have a maximum of 400 words, up to 4 references and the number of authors should not exceed three.

IDEAS AND OPINIONS

This section publishes essays that represent opinions or hypotheses of experts, about a specific topic of health or areas associated with health. The maximum length will be 1000 words, and a maximum of 10 bibliographical references will be accepted.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In this section, the discussion of articles published in the last two issues of the journal and / or the contribution of opinions, observations or experiences that by their characteristics can be summarized in a short text are published. The maximum length will be 700 words. A maximum of 10 bibliographical references will be accepted, and a figure or a table will be admitted. The title must be included and up to 3 keywords.

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