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Instruction for Authors

Author Guideline

Online Submissions

JMID accepts online submissions; those wishing to submit a manuscript must register on our website. Please click here to register. If you already have a username and password, please click here to log in.

The corresponding author must register in order to submit a manuscript and to check the status of submitted items. If the manuscript is incomplete, it will be sent back to the author for completion.

Article submission and article processing is completely free of charge  in JMID.

Overview of the publication and peer review processes

JMID aims to help all authors have an easy and efficient editorial process. It is journal policy that all submitted items will be evaluated by our editorial team. The editorial team will evaluate the manuscript to decide whether it is ready for peer review. If it is ready for peer review, the manuscript will be assigned to one of our section editors, all of whom are experts in their fields.

The manuscript will then be sent to three reviewers who are experts in the field of study relevant to the manuscript. They will evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically well-designed and intelligible and whether the quality of writing is acceptable. The editorial team will make a decision whether or not to accept the submission based on the recommendations of the reviewers. When a final decision is made, a decision letter will be sent to the corresponding author. Possible final decisions include:

·        Acceptance without revision

·        Acceptance with minor revisions

·        Re-assessment after a major revision

·        Declined

The authors will be informed if there are issues with the manuscript’s formatting or the language quality. The authors will also be informed about how to get assistance to correct these issues.

Related Topics

All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/). Manuscripts must only be submitted to the Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; they may not be submitted for publication elsewhere. A copyright transfer statement should be signed by all of the authors, and this document should accompany each submission.

Ethical Approval

All manuscripts submitted for publication should contain a declaration specifying that all prospective human studies have been approved by the Ethics Committee. The study should be performed in accordance with the ethical standards of the 2008 Declaration of Helsinki. In addition, the declaration should include a statement acknowledging that all participants gave informed consent prior to their participation in the study. If a study involves animals, it must have been approved by the animal ethics committee and been performed in agreement with the care and use of laboratory animals’ standards. A statement regarding these ethical issues should be included in the Method’s Section of the manuscript. This statement must include the name of the ethics approval body and the approval date.

Copyright agreement

After acceptance for publication, all submitted materials become the possession of the Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Upon acceptance, the authors should provide a signed copyright transfer agreement that can be uploaded via the journal submission system or e-mailed to the publication office as a PDF. The journal upholds the copyright. Any of the materials published in the Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases may be copied, replicated, or published elsewhere without written permission of the journal.

When a manuscript is submitted to the journal, it must not be under review by any other journal or already accepted/published in any other journal or periodical. The JMID assumes that a submitted manuscript has been read and its content agreed to by all of the authors. All authors take responsibility for their reported findings.

Research manuscripts sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or commercial organizations should follow the Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Companies. The authors and sponsors are responsible for designing the study and reporting the results according to the ethical standards for industry-sponsored clinical trials and research.

JMID strongly suggests that authors follow the recommendations from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for all types of publications and medical reports. These publications could include clinical trials/randomized controlled studies, reports of biomedical research, systematic reviews, meta-analyses of observational studies, qualitative studies, and diagnostic accuracy studies.

The authorship should be based on the ICMJE recommendations (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html). Those with other support and involvement in the preparation of the manuscript as well as financial support should be mentioned in the Acknowledgement section.

Submission Process

JMID aims to publish submissions from around the world, but all manuscripts must be written in American English. During the submission process, the manuscript should be assigned to one of the available sections.

Before submission, the corresponding author must register for a JMID account via the JMID website. The corresponding author will be responsible for all submission and revision procedures. When submitting a manuscript to JMID, the author must accept all of the terms and conditions of the journal publication.

Cover Letter

All manuscripts submitted to JMID must include a cover letter declaring that the manuscript has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. This letter must declare that all authors have made a remarkable contribution to the work and have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

Potential Reviewers

The corresponding author should provide the names, e-mail addresses, work institution, and area of expertise for two potential reviewers. These reviewers should be qualified to review the manuscript. 

Manuscript preparation

Organization of the Manuscript

Articles should be typed double spaced using Twelve point Times New Roman font.

Research articles, Clinical trials and Short communications should be organized in the following sections: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References, Figures, Figure Legends, Tables & captions, Authors contributions.

The text for Short communications should not exceed 2000 words and the number of references, tables and figures should be kept to a minimum.

Case reports should describe case diagnosis, investigations or treatments which are of exceptional interest, highlighting novel and important findings. They should include a maximum of two figures and two tables. 

Clinical Images should describe an interesting case with using one or more images (up to six). The authors should explain the case/images with a short text. The text should be shorten then 250 words.

Reviews: These are summaries of developments in areas related to infection which are of broad interest to the target audience of the journal. These are usually invited, but authors identifying a need and wishing to submit a review article are welcome to contact the Editorial office. Authors are advised to contact the Editorial office before commencement of writing to ensure that a similar topic has not already been commissioned to another reviewer.

Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order; Title page, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figure Legends, Figures. All of these sections should run consecutively. The use of subheads is encouraged.

"Article File" should include Manuscript entitle, Abstract(s), Key Words, Main Text, References, Tables and Figure legends. Figures and Pictures or color Graphics should be submitted in JPG (or JPEG) format as separate files with different file names for each picture or figure. Do not submit pictures and figures as embedded in Word document file. 

"Title Page": The title page should contain the Manuscript Title, Running Title; full names and affiliations of all authors and complete contact information (including address, phone number, fax number, email) of the corresponding author.

Abstract: No abstract in letter to editor. The length of abstract in case reports should be 150 words and in unstructured manner. In review article, research article and clinical trials, abstract length must be 250 words. The abstract describing the aims, the results that were obtained from presented data and the conclusions. Abstract should be written in a structured manner including Objectives, Materials and methods, Results and Conclusions subheadings. The length of abstract should be 200 words in concise communication in structured manner. 

Key words: Up to five key words should be supplied following the abstract. The key words should reflect the central topic of the article and should be in compatible with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MeSHonDemand.html).

References: The number of references should be 30 for research article and clinical trials, ≤20 for Concise communication, ≤15 for case reports and letter to editor.  References should be numbered consecutively in order of their appearance in the text and listed in numerical order. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus. The name of all authors should be written in the References if six or less authors exist. The first three authors and et al. should be given if the number of authors exceeds six. Citations should be indicated by their unique reference number in square brackets in the text. Where there are multiple citations within a single set of brackets these should be separated by commas with no spaces between the comma and the next number. If there are three or more sequential citations, the numbers should be given as a range. Example: "…….previously described above [1,2-4,7]." References with correct punctuation should be as follows:

Journals:

Jonsson CB, Figueiredo LT, Vapalahti O. A global perspective on hantavirus ecology, epidemiology, and disease. Clin Microbiol Rev 2010; 23:412-441.

Schwartz S, Reisman A, Troke PF. The efficacy of voriconazole treatment of 192 fungal central nervous system infections: a retrospective analysis. Infection 2011; 39:201-210.

Books:

Hatch DJ, Sumner E, Hellman J. The Surgical Neonate: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 3rd edn. London: Edward Arnold, 1994:120-125.

Chapter in a book: Motoyama EK. Respiratory physiology in infants and children. In: Motoyama EK, Davis PJ, eds. Smith's Anesthesia for Infants and Children, 5th edn. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby, 1990:11-76.

A paper published online but not (yet) in print can be cited using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

Tables and illustrations: Tables must be self explanatory and must not duplicate information in the text. Each table must have a title and should be numbered in order of appearance in the text. Any symbol and abbreviations used in the table body must be defined in a footnote to the table.

Cover File should include Manuscript entitle, name of Authors, affiliation of authors, Conflict of interest statement, correspondent Author and correspondence address, phone, fax and Email addresses. Manuscript File should include Abstract, Main text, References and Tables. Pictures (JPG files) and figures should be submitted as separate files for each picture and figure.

All manuscripts should be submitted by online submission at using login Author Pathway / Online Submission at www.jmidonline.org

Form for Copyright Transfer is below.