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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.
  • Manuscripts are written in English, using British spelling.
  • 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 Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • All manuscripts are single-spaced, with wide margins and numbered pages. MS Word should is used for word processing, 12-point Times New Roman font.; employment of italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses);
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Papers should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication.

Manuscripts must be written in English, using British spelling. All manuscripts should be single-spaced, with wide margins and numbered pages. MS Word should be used for word processing, 12-point Times New Roman font.

Named authors must fit the following three criteria:
1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
3. Final approval of the version to be published.
All people who meet the three criteria should be named as authors. Those who participate in the study but do not meet the requirements of authorship should be acknowledged as contributors.

The title page must contain: 1) title, name and surname of the authors; 2) names of the institution(s) where the research was carried out; 3) the name and full postal address, e-mail address and telephone numbers of the corresponding author; 4) three to five key words.

The abstract should contain about 250 words and must be structured as follows: background, material and methods, results, conclusions. Review Articles should have an informative, unstructured abstract of about 250 words. Brief reports should have a short abstract of no more than 150 words.

The text should contain introduction, material and methods, results, discussion and references. No particular format is required for review articles.

Individuals who supplied facilities, strains or reagents, or gave advice may be acknowledged. Also, supporting grants may be mentioned.

References should be numbered in order of appearance in the text, in parenthesis, not superscripts, as shown bellow:
Journal articles:
Vellinga A, Cormican M, Hanahoe B, Murphy AW. Predictive value of antimicrobial susceptibility from previous urinary tract infection in the treatment of re-infection. Br J Gen Pract. 2010; 60(576):511-513.
Rosa PA, Hogan D, Margolis N. Molecular analysis of the major outer surface protein locus from a divergent Borrelia burgdorferi isolate from Europe. In: Schutzer SE. Lyme borreliosis: Molecular and immunologic aspects. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1992,95-110.

Tables should be incorporated in the manuscript file, not as separate files, MS Word table tool, no wider than 17 cm.

Figures should be provided as separate files, not embedded in MS Word, PC file formats (e.g., MS Excel/PowerPoint). Image files should be submitted without text content as high-resolution (300 dpi/ppi minimum) TIFF or JPG files.

Identifying details of patients should be omitted. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or
hospital numbers, should not be published unless the the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

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