Before submitting a paper authors should read the section submission guidelines for information related to the SIM journals. When a new manuscript is sent to the Microbiology and Nature Editorial Office it is evaluated according to the journal’s guidelines. A paper that does not meet the journal’s standards will be automatically resent to the authors for corrections. If the paper meets these standards, the journal Editor in chief will send an acknowledgement to the authors to inform them of the successful submission of the paper. Suitable papers are peer reviewed.
Papers must be clearly and concisely written in good English. Only the abstract should be both in english and french.
TYPES OF ARTICLES
Papers submitted to Microbiology and Nature must be original new contribution to an area of microbiology defined by the scope of the journal. These papers can be in the form of original full-length papers, reviews and minireviews.
Full length research paper:
Original full-length research papers should have an Abstract and divided into Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion sections.
A review article should summarize the current state of understanding of an area of microbiology. The information should be of current interest and provide comprehensive understanding of the topic that is reviewed. Note that this is not just a liteerature survey but a critical analysis of the topic.
Unlike the review article that can be lengthy, short reviews are limited to 3 published pages and provide a comprehensive analysis of the topic that is reviewed.
The SIM journals bind to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for authorship. Must be considered author he/she who made significant contribution to the conception of the paper project by designing the experiment, collecting and interpreting data. He/she also is responsible for drafting, revising, and/or approving the initial submission until approval of the version to be published. For more information, please see the following Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines regarding authorship :
Corresponding author requests addition of extra author before
Corresponding author requests removal of author before publication
Request for addition of extra author after publication
Request for removal of author after publication
What to do if you suspect ghost, guest, or gift authorship
COPE Flowcharts, translated, complete sets : English, French, Persian,
Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese
COPE Guidelines on Authorship Disputes The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) also has resources regarding authorship.
Using another person’s intellectual property is plagiarism. Research misconduct is referred as fabrication and falsification. SIM abides to the following COPE guidelines concerning misconduct and plagiarism
Suspected fabricated data in a submitted manuscript
Suspected fabricated data in a published manuscript
COPE guidelines on Suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript
COPE guidelines on Suspected plagiarism in a published manuscript
ORI Policy on Plagiarism
ORI module on Ethical Writing
Image manipulation such as enhacing, obscuring, removing or adding a new feature is not allowed. For more information, please refer to the COPE flowcharts on what to do for suspected fabricated data in a submitted or published manuscript.
The editorial board should be informed by authors in case they intend to use previously published datas. For more information, please see the following COPE guidelines regarding duplicate publications:
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Authors should disclose any conflict of interest regarding the submitted manuscript. For more information, please refer to COPE guidelines regarding conflict of interest: