Manuscripts may be written in Spanish or English; nevertheless, the Editing Committee encourages authors to use English so that their work reaches wider international diffusion. Authors whose first language is not Spanish must submit their papers in English. Original Articles, Brief Reports and Special Articles must be accompanied by two copies of an abstract not exceeding 200 words: one of the copies should be written in the same languageas the paper, the other, in the other language: the full title of the manuscript should be typed in this copy. Abbreviations and references are discouraged in abstracts.
The original manuscript must be sent by e-mail or CD-ROM; pages must be numbered, typewritten on one side only using as a minimum size 12 characters, double-spaced and with wide margins. Bold and italics printing types may be used when necessary.
Title page: it should include the title (using capitals only for first letters); authors’ names (initials of first name, full family name); place of work: institution and mailing address. If the place of work is different the institutional affiliation of each author should be given with superscriptions added to their names to identify each author with his/her affiliation. Fax number and e-mail address of the corresponding author, whose name should be asterisked, must be given. A short title with up to 50 characters should also be given for use as a running head.
Second page: the Spanish and English versions of the abstract will be printed on the second page, each version listing from 3 to 6 keywords.
Introduction. It should clearly state the antecedents of the study and the purpose in undertaking it. References should be carefully chosen and the problem addressed should not be reviewed in detail.
Materials and Methods. Methods, procedures, reagents, and equipment used must be accurately described so that experiments can be replicated.
Results. Results will be shown in one of these ways: in the text or in tables and illustrations. Repetition should be avoided by presenting only the most important data. In-depth interpretation will be under Discussion.
Tables should be typed on separate pages and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals; they should have a title above and a legend and/or explanation below. Reference marks for explanations should use superscripted Arabic numerals in parentheses. Lines will only be used for the first and the last row and to separate the headings of the columns from the data; vertical lines between columns should not be inserted.
Illustrations should be presented on separate pages and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Drawings must ensure good reproduction. Bar graphs, pie charts and tables should use a gif format. The size of numbers, letters and signs should be large enough to remain legible if reductions are required. References of symbols in the figures should be given in the body of the figures and not in the legends.
Photographs: both black and white and color photographs are accepted, their quality must be very high, with good contrast so that reproductions are precise; a gloss finish must be used. Original drawings and photographs must have the names of the authors and the sequence number in pencil overleaf. The legends of the illustrations should be typed on a separate page and in numerical order. Electronic forms must use a high resolution jpg format. Illustrations and photographs must not exceed 580 pixels in width. Abbreviations should be defined at their first appearance in the text. Units of measure should be expressed in the Système International d’Unités.
Discussion. Emphasis should be laid on the new and most important findings of the study; experimental data should be examined in the light of previously published work. Conclusions should be presented avoiding the repetition of what has already been stated in the preceding sections.
Acknowledgements. They must be typed in smaller print in only one paragraph.
References. The names of the authors cited should be listed in alphabetical order and numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals on a separate page. It should be noted that the Word list format must not be used. A citation in the text must be accompanied by the corresponding number in the Reference list in parentheses. Unpublished work and personal comments should be presented as: personal communication. Should the number of authors be more than six, the name of the first six must be followed by et al.
a. Periodical publications
Héritier C, Poirel L, Lambert T, Nordmann P. Contribution of acquired carbapenem-hydrolyzing oxacillinases to carbapenem resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2005; 49: 3198-202.
The abbreviated title of the journal must follow the style of the Index Medicus (the list maybe obtained in http://www.nlm.nih.gov).
b. Chapters of books/modules
Ruoff KL, Whiley RA, Beighton D. Streptococcus. In: Murray PR, Baron EJ, Jorgensen JH, Pfaller MA, Yolken RH, editors. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. Washington D.C., ASM Press, 2003, p. 405-21.
c. Presentations in meetings
Aguilar M, Punschke K, Touati D, Pianzzola MJ. Estudios fisiológicos y genéticos en la bacteria sulfato reductora Desulfoarculus baarsii. Terceras Jornadas Rioplatenses de Microbiología, 1997, Resumen J2, p. 102, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
d. Presentations in meetings in a supplement
Fellner MD, Correa RM, Durand K, Teyssié AR, Picconi MA. Análisis del ADN circulante de virus Epstein-Barr (EBV) en pacientes inmunosuprimidos con y sin linfomas asociados. VIII Congreso Argentino de Virología, Resumen 10416. Rev Argent Microbiol 2005; 37 Supl 1: 95.
e. Institutional publications
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. Disk diffusion. Performance standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing; 15th informational supplement, 2005; M100-S15. Wayne, Pa, USA.
Preparation of the CD-ROM. The label should show: title of work, program and program version used for the text, figures and photographs, and the title of each of the files on the CD-ROM.
Recommendations. Text format: type the whole text in only one file; images, if any, must be filed separately; capitals, spaces between words, italics and bold types should be those to be used in the printed version; there should be no spaces before or after subheads; the text should be justified; use tab-settings instead of spacing-bars for tables. Before submitting a manuscript one of the latest issues of RAM should be consulted in order to comply with the Instructions to Authors.
Publishing charges. Each published page will cost $ 50, or $ 150 (pesos) when the page includes color photographs to AAM Argentine members; or $100 or $300 (pesos) to Argentine non-member price; and U$S 40 or US$ 120 to all other contributors.
Reprints. Twenty-five off prints will be provided free of charge.