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Instructions to authors


Scope and policy

The Revista Argentina de Microbiología is published by the Asociación Argentina de Microbiología (AAM) on a quarterly basis. It encourages scientific papers in the field of Microbiology. The Asociación Argentina de Microbiología reserves the  right to use, reproduce and publish the accepted contributions.

Types of Publications.The Revista Argentina de Microbiología will publish: original articles, brief reports, special articles, images in microbiology, editorials and supplements.
Original Articles: they are full research papers having the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Results and Discussions may be subsumed into one section.
Brief Reports: they are less extensive than Original Articles. They include case reports and descriptions of new techniques and procedures based on experimental work. Division into sections is omitted; manuscripts must not exceed 8 pages, references will be limited to a maximum of 15, tables and figures to a maximum of 3.
Special Articles: they are updates or workshop results which should be based on subject matter of local and international weight and include a new and comprehensive bibliography. Their authors must be specialists in their fields.
Images in Microbiology: the Revista Argentina de Microbiología  has just incorporated this new section. Images may include: high quality pictures of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses using staining or direct observation through optical, electron or fluorescent microscopy; they may also include photographic images of microorganisms in culture media, lesions in humans and laboratory animals, X-rays and ultrasound images, tomographies, magnetic resonance, etc. Images having instructional worth, though not necessarily breaking new ground,  should be accompanied by explanatory texts and diagrams if required. The set of images should fit one printed page at most.
Images should use photographic material of the highest possible quality to ensure very good reproduction. Electronic versions, which should always accompany the printed version, must use jpg in a high resolution format.
Editorials: this section is the sole domain of  the Editing Committee, who will determine editorial policy and authorship. Editorials focus upon the main topics under current discussion in the field of  Microbiology.
Supplements: they will mainly consist of the reviewing in detail of both specific subjects considered  by scientific organizations and universities and abstracts of lectures, round tables and oral and visual communications from scientific meetings sponsored by the Asociación Argentina de Microbiología, its divisions or branches and presided by invited editors. Subjects and overall outlines should  be approved by the Editing Committee.
The articles under Supplements will be examined by reviewers selected by the Editing Committee in the case of extensive reviewing, and by invited editors in the case of abstracts of meetings. Supplements will be wholly financed by the body organizing the meeting, taking into account that copies have to be distributed to all the members of the Asociación Argentina de Microbiología and all the persons taking part.The style and format must conform to the standards of the Revista Argentina de Microbiología set out in the Instructions to Authors in all respects: cover design, paper quality, preparation of tables and illustrations and printing, for example. Supplements of the meetings should  list: the names of the members of  the Editing Committee of the Revista Argentina de Microbiología; title, date and venue of the meeting; contents of the  meeting in Spanish and English; acknowledgements; organizing officers and presidential message; the abstracts, numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals starting from 1, should follow. An alphabetical index of authors and the Spanish and English versions of  the Instructions to Authors of the  Revista Argentina de Microbiología  must be printed at the end of the Supplement. The meeting schedule will accompany the Supplement as a separate leaflet. 
The Revista Argentina de Microbiología follows the policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for clinical trial registration, recognizing the importance of those initiatives for international dissemination of information on clinical research, in open access. Accordingly, only articles of trials previously registered in one of the Clinical Trial Registries that meet WHO and ICMJE requirements will be accepted for publication, starting in 2007. The list of registries accepted by WHO and ICMJE is available in ICMJE site. The trial registration number should be published at the end of the abstract.



Form and preparation of manuscripts


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.
Sample references:
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
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.



Sending of manuscripts

Manuscripts must be addressed  to the Editing Committee of the Revista Argentina de Microbiología, Deán Funes 472 (C1214AAD) Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, together with a note according the following model: Editorial Board Revista Argentina de Microbiología:
I, the undersigned, as responsible corresponding author, hereby state that the rest of the authors have agreed that I should represent them before RAM concerning the submission of the manuscript entitled “…Title…”, and further declare that they are jointly responsible for the contents of the above-mentioned work. Neither this manuscript nor any other with substantially similar contents has previously been published or is being currently considered for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, I express my consent to transfer copyright to Revista Argentina de Microbiología once the manuscript is published.
All material will be examined by the Editing Committee first and then by two scientific reviewers selected for each work. The Editing Committee will exercise the right to refuse manuscripts the subject matter of which falls outside the field covered by the Revista Argentina de Microbiología, or deals partially or fully with topics already discussed in published papers. The  Editing Committee will also correct grammar and style where necessary.



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