ISSN 1517-8382 printed version
ISSN 1678-4405 online version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope of the journal

Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, published by the Brazilian Society of Microbiology, publishes original research papers, and reviews, covering all aspects of Microbiology. The publication is free of charge.

The following categories of papers are acceptable for publication in Brazilian Journal of Microbiology:

  • Research paper: the research paper reports results of original research, which has not been published elsewhere.
  • Mini-review: Review articles should deal with microbiological subjects of broad interest.

Your manuscript must be written in clear, comprehensible English.

If you have concerns about the level of English in your submission, you may choose to have your manuscript professionally edited by a native English speaker or a scientific editing service prior to submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found below. All services are to be arranged and paid for by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication. Please attach the certificate of English editing service during the manuscript submission process. In the case of the author being a native English speaker, please replace the certificate of English editing service by a justification letter.

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SECTIONS

Industrial Microbiology: Bacterial Fermentation

  • biosynthesis and bioconversion of natural products, including antibiotics, xenobiotics, and macromolecules produced by bacteria.
  • molecular aspects of bacterial biotechnology

 

Industrial Microbiology: Fungal Fermentation

  • biosynthesis and bioconversion of natural products, including antibiotics, xenobiotics, and macromolecules produced by fungi
  • molecular aspects of fungal biotechnology

 

Food Microbiology: Food Technology

  • applications of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) for food production

 

Food Microbiology: Food Safety and Quality

  • food borne diseases
  • food spoilage
  • microbial ecology in foods

 

Medical Microbiology: Bacterial Pathogenesis

  • genetic, biochemical, and structural basis of bacterial pathogenesis

 

Medical Microbiology: Clinical Bacteriology

  • studies of medically-important bacteria

 

Medical Microbiology: Fungal Pathogenesis

  • genetic, biochemical, and structural basis of pathogenesis of fungi

 

Medical Microbiology: Clinical Micology

  • studies of medically-important fungi

 

Environmental Microbiology: Microbial Ecology

  • ecology of natural microbial assemblages, microbial diversity of natural environments such as water, soil, sediments and higher organisms
  • microbial interactions

 

Environmental Microbiology: Biotechnology

  • environmental aspects of public health
  • biodegradation
  • bioremediation
  • environmental considerations for genetically engineered microorganisms

 

Fungal Physiology

  • fungal biochemistry, biophysics, metabolism, cell structure, stress response, growth, differentiation and other related process

 

Bacterial Physiology

  • bacterial biochemistry, biophysics, metabolism, cell structure, stress response, growth, differentiation and other related process

 

Genetics and Molecular Biology of Fungi

  • fungal genetics, molecular biology, gene regulation, DNA replication and repair, genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics

 

Genetics and Molecular Biology of Bacteria

  • bacterial genetics, molecular biology, gene regulation, DNA replication and repair, genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics

 

Genetics and Molecular Biology of Viruses

  • viral genetics, molecular biology, gene regulation, DNA replication and repair, genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics

 

Veterinary Microbiology

  • diseases of animals
  • control and/or treatment of animals
  • animal pathogen diagnostics
  • veterinary or zoonotic pathogens

 

Education in Microbiology

  • Teaching strategies in microbiology
  • New teaching tools in microbiology

 

Submission of a manuscript

Submission of a manuscript to Brazilian Journal of Microbiology is understood to imply that it has not previously been published (except in an abstract form) and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Upon receipt of a manuscript all authors will receive an electronic message acknowledging the receipt.

Responsibility for the accuracy of the manuscript content lies entirely with the authors.

 

Publication of a manuscript

Manuscripts are accepted for publication after having been critically reviewed by at least two referees, indicated by the Editors.

The suggestions and recommendations of the reviewers and Editors will be forwarded electronically to the corresponding author, who should return the reviewed manuscript to the Editors within the stipulated date, via online system. Whenever applicable, the corresponding author should explain or comment each modification introduced in the text.

The corresponding author will receive an electronic message whenever the manuscript moves from one status to the next.

Membership in Brazilian Society for Microbiology is not a pre requisite for submission of a manuscript for publication.

Nonmember scientists from Brazil and other countries are invited to submit papers for analysis.

 

ETHICS:

When the study, described in the manuscript, is related to experiments carried out with human beings and/or animals, author(s) must inform, within the text, if the research project has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of their institution, according to the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.ufrgs.br/HCPA/gppg/helsin5.htm). Experimental studies involving animals should follow the guidelines established by the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C. 1996), and the Princípios Éticos na Experimentação Animal do Colégio Brasileiro de Experimentação Animal (COBEA) (Ethical Principles for Animal Experimentation of the Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation - http://www.cobea.org.br/index.php?pg=Principios%20Eticos).

 

Preparation of a manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted as one single WORD file. This single file should include: the whole text, figures, tables, etc. Only manuscripts written in English will be considered.

For research papers, the WORD file should contain:

  • Title
  • Authors and Affiliations
  • Abstract (200 to 250 words)
  • Three to five key-words
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • References

For mini-reviews, the WORD file should contain:

  • Title
  • Authors and Affiliations
  • Abstract (200 to 250 words)
  • Three to five key-words
  • Text
  • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • References

All manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with 3 cm margins and pages should be numbered sequentially. The lines in each page of the manuscript should be numbered too. The Editors recommend that a manuscript should be critically read by someone fluent in English before submission.

Manuscripts written in poor English will not be accepted.

Research papers and mini-reviews consist of 20 pages, including references, tables and figures.

Abbreviations of terms and symbols should follow the recommendations of IUPAC-IUB Commission (Comission on Biochemical Nomenclature, Amendments and Corrections) and the units are to be used according to SI (International Systems of Units).

 

SUGGESTED REVIEWERS

Authors may submit suggestions of reviewers to evaluate the manuscripts. The following information must be provided: reviewer name, e.mail address, and the home institution.

 

USE OF PLANT EXTRACTS IN MICROBIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS

Articles that present studies with plant extracts, or other complex substances, will be accepted only after identification of compounds.

 

Authors may need, or wish, to use professional language editing services to improve papers in English and, therefore, overall quality. This assistance is suggested either before an article is submitted for peer review or before it is accepted for publication. Non-native English speakers and international authors who would like assistance with their writing, may likely consider the following options:

 

ORGANIZATION

The Title should be a brief as possible, contain no abbreviations and be truly indicative of the subject of the paper.

Expressions like "Effects of", "Influence of", "Study on", etc, should be avoided. Care should be exercised in preparing the title since it is used in literature retrieval systems.

The Abstract should summarize the basic content of the paper. The abstract should be meaningful without reference to the text. An abstract should not contain references, tables or unusual abbreviations. Abstracts are reprinted by abstracting

journals and therefore will be read by persons who do not have access to the entire paper.

The Introduction should provide the reader with sufficient information so that the results reported in the paper can be properly evaluated without referring to the literature. However, the introduction should not be an extensive review of the

literature. The introduction should also give the rationale for and objectives of the study that is being reported.

The Materials and Methods section should provide enough information for other investigators to repeat the work.

Repetition of details of procedures which have already been published elsewhere should be avoided. If a published method is modified, such modification(s) must be described in the paper. Sources of reagents, culture media and equipment (company, city, state, country) should be mentioned in the text. Names that are registered trade marks should be so indicated. Subheading often makes this section easier to read and understand.

The Results section should, by means of text, tables and/or figures, give the results of the experiments. If a Discussion section is to be included, avoid extensive interpretation of results but do so in the Discussion section. If Results and Discussion are combined, then results should be discussed where, in the text, is the more appropriate. Tables and figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals. All tables and figures must be mentioned in the text.

The approximate location of tables and figures in the text should be indicated.

The Discussion section should discuss the results in relation to the literature cited.

The References should be in alphabetical order, by last name of the first author. All authors must be cited. The citations in the text have to be written by the last name(s) of the author(s), followed by the year of publication. As an example, see below: "...while Silva and Pereira (1987) observed that resistance depended on soil density" or "It was observed that resistance depended on soil density (Silva and Pereira, 1987)." For two or more papers by the same author(s) in a citation, list them chronologically, with the years separated by commas (example: Freire-Maia et al., 1966a, 1966b, 2000; Hene 2010; Padonou et al., 2012). Journal names should be abbreviated according to the style of BIOSIS. All references given in the list should be cited in the text and all references mentioned in the text should be included in the list.

Examples:

  1. Journal article
    Brito DVD, Oliveira EJ, Darini ALC, Abdalla VOS, Gontijo-Filho PP (2006) Outbreaks associated to bloodstream infections with Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus spp in premature neonates in a university hospital from Brazil. Braz J Microbiol37:101-107.
  2. Paper or chapter in a book
    Franco BDGM, Landgraf M, Destro MT, Gelli DS, (2003) Foodborne diseases in Southern South America. In: Miliotis, M.D., Bier, J.W.(eds). International Handbook of Foodborne Pathogens. Marcel Dekker, New York, USA, 733-743.
  3. Book
    Montville TJ, Matthews KR (2005) Food Microbiology - an introduction. ASM Press, Washington, D.C.
  4. Patent
    Hussong RV, Marth EH, Vakaleris DG. January 1964. Manufacture of cottage cheese. U.S. Pat. 3, 117, 870.
  5. Thesis and Dissertations
    Santos MVB (2005) O papel dos anticorpos contra os componentes da parede celular de Paracoccidioides brasiliensis na evolução da doença experimental. São Paulo, Brasil, 110p. (M.Sc. Dissertation. Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas. USP).
  6. Communications in events (Symposia, Conferences, etc)
    Silveira TS, Martins JL, Abreu FA, Rosado AS, Lins UGC (2005) Ecology of magnetotatic multicelular organisms in microcosms. XXIII Congresso Brasileiro de Microbiologia, Santos, SP, p. 272.
  7. Publication in the web
    Abdullah MAF, Valaitis AP, Dean DH (2006) Identification of a Bacillus thuringiensis Cry11 Ba toxin-binding aminopeptidase from the mosquito Anopheles quadrimaculatus. BMC Biochemistry. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2091/7/16
  8. Webpage
    U.S. Food and Drud Administration. 2006. Enjoying Homemade Ice Cream without the Risk of Salmonella Infection. Available at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/fs-eggs5.html. Accessed 26 May 2006.

References citing "personal communication" or "unpublished data" are discouraged, although it is recognized that sometimes they must be used. In these cases, they should be cited in the text and not in the list of references. References consisting of papers that are "accepted for publication" or "in press" are acceptable. However, references of papers that are "submitted" or "in preparation" are not acceptable.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: This section is optional. It acknowledges financial and personal assistance.

TABLES: should be inserted in the text according to which they are cited, and numbered sequentially in Arabic number. The title of a table should be placed in the top of it and should be brief but fully descriptive of the information contained. Headings and subheadings should be concise with columns and rows of data carefully centered below them. Should be of sufficient quality to ensure good reproduction. Please, open the following link to see the requirements to obtain the adequate resolution. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/image_quality_table.html)

FIGURES: should be inserted in the text according to which they are cited, and numbered sequentially in Arabic number. Data presented in the tables should not be repeated in the figures. The legend of the figures should be placed at their bottom. Should be of sufficient quality to ensure good reproduction. Please, open the following link to see the requirements to obtain the adequate resolution. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/image_quality_table.html)

PHOTOGRAPHS: Should be of sufficient quality to ensure good reproduction. Please, open the following link to see the requirements to obtain the adequate resolution. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/image_quality_table.html)

Conflicts of Interest

It is Brazilian Journal of Microbiology policy that everyone involved in the publication process (authors, reviewers, editorial board members, and editorial staff) must be free from conflicts of interest that could adversely influence their judgment, objectivity or loyalty to the article and assignments. The BJM recognizes that any potential conflict of interest raised must be disclosed promptly to Editor. Conflicts of interest in publishing can be defined as conditions in which an individual holds conflicting or competing interests that could bias editorial decisions. Conflicts of interest may be only potential or perceived, or they may be factual. Personal, political, financial, academic, or religious considerations can affect objectivity in numerous ways.

 

AUTHORS' COPYRIGHT

Upon receipt of the galley proofs for approval, authors of approved manuscripts should fax or email the Author's Copyright Statement to the BJM (55-11-3037-7095, bjm@sbmicrobiologia.org.br). The statement (see text below) must be signed by at least one of the authors (who agrees to inform the other authors, if any).

 

TRANSFER OF AUTHORS' COPYRIGHT

"The undersigned author(s) state(s) that the article being submitted is original, does not infringe copyright laws or any other third-party property rights, has not been previously published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The author(s) confirm(s) that the final version of the manuscript has been reviewed and approved by all authors. All manuscripts published become the permanent property of the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology and can not be published without authorization in writing from its Editors."

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