An International Peer Reviewed Open Access Journal

Author Guidelines

International Journal of Microbiology and Allied Sciences (IJOMAS) is a quarterly published, peer reviewed, multidisciplinary open access international journal. This journal publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of microbiology and its different fields. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published shortly after acceptance.

ARTICLES TYPE

IJOMAS entertains the following categories of manuscripts.

Original Research Articles

These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly.

Short Communication

A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections is similar to that of full-length papers.

Reviews

Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged.

Perspective or Lesson Learned

These are comments on recent news or groundbreaking work and should provide a short review of the current state of research and explain the importance of the new findings. Perspectives on papers previously published in the journals should add a different viewpoint to the research and should not merely be a repetitive summary of the original paper. Although many of the Perspectives published in the Journal are normally invited, unsolicited Perspectives are welcome and will be given due consideration. As these are meant to express a personal commentary, with rare exceptions, Perspectives should have no more than 3 authors.

Format guide:

  • Word limit: 1000 words (excluding the abstract and references).
  • References: 10 or less.
  • Tables/Figures: 1 table and 1 figure.

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are considered for publication (subject to editing and abridgment) provided they do not contain material that has been submitted or published elsewhere. It can be of two types:

1. Commentary on recently published paper

Letters in reference to a Journal article must not exceed 600 words (excluding references), and must be received within three weeks after publication of the article and of current issue only.

A letter can have no more than five references and with no figure or table. A letter can be signed by no more than three authors. You will be asked to include your full address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. The paper should be cited in the first paragraph.

2. Original Study

This include the preliminary data or data of the original study which is not sufficient for original research article and short communication. Abstract should be less than 100 words while total length of the letter should be 800-1000 words. A letter can have no more than ten references and with one figure and one table or two figure or two tables. 

COVER LETTER

All the submitted manuscript should have a cover letter signed by corresponding author. The cover letter should indicate the corresponding author’s full address; with telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

The research article should be arranged in the following order: Title Page, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References.

The mode of presenting manuscript is English. The preferred format of all manuscript is a single Microsoft Word file (preferably in Times New Roman, 12 fonts with double space). Tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Figures and illustrations must be submitted as a separate file.

Title Page

The Title page should be at the beginning of the research article. Title page should contain title of the article in bold face, title case (font size 14), names of the authors in normal face, upper case (font size 12) followed by the address in normal face lower case. The author to whom all correspondence be addressed should be denoted by an asterisk mark.

Abstract

The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. Abstracts are used by information retrieval systems. The abstract should not exceed 350 words. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited.

Keywords

Immediately following the Abstract, 3-5 keywords should be supplied alphabetically; these will be used for indexing purposes. Please separate your keywords with ( ,). Please follow the standard pubmed rules on how to select keywords.

Introduction

The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant recent literature on the subject, objectives of the research study, and the proposed approach or solution. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study. It should be start from new page. Abbreviation which are used for the first time should be defined.

Materials and Methods

The Methods section should only include information that was available at the time the study was planned or protocol written; all information obtained during the conduct of the study belongs to the results section.

Selection and Description of Participants: Describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Because the relevance of such variables as age and sex to the object of research is not always clear, authors should explain their use when they are included in a study report; for example, authors should explain why only subjects of certain ages were included or why women were excluded. The guiding principle should have clarity about how and why a study was done in a particular way. When authors use variables such as race or ethnicity, they should define how they measured the variables and justify their relevance.

Technical information: Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods (see below); provide references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.

Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT Statement (http://www.consort-statement.org). 

Results

The Results section should include the results of the experiments. Reserve extensive interpretation of the results for the Discussion section. Present the results as concisely as possible in one of the following: text, table(s), or figure(s). Avoid extensive use of graphs to present data that might be more concisely presented in the text or tables. For example, except in unusual cases, double-reciprocal plots used to determine apparent Km values should not be presented as graphs; instead, the values should be stated in the text. Similarly, graphs illustrating other methods commonly used (e.g., calibration plots for molecular weight by gel filtration or electrophoresis) need not be shown except in unusual circumstances. Limit photographs (particularly photomicrographs and electron micrographs) to those that are absolutely necessary to show the experimental findings. Number figures and tables in the order in which they are cited in the text, and be sure to cite all figures and tables.

Discussion

The Discussion section should place the work in a broader context and elaborate on the implications of the major findings. Authors should reference related work completely including both primary literature and review articles as appropriate. The Discussion can be divided into sub-sections separated by headings (in italics). Extensive overlap with the Results section is to be avoided. In some cases, it may improve the presentation to discuss the findings as they are presented in which case a combined Results and Discussion section may be appropriate. In such cases, a final short section may be used to present Conclusions.

Acknowledgements

The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief. Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the study by making substantial contributions to conception, design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, or involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content, but who does not meet the criteria for authorship. Also include their source(s) of funding, acknowledge anyone who contributed materials vital for the study.

References

References should be in the following style:

Authors. (All letters of Last Name and one space then Initial Letter of First Name and middle name. Comma should be placed between two authors) Year of Publication. Title of the Article. Short or Full Journal Name. Volume(Issue):pp.

For Journals
1. Ahmad A, Aryal S, Sarkar S. 2014. Current Status of Microbiology and Medical Microbiology Research in SAARC Countries. International Journal of Microbiology and Allied Sciences. 1(2):10-15.

2. Hau PK, Deng WJia LYang JTsurumi T, et al. 2015. Role of ATM in the Formation of the Replication Compartment during Lytic Replication of Epstein-Barr Virus in Nasopharyngeal Epithelial Cells. J. Virol. 89(1):652668. doi:10.1128/JVI.01437-14.

Note: Please list the first five authors and then add “et al.” if there are additional authors.

For Book
1. Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Moore PK. 2003. Pharmacology. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

For Website
1. What is Microbiology? 2014. Available from: http://microbiologyworld.com/what-is-microbiology.

Cite the references in the text by the appropriate number e.g. [1], [2,3], [4-6], [7,8-10] and the numbers should be within square brackets.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Copyright

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations must be listed on title page, and defined at first mention in both Summary and main text.

Nomenclature and Units

The use of standardized nomenclature in all fields of science and medicine is an essential step toward the integration and linking of scientific information reported in published literature. We will enforce the use of correct and established nomenclature wherever possible.

The correct name of the organism, conforming with international rules of nomenclature, must be used; if desired, synonyms may be added in parentheses when the name is first mentioned. Names of bacteria must conform with the current Bacteriological Code and the opinions issued by the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes. See the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology Information for Authors for more details. Names of algae and fungi must conform with the current International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Names of protozoa must conform with the current International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

Authors should follow the recommendations of IUPAC for chemical nomenclature, and those of the Nomenclature Committee of IUBMB and the IUPAC–IUBMB Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature for biochemical nomenclature (see: http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/iupac/jcbn)

The system published in Enzyme Nomenclature (http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/iubmb/enzyme) should be followed. Enzyme Commission numbers should be given where appropriate.

We strongly encourage the use of SI units. If you do not use these exclusively, please also provide the SI value in parentheses after each value.

SI units should be used. If non-SI units are used, the equivalent in SI units should also be given, e.g. 1 p.s.i. (6.9 kPa).

For compound units (e.g. micrograms per millilitre), use µg ml–1 not µg/ml; use 10 µg ampicillin ml–1 not 10 µg ml–1ampicillin.

Give concentrations as g l–1, etc., or molarity, M, not normality, N. The term ‘%’ should be defined as ‘w/v’, ‘v/v’ or ‘w/w’ if this is necessary to avoid ambiguity.

For radioactivity, the preferred unit is becquerels (Bq); if given in curies (Ci), the equivalent in Bq must be given (1 Ci = 3.7×1010 Bq); radioactivity may also be expressed as d.p.s. (1 d.p.s. = 1 Bq) or as c.p.m.

REVIEW PROCESS

All manuscripts are screened by concerned section editor for appropriateness of the paper. Preliminary decision on paper’s suitability on the journal shall be sent to the corresponding author within three weeks of submission. Manuscripts considered for further peer review shall be sent to three or more qualified peer reviewers. Based on the review reports, editorial decision along with the reviewers comments shall be provided to the corresponding author at the earliest possible. Author’s response to the reviewer’s comments (along with revised manuscript, if required) will follow the same review process. Final decision on the acceptance/ rejection of the manuscript shall be made by the editorial board and notified as soon as possible.

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