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Very Important: Authors must provide a cover letter as the first page of their manuscript, including manuscript's information, name and contact details (affiliations and emails are necessary) of at least 2 referees. Reviewers must be in different universities or institutions than author's.

Authors guidelines

RIF welcome original research manuscripts, both comprehensive and mini review articles, case reports and short communications from all area of infectious and clinical microbiology. All manuscripts are subject to peer review by two international experts from the field.

Original research articles:
Original research papers should generally not exceed 10 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures (one page of printed text = approx. 600 words). A manuscript for a research paper should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Keywords, Abbreviations, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion (Results and Discussion may be combined), Conclusion (if applicable), Acknowledgments, and References.
Tables and figures (JPEG/75 DPI) should be cited in the appropriate area in the text (just with the legend) and numbered consecutively. Please place tables and figures at the end of manuscript consecutively.

Reviews:
Reviews articles should give comprehensive overview of the topic in discussion. Reviews articles should not exceed 7000 words. There is no restriction for number of figures and tables. A maximum of 100 references are allowed. Authors can contact editor in chief to discuss their potential topic for review, if required.

A manuscript for a review should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Keywords, Abstract/Summery, Abbreviations, Introduction, main text (with headlines), discussion/Conclusions, Acknowledgments and References. Tables and figures should be cited in the appropriate area in the text with the legend and numbered consecutively.

Mini reviews:
Mini reviews should be on any interesting topic within the field and they should not exceed then 4000 words. Up to 5 figures/ tables and 50 references can be used. Authors can contact editor in chief to discuss their potential topic for mini review, if required. The mini review manuscript should be organized like comprehensive review guidelines.

Case reports:
Case Reports from all disciplines relevant to infectious diseases are considered for publication. Case report should be not more than 3000 words. There is no restriction for number of figures and tables. A maximum of 30 references are allowed. Case Report should have an abstract in the range of 150-250 words. Case description should be comprehensive and should consist of all necessary details about the case being discussed.

General guidelines for all types of manuscripts:

Format

Please provide your manuscript in double-space, Times and New Roman font (size 12) left alignment, Word format.

Key Words

Please provide 5 to 10 key words in alphabetical order separated with semicolons, not included in the title

Abstract/Summary

Please provide a short abstract between 150-250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations and their explanations should be collected alphabetically arranged in a list. Examples: BA- 6-benzylaminopurine; NAA-naphthaleneacetic acid. Some commonly used abbreviations (e.g., DNA; PCR) do not have to be explained.

Introduction

This section should argue the case for your article, outlining only essential background, but should not include either the findings or the conclusions. Please provide a context for the report with respect to previous work done in the field. The literature should be cited.

Tables, Graphs and Figures

All tables and figures must be consecutively placed at the end of manuscript with the legends and after reference section. Tables, Graphs and Figures should be cited in the appropriate location of text.
For Figures and Graphs or illustrations just use Fig 1., Fig 2. etc. For Tables Just use Table 1., Table 2.  etc.

Acknowledgments

Mention a quick thanks to the fund providers, supporters, etc.

References Style:

Journal articles:

1. Journal article:
Smith J, Jones MJ , Houghton LD (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med 965:325329

2. Journal issue with issue editor:
Smith J (ed) (1998) Rodent genes. Mod Genomics J 14(6):126233

3. Book chapter:
Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York

4. Paper presented at a conference:
Chung S-T, Morris RL (1978) Isolation and characterization of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid from Streptomyces fradiae. Paper presented at the 3rd international symposium on the genetics of industrial microorganisms, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 49 June 1978

5. Proceedings as a book (in a series and subseries):
Zowghi D et al (1996) A framework for reasoning about requirements in evolution. In: Foo N, Goebel R (eds) PRICAI'96: topics in artificial intelligence. 4th Pacific Rim conference on artificial intelligence, Cairns, August 1996. Lecture notes in computer science (Lecture notes in artificial intelligence), vol 1114. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, p 157

6. Proceedings with an editor (without a publisher):
Aaron M (1999) The future of genomics. In: Williams H (ed) Proceedings of the genomic researchers, Boston, 1999

In the text

The reference must be cited in the appropriate place in a bracket like (Smith, 2005) or if two or more references (Smith and Harris, 2009; Hamish et al., 2010) etc.    
 
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