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About Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials considers manuscripts on all aspects of clinical microbiology, infectious diseases and antimicrobials.

Submitted manuscripts can report on: any aspect of diagnosis of infectious diseases; biological aspects of infectious diseases; case management and antimicrobial treatment; antibiotic development and antimicrobial resistance.

The average time from submission to a first decision is 35 days.

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials is an open access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on information concerning clinical microbiology, infectious diseases and antimicrobials. The management of infectious disease is dependent on correct diagnosis and appropriate antimicrobial treatment, and with this in mind, the journal aims to improve the communication between basic and clinical science in the field of clinical microbiology and antimicrobial treatment.

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials is an international journal with a broad scope, incorporating microbiology and antimicrobials in almost all branches of medicine. Furthermore, the journal has no restrictions on space or access; this ensures that the journal can reach the widest possible audience.

Open access

All articles published by Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1990/€1480 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials include:

  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.51.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobialsconsiders the following types of articles:

  • Research - original reports of basic or clinical research concerning all aspects of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, antimicrobial treatment and antimicrobial resistance. Research may be basic or clinical.
  • Case reports - reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. Reports may suggest the need for a change in practice or thinking in terms of diagnosis or prognosis, but not in terms of preventative or therapeutic intervention, which require stronger evidence.
  • Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative, summaries of recent insights in specific research areas within the scope of Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. They can be submitted either upon specific invitation or editorial acceptance of an author's proposal. To submit a proposal, authors should send a tentative title and abstract to the Editorial Office and justify their expertise in the target area, and also both the scientific relevance and the lack of recent reviews on the topic.

Further details on our approach to these are given in the instructions for authors.

Peer-review policies

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials uses online peer review to speed up the publication process. The time taken to reach a final decision depends on whether reviewers request revisions, and how quickly authors are able to respond.

Once an article is accepted, it is published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials immediately as a provisional PDF file. The articlewill subsequently be published in both fully browseable web form, and as a formatted PDF. The article will then be available through Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, BioMed Central and PubMed Central, and will also be included in PubMed.

The ultimate responsibility for any decision lies with the Editor-in-Chief, to whom any appeals against rejection should be addressed.

Edited by Hakan Leblebicioglu, Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to ACMA should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials

Articles in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials?

High visibility

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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