Microbiologist – Instructions to authors

17 Oct 2018

Articles and graphics can be submitted to the editor by email with photographs and illustrations attached as separate files.

Please ensure images are as high res as possible. They are for print publication.

Articles and illustrations may be modified to meet editorial demands and may appear prior or subsequent to print, in full or edited form, on the SfAM website.

Suggested guidance for style

  • Oxford English (e.g. –ize suffix rather than –ise, and English spellings of colour, mould etc.)

Suggested guidance for formatting.

  • Microsoft Word document
  • Single spaced
  • Standard font (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana)
  • No hard returns – when ending a paragraph, please use Shift and Return to insert a soft return
  • No embedded tables, images, or diagrams – please supply these separately as graphics files

Suggested guidance for listing further reading references.

  • No need to cite references in the body of the text.
  • Please provide clear details to enable readers to easily source the suggested material.

Surname, A., Surname, B. C. & Surname, D. E. (Year). Title of article using sentence case. Title of Journal using Title Case and abbreviated according to Index Medicus, Vol, xx-xy.

Rapp, D., Ross, C. M., Cave V. & Muirhead R. W. (2014). Prevalence, concentration and genotypes of Campylobacter jejuni in faeces from dairy herds managed in farm systems with or without housing. J Appl Microbiol 116, 1035-1043.

Surname A, Surname BC and Surname DE (Year). Title of Book, Edition, City of Publication: Publisher

Ford M (2014) Medical Microbiology, Second edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

or (if only referring to one chapter)
Andrews J (2014) Susceptibility testing and antibiotic assay. In Medical Microbiology, Second edition, pp 52-77. Edited by M Ford. Oxford: Oxford University Press

WHO (2016). United Nations meeting on antimicrobial resistance. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 94, 638-639. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.16.020916

PHE (2016). Mycobacterial infections associated with cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mycobacterial-infections-associated-with-cardiopulmonary-bypass-surgery. Last accessed 14 May 2017

Suggested guidance for graphics and artwork

  • Please include a portrait of yourself.
  • If you wish to suggest an illustration but do not have access to an appropriate image, please let us know as we may be able to source or produce something.
  • Please supply images in the largest and highest resolution (largest file size) version you have available
  • Digital diagrams, graphs and tables should be supplied by email and not embedded in the document
  • All text, images, and illustrations are accepted on the understanding that they become copyright of the Society for Applied Microbiology unless alternative arrangements are made in advance of publication.