For Authors

The Editors and the Editorial Board of Microbiology Australia have specified guidelines for prospective authors to follow when compiling an article they wish to submit to the journal.

Terms of submission

The editors accept submissions in the form of research findings, clinical papers, case studies, reports, review articles, letters and product appraisals. Each submission is evaluated on its timeliness, relevance, accuracy, clarity and applicability to the journal. The language of Microbiology Australia is English.

Accompanying each submission must be a licence to publish signed by all authors and stating that the work has not previously been published and will not be published elsewhere. Once it is published, the article and its illustrations become the property of the journal, unless rights are reserved before publication. All work is sub-edited to journal style. The editors reserve the right to modify the style and length of any article submitted, so that it conforms to journal format. Major changes to an article will be referred to the author for approval prior to publication.


All authors must make a substantial contribution to the manuscript and will be required to indicate their contribution. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding, the collection of data or supervision of such does not justify authorship; an acknowledgement is appropriate. All participating authors must be acknowledged as such; proof of authorship may be requested by the editors. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that any other authors have seen and approved the manuscript and are fully conversant with its contents. If the author wishes to reproduce copyrighted work, it is the responsibility of that author to obtain written permission from the copyright holder and to submit the original copy of that permission to the editor with the work as it is to be copied.

Conflict of interest

It is the responsibility of the submitting author to disclose to the Editor any significant financial interests they may have in products mentioned in their manuscript. Conflicts of interest should also be disclosed within the manuscript.


Investigations in human and animal subjects must conform to accepted ethical standards. Authors must certify that the research protocol was approved by a suitably constituted ethics committee of the institution within which the work was carried out and that it conforms to National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research by the NHMRC.

In addition to the general procedures listed above, please refer to our publishing policies for more details.

Manuscript types

Microbiology Australia has a very large and broad readership; it is now released to science writers for further communication to the public. Articles should be written in a style that is attractive to this general audience while keeping your peer group informed of the latest developments and their impact.

‘In Focus’ articles

In Focus articles are major, review-type articles on a theme chosen by the Editorial Board which should attract interest and understanding from those in all disciplines of microbiology. They are published in each issue of the journal, should be about 1500 words in length and include 2-3 graphics or colour pictures. We would like you to discuss your own work in the context of other important work undertaken in the same field. It is important to acknowledge other work, since it helps paint a broader picture of your subject.

‘Under the Microscope’ articles and ‘Laboratory Reports’

These are shorter reports of under 1000 words dealing with a current aspect of the topic. The opening paragraph should include the major points being made. State your conclusions up front, then discuss how they were arrived at. Concentrate almost entirely on the significance of the work being reported, rather than reporting detailed results. Articles, which should include a graphic or colour photograph, may be solicited by the Editorial Board or proffered by members of ASM.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should include an opening paragraph that doubles as an abstract of no more than 250 words. Title page needs include title of manuscript, author’s names, qualifications and affiliations, corresponding author’s details including email address and contact phone number, total word count and up to five key words. Include the title of the work on the abstract page and first page of introduction. Include key points on what is already known on the topic and what your manuscript contributes.

Define abbreviations in the summary and on first mention in the text. Avoid abbreviations unless terms are used repeatedly and abbreviating them will enhance clarity. Additionally, a brief biographical sketch of no more than three sentences and photograph(s) of the author(s) must be included in the submission and should be in .jpeg format.

SI units are preferred. Statistics and measurements should always be given in figures e.g. 10 mm, except where the number begins a sentence.

Graphics and Tables

The words ´Figure´ and ´Table´ should be capitalised (first letter) and spelt in full, when referred to in the text.

Tables and figures are to be presented on separate pages, one per page. Tables should be clearly typed, showing columns and lines. Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations used in each table.

Figures are ideally submitted on separate pages. Figures embedded in a Word document or in a Powerpoint presentation are acceptable. Photographs of the highest quality may be included in the submission. Images should be provided at a resolution of 300 DPI at actual size (9 cm wide for a single column figure and 19 cm for a double column.) Legends for any figures supplied must be typed in sequence on a separate page(s). Illustrations and figures must be clear, well-drawn and large enough to be legible when reproduced. Titles of illustrations should be supplied on a separate piece of paper, not in the figure or illustration. Each figure must include its place, its number, and the orientation of figure. Patients or other individual subjects should not be identifiable from photos unless they have given written permission for their identity to be disclosed; this must be supplied.

Acknowledgements and Conflicts of Interest

People who contributed to the paper not in an author role or any funding bodies need be included as an Acknowledgement. Conflicts of interest ought to be similarly stated. As a guideline, consider if suppressing a conflict of interest would lead to embarrassment if exposed.


The referencing format is based on the Vancouver style, the main feature of which is the use of superscripted numbers at the point of reference. Each number corresponds to a single reference provided in the reference list at the end and, once assigned a number, a reference retains that number throughout the text, even if cited more than once. If more than one work is quoted in a reference, each work must be assigned a number. That is, at any point in the text, the reference may be one1 or several2-4 numbers.

References are set out in the following style. Only include listings for up to two authors (for more than two, list the first followed by et al.) and cite both the first and last page numbers. For authors using citation managing tools, follow the style of Trends in Microbiology.

1. Fisher-Hoch, S.P. et al. (1985) Pathophysiology of shock in a fulminating viral infection (Ebola). J. Infect. Dis. 152, 887–894.

2. Groseth, A. et al. (2005) Hemorrhagic fever viruses as biological weapons. In Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents (Fong, I. and Alibek, K., eds), pp. 169–187, Plenum Press.

Personal communications, unpublished observations and manuscripts in preparation should be round-bracketed and italicised in the text – for example: (personal communication).

Please limit the number of references to 30.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts are only accepted as an electronic submission with an attachment as a Word document. All tables, figures and photographs are to be included in the one attachment. The manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter indicating that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere and transferring copyright to the journal.

Manuscripts are submitted electronically to the Editor in Chief. The manuscript is reviewed by the Editor and, if acceptable, sent for peer-review. You will be notified by email once your manuscript has been selected for peer-review.

Peer-Review Process

All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editorial Board and those deemed unsuitable (insufficient originality, serious scientific or methodological flaws, or a message that is too specialised or of limited interest to a general microbiological audience) are returned to the author(s), usually within 4 weeks. If the manuscript does not conform to the submission guidelines, the author will be asked to amend prior to peer-review.

All manuscripts are reviewed by at least two independent reviewers for relevance, construction, flow, style and grammar. All reviewers spend considerable time in reviewing the manuscripts and providing feedback to the authors. The length of time of the publication process can vary and depends on the quality of the work submitted. Several revisions may be required to bring the manuscript to a standard acceptable for publication. The Editorial team undertake the final review and often have different questions for the author(s) to consider.

When time permits, proofs of articles about to be published will be sent to the corresponding author for review. This requires rapid response; if such a response is not forthcoming, the article will be published irrespective of the author’s reply. Providing facsimile numbers facilitates this process. The final decision about publication is made by the Editor.

Decisions are communicated by email to the corresponding author. Submitted manuscripts are acknowledged by email.


Authors will be provided a PDF of their article. This file can be used to:
• send to individual colleagues for non-commercial purposes
• print out and distribute to colleagues attending any conference presentation you make
• include as part of a thesis
• include in a course pack, subject to the usual copyright licensing agency arrangements.

However, the PDF may not be included on any website or on any server, including an institutional repository without prior approval. Please contact the Rights & Permissions Manager at if you wish to use the PDF for any purpose other than those listed above.


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