General Referee Guidelines

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  1. Manuscript Submission

    Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted.


    Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.


    Online submission

    Authors should submit their manuscript online. Please follow the hyperlink "submit online" only electronic PDF or Word (.doc, .docx) files can be submitted through the MTS. Submission site is (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


    Instructions for Authors

    Material submitted for publication must be arranged as follows (except for Editorials):

    • Abstract
    • Keywords
    • Introduction
    • Methodology
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Acknowledgement(s)
    • References
    • Figure legends
    • Tables


    Page 1: Covering letter

    A covering letter signed by all authors stating that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript and are fully conversant with its contents.


    Page 2: Title page

    1.      The title of the article should be concise, but specific and informative.

    2.      Names of authors and co-authors, and academic degrees.

    3.      Affiliation of each author (department, hospital, or academic institution) to which the work should be attributed.

    4.      Name of full address (including phone, fax number, and e-mail address) of the author with whom correspondence will be made regarding the processing and proofing of the manuscripts as well as handling of reprints (corresponding autor).

    Page 3: Abstract of 250-300 words

    The abstract should be structured and concisely give the main aspects and features under the following clearly labeled sections: Background, Objective(s), Methodology, results and conclusion.

    Key Words: 4-6 key words for indexing, according to MeSH, should be given on the same page of the abstract.


    The number of words all over the manuscript should not exceed 5000 words.


    Sort Running title of no more than 40 characters to be used in the head of the article


    Page 4: Manuscript composed of:

    Introduction: State the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study. Give only strictly pertinent references and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.


    Methodology: Describe your selection of the experimental subjects (patients or laboratory animals, including controls). Identify the important characteristics of the subjects. Identify the methods, instrumentations (give the manufacture’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration. Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader to access to the original data to verify the reported results. Specify any computer programs used.


    Results: Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observations. Do not interpret your results in this section.


    Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3,…) according to the order of their appearance in the text. The table number is to be followed by a brief informative description.


    Figures: Figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according to the order of their citation in the text. The figure number is to be followed by a brief informative description. Figures should be of high quality. Color figures are accepted with extra charge.


    Illustrations: Limit the illustrations to those which clarify and reinforce the text while avoiding illustrations that demonstrate the same features. Photographs, line drawings, and graphs should be of a high artistic and technical quality. Color photographs are accepted with extra charge.


    Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Relate the observations to other relevant studies.



    Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


    Conclusion: It should emphasize the important results and lesson(s) to learn from the study.


    Disclaimer (and/or) acknowledgments (if any): The author(s) should mention clearly any financial support they received or financial interests they have concerning the submitted article. Acknowledgments can also be noted here.



    1.      Identify references in the manuscript by Arabic numerals superscript (in bold) described previously 2-5, 15. References should be numbered in the order that appear in manuscript

    2.      Acceptable references are those published and considered “widely available.”

    3.      If the references are not properly formatted, the manuscript will be returned to you for correction

    4.      References accepted but not yet published should be designated “E-pub ahead of print” after the journal name.

    5.      Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses within the text.

    6.      Standard journal article reference: A standard journal reference should be given in the following order: author(s), initial(s), article title, journal name abbreviation, publication year, volume number in Arabic numerals , issue number, if any, between parentheses, first and last page numbers (no point at the end)

    7.      If authors are ≤ six in number, list them all. If they are more than 6, write the names of the first six authors followed by et al.

    Examples of reference style:

    1.          Reference to a journal publication:
    [1] Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2010;163:51–9
    Reference to a book:
    [2] Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 4th ed. New York: Longman; 2000

    2.          Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
    [3] Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc; 2009, p. 281–304

    3.          Reference to a website:
    [4] Cancer Research UK. Cancer statistics reports for the UK,; 2003 [accessed 13.03.03]

    8.      All references should be cited within the text, otherwise these references will be automatically removed.

    9.      The number of references should not exceed 40 references.



    1.       Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within 2-3 days of receipt.

    2.       The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. It will therefore be appreciated if the manuscripts and figures conform from the outset to the style of the journal.


    1.       Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

    2.       The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

    3.       While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

    Peer Review

    1.       All manuscripts are subject to peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence.

    2.       Submissions will be considered by an editor and—if not rejected right away—by peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors.


    Article processing charges:

    EJMM is an open access journal. Open access charges allow publishers to make the published material available for free to all interested online visitors. The fees are 500 LE to be delivered on submitting the paper for publication. After acceptance, 1000 LE be paid. If authors with to have a hard print copy of the issue, extra charges will be added per copy. All enquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to:

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About EJMM

The Egyptian Journal of Medical Microbiology EJMM  ISSN Print 1110-2179 - ISSN Online: 1110-2179, The official publication of Egyptian Society of Medical Microbiology

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