Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Advanced Research in Microbial Metabolites and Technology
Submission to Microbial Metabolites and Technology (MMB) proceeds totally online through the journal website submission system to the Editorial Office at the following address: Website: http://armmt.irost.ir
MMB publishes original research papers, short communications and letters to the editor. Pre-screens submissions to check that the article complies with journal aims and scope will be done in 3 working days by the journal office and the average editorial time from submission to first decision is 3 weeks.
All manuscripts submitted to (MMB) undergo extensive peer review, which is performed by at least three expert consultants. Author(s) also can revise their manuscripts at least once in the process. Based on the comments of reviewers and the responses or revisions of the author(s), the Editorial Board either accepts or rejects the manuscripts. Reviewers’ and Authors’ identities are kept confidential. The corresponding author could also suggest potential reviewers to the journal at the time of submission during manuscript submission online or in a covering letter. It is to be emphasized that change in the authors' names and their rearrangements will not be accepted after the manuscript submission.
AUTHORS' GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
Authors should submit their contributions electronically through the journal website submission system to the Editorial Office:
Phone: 02156276020 (6813)
The journal publishes Full-text original research papers, short communications, review articles, conceptual papers, and letters to the editor.
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online. Use the following guidelines to prepare your article. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All communications (notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision) take place by e-mail and via the author's homepage.
Authors are requested to provide the names and e-mail addresses and affiliations of at least 3 related and experienced reviewers with different affiliations with the author(es). This facilitates your review processing.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Ethics in Publishing
The ethical policy of Microbial Metabolites and Technology is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines and complies with the International Committee of MMB Editorial Board codes of conduct. Readers, authors, reviewers, and editors should follow these ethical policies once working with MMB. The ethical policy of MMB is liable to determine which of the typical research papers or articles submitted to the journal should be published in the concerned issue. The publishing decision is based on the suggestion of the journal's reviewers and editorial board members. The ethical policy insisted the Editor-in-Chief, may confer with other editors or reviewers in making the decision. The reviewers must evaluate the research papers based on the submitted content in a confidential manner. The reviewers too suggest the authors improve the quality of the research paper through their reviewing comments. Authors should ensure that their submitted research work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed by the authors. Any kind of plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. For information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines please visit http://publicationethics.org.
After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue
Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.
Journals should make clear the type of copyright under which authors' work will be published. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (MMB copyright form). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Permission should be sought from the publisher to reproduce any substantial part of a copyrighted work that depends on both the significance of the material and the quantity of material used. This includes any text, illustrations, charts, tables, photographs, or other material from previously published sources used. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners (publisher) and credit the source(s) in the manuscript.
Permission not required
Copyright protects only original (i.e. creative) material. As such it protects only the particular form of expression of a work, not the ideas or facts contained in it. Public domain works are not protected by copyright and may be reproduced without permission. Permission would however be required to re-use the final formatted, edited, published version of the work in certain cases, as it is owned by the publisher.
In order to disseminate the authors’ research work, the publishers need publishing rights. For open-access articles the publisher uses an exclusive licensing agreement in which authors retain copyright in their manuscript (MMB copyright form)
Changes to Authorship
After the manuscript is submitted or accepted for publication, the corresponding author is required to send a request through the signed change of authorship form (ARMMT change of authorship form) to add or remove an author or to rearrange the author names of the submitted/accepted manuscript.
Creative Commons Attribution
Permit others to distribute and copy the manuscript, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations, or derivative works of or from the manuscript (such as a translation), to include in a collective work, to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation. Further details found at Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Conflict of Interest
Further information on the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form can be found at: (MMB conflict of interest form)
The manuscripts should be typed double-spaced in 12 pt Times New Roman font and they must include the essential elements: Title, Authors' name and Affiliation, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgements and References. Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2 …), 1.2, etc.
Title: Should clearly indicate the content of the article with no abbreviation.
Author's name and Affiliation: Should be placed below the title. Use an asterisk (*) to distinguish the "corresponding author" with a footnote containing the phone number (with country and area code), fax number, full postal address, and email address of the person.
Abstract: The abstract should state briefly in 200-400 words, the reason for the work, the significant new results, and major conclusions. Abbreviations should be avoided.
Keywords: Up to five words should be provided.
Introduction: State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey and a summary of the results.
Materials and Methods: Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced.
Results and Discussion: should be clear and concise in one section. The authors must try to compare any of their results with previous data one by one.
Conclusion: The main conclusion of the work must be presented in a short conclusion.
Conflict of interest: Any conflict of interest should be presented.
Acknowledgments: Collate them in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.
Tables and Figures: should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (Table 1. and Figure 1.). Tables must have a brief descriptive title. Figures should have figure captions. Figures and tables must be put in the related location in the manuscript.
Save line art such as charts, graphs, and illustrations in EPS or PDF format. Save photographic images in TIFF format. These should be at a resolution of at least 300 dpi at the final size. Save figures containing a combination of photographic images and text (eg annotated photographic images with text labels) as EPS or PDF. Any photographic images embedded within these should be at least 300 dpi
Perform a visual check of the quality of the generated image.
References: References cited in the text should be listed in alphabetical order with the following appearing in the text as an example:
"….This has revealed several novel therapeutic and agrobiological agents and previously unknown biological activities for antibiotics (Sanglier et al. 1996; Berdy 1995, 2005)…."
- Journal article: APA format in google scholar citation followed by DOI at the end:
Torktaz, I., Karkhane, A. A., & Hemmat, J. (2018). Rational engineering of Cel5E from Clostridium thermocellum to improve its thermal stability and catalytic activity. Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 102, 8389-8402. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-018-9204-1
- Book: Kharwar, R. N., Upadhyay, R. S., Dubey, N. K., & Raghuwanshi, R. (Eds.). (2014). Microbial diversity and biotechnology in food security. Varanasi: Springer.
- Chapter in an edited book: Amira, M. Hamdan, & Sonomoto, K. (2011). Production of optically pure lactic acid for bioplastics, in: Sonomoto, K., & Yokota, A. (Eds.). Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria: current progress in advanced research. Horizon Scientific Press., pp. 211.
- Patent: Sun, J., Pharkya, P., & Burgard, A. P. (2011). U.S. Patent No. 7,977,084. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
* The journal is interested in publishing excellent Mini-Reviews. These reviews must be short and concise, timely, critical, and in-depth, address novel aspects or concepts, and must be attractive to readers. If you are intending to submit a Mini-Review and publish it in this journal, please answer the following questions and provide the following information. This request is mandatory; only if the questions are answered completely, the proposal will be considered. (1) The title of the proposed Mini-Review (must be short and concise; it must not contain more than 80 characters). (2) An abstract of the proposed Mini-Review (It must contain no more than 200 words). (3) Your CV with a publication list, in which original publications that are related to the topic of the proposed Mini-Review, are marked. It is a strict policy of the journal to consider Mini-Reviews only from authors who have in the past successfully studied the subject of the Mini-Review and who can document this by at least a few original publications. Literature surveys of advanced students are generally only considered if they have already gained experience and published original papers. (4) How is the content of the proposed Mini-Review distinguished from previously published Mini-Reviews on various aspects of this topic? Explain the distance of your manuscript to two or three related review articles (please prove a reference). Re-publications of old contents, aspects, and concepts are not considered. (5) Regarding novelty: Please outline the novel aspect of the proposed Mini-Review. Why should a scientist read this Mini-Review? Why is it needed? What is a novel? (6) At least 50% of the cited literature should be not older than 5 years. Can you ensure this? (7) The references must be balanced according to the geographic regions from which they were published. Relevant literature must be cited. (8) When do you plan to submit the manuscript?
* This inquiry must be submitted as a cover letter along with manuscript submission or sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Saeed Mirdamadi, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org and Cc to email@example.com) for initial consideration before the main manuscript to be submitted.
* Mini-Reviews on biotechnological products and processes or apparatus and reactors used for biotechnological processes are welcome. They should provide a short historical outline of the development, extensively review the current state, and conclude with an outline of trends and prospects for the future. For biotechnological products, the competitiveness of the biotechnological process as compared to chemical processes or to processes, which rely on the isolation of the product from natural sources, should be provided. Applications and cost figures should be provided. Mini-reviews should contain a structural formula or a photograph of the biotechnological product, an outline of the biosynthetic pathway, a scheme of the apparatus, plant, or reactor, or a flow scheme of the process.
* The Mini-Review manuscript should be typed double-spaced in 12 pt Times New Roman font and it must include the essential elements: Title, Authors' name and Affiliation, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgements, and References. Divide your mini-Review manuscript into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1 for Introduction and (then 2, 2.1, …), etc. for main topics and finally Conclusion.