The title page should:
- present a title that includes, if appropriate, the study design
- list the full names, institutional addresses and email addresses for all authors
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Each manuscript must be preceded by an abstract presenting the most important results and conclusions in no more than 250 words. Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract.
Four to six keywords representing the main content of the article.
The Introduction section should explain the background to the study, its aims, a summary of the existing literature and why this study was necessary.
Materials and Methods
The Materials and methods section should provide enough information to permit repetition of the experimental work.
The methods section should include:
- the aim, design and setting of the study
- the characteristics of participants or description of materials
- a clear description of all processes, interventions and comparisons. Generic names should generally be used. When proprietary brands are used, the brand names, company, town and country should in indicated in parentheses.
- the type of statistical analysis used, including a power calculation if appropriate
The microorganisms used in the study and in particular new isolates must be deposited in a publicly accessible culture collection belonging to the WDCM (e.g. DSM, ATCC, NCIMB; see the below Link for a complete list of the WDCM culture collections which are all suitable). The authors must refer to the collection and the strain number in the text to ensure that the strains are available to other scientists.
If nucleic acid or amino acid sequences are presented (this includes also optimized sequences of known genes), a GenBank/EMBL accession number for primary nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence data must be included in a separate paragraph at the end of the Materials and methods section.
Huge sequencing datasets or raw data must also be deposited, e.g. as a NCBI BioProject.
For studies in proteomics, the minimum information about a proteomics experiment (MIAPE) of the HUPO proteomics standard initiative (see the Link below) and publication guidelines for the analysis and documentation of peptide and protein identifications by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology must be followed up. One biological replicate will not be acceptable.
For X-ray crystallographic analyses of proteins (enzymes), the authors should obtain each PDB ID to one structure of protein from PDB (The Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB)) and add it to the manuscript just like as nucleotide accession numbers.
The Results section should describe the outcome of the study. Data should be presented as concisely as possible, if appropriate in the form of tables or figures, although very large tables should be included as an additional file
This section should discuss the implications of the findings in context of existing research and highlight limitations of the study. Authors should also state clearly the main conclusions and provide an explanation of the importance and relevance of the study to the field.
List of abbreviations
If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use, and a list of abbreviations should be provided.
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For all journals, authors must include an “Availability of data and materials” section in their article detailing where the data supporting their findings can be found. If you do not wish to share your data, please state that data will not be shared, and state the reason.
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The individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.
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Authors should obtain permission to acknowledge from all those mentioned in the Acknowledgements section.
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Group authorship: if you would like the names of the individual members of a collaboration Group to be searchable through their individual PubMed records, please ensure that the title of the collaboration Group is included on the title page and in the submission system and also include collaborating author names as the last paragraph of the “Acknowledgements” section. Please add authors in the format First Name, Middle initial(s) (optional), Last Name. You can add institution or country information for each author if you wish, but this should be consistent across all authors.
Please note that individual names may not be present in the PubMed record at the time a published article is initially included in PubMed as it takes PubMed additional time to code this information.
You may choose to use this section to include any relevant information about the author(s) that may aid the reader's interpretation of the article, and understand the standpoint of the author(s). This may include details about the authors' qualifications, current positions they hold at institutions or societies, or any other relevant background information. Please refer to authors using their initials. Note this section should not be used to describe any competing interests.
Endnotes should be designated within the text using a superscript lowercase letter and all notes (along with their corresponding letter) should be included in the Endnotes section. Please format this section in a paragraph rather than a list.