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Microbial Drug Resistance

Editor: Alexander Tomasz, PhD

ISSN: 1076-6294 • Published Bimonthly • Online ISSN: 1931-8448

Current Volume: 20

Latest Impact Factor* is 2.524

*2013 Journal Citation Reports® published by Thomson Reuters, 2014

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  • Manuscript Submissions


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    Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.” In this portion of the manuscript, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the manuscript is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.htlm#conflicts for further guidance.


    All references must be cited in the text using a superscript Arabic number. Arrange the reference list in alphabetical order by first author and then number consecutively. Abbreviate journal names according to Serial Sources for the BIOSIS Data Base (BioSciences Information Service, 1992). Use the following format:

    Journal articles:

    De Lencastre, H., M. Chung, and H. Westh. 2000. Archaic strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: molecular and microbiological properties of isolates from the 1960s in Denmark. Microb. Drug Resist. 6:1-10. 


    Doyle, M.P., L.R. Beuchat, and T.J. Montville. 2001. Food Microbiology Fundamentals and Frontiers. 2nd ed. ASM Press, Washington, DC.  

    Chapter in a book:

    Tomasz, A. 1990. Auxiliary genes assisting in the expression of methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. In R.P. Skurray and R.A. Novick (ed.), Molecular biology of the staphylococci. VCH Publishers, New York, pp. 565-583.


    Scacheri, P., J. Crabtree, A. Kennedy, G. Swain, J. Ward, S. Marx, A. Spiegel, and F. Collins. 2006. V804 RET mutation in MEN2A: first report. J. Int. Med. 255:712 (abstract).


    Lavilla, S., J.J. González-López, M.N. Larrosa, R.M. Bartolomé, and G. Prat. 2008. Prevalence of the quinolone-modifying enzyme aac(6´)-Ib-cr in extended-spectrum b-lactamase-producing enterobacterial isolates in Barcelona. Abstract presented at the 18th Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Barcelona, April 19–22. Abstract no. P1523.


    Health Protection Agency (HPA). 2005. Detection of Campylobacter species. National Standard Method F 21, Issue 2. Available at www.hpa-standardmethods.org.uk/pdf_sops.asp. (Online.)   

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    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

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