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Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- ONLINE SELF-DIAGNOSIS TOOL: The Author has used this tool to determine if their manuscript is ready for submission. Structured similarly to popular online quizzes, this tool helps authors understand the scope and level of assessment required by each core section. Diagnose Your Manuscript.
GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT TITLES: The Author has used the following guidelines to help increase their manuscript's "discoverability" online, thus leading to a wider audience and increased citations. Improve Your Manuscript Title.
JMBE How-To Series: Steps for Submitting a Manuscript to the Journal: The Author has watched the 10-15 minute video tutorial that provides an overview of JMBE and its core sections, a walk-through of the submission process, and tips for a successful submission.
CONTENT ADHERES TO AUTHOR GUIDELINES: The text meets the journal's formatting requirements as outlined in the General Guidelines and specific Section Guidelines for the section to which the paper has been submitted.
- LABORATORY BIOSAFETY GUIDELINES: The author has confirmed that any laboratory procedures and/or practices outlined in the submission adhere to the ASM Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories. Furthermore, the author has indicated in the submission how those procedures and/or practices adhere to the ASM Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories.
PREVIOUS OR DUPLICATE PUBLICATION: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in “Comments to the Editor.”
FILE FORMAT: The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
DOCUMENT FORMAT: The text is double-spaced; uses a 10-point Times New Roman font or equivalent; employs italics, rather than underlining (except for URL addresses); with figures and tables placed at the end of the text, rather than embedded within.
WEBSITE LINKING: All URL addresses in the text are activated and ready to click.
FIGURES AND TABLES: Figures and tables are placed at the end of the text, rather than embedded within. They are numbered and include a heading followed by a period. Permissions are required to reproduce or modify figures and tables within the submitted manuscript and any associated supplemental materials.
IMAGES: All images are uploaded as Supplemental Files in JPG or GIF with 300 dpi (color or grayscale). Monochrome images have been saved in grayscale mode; color images are in RGB. No BMP, RTF, or TIF images are included. Images are at least 3 inches and no greater than 5 inches in the greatest dimension. Permissions are required to reproduce or modify images within the submitted manuscript and any associated supplemental materials.
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: Supplemental materials are loaded as one PDF or Word doc file. All materials are designated as Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc., within the manuscript text and listed at the end of the manuscript as well. Permissions are required to reproduce or modify images, figures (including maps), and tables within the supplemental materials. A formatted and linked Table of Contents will be provided for supplemental materials once the manuscript and associated supplemental materials have been accepted for publication in JMBE.
REFERENCES: References are listed alphabetically and formatted according to ASM Style.
INFORMED CONSENT: The use of human subjects or other animals for research purposes is regulated by the federal government and individual institutions. Manuscripts containing information related to human or animal use should clearly state that the research has complied with all relevant federal guidelines and institutional policies.
All individuals submitting materials for the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education must attest that they own the copyright and the materials are original; this includes text, figures, tables, artwork, abstracts, cover images, summaries, and supplemental materials included in the submission. Furthermore, corresponding authors must grant the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) an irrevocable nonexclusive license to publish their work if it is accepted. Upon publication, the work becomes freely available on ASM’s Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education website and PubMed Central’s Open Access subset for the public to copy, distribute, or display under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/; Legal Code: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode). If you have questions pertaining to classroom instruction or non-commercial derivatives use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals authoring materials for Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education must grant an irrevocable nonexclusive copyright license to the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Please complete the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education Author Agreement Form (pdf).
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.