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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Types of paper: The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.

Research papers: Includes all basic and clinical manuscripts and case reports dealing with   antimicrobial agents, microbial response for chemotherapeutics, clinical and field trials of antimicrobials, pharmacokinetics, interaction with food elements and body organs, immunological response and other aspects of antimicrobials together with their prudent uses.

Review papers: Includes invited national and international experts. This section will contain reviews articles expressing scientific views and questions on topics and trends in the fields of Antimicrobials and chemotherapeutics. In general, standard review papers should not exceed 10 journal pages. Mini-reviews must not exceed 4 journal pages (about 12 manuscript pages).

Submission of manuscript

Authors are requested to submit manuscripts in English on line as Microsoft Word file to Arab Journal of Antimicrobials website.


Follow these steps:


Step 1. Prepare the text in Microsoft Word.


Step 2. Prepare graphics at publication quality resolution, using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, and JPEG. Each file should be about 5 MB or less. Microsoft Power point graphics may be accepted in some instances. Number each figure. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word.


Step 3. Submit manuscripts electronically as e-mail attachments to Arab J Antimicrob  . You will need:


Contact information for the Submitting Author (address, e-mail and telephone number).

Information about the authors and the manuscript; A cover letter with information for the Editor and Associate Editors, and two to four suggested reviewers for the manuscript and/or individuals to whom the paper should not be sent.

The text and graphic files for your manuscript. Graphics should be on separate file(s).

Step 4. A manuscript number will be e-mailed to the submitting author.


Review Process


Members of the editorial board will primarily review all manuscripts to determine whether they are appropriate for evaluation by expert reviewers. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors within 4-10 weeks. The editorial board will re-review manuscripts after authors have made final revisions, Accepted articles will be edited and published immediately on-line. It is the goal of the Journal to publish manuscripts within eight weeks after submission.



Organization of the Manuscript


Organize manuscripts into the following sections:


Abstract (250 words max.) and key words (7 max.).

Introduction Concise with no sub-headings.

The main text of the paper should be divided under various headings as appropriate



Figure Legends


Figures (Graphics should be on separate file(s).



Regular Articles


All portions of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title page.


The Title Page should include the authors’ full names and affiliations, a running title of 40 characters or less, and the telephone and fax numbers and E-mail address of the corresponding author.


The Abstract should stand on its own with no reference to the text. It should contain approximately 50 to 150 words. The main text should be subdivided further with subheadings to give the manuscript more clarity.

Following the abstract, about 3-10 key words that will provide indexing references to be listed.

A list of non standard Abbreviations should be added. In general, non standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used.


The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject and the proposed approach or solution. It should be understandable to the readers from a broad range of scientific disciplines. All abbreviations used in the text must be defined in a single footnote inserted in the text immediately after the first abbreviation is cited.



Materials and Methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Methods in general use need not be described in detail.


Results should be presented with clarity and precision. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature; also to be written in the past tense when describing findings in the author’s experiments.


The Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studied on this topic. Conclusion is to be stated in a few sentences at the end of the paper.


The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be in brief.




Citation in the text and reference list should be sequentially numbered. List only the articles that are published or in press. References should contain complete titles and inclusive page numbers. Cite in the text all unpublished results, including personal communications and submitted manuscripts. Provide permission letters for all personal communications unless they are from the author’s laboratory.  Citations for web sites (other than for primary literature) should be handled parenthetically in the text and not included in the reference list.



Tables and Figures


The number of tables and figures used to present data essential to illustrate or prove a point should be kept to a minimum.


Tables should be number consecutively as they are first mentioned in the text.  Provide a concise title for each table, and label each column with a clear heading. If footnotes are needed for clarity, designate them with lowercase letters in the order in which they are referenced in the table.

Table titles, legends (descriptive text), and footnotes should be input as regular text outside the table body.  Place all tables in your manuscript file.


Figures should have titles and explanatory legends containing sufficient detail to make the figure easily understood. All legends should be printed consecutively in a separate section of the manuscript. Appropriately sized numbers, letters, and symbols should be used so they are no smaller than 2 mm in size after reduction to a single column width (87 mm), a 1.5-column width (120 mm), or a full 2-column width (178 mm). Superscript and subscript characters are not excluded from this rule.


Proofs and Reprints


The printer will deliver page proofs to the corresponding author electronically. The author will have access to a PDF file, which will contain PDF pages (with figures and tables).  Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage.


Fees and Charges


Authors are charged a $100 handling fee if the article requires extensive English editing. Publication of an article in journal is not contingent upon the author’s ability to pay the charges. Neither is acceptance to pay the handling fee a guarantee that the paper will be accepted for publication.


Electronic Posting of Articles


Authors may post the published version of their manuscripts after the manuscripts have appeared in the online version of the journal. Authors do not need to request permission from IAJ Antimicrob Agents to post their accepted and published manuscript.