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The Microbes and Health is a peer reviewed journal. It publishes original research manuscripts and reviews. Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have not been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. It is assumed that all named authors agree with the contents and form of the manuscript and are responsible for the validity and originality of data contained therein. The management of the Microbes and Health will not be responsible for the contents of manuscripts published. It is also assumed that the study has been conducted in accordance with the animal welfare laws of the country where the work was undertaken. The journal will reject any manuscript where there is enough reason to believe that animals have been subjected to unnecessary or avoidable pain or distress. The copyright of manuscripts accepted for publication belongs to Microbes and Health. All contributions are subjected to editorial revision. Editor's decision will be final and can’t be challenged anywhere.


Manuscript must be submitted through E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Manuscripts should be English (US spellings) typewritten using Times New Roman font size 12 on A4 size paper with 1" margin on each side and double space throughout. All pages must be numbered in the upper right corner and line-numbered continuously.


Title page of the manuscript should carry full title, the initials and surname(s) of the author(s), the name and address of the institution(s) where the work was carried out and addresses of co-author(s) if different from that of the major author. Statement of novelty about the manuscript is explained in 3-4 sentences at title pages. The "statement of novelty" must not be a repetition of the abstract. While concocting the novelty statement make sure to address the significance and innovation/originality of the work, with respect to existing literature, and the scientific impact and interests to our readership.


Manuscript lacking significant novelty will be rejected.

The category of the article i.e. original full length article, review article, short communication, or case report should be clearly indicated on top left corner of the title page. Each author should be identified using a superscript and the corresponding author designated by an asterisk. All the text, tables, and figures should be included in one file, i.e., MS Word 2003-2007-2010 or compatible. Tables and figures must be arranged at the end of the text.



In nutshell, at the time of submission, required files/documents are:



1) Covering letter

2) Manuscript (MS Word 2003-2007-2010 or compatible)

3) Check list (DOWNLOAD)

4) Copyright release form (DOWNLOAD).


Original full length article must not exceed 5000 words including 4-6 figures/tables and up to 25 references. Out of these references, 30% must be of research/review papers published during recent years (2010-2015). Abstract must not exceed 250 words, should include a brief account of the objectives of the study, methodology, salient findings and main conclusions. Abstract should be followed by 4-6 key words (indexing terms). The main manuscript may be divided into sections like: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments (if any) and References.


Review article must address subjects related to veterinary microbiology and public health with current interest. These articles must digest at least 50 articles published on the subject matter and out of these, 50% must be from recent years (2009-2012). References from books be avoided as books are already a review. An abstract not exceeding 250 words be provided. These articles must contain an introduction, text with appropriate headings and a Conclusion section. Introduction should elucidate the importance of the subject; the text should be comprehensive and meticulous. Review articles should be supported with the original published studies.


Short communication must contain an Abstract of 150 words and not exceed about 3000 words including up to 15 references. Titles like “Introduction” “Materials and Methods” and “Results and Discussion” may be included. Illustrations and Tables may be included when absolutely necessary, but should be as few as possible.


Case report should contain an Abstract of about 150 words and not exceed about 3000 words including up to 15 references. These should include the following sections: Introduction (explaining why the case is being reported, with references where necessary to previous reports), History, Clinical Examination and Postmortem Findings of the case if applicable, Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis, Treatment adopted, Discussion and References.


References: In each category of article, author must ensure to cite at least 50% references of manuscripts published during the recent three years (2009-2011). . Only papers closely related to the author’s work should be included.


References should be cited in the text as: Nazir (2005) or (Nazir, 2005), Nazir and Islam (2012) or (Nazir and Islam, 2012), Nazir et al., (2012) or (Nazir et al., 2012).


The list of references at the end of manuscript must be arranged alphabetically and each reference in the list should appear in the following form:



Hafez, MH. (2011). Enteric Diseases of Poultry with Special Attention to Clostridium perfringens. Pak Vet J, 31: 175-184.



Cataluna, RLN., and Gordoncillo, MJN. (2006). Cervical fold tuberculin testing in cattle (Bos indicus) and water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) in Los Banos, Laguna. Philippine J Vet Med, 43: 103-105.


Hossain, ML, Khan., MFR., Nazir, KHMNH., and Rahman, MB. (2012). A cross sectional study on prevalence of bovine tuberculosis of buffaloes in Bangladesh, Microbes Health, 1(1): 23-26.


References to books and monographs should include: 1) author(s) or editor(s); 2) year of publication, 3) title, 4) edition, 5) Publisher and place of publication and 6) beginning and final page numbers of the relevant chapter, as shown below:

Ray, DE. (2001). Pyrethroid insecticides: mechanisms of toxicity, systemic poisoning syndromes, paresthesia and therapy. In: Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology: Vol 2: Agents (Krieger R, Doull J, Ecobichon D, eds): Academic Press, San Diego, USA, pp: 1289–1303.

Stevens, JB., Anderson, A., Olson, WG., and Schlotthauer, JC. (1980). Metabolic profile testing. In: Bovine Medicine and Surgery (Amstutz HE, ed). 2nd Ed, American Veterinary Publications, California, USA, pp: 597-612.


Reference to proceedings of Symposia/Congresses must include: (1) author(s), (2) title of the article, (3) Symposium/Congress title, (4) city and country where held, (5) day, month and year of the event and (6) page numbers of the article, as shown below:

Khan, MZ., Hussain, Z., Khan, A., Saleemi, MK., Javed, I., Hameed, Zahoor-ul-Hassan MR., and Mahmood, S. (2010). Effect of age and dietary aflatoxin levels upon tissue esidue in broiler chicks. Proc 32nd MycotoxinWorkshop, Lyngby, Denmark, 14-16 June, 2010, pp: 93.


Illustrations: Soft copy of all illustrations/graphs prepared in Excel program may be provided so that quality or size be adjusted. Figures provided as electronic files should be saved in JPEG/JPG format (final resolution 300 dpi for halftone images, 1000 dpi for black/white line drawings).

The size of lettering and numerals should be appropriate to that of the figure, taking into account the necessary reduction in size. The legends for photomicrographs must state the staining method and magnification. Captions should be typed separately from the illustrations and Arabic numbered. Figures/illustrations should not be embedded in the manuscript text. The journal will publish illustration/photographs in black/white; color printing of illustrations/photographs can be done on payment basis that can be inquired from the Editorial office.


Tables: These should be as few as possible and should contain only essential data. Each table must be typewritten on separate sheet and Arabic numbered according to its sequence in the text and arranged after text. The text should include references to all tables. Each table should have a brief and self explanatory title. Duplication of the data in the text and tables should be avoided.


Manuscript Handling Fee


Inland: Each submitted manuscript will be levied a manuscript handling fee of BDT. 1000 (Non-Refundable) with effect from January 01, 2012. Authors of accepted manuscript will have to pay printing cost of BDT. 2000 in addition to handling fee. This amount may be paid in cash or through bank draft in favor of “Microbes and Health”. Payment through cheque is not accepted.



Payment of the manuscript handling fee does not guarantee that the paper would be accepted for publication.



Manuscript from Abroad: Manuscripts from abroad does not need any processing and publication fee (No handling FEE for Manuscripts originating from outside of Bangladesh). 


Proofs: Upon satisfactory revision and acceptance, the manuscripts are typeset. Proofs will be sent to authors for correction through E-mail, which should be returned within 72 hours. Only minor corrections/changes are possible at this stage.


Reprints: For reprints we suggest the authors to download your paper and print it from the journal webpage.




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