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Instructions to Authors

Klimik Journal is peer-reviewed, open access, the official scientific publication of the Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. It is published three times a year in April, August and December. Supplements are also published during the year if necessary. The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped according to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Klimik Journal publishes original articles, reviews, editorials, case reports, and letters to the editor relevant to treatment and diagnostics in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, virology, parasitology, immunology and epidemiology.

The publication language of the journal is Turkish. Foreign authors’ manuscripts in English are also accepted.

Klimik Journal does not charge a publication fee.

Authors submit their articles through the journal’s online manuscript submission system (http://www.klimikdergisi.org). The submitted manuscripts are first checked in terms of technical aspects. The language, figures and tables, necessary documents related to the article (author contribution form, copyright approval form, patient consent for case reports, ethics committee approval), references are reviewed, and plagiarism is checked. The manuscript that passes this stage is forwarded to the editor-in-chief. The editor-in-chief evaluates whether the manuscript’s content is compatible with the journal’s publication policy, whether it is prepared following the journal’s publication rules, and the manuscript’s scientific contribution to the field. After this evaluation, if appropriate, the manuscript is directed to the editor to initiate the scientific content control process. The editor assigns at least two reviewers through the system to evaluate the manuscript ’s scientific content and report their suggestions, criticisms, and contributions. She/he also directs it to the Statistics Editor when it deems necessary. The editor cares for selecting the reviewers among experts who do not have a conflict of interest with the authors. While the manuscript  is sent to the reviewers, the information of the author and the institution where the study was conducted is hidden to prevent any bias. The editor evaluates suggestions, criticisms and contributions of the reviewers, and if she/he finds them sufficient, forwards them to the author. When the editor deems it necessary, she/he directs the manuscript  to other reviewers. The names of the reviewers are hidden while the suggestions, criticisms and contributions are forwarded to the authors. Thus, it is ensured that the scientific content of the manuscripts is evaluated in a double-blind way, away from bias and objectively. After the authors make the necessary arrangements, the manuscript  is sent back to the editor, and the editor sends it to the reviewers for re-evaluation. Manuscripts deemed sufficient in this evaluation are accepted for publication. Manuscripts deemed unsuitable for publication by the reviewers are rejected. Manuscripts for which they want new corrections and edits are sent back to the authors. After the manuscript accepted for publication is reviewed by the English and Turkish language editors, the publisher prepares it for publication and sends it to the authors for final check and approval. The ready articles are published on the journal’s website and printed in the calendar and order that the editor-in-chief deems appropriate.

COPYRIGHT

The authors fill in  the Copyright License Agreement Form and indicate they transferred the copyright to Klimik Journal. The completed form must be uploaded to the journal’s online manuscript  submission system. By signing the form, the authors agree that if Klimik Journal publishes the article, it will be licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC). 

Authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder when using previously published content, including figures, tables, or any other material in both print and electronic formats. Legal, financial and criminal liabilities in this regard belong to the author(s).

Statements or opinions expressed in the manuscripts published in Klimik Journal reflect the views of the author(s) and not the opinions of the editors, the editorial board, or the publisher; they disclaim any responsibility or liability for such materials.

AUTHORSHIP

Each individual listed as an author should fulfill the authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE – www.icmje.org). 

Corresponding authors are required to submit a signed and scanned version of the Authorship Contribution Form to the journal’s online manuscript submission system.

In order for an manuscript  to be published in the journal, at least two scientific reviewers should evaluate the manuscript , and it needs to be approved by the Editorial Board. 

The authors should acknowledge and provide information on grants, contracts or other financial support of the study provided by any foundations and institutions or firms.

Manuscripts sent to be published in the journal should not have been published anywhere else previously or submitted and accepted to be published. However, a complete report that follows the publication of a preliminary report, such as an abstract, can be submitted. If authors intend to discard any part of the manuscript, a written application should be sent to the Editor.

In case of retraction of the text by author(s) for any reason needs a written application explaining the reasons.

The name of the institution where the authors work and the name of the institution or the department in which the study has been conducted should not be mentioned in the submitted manuscript.

The corresponding author must give the full correspondence address (including telephone, fax number and e-mail address). Contact information of the corresponding author is published in the journal.

The authors should keep a copy of the submitted manuscripts and other documents.

If the whole or a part of the submitted manuscript needs to be published somewhere else, Editorial Office must be informed accordingly.

Authors are responsible for the content of the published articles.

No fee will be paid for the publication.

ETHICAL PROCEDURES

The manuscripts should be prepared following ICMJE- Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, which was updated in December 2019 (the full text is available on http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). 

An approval of research protocols by the Ethics Committee in accordance with international agreements and the Declaration of Helsinki is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies. Ethics committee approval and “informed consent form” should be stated in the “Materials and Methods” section. 

In experimental animal studies, authors should state that they protect animal rights in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and obtain an ethical committee approval report from their institution (The original text can be accessed from the “Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals” http://www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html).

The authors are required to declare whether there is any conflict of interest with individuals or institutions in terms of financial support. The conflict of interest statement should take place at the end of the manuscript. 

The journal will not accept or publish any manuscripts that are suspected of containing guest authorship, inappropriate acceptance and references to influence the following unethical practices or the review process:

  • Plagiarism: Republishing all or part of another author’s work as if it was the owner, without reference.
  • Fabrication: Publishing data and results that do not exist.
  • Copying: The case of using data from another publication, including reproduction of a publication in other languages.
  • Slicing: Artificially dividing the result of a study into multiple publications.

Klimik Journal follows and acts in accordance with Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. In addition, the Bioethics Editor is working to resolve ethically controversial situations. According to the recommendations of the Publication Ethics Committee, manuscripts that are found to be ethically inconvenient will not be published by taking the opinion of the Bioethics Editor. If an ethical nonconformity is detected after publication, the withdrawal will be made according to Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines (https://publicationethics.org/files/cope-retraction-guidelines-v2.pdf).

The journal’s citation check is done using the Crossref Similarity Check powered by “iThenticate” program.

MANUSCRIPT STRUCTURE

Manuscripts are divided into sections according to the following manuscript types. Each section should be started in a new page: Title, abstract and keywords (Turkish and English), main text, references, tables/figures (each table should be written on a separate page with its title and footnotes), legends of the figures.

The title page of all types of manuscripts should include: 

  • Turkish title and Turkish short title,
  • English title and English short title.

Each section of the manuscript title, abstract, main text, acknowledgements, tables and legends of the figures should be written double spaced and font size 12. There should be generous margins on each side of the paper. Each page of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively. In addition, line numbers should be given in the main text.

The title of the manuscript should not be too long and should reflect the content.

Spelling and grammatical errors in manuscripts submitted to our journal and accepted for publication after the evaluation are corrected without violating the article’s content. The authors are deemed to have accepted these corrections.

Keywords should be given in accordance with Medical Subject Headings (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/Mbrowser.html).

Statistical Analysis

Although Klimik Journal has a statistical editor, following the rules below while performing statistical analysis in original articles and reporting the results will reduce unnecessary time loss and increase the comprehensibility of the article. In medical journals, statistical analysis should be performed according to the statistical data submission guideline (Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, Pocock SJ. Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. Br Med J 1983: 7; 1489-93) and should be presented in the article. The name and version of the software used in the analysis should be specified. When parametric tests are required to compare continuous variables, the results should be given as mean ± standard deviation. If non-parametric tests are required, the results should be given as “median (minimum-maximum values)” or as % slices and inter-slices oscillation (IQR). When relative risk RR), odds ratio (OR), or hazard ratio (HR) are to be given, not only “P value” but also confidence intervals should be given.


ARTICLE TYPES

Original Article

  • Title page
  • Structured Turkish Abstract (objective, methods, results, conclusion) and Structured English Abstract (300 words each)
  • Turkish and English keywords (A minimum of two to a maximum of six keywords should be in accordance with the National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings database.)
  • Main Text: It should not exceed 5000 words, excluding references. It should be divided into Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion sections. If necessary, “Methods” and “Results” sections can be divided into subtitles. The board and date/number from which the ethics committee approval was obtained should be included in the Methods section.
  • Acknowledgement (optional), conflict of interest statement, authors’ contribution to the study/article.
  • References: Detailed rules below should be followed, and the number of references should not exceed 50.
  • Tables and Figures: If available, they should be consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text; each should be given a short title, and the title should be placed at the top of the tables and below the figures.

Case Report

Since the number of case reports in the journal is limited, only rare cases with difficulties in diagnosis or treatment or educationally valuable cases containing extraordinary information and that can be evaluated as interesting will be accepted.

A case report should be prepared as follows:

  • Title page
  • Unstructured Turkish abstract (100 words), English abstract (100 words)
  • Turkish and English keywords (A minimum of two to a maximum of four keywords should be in accordance with the National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings database.)
  • Main Text: It should be structured as “Introduction, Case (s), Discussion” sections and a maximum of 1000 words.
  • References: Detailed rules below should be followed, and the number of references should not exceed 10.
  • Tables and Figures: If available, they should be consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text; each should be given a short title, and the title should be placed at the top of the tables and below the figures.

Review Article

Klimik Journal accepts review articles, upon the invitation of the Editor-in-Chief, from people who have in-depth knowledge in their field, are nationally and internationally known for their work in a certain field in their professional life, and have many cited publications in that field. It is expected that the review articles will summarize the current knowledge on a certain topic, reveal the knowledge gap, shed light on future studies, and open a horizon for those working in the field of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.

A review article should be prepared as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Unstructured Turkish abstract (100 words), English abstract (100 words)
  • Turkish and English keywords (A minimum of three to a maximum of six keywords should be in accordance with the National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings database.)
  • Highlights: It is a 4-5-item section that includes the most remarkable headings of the current knowledge in clinical practice and/or scientific development, the most important unanswered questions and/or scientific predictions. It should consist of a maximum of 150 words.
  • Main Text: The review article’s main text can be divided into subheadings as the author deems appropriate. 
  • References: Detailed rules below should be followed, and the number of references should not exceed 75.
  • Tables and Figures: If available, they should be consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text; each should be given a short title, and the title should be placed at the top of the tables and below the figures.

Editorial

Editorial is an opinion letter written by an expert scientist in the field of the article, upon the invitation of the Editor-in-Chief, regarding an original article in Klimik Journal. The editorial is expected to summarize the findings in the relevant article and include its contribution to the field of science and future views.

An editorial should be prepared as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Main Text: It should not be subdivided into subheadings and should contain a maximum of 500 words.
  • References: Detailed rules below should be followed, and the number of references should not exceed 5.
  • Tables and Figures: This type of manuscript contains at most one table or figure.

Letter to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor is published in order to express the opinions of the readers about an article published in Klimik Journal or to express an opinion on any subject that is of interest to Klimik Journal.

A Letter to the Editor type article should be prepared as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Main Text: It should not be divided into subheadings and should consist of a maximum of 500 words.
  • References: Detailed rules below should be followed, and the number of references should not exceed 5.
  • Tables and Figures: This type of manuscript contains at most one table or figure.

REFERENCES

The style for references is based largely on an American National Standards Institute style (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=citmed.TOC&depth=2). 

The references are numbered in the order of citation in the main text. References are given in parenthesis with an Arabic numeral(s). Sources used only in the table or legend of a figure should be numbered in the order of citation.

The titles of journals must be abbreviated according to the style used in the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE (ftp://ftp.nlm.nih.gov/online/journals/lsiweb.pdf).

1. Journal Article

Less Than SIx Authors

Öztürk DB, Kuşçu F, Gürbüz Y, Gül S, Tütüncü EE, Şencan İ. Kliniğimizde 2006-2007 yılları arasında takip ettiğimiz 20 Kırım-Kongo kanamalı ateşi olgusunun değerlendirilmesi. Klimik Derg. 2008; 21(3): 93-6.

More Than SIx Authors

Eraksoy H, Basustaoglu A, Korten V, et al. Susceptibility of bacterial isolates from Turkey: a report from the Meropenem Yearly Susceptibility Test Information Collection (MYSTIC) Program. J Chemother. 2007;19(6):650-7.

2. Supplement Article

Ceylan E, Ertuğrul MB. Hematolojik malignitesi olmayan hasta grubunda akciğerin mantar infeksiyonlarına klinik yaklaşım. Klimik Derg. 2008; 21(Suppl. 2): 11-22.

3. Anonymous

Drug-resistance tuberculosis among the foreign-born in Canada. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2005; 31(4):46-52.

4. Textbook Chapter 

BY AUTHOR

Turkish

Serter D. Virüs, Riketsiya ve Klamidya Hastalıkları. İstanbul: Nobel Tıp Kitabevleri, 1997:27-32.

English

Mims CA, Nash A, Stephen J. Mims’ Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases. 5th ed. San Diego: Academic Press, 2001: 361-91.

BY EDITORS 

Turkish

Aktaş F. Antiviral ilaçlar. In: Willke Topçu A, Söyletir G, Doğanay M, eds. Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyolojisi. 3. baskı. İstanbul: Nobel Tıp Kitabevleri, 2008: 399-424.

English

Musher DM. Streptococcus pneumoniae. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone, 2005: 2392-411.

5. Abstract in Congress Book

Turkish

Özakın C, Mıstık R, Akdiş AC. Uludağ Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi İnfeksiyon Hastalıkları Kliniği’nde son altı yıl içinde izlenen bakteriyel menenjitlerin tanı ve tedavi açısından değerlendirilmesi [Özet]. In: Willke A, Ünal S, Doğanay M, eds. 7. Türk Klinik Mikrobiyoloji ve İnfeksiyon Hastalıkları Kongresi (11-15 Eylül 1994, Ürgüp) Kitabı. İstanbul: Klinik Mikrobiyoloji ve İnfeksiyon Hastalıkları Derneği, 1994: 283-4.

English

Elaldi N, Kaya S, Dokmetas I, et al. Markedly elevated serum cytokine levels and high viral titers in fatal Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) [Abstract]. In: Abstracts of 47th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (Chicago, Illinois, September 17-20, 2007). Washington, DC: American Society for Microbiology, 2007: 482.

6. Letter to the Editor

Turkish

Yavaşoğlu İ, Kadıköylü G, Bolaman Z. Komayla seyreden bir nörobruselloz olgusu [Mektup]. Klimik Derg. 2007; 20(2): 63.

English

Doganci L. New insights on the bleeding disorders in CCHF [Letter]. J Infect. 2007; 55(4):379-81.

7. Internet

By Authors

Çelebi G. Tularemi [Internet]. İstanbul: Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases [cited 22 January 2019]. http://www.klimik.org.tr/home/tularemi.asp?cont=makale.

Standard

Avian Influenza: Current H5N1 Situation [Internet]. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [cited 30 December 2018]. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h5n1-virus.htm.

TABLES AND FIGURES

Each table should be on a separate page. The tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text, and each table should supply a brief title. Do not use internal horizontal or vertical lines. Give each column a short or an abbreviated heading. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain all nonstandard abbreviations in footnotes, and use the following symbols, in sequence: *,†,‡,§,||,¶,**,††,‡‡. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge that source fully. Additional tables containing backup data too extensive to publish in print may be appropriate for publication in the electronic version of the journal.

The figures should be numbered in the order of citation in the main text. They should be in high-quality .jpg format. The title should be placed below the figures. The figures are preferred in black and white; however, if they are not clear in black and white, coloured ones are accepted as well.

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