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Author Agreement Form


Klimik Journal is 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.

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

Manuscripts can be submitted through online manuscript submission system at http://www.klimikdergisi.org.

The authors apply with an author agreement form indicating that they transferred the copyright to Klimik Journal. Scientific contributions and responsibilities of all authors and the statement of financial or other conflict of interest must be indicated in this form. This form also needs to be signed by all the authors.

The journal is published in Turkish. The articles of foreign authors can be published in English as well.

In order for an article to be published in the journal at least two scientific reviewers should evaluate the article and it needs to be approved by the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is authorized not to publish unsuitable articles or send them back to the authors for correction.

The content of the submitted manuscripts should conform to the criteria stated in Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication published by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and updated in October 2019 (available at http://www.icmje.org/).

An approval of research protocols by ethic committee in accordance with international agreements (Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised 2002 – available at http://www.vma.net/e/policy/b3.htm “Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals” – http://www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html/) is required for experimental, clinical and drug studies.

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.

The articles sent to be published in the journal shouldn’t have been published anywhere else previously or submitted and accepted to be published. However, a complete report that follows 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 again 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 corresponding address (including telephone, fax number and e-mail address). Contact information for 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 money will be paid for any published articles.

The unaccepted articles are not given back to authors.

General Guidelines

Each section of the article should be started in a new page and abide to the below sequence: Title, abstract and key words (Turkish and English), main text, acknowledgements (optional), declaration of conflict of interest, references, tables/figures (each table should be written with the titles and footnotes in a separate page), legends of the figures.

Each section of the article 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 pages of the article should be numbered consecutively.

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

Key words should comply with the Medical Subject Headings (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).

Article Types

Original Article

The sections in an original article are: “Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion”. Subtitles can be used in order to provide a better understanding in the sections of Methods and Results if necessary. Abstract must be structured into separate sections: “Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.”

Case Report

The sections in a case report are: “Introduction, Case(s), and Discussion”.

Review Article, Editorial and Letter to the Editor

For these types the necessary arrangements can be done by Editorial Board. Previously published similar articles can be checked for this.


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

The titles of journals must be abbreviated according to the style used in 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

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

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

By Editors

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 [access 22 January 2009]. http://www.klimik.org.tr/home/tularemi.asp?cont=makale.


Avian Influenza: Current H5N1 Situation [Internet]. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [access 30 December 2008]. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/outbreaks/current.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 main text. They should be in high-quality .jpg format. The figures are preferred in black and white however if they are not clear in black and white, coloured ones can be accepted as well.