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

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.

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

Manuscripts can be submitted through online manuscript submission system at http://www.klimikdergisi.org. No fee is charged from the authors for the articles to be published in the journal.

COPYRIGHT

Authors must complete a Copyright Transfer Form and transfer copyright to Klimik Journal. When the authors sign this form, they agree that when their articles are published in Klimik Journal, they will be subject to the terms of “Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC)”. Authors must have obtained permission to use the contents such as tables, graphics, figures that they used in the article and previously published in another medium (written or electronic). Any legal and economic responsibility that may arise from the use of these contents will belong to the authors.

The claims and ideas in the articles published in Klimik Journal reflect the opinions of the author or authors, and in no way reflect the opinions of the editors, editorial board or the publisher.

AUTHOR CONTRIBUTION

Authors’ contributions to the study and the article should be indicated at the end of the article, separately for each author. Each person included in the article as an author is expected to meet the authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (ICMJE – www.icmje.org).

The corresponding author must complete the Author Contribution Form showing in which way and stages each author contributed to the article and upload it to the system in .jpg or .pdf format or send an e-mail to the editorial office ([email protected]).

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 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.

ETHICAL RULES

The content of the submitted manuscripts should conform to the criteria stated in Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals published by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and updated in December 2019 (available at http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf ).

An approval of research protocols by ethic committee in accordance with international agreements is required for experimental, clinical and drug studies which are sent to the journal for publication and which require ethics committee approval. Ethics committee approval and “informed consent form” should be stated in the “Materials and Methods” section of the study. 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 any conflict of interest including affiliation with or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a direct financial or any other interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. The conflict of interest statement should appear at the end of the article. Referees must report any potential conflict of interest (whether it exists between referees, authors and institutions).

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

  • Plagiarism: Presenting all or part of another author’s work as your own, 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 is committed to following the guidelines by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In addition, the Bioethics Editor is in charge of resolving ethically controversial situations. According to the recommendations of the Publication Ethics Committee, articles that are found to be ethically inconvenient by taking the opinion of the Bioethics Editor will not be published. If an ethical nonconformity is detected after publication, withdrawal will be exercised according to the Publication Ethics Committee 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 PREPARATION

Articles are divided into sections determined according to article types below. Each section of the article should be started in a new page and abide to the below sequence as per the article types: Title page, abstract and key words (Turkish and English), main text, references, tables/figures (each table should be written with the titles and footnotes in a separate page), legends of the figures.

On the title page, the following information should be included as standard in all article types:

  • Turkish Title, Turkish Running Title,
  • English Title and English Running Title

Each section of the article title, abstract, main text, acknowledgments, 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 article should be numbered consecutively. And, line numbers should be given in the main text.

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

Statistical Analysis

While Klimik Journal has a statistical editor, following the rules below while performing statistical analysis in original articles and reporting results will reduce unnecessary time loss and increase the comprehensibility of the article. Statistical analysis should be performed in medical journals 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.

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

ARTICLE TYPES

Original Article

  • Title Page
  • Structured (objective, methods, results, conclusions) Turkish Abstract (300 words) and Structured (objective, methods, results, conclusions) English Abstract (300 words)
  • Turkish and English Key Words (at least 2, at most 6 in compliance with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) published by the National Library of Medicine (NLM))
  • Main Text: It should not exceed 5000 words, excluding references. 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. The board and date/ number of ethics committee approval obtained should be included in the Methods section.
  • Acknowledgments (if requested), conflict of interest statement, authors’ contribution to the study/article,
  • References: Should be shown as detailed below and should not exceed 50 in number.
  • Tables, Figures and Pictures: If available, they should be formatted according to their sequence in the text and numbered sequentially; each of them should be given a short title and the title should be placed at the top of the tables and below the figures and pictures.

Case Report

Since there is a limited number of case reports in the journal, only rare cases with difficulties in diagnosis or treatment or cases that are educationally valuable and contain information that are not among classical information and that can be considered interesting will be accepted.

A case report type article should be as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Unstructured Turkish Abstract (100 words), English Abstract (100 words)
  • Turkish and English Key Words (at least 2, at most 4 in compliance with the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) published by the National Library of Medicine (NLM))
  • Main Text: It should be structured as “Introduction, Case (s), Discussion” sections and should contain a maximum of 1000 words.
  • References: Should be shown as detailed below and should not exceed 10 in number.
  • Tables, Figures and Pictures: If available, they should be numbered consecutively according to their sequence in the text; each of them should be given a short title and the title should be placed at the top of the tables and below the figures and pictures.

Review Article

Klimik Journal accepts review articles upon the invitation of the Editor-in-Chief, from those 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 who have numerous cited publications in that field. The reviews are expected to reveal the knowledge gap by summarizing the current level of knowledge of humanity under a certain heading, to shed light on future studies, and to open a horizon for those working in the field of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.

An article of review type should be prepared as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Unstructured Turkish Abstract (100 words), English Abstract (100 words)
  • Turkish and English Key Words (at least 2, at most 4 in compliance with the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) published by the National Library of Medicine (NLM))
  • Highlights: It is a 4-5-item section that includes the most important headings of the current knowledge in terms of clinical practice and/or scientific development, the most important unanswered questions, and/or scientific predictions for the future and should not exceed 150 words.
  • Main Text: The main text of the review article can be divided into subheadings as the author deems appropriate. However, the “results” part must be found.
  • References: Should be shown as detailed below and should not exceed 75 in number.
  • Tables, Figures and Pictures: If available, they should be numbered consecutively according to their sequence in the text; each of them should be given a short title and the title should be placed at the top of the tables and below the figures and pictures.

Editorial

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

An editorial type article 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: Should be shown as detailed below and should not exceed 5 in number.
  • Tables, Figures, and Pictures: Editorials should contain at most one table or figure or picture.

Letter to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor is published to express readers’ views on 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 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: Should be shown as detailed below and should not exceed 5 in number.
  • Tables, Figures and Pictures: Letters to the Editor should contain at most one table or figure or picture.

REFERENCES

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). References 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):

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. Book or Textbook

Book

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.

Chapter In a Book

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 [access 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 [erişim 30 Aralık 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. Captions and legends of figures and pictures should be placed below. 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.

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