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ISSN 2500-2236
DOI-prefix: 10.18527/2500-2236

Current Issue

Volume 4, Number 1, 2017

Rules for authors


Language Policy

MIR accepts manuscripts in the English and Russian languages. For articles written in English, only a US English version will be published. The Abstract will be translated into Russian and published on the Russian site of the Journal. Articles written in Russian will be reviewed and, upon acceptance, translated into English. Both versions (Russian and English) will be available online with separate DOI numbers. The expenses for the translation of Russian articles into English are covered by the publication fee. In addition, the authors are offered a proofreading service by English native speakers. To order proofreading, please contact us at editor@mir-journal.org


Article types

MIR journal publishes next categories of scientific papers:

  • Research Article
  • Short Communication
  • Review
Research Article should describe a complete study and include the following sections: an Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Сonflict of interest, and References. Research Article should not exceed 7,000 words, including References, Tables, and Figure legends.
Short Communication describes a complete short study including the following sections: an Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, Сonflict of interest, and References. Short Communication must not exceed 3,000 words, including References, Tables, and Figure legends.
Reviews are published by order of the editor or the author's initiative. The maximum possible size of the review corresponds to the Research Article.

Cover letter

The manuscript should be accompanied by a Cover Letter, which includes the answers on the following questions and the following statements:

Why is your manuscript suitable for publication in the MIR?

Have all the authors approved the manuscript and agreed with this submission?

These results have not been published elsewhere, and the manuscript has not been submitted to another journal.

Statement of any conflict of interests: authors are responsible for resolving all financial conflicts between themselves or any third party.

All corresponding permissions should be available if any animal experiments or human clinical trials are included in the manuscript. The permission statement for these studies should be included in the Materials and Methods section.


Format of the Manuscript 

Journal style

The manuscript that is submitted to the MIR Journal must be written in the correct format that is set by the editorial board. For the language details, see Language Policy chapter. The text should be written in Arial or Times New Roman font size 12 with a double-space interval including tables, table footnotes, figure footnotes, and references. The page size must correspond to 21 by 28 cm. All symbols should be available in Microsoft Word. All pages must be numbered. Tables and Figure legends must follow the References section. Only in initial submission the legend must be beneath the figure in order to facilitate the review process. At the final submission stage, the Figure legends must be incorporated in the text. The leadins of each paragraph must be indicated in boldface type. Authors are recommended to use past tense for describing their results. For the conclusions and generally accepted facts present tense should be used.


Title page

The first page of the manuscript should contain:

  • Title of the paper
  • The running title (not more than 50 characters)
  • The name, the initial for the first and second names and full family name of each author
  • The affiliation of each author
  • A superscript number after each author family name indicating the address of the author. Corresponding author should be indicated with "#".
  • The title, full postal address, and e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • Keywords (from 3 to 5)

The corresponding author is a person to whom all correspondence will be addressed and who is responsible for all inquiries from the Editorial board. The e-mail address of the corresponding author will be published in the paper for communication purposes.


Abstract

An Abstract of the manuscript should provide the basic content of the paper and should not exceed 250 words. It should be self-explanatory, complete, and include a summary statement of the study. Do not include any references. 


Introduction

The Introduction section should contain the background information of the investigated problem. At the end of the Introduction, the hypothesis or the rationale of the performed study should be written. Do not include the results of the study in the Introduction section.


Materials and Methods

In the Materials and Methods section all the materials, methods and experimental conditions should be described in a way that allow qualified scientists to reproduce these experiments. If the method was described before, reference to the published description is encouraged. In case of any modifications made to the previously published method, they should be described in details. The name and origin of all of the reagents and equipment should be provided. For a description of the centrifugation conditions, the model, rotor, and acceleration (g) must be provided.


Results

All experimental findings must be written in the Results section. This section may contain sub-sections according to the design of the study. Please indicate the number of experimental repeats, replicate determinations, or animal number per time point. Full statistical analysis and the probability values should be provided. Avoid extensive interpretations or discussions of the results in this section. The names of all of the used microbial or viral strains should be written according to the currently used and internationally accepted taxonomic Classification system. All of the Tables and Figures must be numbered and cited in the text.


Discussion

The interpretation of the results in compliance with the latest published data is the topic of the discussion. Please avoid repetition of the results in the Discussion section. In the Short Communication the Results section must be combined with the Discussion.


Acknowledgments

In the Acknowledgements section all financial recourses must be described. Additionally any recognition of the personal help and assistance could be also placed in this section.


Conflict of interest

The authors should certify if they have any financial or commercial interest (such as honoraria, educational grants, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest) in the subject matter.


References

Citations must be presented in the text as a number in the square brackets in the order they appear in the manuscript. All articles, books, patents, websites, conference proceedings, and conference abstracts mentioned in the manuscript must be included to the reference list. References provided in the Reference section must contain all authors' names with initials, article title, year, the abbreviation of the journal, volume number and the first and the last pages of the article. Journal abbreviation must be written according to the PubMed Journals Database Data. References, which were submitted for the publication, but not yet accepted could be cited in the text and indicated as unpublished data, but not included to the reference list. Not any information is presented in italic or bold.

Some examples of the reference style are presented below:

Articles

1. Collins PL, Wertz GW. cDNA cloning and transcriptional mapping of nine polyadenylylated RNAs encoded by the genome of human respiratory syncytial virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1983; 80(11), 3208–12.

2. Sigurs N, Bjarnason R, Sigurbergsson F, Kjellman B. Respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis in infancy is an important risk factor for asthma and allergy at age 7. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2000; 161(5), 1501–7. doi: 10.1007/s12250-011-3203-z.

Web sites

Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2012-2013 Northern hemi­sphere influenza season. Available: www.who.int/influenza/vaccines/virus

Books

Bates B. Bargaining for life: A social history of tuberculosis. 1st ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1992.

Book chapters

Lindenbach, BD, Murray CL, Thiel H-J, Rice CM. “Flaviviridae: The Viruses and Their Replication.”  Chapter 26 in D.M. Knipe, et al. (eds.), Fields Virology, 6th Edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, New York, NY. 2013

 

Tables

Tables should be placed after the References section. Table must be numbered with Arabic numerals and have a suitable captions. Headings for the columns should be kept as short as possible. Tables made as Excel files are not accepted and must be converted to Microsoft Word files. Table can contain footnotes indicated with superscript letters (e.g. a,b,c...). Explanation for each footnote should be placed at the bottom of the Table.


Figures and Illustrations

MIR accepts drawings, graphics or images in black and white or in color that must be submitted as PDF, TIFF, JPG or PNG high quality files, but not Power Point files. Minimum resolution for figures and illustrations is 300 pixels per inch. All Figures must be submitted as final products not requiring any additional settings. One type of font trough the Figure is encouraged.

Important: only in the first paper submission Figures must be uploaded as PDF files with the legends placed beneath the Figure to facilitate the review process. At the final submission stage Figures must be uploaded as high quality PDF, TIFF, JPG or PNG files without Figure legends. Figure legends must be incorporated in the text after References and Tables in the order they are mentioned in the text.


Figure legends

All Figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Each Figure should be accompanied by a separate legend. The legend should contain information that allows to understand the Figure without reference to the Materials and Methods section. Please be sure that all symbols used in the Figure are explained in the Figure legend. All legends must be combined in the text file after the References and Tables. Figures are not included in the main text and should be submitted as separate files.


Presentation of Nuclear Acid or Amino Acid Sequences

All presented in the paper new sequences must be deposited in one of the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases and the corresponding access numbers must be included in the manuscript. In the manuscript all the sequences must be presented as Figures.


Publication charges

MIR journal provides an open access to all published papers from the first day of publishing. Therefore, all journal expenses are recovered by charging a publication fee to all authors or their sponsors. However, the fee varies according to the country-based pricing model. The authors submitting the publication from the High Income Countries are required to pay complete fee 500 Euro.

The price for the authors from the Low Income Countries is 300 Euro. However, if the research was not financially supported, the MIR Financial department can consider the request to reduce the price (finance@mir-journal.org). The decision will be based on the scientific significance of the submitted paper.


Guideline for Reviewers

MIR editors and authors encourage all scientists to take the responsibility to review the manuscripts submitted for publication.

If the invitation to review the manuscript is accepted, the potential reviewer should exclude any conflict of interest with the author or author's institution and accept the time frame provided for the review process. The suggested by MIR deadline can be extended upon request. In this case the reviewer must notify the editor properly and in time.

The following aspects should be considered in the course of the manuscript review:

  • Adequacy of the manuscript title
  • Significance of the research for the community
  • Appropriateness of the experimental design
  • Appropriateness of the statistical methods
  • Appropriateness of the presented figures and tables
  • Adequacy of the presented in the manuscript discussion
  • Adequacy and completeness of presented references
  • Adequacy of the length and selected form of the manuscript

The first paragraph of the review should point out the major findings described in the manuscript and provide its evaluation.

The following paragraphs should list the specific major and minor comments. The review must contain the justified recommendation for acceptance, major- or minor- modification or rejection of the paper.

Please note that manuscripts usually do not qualify for an immediate acceptance. Therefore, reviewer's critical recommendations are very useful for the author and editor.

If the manuscript can be corrected within a reasonable period of time, please make clear recommendations how to improve the manuscript quality.

Offensive remarks are not acceptable in the review. The review may contain confidential remarks directed only to the attention of the editor.

The final decision about the manuscript acceptance is made by the editor based on remarks made by several reviewers.