Terms of Writing

Below are the Guidelines for Intending Contributory Writers for Microbiotics Magazine

About MicroBiotics Readers

MicroBiotics magazine is read by students and lecturers of different fields of microbiology and related disciplines (e.g. Food science and technology, Medical Laboratory Science e.t.c.) in tertiary institutions; professionals, interns and workforce/personnel of pharmaceutical, food, biotechnological, biomedical and brewing industries; research laboratories (medical, industrial and educational), governmental or non-governmental; the whole scientific community whose efforts are directed toward the betterment of the human health and; the general public with interest in knowing about microbial entities and their health/lives.

MicroBiotics is a channel for reflecting on how the discipline of Microbiology and all associated discipline affecting the human race and other ‘macro living beings’; it is an avenue for making the vast amount of information and findings in microbiology and related sciences available to the teeming population of practitioners, academia, students of the disciplines and laymen, and for imparting and applying the necessary practical knowledge needed to deal with our inevitable daily interaction with the invisible and unavoidable ubiquitous world of microbic living things.

Features Style, Contents and Tone

The challenge for every writer and reporter is to produce content that will educate, elucidate and simplify both recent and past findings in a specific field of microbiology, and write feature articles which will connect scientific findings with readers’ reality, using a combination of scientific jargons and literary English to past across their points.

All written articles/reports and supporting media must:

  • Be intelligent, original, vivid, evocative and interesting to read, and must revolve around   particular microbiological issues and its implication with human life;
  • Be able to connect the science of microbiology with everyday human life in simple understandable terms;
  • Be accurate, authentic, informative, authoritative and independent-minded, with adequate references given where necessary;
  • Be a powerful impression of personal experiences, preferably things the writer has done or is/was involved with, though observed instances are also permitted;
  • Be able to stimulate thoughts and gear readers toward a revolutionary path in the advancement of microbiology in particular and science in general;
  • Have a compelling hook and a dynamic argument or plot which keeps our readers reading right to the end;
  • Have fresh information that readers are unlikely to find elsewhere and include up to date research on issues;
  • Bring up past findings and experiments with the purpose of raising questions about the importance, consequences and values of such;
  • Keep a strong human element, preferably written in light and witty tones as against boring and dull tendency.

Other intelligent microbiological/scientific information and ‘material’ worth reading by     people include:

  • short, mind-stimulating and incisive microbiological articles/write-ups which are educative and/or having practical application/implication;
  • intelligent and well-framed questions whose answers would provide educative insights for microbiologists and non-microbiologists;
  • science/health-related (particularly microbiology) entertaining items like cartoon, jokes, poems, puzzles etc.
  • science/health-related (particularly microbiology) pictures that can tell their own stories with minimal captions.
  • and other intelligent, printable and readable bits and pieces.

Terms of Agreement

It should be noted that the magazine does not take payment for publishing articles and/or reports. The decision is solely based on the fact that no amount of money can substitute for the in-depth knowledge the writer intends to provide, and that the magazine would be an easily accessible platform for putting forward revolutionary ideas and discoveries without recourse to payment.

Unless specified otherwise, we will require first rights for the use of your material in all present and future forms of MicroBiotics – magazine, website, blog, CD ROM etc – worldwide. We also ask that work commissioned by MicroBiotics is not offered to any competing publication.

We would be joint copyright owners of any original material submitted. You must supply full attribution details for any material submitted which is not your original work.

All writers and reporters are responsible for any information given; plagiarized, libelous and defamatory information or story should also be avoided.

Invariably, only light editing would be done on submitted write-ups, either to correct grammatical errors or to make the write-ups conform to the Magazine writing style without touching the original information or changing the tone of the write-up.

Finally, the magazine reserves the right to delay, withhold or refuse to publish any article and report it needs clarification on, whose writer default on the deadline date for submission or whose writer refuse to accept recommended changes to written materials or other supporting media.

All works should be sent as attached file to the email provided. Hard copies are not accepted.


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