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Featured Article - Diversity or Clonality in carbapenem-susceptible Acinetobacter baumannii

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is increasingly used  to investigate outbreaks of multidrug-resistant microorganisms. Bogaty et al. present a study where they analyzed an outbreak of carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter baumannii with both pulsed-field electrophoresis and WGS, finding a number of similarities and major differences between the two typing methods. The chain of transmission deduced with each method, however, showed a high degree of concordance. The results suggest that, if performed in real time, WGS may be of practical value in case finding and in hypothesis generation regarding transmission.

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Guide - Peer Review

Here, we compile some handy tips for the community, from early-career researchers to clinicians on peer review. It may seem like a basic part of a reseacher’s role, but many basic and clinical researchers don’t get much training in the cornerstone of this life cycle of modern scientific literature. 

Assessment by expert peers improves the quality of manuscripts and provides a level of control in scientific communication.

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Professor Shaheen Mehtar, Chair of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), shares her long-lasting experience, the recent difficulties and the future of Ebola control in Africa.

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control is a global forum for all those working on the prevention, diagnostic and treatment of health-care associated infections and antimicrobial resistance development in all health-care settings. The journal covers a broad spectrum of preeminent practices and best available data to the top interventional and translational research, and innovative developments in the field of infection control.

Expedited Peer Review

We are pleased to highlight that Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control  recognises that scientifically sound, high quality manuscripts are often turned away from broad-scope "high-impact" journals based on the issue of "general interest." The journal will consider rapid publication of such manuscripts - if they are submitted together with the original peer reviewer reports, letter of rejection, and a rebuttal. Please also mention this in your cover letter.

Please note that additional peer review may be necessary and the final decision will be made by the Editor.

Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control is pleased to announce a new article collection entitled Society guidelines for best practices. Our aim is to offer the journal’s associated societies the opportunity to publish their guidelines in order to make them available for a broader audience. 

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Guidance - Peer Review

Here, we compile some handy tips for the community, from early-career researchers to clinicians on peer review. It may seem like a basic part of a reseacher’s role, but many basic and clinical researchers don’t get much training in the cornerstone of this life cycle of modern scientific literature. 

Assessment by expert peers improves the quality of manuscripts and provides a level of control in scientific communication.

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Christina Vandenbroucke-Grauls, Editor-in-Chief

 Dr Vandenbroucke-Grauls is professor of Medical Microbiology at the VU University (Amsterdam), The Netherlands. She holds an MD from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a PhD from the Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands). She also holds a degree in Epidemiology (PhD equivalent) from the Dutch Society for Epidemiology. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP).

Professor Vandenbroucke-Grauls is head of Department of Medical Microbiology & Infection Control at the VU University Medical Center. For over ten years she served as chair of the Dutch Working Party on Infection Control. She also served in several professional boards and national and international scientific committees. Her main work interest is in infection control and antimicrobial resistant pathogens (MRSA and ESBL- and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in particular).

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