As a community-driven initiative, microbiologists use, contribute, and review submissions to the MicrobeLibrary (ML). The mission of ML is to promote good pedagogy in microbiology, foster scholarly teaching, and enhance understanding about the microbial world. The scientific scope of the library covers the microbiological sciences as outlined in the ASM's curriculum guidelines.
Microbiologists are encouraged to share their intellectual knowledge and educational resources (e.g., images, animations, videos and questions) with the microbiology educator community.
ML authors are expected to comply with ASM's general ethical policies:
- Submissions must represent reports of original studies and the original data must be available for review by the editor if necessary;
- All authors must have agreed to the submission and are responsible for its content;
- All authors must guarantee that they have the authority to publish the work and that the content is not being considered by another publication, has not been published elsewhere, and has not been rejected on scientific or educational grounds by another ASM publication (e.g., book or journal)
Scientific errors and incorrect interpretations inevitably occur in the published literature, but authors who knowingly commit fraud or other scientific misconduct seriously compromise the integrity of the scientific record and the success of future scientific research. Examples of scientific misconduct include fabrication or falsification of data, plagiarism, duplicate publication, unethical experimental procedures, and unacknowledged conflicts of interest.
Reusing previously published content (even if originally written by the same authors) or including results from others without permission and proper attribution is considered plagiarism. Prior publication includes appearance of content, including data, in print or online, e.g., in a journal, book, conference report, symposium proceedings, company white paper or sponsors' website. Content that has been previously published will not be considered for publication by ML. Presentation of an image, animation, video, figure legend, or abstract at a scientific conference is not considered prior publication.
Read the information below to identify the best section for the resource you would like to submit. Each section has its own set of submission guidelines, deadlines, and formats. All submissions are reviewed for scientific accuracy, instructional value, and promotion of ASM's curriculum guidelines.
Visual Media Briefs
Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database
Gallery. Gallery is a collection of images, videos, and animations used to enhance presentations and publications. Collection items are visually engaging and cover the expanse of the ASM curriculum guidelines. Brief legends inform viewers about what they are seeing and the basic technique used to acquire the image. All collections include:
- Descriptive title – concise title that includes key features of the submission
- Authors – name and affiliation of all authors
- Figure Title – describes the image, animation or video in a short phrase
- Figure Description – describes the image, animation or video and provides a concise synopsis about how the item was collected in 2 or 3 sentences
- Core theme – designated ASM curriculum theme(s)
- Category – designated term to optimize visibility amongst search engines
Gallery Collection Submission Instructions
Visual Media Briefs. Visual Media Briefs consist of high-quality communications containing images, videos, and animations used to enhance professional development as well as presentations and publications. Collection items are visually engaging and cover the expanse of the ASM’s Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology Education.
Visual Media Briefs Collection Submission Instructions
Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database. The Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database, or SLAMD, is a new MicrobeLibrary collection of peer-reviewed multiple choice and true/false questions designed especially for interactive learning using audience response systems. The questions are also of value for pre- and post-tests or traditional exams, and may be used in the classroom or laboratory or on-line in blended-and distance-learning experiences. The question bank is a repository of original multiple choice questions for both lower- and higher-order thinking skills that are aligned with ASM’s Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology Education. Lower-order thinking multiple choice questions corresponding to Bloom’s level one or two (knowledge/comprehension) that faculty can use to break up their lectures and get immediate feedback from students on content just discussed. Higher-order multiple choice questions (Bloom’s level 3 – application- or higher) to get better feedback on the student’s ability to apply knowledge.
Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database Collection Submission Instructions
Laboratory Protocols. The Laboratory Protocols provide microbiology educators with standard information about single protocols, including purpose and theory, history, procedural steps, safety considerations, tips and comments, and references. The protocols are geared for microbiology educators at all levels and assume a basic understanding of general microbiology. All protocols include:
- History – short statement of history of the protocol including original reference with link to PDF, if available within ASM archives.
- Purpose – short statement of why, and in what context, the use of this technique is important.
- Theory – description of the theory of the protocol citing appropriate references.
- Recipes/Protocol – information taken from a standard microbiology reference that is reviewed and refined prior to ASMCUE. The protocol source should be cited. This section should include images and illustrations that enhance one’s understanding of the procedures involved in the protocol.
- Safety – basic safety statement with links to appropriate ASM references.
- Tips and Comments – feedback from ASMCUE attendee highlight tips and shortcuts for using in teaching and learning.
- References – References to original peer-reviewed articles formatted according to ASM journal style.
- Reviewers and contributors – ASMCUE attendees who provide tips and comments are listed as contributors.
Submissions are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The submission deadlines are December 1 (for May publication) and July 1 (for December publication).