A. Mendez-Vilas (Ed.)
This series is committed to giving an overview of the state of the art as well as upcoming trends, and to promoting discussion about scientific, technological or educational advances related to anti-microbe strategies (against bacteria, fungi or protozoans), in biotic or abiotic environments, in planktonic or adhered states, in biologically specific or unspecific ways, in vitro or in vivo, in a general context marked by the threat posed by the increasing antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic microorganisms.
"Anti" is here taken in a wide sense as
"against cell cycle, adhesion, or communication", when harmful for human health (infectious diseases, chemotherapy...) and/or industry/economy (food, biomedicine, agriculture, livestock, biotechnology, water systems...). It will include topics on antimicrobial resistance, (early) microbial and resistance detection, enhancement of innate defences against pathogens, as well as methods & techniques. It is composed of full papers written by active researchers in any of these fields, using their own research materials, but presented in a generalist way. It is the main goal of this approach to take full pedagogical advantage of many research materials that researchers manage around the world.
Educationally-oriented research papers and mini-review papers are especially welcome, although more
"regular" research papers might also be suitable if the addressed topic is clearly exposed for non-specialists and the author(s) have previous expertise/publications in regular scholarly publications or sufficient academic background. Mini-reviews can be thematic in nature, or focused on the activity of a specific research group. In the latter case, the work should provide an integrated view of the research carried out by that group across the years. The driving force(s) behind the evolution of a concrete research group (seen as the reinforcement of some research approaches, refusal of others) can be of interest for both experts and newcomers, being this information less accessible from the fragmented ublications in traditional journals.