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DAO 139:87-92 (2020)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03476

OPINION PIECE
Eight rules for improving the quality of papers on the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from aquatic animals

Peter Smith*

Department of Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Galway H91TK33, Ireland
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ABSTRACT: The methods for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria, although relatively simple, are not robust. As a consequence, if the data generated in such tests are to be commensurate, all susceptibility tests must be performed using standard protocols. A review of the published literature of antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria from aquatic animals revealed a frequent occurrence of significant errors, particularly with regard to testing methodology, quality control and the use of appropriate interpretive criteria in the performance and reporting of susceptibility tests. This opinion piece provides a set of rules that, if followed, would help authors to avoid these frequently detected shortcomings.


KEY WORDS: Antimicrobial susceptibility testing · Standard methods · Interpretive criteria · Aquatic animals


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Cite this article as: Smith P (2020) Eight rules for improving the quality of papers on the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from aquatic animals. Dis Aquat Org 139:87-92. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03476

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