Eight rules for improving the quality of papers on the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from aquatic animals
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Smith, Peter. (2020). Eight rules for improving the quality of papers on the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from aquatic animals. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 139, 87-92. doi:10.3354/dao03476
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 commensu- rate, 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 fre- quent 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 sus- ceptibility tests. This opinion piece provides a set of rules that, if followed, would help authors to avoid these frequently detected shortcomings.