Microbicide Trials Network

MTN’s Manuscript Review Process and the Role of the Manuscript Review Committee (MRC)

About the MTN Manuscript Review Committee (MRC)

Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) investigators are encouraged to develop and submit manuscripts and abstracts based on MTN’s clinical trials portfolio. The MTN Manuscript Review Committee (MRC) was established to facilitate this process as well as ensure that all publications and presentations representing the MTN are held to the highest standards of scientific quality and integrity. As such, all manuscripts, abstracts, meeting posters and oral presentations that report on MTN research must be reviewed and approved by the MRC prior to being submitted for publication or presentation. The MRC ensures that such work:


·       Reflects accurate reporting of the design, conduct, and analysis of studies

·       Protects the confidentiality of medical, personal, and product information in accordance with U.S. laws and regulations and meets the requirements of any applicable clinical trials agreements (CTAs)

·       Complies with all National Institutes of Health (NIH) policies, including the NIH Public Access Policy

·       Acknowledges the MTN and NIH’s support for the work and references the applicable NIH cooperative agreement number(s) (unless a journal’s policy precludes such acknowledgement). 


More information about the MRC, publication requirements, authorship guidelines and the overall review process can be found in the MTN Manual of Operational Procedures, Section 20, The Microbicide Trials Network Publication Policy.


Contact the MRC Co-Chairs Charlene Dezzutti, Ph.D. and Sharon Riddler, M.D., M.P.H.


Contact the MTN Scientific Communications and Publications Analyst Orly Aridor


Contact the LOC Director of Operations Judy Jones


Quick Links

·       MTN Publications

·       MTN Publication Policy

·       MTN Publication Concept Proposal Form

·       MTN Poster Template

·       MTN PowerPoint Template - Style 1

·       MTN PowerPoint Template - Style 2

·       MTN Acknowledgment/Funding Statement

·       Conference Abstract Submission Timelines


Additional resources

For creating scientific posters:

·       Poster Design

·       10 Rules for Poster Presentation


For writing an abstract:

·       Guidelines: Pub Med

·       Guidelines: Carnegie Mellon University


For writing a scientific paper:

·       Guidelines: Columbia University


For all peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript articles resulting from direct NIH funding:

·       NIH Public Access Policy: Resources