Author forms and templates

Licence forms

We need to have a signed licence form before we are able to publish an article.

  • If you are publishing a non-Open Access article in Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, or International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology you will need to sign our Licence to Publish. This form means that you retain copyright, but that we have an exclusive right to publish your article in its final form.
  • If you are publishing an Open Access article in any of our journals, you will need to sign our Creative Commons licence. This means that you retain copyright, and that others are able to re-use the article in line with funder and institution mandates on Open Access.

Ethical forms

If your article includes any patient information, we require consent for publication. This can be in the form of a letter or a form from your institution, but our template Consent for Publication form is also available.

If you need to change the authorship of your article after submission, we will need the consent of all co-authors. You can provide this either by email, or in our Change of Authorship form.

Article templates

Articles submitted to Microbiology Society journals should be a single file readable by Microsoft Word, using a standard typeface such as Times New Roman or Arial. We have provided three templates, each of which applies to several article types, for your convenience: they are not mandatory. If you use one of our templates, please remember to delete instructional text in italics prior to submission.

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