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Aims and scope

Published by the Microbiology Society, Journal of General Virology welcomes high-quality research and review articles that contribute significantly to the field of virology. We particularly welcome fundamental studies on virus replication, pathogenesis and virus-host interactions. We also welcome phylogenetic or epidemiologic studies, or studies that address clinical aspects of virus infection, provided that these lead to testable hypotheses and contain new information relevant to virus biology.

Articles in Journal of General Virology are published under the subject categories outlined below, and authors are asked to indicate the subject category for their article during submission:

  • Animal viruses: RNA viruses, DNA viruses, and retroviruses
  • Insect viruses: RNA viruses and DNA viruses
  • Plant viruses: RNA viruses and DNA viruses
  • Others: fungal viruses, prokaryotic viruses, and TSE agents

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ICTV Profiles

Journal of General Virology collaborates with the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) on the ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles, to support the global virology community. These concise, review-type articles are a valuable resource and provide overviews of the classification, structure and properties of individual virus orders, families and genera. All Profiles are Open Access, and are written by the ICTV study groups and invited by the ICTV Profiles Managing Editor.

The Profiles published so far can be found on our ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles collection page.

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Indexing and metrics

Journal of General Virology is indexed in Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Service, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, Current Contents – Life Sciences, Current Opinion series, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Science Citation Index, SciSearch, and SCOPUS, as well as on Google Scholar, ensuring maximum discoverability of your research.

Visit our Impact and metrics page to learn more about the metrics for Journal of General Virology.

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Information for authors

For more information about submitting to Journal of General Virology, please see our Article types, Prepare an article and Submission and peer review pages.

Journal of General Virology provides authors with the option to publish subscription (paywalled) articles free-of-charge, or Gold Open Access articles. Microbiology Society journals offer two routes for Gold Open Access publishing: Publish and Read and Article Processing Charges. More information can be found on our Open Access costs page.

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