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Aims and scope


As part of the Microbiology Society portfolio, the Journal of Medical Microbiology provides comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infection biology (‘infection science’ for short). We welcome a range of submissions spanning laboratory research to clinical trials, including bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, infectious diseases, human and veterinary public health.

We welcome articles reporting novel, original research findings that go beyond descriptive or factual reporting of observations. For example, acceptable content might uncover underlying mechanisms, explain previously observed phenomena, or provide a novel interpretation. We also encourage basic research on the biology of human and veterinary pathogens, set in the context of infection or immunity, and prefer a strong connection to a specific infection(s) for host-centred topics such as host cell biology or immunology.

If you are interested in submitting to JMM but are unsure if your paper is in scope, please contact the editorial office at [email protected].


We publish articles under the following subject categories:

Clinical microbiology

Medical bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and related entomology, and virology. 

Includes basic science such as the application of microbial taxonomy to laboratory medicine, and extends to the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of infections; infection in broader medical practice such as hospital-acquired, new and emerging infections, and the entire suite of tools used in the clinical laboratory investigation of infectious disease. This includes the application of genomic, phenomic and other elements of systems biology to human and veterinary pathogens.

Public health microbiology

High consequence investigations of case clusters, outbreaks, surveillance, emerging and epidemic infections. Read more

This includes molecular epidemiology and other microbial typing techniques, their application to community, population and geographic analysis of distribution and determinants including virulence factors, antimicrobial resistance and other predictive markers, phylogeographic studies and other epidemiological applications of bioinformatics machine learning and data mining. In recognition of the One Health paradigm, zoonotic infections, the intersection of animal health with human infectious diseases such as reverse zoonoses, and the role of the whole environment as source, reservoir and modulator of human infection is included in the ecological context of human and veterinary public health microbiology.

Mechanisms of microbial disease

Virulence factors and their mechanism of actions, their role in host-microbe interactions, novel insights into pathogenesis and pathogenicity. Read more

This includes integrated systems biology investigations of infectious disease pathogenesis and pathophysiology at all scales of biological organisation from molecular and cellular to the whole person and their community.

Antimicrobial countermeasures

Preventive measures and novel therapeutic approaches in combating microbial infections; drug discovery; basic science research to identify vaccine and drug targets. 

Including non-antimicrobial therapeutic alternatives and non-pharmaceutical interventions. We welcome studies covering infection prevention and control of microorganisms; including virulence factors, disinfection strategies and direct interventions to control infection transmission.

Veterinary microbiology

Diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi in animals; including zoonoses and aquaculture. Read more

Detection and characterisation of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses that cause infections of companion, livestock, poultry, aquaculture and wild animals, the clinical features, treatment and prevention of these infections, their pathogenesis and pathophysiology, current and emerging anti-infective countermeasures, their importance to human health and the health of the environment. Studies on veterinary aspects of zoonotic infection and antimicrobial resistance are included here.

Crossing into more than one of the above categories, the below cross-disciplinary themes are of particular interest to the journal:

Antimicrobial resistance

Detection, control and prevention of antimicrobial susceptibility in bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites of medical importance. 

Descriptive and molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance including nosocomial, community and international dissemination, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, their modifying effect on infection at a molecular, cellular and organ system level, genotype-phenotype relationship in antimicrobial resistance, and novel methods of countering resistance.

Microbiome and microbial ecology in health

The normal microbiome and dysbiosis, and structure of microbial ecosystems and communities. 

Microbial ecology, with an emphasis on how microorganisms interact with their environment, their host and each other and their impact on general health and treatment of disease.

One Health

Emerging, zoonotic and environmental diseases. 

Integrating the health of humans with animals and the environment, emerging zoonotic and environmental infectious diseases; veterinary, medical and comparative microbiology, together with understanding the epidemiology, surveillance and control of zoonotic pathogens from a medical microbiological perspective.


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JMM Profiles


Journal of Medical Microbiology also publishes JMM Profiles. Profiles are published in one of three categories, Pathogen Profile, Antimicrobial Profile, and Diagnostic Profile. These articles aim to provide a brief summary review in each of these areas. Please contact the Editors-in-Chief if you are interested in contributing to the JMM Profiles.


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Indexing and metrics


Journal of Medical Microbiology is indexed in Adonis, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Elsevier BIOBASE/CABS, CAB Abstracts, CSA Illustrata, Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), Current Contents – Life Sciences, EMBASE, Google Scholar, MEDLINE, Medical Documentation Service, Reference UpDate, Research Alert, Science Citation Index, SciSearch, SCOPUS, and UMI (Microfilm), 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 Medical Microbiology.


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Information for authors


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


Journal of Medical Microbiology 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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Contact us


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