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Aims and scope

As the founding journal from the Microbiology Society, Microbiology brings together communities of scientists from all microbiological disciplines and from around the world. Originally Journal of General Microbiology, we have been publishing the latest advances in microbiology since 1947. Today the journal reflects the diversity and importance of microbiology in addressing current global challenges, such as food security, environmental sustainability, and health, by publishing fundamental and applied research across the breadth of the field.

Microbiology publishes high-quality original research on bacteria, fungi, yeast, protists, archaea, algae, parasites, phages and other microscopic life forms.

Key topic areas include:

  • Antimicrobials and AMR
  • Biotechnology and synthetic biology
  • Cell and developmental microbiology
  • Microbial cell surfaces
  • Microbial interactions and communities
  • Microbial evolution
  • Microbial physiology, biochemistry and metabolism
  • Microbial virulence and pathogenesis
  • Plant microbiology and soil health
  • Regulation, sensing and signalling

These topic areas also include research on: biofilms and biological systems; chemical biology; cross-disciplinary work; ecology and environmental microbiology; food microbiology; genetics and omics, including genomics, proteomics and metabolomics; microbial methods and techniques; microscopy and imaging, and the microbiome.

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An Open Access Future

From 2023, the Microbiology Society's founding journal Microbiology transformed to fully Open Access (OA) – the first of our journals to move from a hybrid to a fully OA model.

Choosing to publish OA with the Society can not only increase your opportunities for global impact and reach, but also supports us in providing activities, grants and events for international microbiologists.

Submit now to increase your impact, expand your reach, and support your community.

Find out more about the transformation here.

Rapid-Review Track

We are happy to consider manuscripts that have previously been under full review at selective journals for our rapid review track. If you wish to explore this option, please contact the most appropriate Senior Editor by e-mail. For the rapid review track we will require a copy of your original manuscript along with the unedited, anonymised peer reviews and decision letter, and a rebuttal explaining how you would address the reviewers’ comments.

Manuscripts considered for the rapid review track will be examined by the Senior Editor team and a decision as to whether your manuscript will proceed with this track will be made within five working days. A formal decision regarding your manuscript will be returned within a further five working days.

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Microbe Profiles 

Microbiology publishes Microbe Profiles on key microbes across the field of microbiology. These are concise, review-type articles that provide overviews of the classification, structure and properties of novel microbes, making them an excellent resource for education or reference. All Microbe Profiles are written by leading microbiologists and invited by the Microbe Profiles Editor. If you would be interested in submitting a Microbe Profile, please contact the Microbe Profiles Editor.

The Profiles published so far can be found in our Microbe Profile collection

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Microbial Primers 

Microbiology publishes Microbial Primers, short articles designed to simplify and illuminate intricate microbiological concepts. Each article provides an overview of the fundamental points of a specific subject, making them an excellent resource for both early career microbiologists or established researchers looking to become familiar with a new field.  

All Microbial Primers are written by leading microbiologists and invited by the Microbial Primers Editor. If you would be interested in submitting a Microbial Primer, please contact the Microbial Primers Editor.

The Primers published so far can be found in our Microbial Primer collection.  

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Indexing and metrics

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

Visit our Impact and metrics page to learn more about the metrics for Microbiology.

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Information for authors

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

Microbiology is a Gold Open Access journal. 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

Email the journal Editorial Office at [email protected]

For the sales and marketing team, please contact [email protected]

Social media:

Twitter – @MicrobioSoc

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LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/microbiology-society

By phone: 

Call +44 (0)20 3034 4870

By post or in person:

Microbiology Society

14–16 Meredith Street



United Kingdom

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