Microbiology – Scope

As the founding and flagship 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.

Reasons to publish

Microbiology is led by an internationally renowned Editorial Board who ensure rigorous, high-quality peer review, aided by the Society’s in-house publishing team. As a Microbiology Society journal, authors publishing with Microbiology benefit from rapid publication times and liberal Open Access policies compliant with all funder and institutional Open Access mandates worldwide, and are not subject to page limits, page charges or colour fees.


We publish high-quality original research on bacteria, fungi, protists, archaea, algae, parasites and other microscopic life forms.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance
  • Bacteriology and parasitology
  • Biochemistry and biophysics
  • Biofilms and biological systems
  • Biotechnology and bioremediation
  • Cell biology and signalling
  • Chemical biology
  • Cross-disciplinary work
  • Ecology and environmental microbiology
  • Food microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Host–microbe interactions
  • Microbial methods and techniques
  • Microscopy and imaging
  • Omics, including genomics, proteomics and metabolomics
  • Physiology and metabolism
  • Systems biology and synthetic biology
  • The microbiome


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

More information

For more information, including a list of article types published by the journal, please see our Information for Authors.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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