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, 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.

Microbiology Society journals welcome transfers from bioRxiv. If you have deposited a preprint of your article in bioRxiv, you will be able to submit it directly to one of our journals without having to go through the usual submission process.

Submit to our 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.


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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