Library FAQs


What Licences are used in the Publish and Read Program?

Institutions that have a Publish and Read package are offered:

  • Unlimited OA: any article published in Society journals where the corresponding author is from a Publish and Read institution will be OA by default.
  • Unlimited usage: any user associated with a Publish and Read institution can access the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947, for reading and for text and data mining.
  • Uncapped Publishing: users also enjoy uncapped publishing with the society.

This means that researchers, once signed up to Publish and Read, may immediately publish Open Access with no fees in our journals.

What are the ethical practices?

The Microbiology Society holds itself to the highest level of ethical conduct. Please see here for the full details: https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/ethics-policies

How does peer review work at the Microbiology Society?

Our unsung heroes are our peer reviewers. All of our five journals employ a single-blind peer review process, meaning the reviewers will know the identity of the authors, but the authors will not know the identity of the reviewers. All research published in Society journals received two full peer review reports. As an open research platform, Access Microbiology operates a transparent peer review process, meaning the reviewers know the identity of the authors, and the authors may know the identity of the reviewers if they choose to sign their name to their review. For more information visit:

Which browsers are supported?

We support current versions of the following browsers on Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS platforms:

  • Internet Explorer / Edge
  • Firefox (Mozilla)
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome

All pages function appropriately using any of the browsers referenced above. Please keep in mind that no two browsers (or two versions of the same browser) will display pages the same way.

Does the platform meet global accessibility standards?

We have aimed for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance with the Web Accessibility Initiative recommendations (WAI) and compliance with Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Can I use the platform on mobile devices?

The platform is designed to be used on all devices: desktop, tablet and mobile phones.

Can I use the platform with cookies or JavaScript disabled?

We recommend leaving cookies in place for the best possible user experience. Access to the site is possible with either cookies or JavaScript disabled, though some functions and content may not be available.

Do you offer KBART files?

Yes, KBART files are available in TSV format here, and in XLSX format, here

The first request submitted each day will trigger a new file build; any subsequent requests will receive the existing file for that day.

Access and authentication

What authentication methods do you support for end users?

The platform supports login with IP authentication and Shibboleth.

Can I log in via Shibboleth?

We are part of eduGAIN, which allows us to authenticate customers from around 60 Shibboleth federations. By visiting https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/session/ext/shib?url=%2F you can see a list of the institutions which can access our site using Shibboleth. If you believe your institution or your federation is missing, please contact [email protected]

Can I check or update my institution's IP ranges?

You can see your IP ranges in the Admin portal. If you need to update your IP ranges, please do so through the IPRegistry.

Is the platform secure via HTTPS?

Yes, we are using HTTPS. This means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

Admin portal

If I don't have an admin account, how can I create one?

If your institution subscribes to our journals and your institution has no admin account, please contact our team at [email protected].

Can my institution have more than one administrator registered?

The admin portal of the platform requires one institutional administrator. This institutional administrator will be able to add a variety of admin roles to the institutional account.

What can library administrators do with their account?

The account will give you access to the admin portal. The admin portal will allow users to see all holdings and download COUNTER reports, add colleagues to admin roles. All settings with regard to access (IP ranges, usernames, Shibboleth settings) as well as link resolvers settings can be seen here.

How do I see which resources my institution has access to?

Once you are logged as an institutional administrator you will have access to the admin portal. The portal will show you all holdings your institution has access to.

How do I access usage reports on the platform?

Libraries can access their existing reports, including COUNTER 5 reports, in the Admin portal.

How do I access my SUSHI credentials?

Customers can find their SUSHI information by logging on to www.microbiologyresearch.org as an administrator with their username and password. The SUSHI credentials are at the bottom of the Counter 5 reports page. If SUSHI has not already been enabled, the administrator will need to select 'Enable SUSHI reports' to get their credentials. More information on Counter 5 SUSHI can be found on our help page.

What is the URL for SUSHI Counter 5 reports?:

The Counter 5 SUSHI URL is:

Which Counter 5 reports does the site offer?:

The site offers the following Counter 5 reports:
PR_P1, TR_J1 to TR_J4, and IR_A1.

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