Publishing costs and Open Access

The Microbiology Society does not charge submission fees, page or colour fees, or other publishing-associated fees. The only time you may be asked to make a payment for publication is if you opt for Gold Open Access (OA), which is associated with payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

From 2020 we will also be making Gold OA available without payment of an APC for corresponding authors from institutions which sign up to one of our Publish and Read packages. We will provide a list of institutions eligible for APC-free Gold OA soon.

Article Processing Charges


 APC type

 APC amount (2019) 

 APC amount (2020) 


 Journal of General Virology

 Journal of Medical Microbiology

 International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 

 Full APC



 Microbial Genomics

 Partial APC



 Access Microbiology

 Subsidised APC for new  journals 

 No charge


We offer some APC subsidies, as well as special offers for our reviewers and members of our Editorial Boards. The standard subsidies are:

  • 30% off for corresponding authors who are members of the Microbiology Society, or 20% off for members of affiliated societies.
  • Free publication in our two OA journals, Microbial Genomics and Access Microbiology, for corresponding authors from countries in the HINARI programme.

Please note that we only one discount may be applied per submission.

The EU requires that VAT tax rates be applied based on the location of the customer for electronic services. Charges are applied during the APC checkout process, and are as follows:

  • 20% on all transactions with UK individuals or institutions;
  • 20% on transactions with EU individuals without a VAT registration number;
  • 0% on transactions with EU institutions with a VAT registration number;
  • 0% on transactions with individuals or institutions outside of the UK or EU.

Paying the APC

If you want your article to be immediately OA, select the OpenMicrobiology option during submission. If the article is accepted, we will send you an email containing a link to the Copyright Clearance Center Rightslink platform where you can confirm your order and pay the APC.

Refund policy

APCs will only be reimbursed if an article does not comply with the research funder's requirements because of our oversight. APCs will not be refunded where article publication is not compliant with funder mandates for reasons outside our control. The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies maintains a list of policymakers and their mandates.

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