Licensing and access options

Our publications

We publish a portfolio of five journals and an open research platform

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Licensing and access options

Access licenses run on an annual basis, January to December, within which time articles are published online on a continuous daily basis. As a benefit to scholarship, the Society makes everything free to read after a 36-month embargo. We acknowledge the financial support of our library customers for enabling us to provide this service.

2024 institutional price lists

  • 2024 PUBLISH AND READ list prices [XLSX]
  • 2024 SUBSCRIPTION list prices [XLSX]

Access licenses are offered for online-only access and are currently only offered to institutions.

Tier descriptions

  • Publish and Read Tier descriptions [PDF]

Criteria for determining your Publish and Read or subscription Tier:

We have used numbers of FTEs to help define our pricing tiers. FTE stands for Full-Time Equivalent, and is a way of measuring the size of your organisation, not an indicator of usage. For academic institutions, FTE refers to the number of full-time students, plus the total number of faculty and teaching staff across all subject areas (including non-life science faculties), and all types of students (postgraduate, undergraduate, etc) across the sites that have online access. If you are a commercial organisation your FTE is your total number of staff across the entire organisation.

Standard Licence Agreement

Basic and extended licence terms for organisations in the set rate tiers (Academic 1, Academic 2, and Corporate and Government 1) are given in the Standard Licence Agreement. Additional terms apply for Publish and Read licences. Please note that by using the Platform you are agreeing to abide by the terms set out in this site licence.

Subscribers in the top tier requiring Special Pricing will need to sign a licence agreement that will be provided with the quotation.

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Usage reporting

COUNTER 5-compliant library usage statistics are available to all our registered library administrators for usage from January 2019. The data included in the reports is based on your patrons' usage of paywalled content. As part of our charitable mission, the full archive of all our journals is made freely accessible after 36 months. Library customers are advised that only usage by subscribed year will be reliable, as usage of older articles, along with all OA Gold articles will often not be associated with a subscribing institution, as researchers have freedom to access the content outside your IP range.

The standard statistics report is delivered via email, as a .csv file. The administrator can request the report through a simple web-based form, and will receive the data by email within a few hours. To request your report online, simply login at www.microbiologyresearch.org using your administrator username and password; select C5 Reports, then select one of the following Title reports from the drop down Master report menu:

  • TR_J1: Journal requests (Excluding OA_Gold)
  • TR_J2: Journal access denied
  • TR_J3: Journal usage by access type
  • TR_J4: Journal requests by YOP (Excluding OA_Gold)

For usage statistics prior to 2019, select C4 Reports. JR1 shows the number of successful full-text article requests by month and journal.

You can also benefit from using the SUSHI protocol (Standard Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative), which is developing a web services model for both requesting usage statistics and responding to those requests with data. The SUSHI protocol provides a practical method of harvesting usage statistics for consolidation, thus reducing administrative costs associated with provider-by-provider downloads.

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Offers and offsetting

Please see below offers and offsetting initiatives available for Microbiology Society journals. For full details on routes for publishing Open Access in our journals, please see our Open Access information page.

  • We are currently offering tiered pricing for Publish and Read (P&R), scalable to either number of existing subscriptions or to publishing output. Academics affiliated with P&R institutions will have access to to all Microbiology Society journals content as well as unlimited Open Access publishing with no further fees. We currently have agreements with individual institutions and with international library consortia. See the list of P&R institutions.
  • If not affiliated with a P&R institution, corresponding authors who are members of the Microbiology Society receive a 30% discount on article processing charges (APCs) for Open Access publishing across all Society journals.
  • Editorial Board members are entitled to discounted APCs for their Open Access articles.
  • Time-limited 15% APC discount codes for reviewers, as part of a reviewer recognition package.
  • Immediate, 24-hour online pay-per-view (PPV) access is provided for non-subscribers for US$35.00/£22.50 per article by clicking on the ‘Purchase’ button on the article abstract. PDFs may be downloaded for future use.

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Our journals are all preserved in the CLOCKSS archive and through Portico. This means our whole archive, back to 1947, is permanently preserved in two different archives with different modes of preservation, providing comprehensive reassurance that content will always be available.

Subscribers agree to the terms of use of content from the Journal Platform as set out in either the Standard Licence Agreement, or a licence agreement jointly signed.

When placing orders, please be aware:

  1. Payment is accepted in Sterling and US Dollars.
  2. Please ensure that the correct tier is applied to each order.
  3. Full end user details including librarian contact name, job title, email address, telephone number and full institutional address must be included on all orders.
  4. The Microbiology Society's institutional reference number must be included on all renewal orders.
  5. Cancellations are only accepted at the discretion of the Microbiology Society and any refunds will be given at the discretion of the Microbiology Society.

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Payment details

Paying by bank transfer

Bank details are available on request; please contact [email protected].

Paying by cheque

Cheques should be made payable to 'Microbiology Society' and sent to the following address:

Microbiology Society Journal Sales Team
14–16 Meredith Street

Sterling cheques must be drawn on a UK bank. US dollar cheques must be drawn on a US bank.

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Contacts at Microbiology Society

In the first instance, please send all queries to: [email protected]

Alternatively, please contact:

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