Microbiology’s transformation to fully Open Access

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Microbiology is now fully Open Access

Having published advances across the field of microbiology for 75 years, Microbiology – the Microbiology Society’s founding journal – has transitioned to fully Open Access (OA) for 2023. Find out more about the benefits of Open Access from the Editors of Microbiology in the video below.

An Open Access future with the Society

This exciting new chapter for this established journal indicates the Society’s commitment to an Open Science future. Submit now to:

Expand your reach

Open Access research can be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, with no restriction on reading, sharing, or reusing.

Increase your impact

Articles published Open Access in Society journals get on average 2.6 times more citations and 4 times more usage than paywalled content, based on data from Web of Science across all Society journals.

Support your community

Publishing with the Microbiology Society raises funds for grants, events and policy projects for microbiologists across the world.

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What does the transition of Microbiology to fully Open Access in 2023 mean for me?


When is this happening?

Anything published in the journal from 1 January 2023 will be fully Open Access. With the date falling on a weekend, and a public holiday in the UK, the majority of technical changes will be completed by 3 January 2023.

What happens to my paper if I submit now?

Come 1 January 2023, all articles in Microbiology will be made fully Open Access. No article processing charge (APC) will be levied on any article submitted before January 2023, and all articles that are under submission come 1 January 2023 will be offered the chance to publish Open Access at no extra cost.

What are the benefits of publishing Open Access in Microbiology?

Open Access articles published in our journals accrue, on average, two times more citations than those published in a hybrid journal.
They are also read more – Open Access papers published at the Microbiology Society receive, on average, 3.7 times more accesses than non-Open Access articles we publish.

Why publish with the Society?

Unlike many publishers, 100% of our surplus revenue goes straight back to the microbiology community. The Society undertakes many programs of work, all of which are funded by publishing in our journals – these include events, professional development and policy work.

Will this apply to my data as well as my research article?

Microbiology does not currently have a mandatory Open Data policy, although we recommend authors wherever possible to make their underlying data available to readers and reviewers. Guidance on how to do this can be found on our Open Data page.


When is this happening?

The transition to Open Access is happening from 1 January 2023, meaning read-only subscriptions will no longer be available. All subscribers to Microbiology should have been contacted about converting to a Publish and Read agreement. If you have not heard from us or have any questions, please let us know at [email protected].

What will change for authors in my institution?

Authors at your institution will be able to continue publishing without any barriers, or transactions, if you have signed a Publish and Read deal with us. Publish and Read allows authors at your institution unlimited, fee-free Open Access publishing across all of our titles. Find out more about Publish and Read.

This initiative was designed to be as simple and frictionless as possible, and is our recommended path to open access at the Microbiology Society.

If you do not have a Publish and Read deal, authors at your institution will have to pay an article processing charge, or otherwise apply for relief through our inclusivity policy. You can read more on our publishing costs page.

Find out more about the Open Access journey

Publish and Read

The Microbiology Society is expanding its Publish and Read programme, aiming to help more researchers participate in and benefit from Open Access (OA) publishing. The model is designed to offer a frictionless OA experience for authors, and provides maximum value for institutions, with minimum administration.

Researchers at a participating Publish and Read institution can enjoy:

  • Unlimited OA publishing for corresponding authors.
  • Unlimited usage across the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947.

Watch the video to find out more and recommend Publish and Read to your librarian.

Further resources 

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