Our journals

Publishing for the community

Microbiology Society journals publish high-quality research papers, topical review articles, and a host of other important research outputs. We are a not-for-profit publisher and we support and invest in the microbiology community, to the benefit of everyone. This supports our principal goal to develop, expand and strengthen the networks available to our members so that they can generate new knowledge about microbes and ensure that it is shared with other communities. Find out more about our journals and how to submit an article, on our journals platform.'

Open Access

The Microbiology Society is transitioning its business model from a subscription business requiring that readers buy access to paywalled articles, to open access models, namely:

Pricing for both Publish and Read and article process charges (APCs) are published on our journals platform.

Open Access mandates and compliance

The Society’s transformation to Open Access publishing has a long history and over the course of that time we have developed policies and practices to maximise the distribution, usage and discovery of our published content. Reasons for doing so include enabling our authors to comply with the Open Access requirements of their funding bodies and institutions, as well as complying with our own charitable and educational remit to making microbiological knowledge as widely available as possible.

Our Green Open Access policy of allowing authors to post their accepted manuscripts (AAM) in subject or institutional repositories on the day of publication, without embargo remains a pivotal route to Open Access compliance (for instance with Plan S’s Rights Retention Strategy) during a transitional phase. However, as its purpose is to enable Open Access within a subscription model, we anticipate that the more Open Access articles we publish, the less need or reliance on this route there will be.

Publishing across the breadth of microbiology

Discover everything you need to know about publishing in the Microbiology Society journals, browse our collections and access some of the latest research in our blog. 

  • About our journals

    Learn more about our six journals.

  • Browse collections

    Browse our Collections – bringing together peer-reviewed content from across the Society’s publishing platform on a range of hot topics and subject areas.

  • How to prepare an article

    Thinking of submitting your research to one of our journals? Here is everything you need to know about preparing an article for publication.

  • Access Microbiology is evolving

    Find out how we are using a Learned Society Curation Award from the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to develop our sound science, open access journal, Access Microbiology, into an open research platform.

  • Learn about the latest research in our blog

    Explore our blog for information on the latest research from our microbiology community and beyond.

Spotlight journal collections

  • Marine Microbiology

    Guest-edited by Dr Katherine Duncan (University of Strathclyde, UK) and Dr Alex Chase (University of California San Diego, USA) this Marine Microbiology special collection aims to highlight key research on marine microorganisms as they underpin the complex processes of our blue planet.

  • Microbe profiles

    Microbiology is now publishing ‘Microbe Profiles’ – concise, review-type articles that provide overviews of the classification, structure and properties of novel microbes, written by leading microbiologists. These profiles will provide insights into key microbes within the field.

  • Mycobacteria

    Guest-edited by Dr Riccardo Manganelli (University of Padova, Italy), this collection of keynote research articles will highlight all aspects of mycobacterial biology.

  • Metals in Microbiology

    Guest-edited by Dr Jennifer Cavet (University of Manchester) and Dr Karrera Djoko (Durham University), this collection of keynote research articles will highlight research on metal-microbe interactions.

  • Avian Viruses

    This collection presents high-quality work on important avian pathogens and their host interactions. The collection is curated by Journal of General Virology Editor Professor Paul Britton (The Pirbright Institute, UK) and Editorial Board Member Dr Mike Skinner (Imperial College London, UK).

  • ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles

    Journal of General Virology ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles are a freely available series of concise, review-type articles that provide overviews of the classification, structure and properties of individual virus orders, families and genera.


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