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.
Find out more about the re-launch of Access Microbiology as an innovative open research platform in this video:
From 2023, Microbiology will become a fully Open Access (OA) journal after a two-year period of rapid growth in the proportion of OA articles published in this title. This will be a turning point in the 75-year history of the Society’s longest-running journal. Microbiology will become the Society’s third fully OA title joining Microbial Genomics and Access Microbiology. The Society continues to promote OA publishing in its three remaining hybrid titles.
This is the latest step in the Microbiology Society’s transition from predominantly operating a subscription model requiring that readers buy access to paywalled articles, to models that support OA publishing, namely:
A mixed model that allows institutions prepayment of an annual fee for unlimited Open Access publishing and full access to all paywalled content across the full portfolio of journals. Corresponding authors from Publish and Read institutions enjoy all the benefits of Open Access without any further payment, administration nor approval.
Authors who are not at Publish and Read institutions can opt for immediate Open Access of the Version of Record upon payment of an APC.
Learn more about what this means for Authors and Librarians.
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 time we have developed policies and practices to maximise the distribution, usage and discovery of our published content. Reasons for doing so include fulfilling our charitable and educational remit to making microbiological knowledge as widely available as possible and enabling our authors to comply with the OA requirements of their funding bodies and institutions.
Our Green Open Access policy of allowing authors to post their accepted manuscripts (author accepted manuscript, AAM) in subject or institutional repositories on the day of publication, without embargo remains a supported route to OA compliance (for instance with Plan S’s Rights Retention Strategy [https://www.coalition-s.org/rights-retention-strategy/] during a transitional phase. However, as its purpose is to enable OA within a subscription model, we anticipate that the more OA 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.
Learn more about our six journals.
Browse our collections – bringing together peer-reviewed content from across the Society’s publishing platform on a range of hot topics and subject areas.
Thinking of submitting your research to one of our journals? Here is everything you need to know about preparing an article for publication.
Find out how we used 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.
Explore our blog for information on the latest research from our microbiology community and beyond.
Spotlight journal collections
Microbiology has published many findings that have contributed to our understanding of the structure, function and biogenesis of bacterial envelopes. We celebrate the journal's 75th year with a special collection of reviews guest-edited by Professor Tracy Palmer (Newcastle, UK) and Dr Yinka Somorin (National University of Ireland, Galway), highlighting important areas of current research.
Guest edited by Professor Corby Kistler (University of Minnesota, USA), Dr Ferry Hagen (Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Netherlands), Dr David Fitzpatrick (Maynooth University, Ireland) & Dr Daniel Croll (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) the collection features fungi in host-associated microbiomes, host-fungal or fungal-microbe interactions and fungi in natural & manmade ecosystems.
Guest-edited by Dr Michael Macey (Open University, UK), Dr Sarah Worsley (UEA, UK), and Dr Geertje van Keulen (Swansea University, UK), this collection aims to highlight key research investigating the role of soil microbiomes in climate feedback processes, and their response to global change.
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.
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).
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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