Journal of Basic Microbiology

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Edited By: Erika Kothe

Impact Factor: 1.823

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 84/119 (Microbiology)

Online ISSN: 1521-4028

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Notice to Authors

Effective with the 2013 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format. No printed edition will be published. Your article will therefore appear online-only. Furthermore, there will no cost to authors for the publication of color images in the online-only edition.

To minimize publication times, we ask our authors to take special care with the formal details of the manuscripts. The Instructions to Authors are available here as pdf.

Instructions to Authors

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NEW -Online Submission of Manuscripts

NIH Public Access Mandate

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute authors

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Wiley-Blackwell have agreed to make post-peer reviewed author manuscripts of articles funded by HHMI publicly available six months following final publication. This policy will be implemented for those articles published after October 1, 2007. This arrangement requires nothing of the grantee; identification and deposit are the responsibility of the publisher. Further information can be found at

Wellcome Trust authors

Please see the information in the section 'Online Open', a service that enables authors to comply with the Wellcome Trust funding requirements regarding publication access. Further information can be found at

Online Open

JBM offers an OnlineOpen service for all authors. Authors have the option of paying a fee to ensure that their articles are available to non-subscribers. For more information go to Online Open.


This journal endorses the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines and will pursue cases of suspected research and publication misconduct (e.g. falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, redundant publication). In such cases, the journal will follow the processes set out in the COPE flowcharts (

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