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Edited by Pierre Cornelis, Microbial Interactions, VIB Department of Structural Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Impact Factor: 2.148

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 78/123 (Microbiology)

Online ISSN: 2045-8827


Aims and Scope

MicrobiologyOpen is a peer reviewed journal delivering rapid decisions and fast publication of microbial science, a field which is undergoing a profound and exciting evolution in this post-genomic era. The journal gives priority to reports of quality research, pure or applied, that further our understanding of microbial interactions and microbial processes. MicrobiologyOpen gives prompt and equal consideration to papers reporting theoretical, experimental, applied and descriptive work in all aspects of microbiology.

The journal aims to serve the research community by providing a vehicle for authors wishing to publish interesting and high quality work in both fundamental and applied microbiology. MicrobiologyOpen will consider submissions across eukaryotic microorganisms, prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) and viruses infecting or interacting with microorganisms, including genetic, biochemical, biophysical, bioinformatic and structural analyses.

The journal features original research articles, reviews and editorials. Original research papers must report well-conducted research with conclusions supported by the data presented in the paper.

MicrobiologyOpen publishes papers submitted directly to the journal and those referred from a select group of prestigious journals published by Wiley-Blackwell. List available here.

MicrobiologyOpen is a Wiley Open Access journal, one of a new series of peer-reviewed titles publishing quality research with speed and efficiency. For further information visit the Wiley Open Access website.

Open Access and Copyright

All articles published by MicrobiologyOpen are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. All MicrobiologyOpen articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Copyright on any research article in a journal published by MicrobiologyOpen is retained by the author(s). Authors grant Wiley a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified. Further information about open access license and copyright can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

MicrobiologyOpen maintains the highest standards of peer review while increasing the efficiency of the process. All research articles published in the journal will undergo full peer review, key characteristics of which are:

  • All research articles submitted directly to the Journal are initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief; articles found appropriate for the Journal will be reviewed by at least two suitably qualified experts.
  • All publication decisions are made by the Editor-in-Chief on the basis of the reviews provided.
  • Members of the editorial board lend insight, advice and guidance to the Editor-in-Chief generally and assist in decision making on specific submissions.
  • The managing editor and editorial assistant provide administrative support to ensure MicrobiologyOpen maintains the integrity of peer review and delivers rapid and efficient publication to authors and reviewers.

Referred Papers

In addition to papers submitted directly to the journal, MicrobiologyOpen will also consider papers referred from other Wiley-Blackwell journals that are participating in the Manuscript Transfer Program.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

MicrobiologyOpen will deposit all articles into PubMed Central upon publication of an online issue. Once your article is deposited in PubMed Central, they will make it searchable on PubMed as soon as possible. The journal will be pursuing application for other appropriate abstract and indexing services to ensure wide visibility of articles published in MicrobiologyOpen.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

  • Abstracts on Hygiene & Communicable Diseases (CABI)
  • Biological Abstracts (Thomson Reuters)
  • BIOSIS Previews (Thomson Reuters)
  • CAB Abstracts® (CABI)
  • CAS: Chemical Abstracts Service (ACS)
  • Embase (Elsevier)
  • Global Health (CABI)
  • MEDLINE/PubMed (NLM)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (Thomson Reuters)
  • SCOPUS (Elsevier)
  • Tropical Diseases Bulletin (CABI)
  • Veterinary Bulletin (CABI)
  • VINITI (All-Russian Institute of Science & Technological Information)
  • Web of Science (Thomson Reuters)