About the journal: Journal of Medical Microbiology


  1. Overview
  2. Benefits of publishing in Journal of Medical Microbiology
  3. Scope
  4. Suitable content
  5. Article types table
  6. Contact Editorial Office

1. Overview

Journal of Medical Microbiology provides comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology.

Articles are published in the following areas: pathogenesis, virulence and host response; clinical microbiology; microbial and molecular epidemiology; microbiome and microbial ecology in health; One Health – emerging, zoonotic and environmental diseases; prevention, therapy and therapeutics; antimicrobial resistance; and disease, diagnosis and diagnostics.


Dr Norman Fry, Public Health England, UK
Professor Kalai Mathee, Florida International University, USA 

Abstracted and indexed in: Adonis, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Elsevier BIOBASE/CABS, CAB Abstracts, CSA Illustrata, Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), Current Contents – Life Sciences, EMBASE, Google Scholar, MEDLINE, Medical Documentation Service, Reference UpDate, Research Alert, Science Citation Index, SciSearch, SCOPUS, UMI (Microfilm).

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2. Benefits of publishing with Journal of Medical Microbiology

  • Fast and rigorous peer review: average time to first decision = four weeks.
  • Continuous publishing model from January 2017.
  • Free to publish – no submission, page or colour charges.
  • Immediate gold open access available with our OpenMicrobiology option.
  • Fully compliant with funding body mandates.
  • Expert international Editorial Board.
  • Global audience.
  • User-friendly online submission system.
  • Published on a new and interactive journal platform.
  • Included in the leading abstracting and indexing services, including BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, MEDLINE and Science Citation Index.
  • We encourage data archiving.
  • The Microbiology Society is a well-established, not-for-profit organisation.

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3. Scope

Journal of Medical Microbiology publishes articles covering all types of micro-organism in medical microbiology. Articles should be written from the perspective of medical microbiology including veterinary. Basic research on the biology of pathogens, set in the context of infection or immunity, is acceptable. Host-centred topics, for example in host cell biology or immunology, will only be considered if there is a strong connection to a specific infection(s). Research findings should be novel, original and have a significant impact and are expected to go beyond purely descriptive or factual reporting of observations. For example, acceptable content might uncover underlying mechanisms or explanations of phenomena observed, or provide novel interpretation of observations.

If in doubt, the Editor-in-Chief will be pleased to advise authors about eligibility prior to submission, without prejudice to the acceptance or rejection of any articles subsequently submitted.

3.1 Subject categories

Research articles are published in the following categories:

  • Pathogenicity and Virulence/Host Response
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Microbial Epidemiology
  • Microbial Ecology and Health
  • One Health
  • Prevention and Therapy
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Disease, Diagnosis and Diagnostics
  • Medical Mycology

For more information on the subject categories click here.

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4. Suitable content

4.1 Reviews

These aim to give an overview of a particular subject suitable for a wide audience. Most reviews are invited. Unsolicited reviews may be considered, but intending authors must contact the Editorial Office in advance by email ([email protected]) with the subject line "Unsolicited Review". The email must contain an abstract or outline of the review, the CV of the senior author, and a justification (including a complete list of existing related reviews and an explanation of how the proposed review differs from those already published). Reviews will be handled by the relevant Section Editor. All reviews are made freely available upon publication.

4.2 Research Articles

Please see subject categories above.

4.3 Short Communications

Short Communications must report completed work, not preliminary findings: they are an alternative format for describing smaller pieces of work.

4.4 Letters

Letters should address personal observations and opinion, or alternative interpretations of others’ work published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

4.5 Editorials

Editorials should be brief summaries of developments in fast-moving and topical areas of wide interest. They may address any subject within the scope of Journal of Medical Microbiology but the subject should not be excessively narrow or specialised; they are usually solicited but may be proffered by authors responding to a recognised need.

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5. Article types table

Article TypesDescriptionStructureFreely available?Solicited by editors?
ReviewsSee aboveTitle page
250 word abstract
Max 5000 words
11000 if agreed with Reviews Editors
Max 8 Tables/figures
Max 150 references
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without chargeNo
Research ArticlesSee aboveTitle page
250 word structured abstract*
Max 8 figures/tables combined
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Please view our  Information for authors for more detail on formatting
Immediate gold open access available with OpenMicrobiologyNo
Microbiology Society Prize Lecture
Short title (max 30 characters)
5000 words
250 word abstract
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without chargeNo
Short CommunicationSee aboveTitle page
150 word abstract
Max 2500 words
Max 3 figures/tables
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
The main text is not divided into sections. Methods should be described briefly within the text, not within figure legends
Access available with OpenMicrobiologyNo
LettersLetter in response to a recently published articleLetter (maximum of 350 words)
No figures or tables
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without chargeYes
EditorialSee aboveTitle
2000 words (including references)
Max 1 image
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without chargeYes
Obituary Max 1500 words
Max 1 image

Yes, published without charge

*Journal of Medical Microbiology structured abstract – Guidelines

  • Purpose
  • This part of the abstract should outline all the key findings and the purpose of the research.

  • Methodology
  • This section should describe the study, including the treatments and the nature of the experiment, design and outcome.

  • Results/Key findings
  • Outcomes of the research.

  • Conclusion
  • Limitations and implications of the results, further experimentation and study.

For further information and submission criteria, please refer to our Information for authors and Editorial policies.

It is not a conflict of interest to be an Editor as well as an author, as long as the Editor is not involved in any component of the peer review process.

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6. Contact Editorial Office

Queries or comments about online submission should be sent via email from the submission site.

General enquiries should be sent to the Editorial Office:

Journal of Medical Microbiology, Editorial Office, Microbiology Society, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU

Tel: +44 (0)20 7685 2543

Email: [email protected]

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