Aims and Scope
Microbiology Insights is a peer-reviewed, open access journal which encompasses all aspects of the study of microbiology. Studies on all aspects of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses are welcome. Areas such as functionality, infectious disease, food-borne pathogens, drug resistance and antimicrobials, industrial applications and more are also incorporated in this journal. Microorganisms are of increasing importance today, in terms of subjects of study as a way of understanding more complex organisms and processes, as an industrial and medical tool, and also a threat. Open access online journals are more accessible and publish rapidly, allowing greater dissemination of knowledge in this crucial field.
Standard Author Services
The journal distinguishes itself from others in the field by combining individualized author service with editorial integrity and procedural efficiency. At every stage authors will be introduced to the staff member responsible for their paper and will receive procedural explanations and regular status updates. The progress of authors’ papers is continually monitored by staff, and a staff member is always available to answer authors' questions. This is reflected in our consistently positive author testimonials.
Submission to first editorial decision including rigorous, expert peer review in 3-4 weeks
Rapid publication in 2-4 weeks after acceptance
Unlimited revisions to typesetting proofs without deadlines
Paper promotion after publication through high-visibility databases, social media, and opted-in journal newsletters
Open access visibility and impact with no restrictions on archiving
CC-BY-NC licensing to prohibit unrestricted commercial re-use
Article level usage data (in beta)
Permanent availability by leading institutional libraries under CLOCKSS and LOCKSS systems
Proactive, professional journal staff
Optional Author Services
Ebook on how to enhance article visibility
Pre-peer review language polishing and paper formatting
Pre-submission paper-matching and editor in chief consultation
Current Article Processing Fees
As an open access journal authors are charged an article processing fee after acceptance for publication by the editor in chief or associate editor. Fees do not vary based on factors like word count or use of color images, and there is no fee charged upon submission. Current fees are given below:
Authors in North America: US$1848
Authors in Japan: ¥220,500
Authors in other countries: €1549
More information on article processing fees and availability of waivers and discounts are available on the article processing fees webpage.
Manuscript Types and Preparation Guidelines
Information on manuscript types accepted for peer review and guidelines for manuscript preparation are available here. A manuscript template, sample manuscript, and pre-submission check list are available here.
All articles are subject to blind independent peer review by reviewers drawn from the journal's editorial board, volunteer peer reviewer pool, and where necessary from Pubmed. Pubmed is used where specialized expertise is unavailable from the other sources. Two to four peer reviewers will be used. Editorial decisions are made by independent editors in chief or associate editors. The editorial process from peer review to first editorial decision takes three to four weeks following acceptance of each paper for peer review.
In the open access business model many editorial decisions result in a fee payment to the publisher. Because of this we maintain a strict distinction between editorial decisions, made by editors in chief or associate editors, and business decisions. Libertas does not make nor attempt to influence editorial decisions. Editorial decision makers receive no incentives to make decisions leading to fee payments.
The journal is committed to high standards of integrity. Authors are required to confirm their compliance with ethical and legal requirements upon submission. Prior to publication all authors must provide signed confirmation of compliance. Where concerns arise the journal will apply the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines on ethical matters.
Frequency of Publication
Articles are published upon completion of production.
Citing articles in this journal:
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Journal [year]:[volume] [first page]-[last page]
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
Correspondence should be sent to . Contact details for Libertas staff are available here.
Additional Information for Authors
We made our first submission to Microbiology Insights. We are very impressed by the helpful guidance during paper submission, the prompt processing (less than two weeks to editorial decision), and the flexibility of the editor-in-chief. We believe that Microbiology Insights journal is a unique platform that offer a high visibility for microbiologists, particularly in resource-poor settings.
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