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Microbial Ecology

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Microbial Ecology is a comprehensive open-access forum dedicated to presenting high-quality scientific investigations of how microorganisms interact with their environment, each other, and their hosts.

  • Covers the ecology of microorganisms in natural and engineered environments.
  • Offers articles of original research, brief reviews, commentaries, and topical position papers.
  • Established over 50 years ago and has evolved to be a premier location for advances in the field of microbial ecology.
  • Rapid publication ensured by a dedicated Editorial Board.
  • Encourages contributions of images from authors for its cover images.

  • Karen E. Nelson
Impact factor
3.3 (2023)
5 year impact factor
3.9 (2023)
Submission to first decision (median)
3 days
814,463 (2023)

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  • Join us at our upcoming webinar "Food Security and Sustainability from a Microbiology Perspective"ent Item

    In this webinar, Microbial Ecology's Editor-in-Chief Karen Nelson will be joined by speakers in the field, including Wondwossen Abebe Gebreyes, and MeiLing Zhang, to discuss the real world impact of the microbial world on food security and sustainability - from livestock, water availability, soils, crops, fisheries and biotechnology.

    Save the date:

    🗓️ Wednesday 31st Jan 2024

    ⏲️ 14.00 PM (London)

  • Microbial Ecology is now fully open access!

    We are excited to announce that Microbial Ecology has now become a fully open-access (OA) journal as of January 2024. This means that we will only be publishing articles as Open Access meaning content will be freely available to readers worldwide, enabling the widest possible dissemination and reuse. 

  • DMykG

    The 55th Scientific Conference of the German speaking Mycological Society (DMykG) e. V. will be held 27-29 September 2021.

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