Publishing with Mucosal Immunology
Submitting an article
Review process
Benefits of publishing with Springer Nature
Open Access & Self Archiving


Publishing with Mucosal Immunology

  • That over 20,000 recipients will receive via e-mail a copy of the table of contents for the Mucosal Immunology issue in which your article is published
  • Mucosal Immunology articles will be featured on the immunology subject page alongside articles from Nature Immunology, Nature Reviews Immunology, and Springer Nature's other respected immunology research journals.
  • Select articles from Mucosal Immunology will be highlighted in press releases issued from the Nature press office.
  • After your article is accepted, it will be published online in approximately 25–30 days.
  • Mucosal Immunology is the only journal dedicated solely to the field of mucosal immunology.

Submitting an article

To read about how to prepare your article, read the Instructions for Authors. If you are ready to submit, you can submit online.


Review process

For more information about Mucosal Immunology’s review process, visit our For Reviewers page.


Benefits of publishing with Mucosal Immunology

Mucosal Immunology is the official journal of the Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI), which is committed to publishing high quality, independently peer-reviewed research and review material.

The journal is published in partnership with Springer Nature, which uses pioneering technologies, innovative formats and world class production to provide premium information for scientific researchers in the public and private sectors, government agencies and educators.

A key strength of Springer Nature is its close relationship with the scientific community. By working closely with scientists, listening to what they say, and always placing emphasis on quality rather than quantity, Springer Nature is the leading scientific publisher at finding innovative solutions to scientists' information needs, both for the Nature-branded publications and those published on behalf of society partners, including the SMI.

Publishing with Mucosal Immunology and Springer Nature provides an author with a wide range of benefits:

Copyright and license to publish

Society for Mucosal Immunology does not require authors of original research papers to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors grant Society for Mucosal Immunology an exclusive license to publish, in return for which they can re-use their papers in their future printed work. NPG's author license page provides details of the policy and a sample form. Authors are encouraged to submit their version of the accepted, peer-reviewed manuscript to their funding body's archive, for public release six months after publication. In addition, authors are encouraged to archive their version of the manuscript in their institution's repositories (as well as on their personal web sites), also six months after the original publication. Authors should cite the publication reference and DOI number on any deposited version, and provide a link from it to the published article on the Springer Nature website. This policy complements the policies of the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and other research funding bodies around the world. Springer Nature recognizes the efforts of funding bodies to increase access of the research they fund, and strongly encourages authors to participate in such efforts.


New original and review articles in Mucosal Immunology, as in all Springer Nature journals, are published weekly online ahead of the archival print issue, ensuring the research is made publicly available and can be cited as soon as possible after acceptance for publication. The online publication is identical to the printed version and is not a preliminary, unedited version, thus maintaining the journal's tradition of excellence and the integrity of the published record.

Supplementary online material

Authors are invited to submit additional supporting material such as data sets or video for publication in the online version of the journal. Online supplementary material makes the most of the Web as a delivery platform and can often give articles greater depth, making them more useful to readers.

High standards

Authors who choose to publish in any Springer Nature journal can be assured that its staff's publishing, editorial and production skills are committed to maintaining the highest possible quality and standards.

Exposure - widest possible readership

All NPG journals including Mucosal Immunology are available online via site licenses to academic, corporate and government institutions and consortia. Journals are available to members of these institutions at the click of a mouse, adding speed and visibility to authors' research papers.

Regular free e-mail alerts

Content published in Mucosal Immunology has the potential to reach scientists around the world who have signed up for Springer Nature's free table of contents e-alerts, ensuring additional exposure to authors. These e-alerts allow recipients to click through to the full article if they subscribe or work at an institution with a site license, or click through to the article's abstract for other readers.

Focused subject areas on

From immunology to physics, genetics to materials, subject-specific areas provide a focused environment for readers, providing a monthly updated focus for a particular field.

Abstracting and indexing

Mucosal Immunology is expected to be included in the leading abstracting and indexing services including ISI, MEDLINE in 2008/2009. Extensive reference linking to MEDLINE, ISI, and others via services such as Crossref and DOI numbers provide seamless online linking between articles and databases.

Media coverage

The Nature News Service provides information about exceptionally interesting papers published throughout Springer Nature. More than 2,000 journalists and media organizations worldwide subscribe to the press service, ensuring that papers receive maximum exposure in the world's most important media channels including newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

Extending science further - global collaborations

Springer Nature and the SMI support a number of global collaborations aimed at making current research available to a broader community of scientists and practitioners.

All NPG journals, including Mucosal Immunology, are in WHO's HINARI program, and in FAO's AGORA program, which provide free or low cost access to public institutions in developing countries.


Open Access & Self Archiving

Self-archiving and manuscript deposition (green open access)

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository for public release six months after publication. Springer Nature also offers a free, opt-in Manuscript Deposition Service for original research articles in order to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates.

Learn more about self-archiving and manuscript deposition.

Open access publication (gold open access)

Upon submission, authors of original research articles can opt to pay an article processing charge (APC) to allow their article to published open access immediately upon publication, if it is accepted. Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.

To facilitate self-archiving Springer Nature deposits open access articles in PubMed Central, Europe PubMed Central, and PubMed Central Canada on publication. Authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server immediately on publication.

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Compliance with open access mandates

Springer Nature’s open access journals allow authors to comply with all funders' open access policies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.

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