About the Journal

Aims & scope 

We are interested in the best research from across the field of microbiology, with our broad scope ensuring that work published reaches the widest possible audience.

Online publication

Nature Microbiology is an exclusively online publication. This allows us to publish research articles as soon as they are ready, which benefits authors with an earlier publication date and allows our readers access to accepted papers several weeks before they would appear in a specific issue. Note that papers published online are definitive and may be altered only through the publication of an addendum, corrigendum or erratum, so authors should make every effort to ensure that the page proofs are correct.

Content types

We publish a range of content types including original research articles, News & Views, Reviews, Comments and Features that elaborate on significant advances in the field and cover topical issues.

Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Microbiology has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of full-time professional editors. For information on their research backgrounds and scientific interests, see About the Editors.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at microbiology@nature.com.

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at microbiology@nature.com.

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Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Microbiology is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals. If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Microbiology via a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that referees' comments (including any confidential comments to the editor) and identities are transferred to the editor of the second journal along with the manuscript. The journal editors will take the previous reviews into account when making their decision, although in some cases the editors may choose to take advice from additional or alternative referees. Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review, in which case they should not use the automated transfer link, and the editors will evaluate the paper without reference to the previous review process. More details are available on the manuscript transfer service and on the relationships between Nature titles.

For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit to first lies with the authors.

For more information, please consult the following:

Details of the manuscript transfer service

Listing of all NPG journals and subject areas

A general explanation of the relationships between Nature titles

Abbreviation

The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Microbiol. 

EISSN

The electronic international standard serial numbers (EISSN) for Nature Microbiology is ISSN 2058-5276.

Free content

Nature Microbiology is a subscription-based journal, but as a recently-launched title we may occasionally make some articles free to access in order to showcase our content and give readers and authors a clearer idea of our scope. 

Nature Microbiology does not offer open access licensing options for all articles, although specific papers are occasionally made open access when they are deemed to be of exceptional value to the community. The application of an open access licence is at the discretion of the editors; full details of our policy can be found here.