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Welcome to The ISME Journal

Publishing the latest research in microbial ecology, spanning the breadth of microbial life including bacteria, archaea, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses.  


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    Current Peer Review Metrics for The ISME Journal

    The Editors-in-Chief are pleased to share the current peer review turnaround times for The ISME Journal

    Time to first decision without external review (Average): 3 days

    Time to first decision with external review (Average): 41 days

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    Each year the Editors in Chief recognize a selection of articles for their outstanding quality and impact. We hope you enjoy reading the articles that received the highest accolade, plus all shortlisted articles, in this collection.

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    The ISME Journal 2021 Outstanding Board Member Awards

    The Editors-in-Chief wish to extend their congratulations to the following top three outstanding Editorial Board members, for their consistent hard work in offering a high number of quality reviews in a timely manner in 2021:

    Willm Martens-Habbena

    Stavros Veresoglou

    Joy Buongiorno

    Each receives an Open Access waiver for their next article and a one-year membership to ISME.
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Editors' Choice

Our Editors-in-Chief are delighted to share with you a selection of key papers from each issue that highlight some of the best research published in The ISME Journal. These papers showcase the breadth of scope and coverage the journal consistently delivers to its readers. Editors Choice articles will be freely accessible for the month of the issue in which they feature.