Aims & Scope

As the most abundant living entities on our planet, microorganisms are fundamental to every aspect of life on Earth. Whether bacterial, viral, archaeal or eukaryotic in nature, microorganisms impact the dynamics and function of every niche in which they dwell, both host-associated and environmental. Their ubiquity combined with their diverse metabolic repertoire means that their activities are critical to processes with vast variation in scale: from driving global elemental biogeochemical cycles to modulating the function of a single cell.

Nature Microbiology is interested in all aspects of microorganisms, be it their evolution, physiology and cell biology; their interactions with each other, with a host or with an environment; or their societal significance. Nature Microbiology provides a place where all researchers and policymakers interested in microorganisms can come together to learn about the most accomplished and significant advances in the field and to discuss topical issues. An online-only monthly journal, our broad scope ensures that the research published reaches the widest possible audience of microbiologists.

Like all Nature-branded journals, Nature Microbiology is characterized by a dedicated team of professional editors, a fair and rigorous peer-review process, high standards of copy-editing and production, swift publication and editorial independence.

In addition to publishing original research, Nature Microbiology will publish Commentaries, Reviews, News and Views, Features and Correspondence from across the full range of disciplines concerned with microorganisms.

Topics covered in the journal include:

Antimicrobials and Resistance Microbial genetics
Applied microbiology Host defence
Archaea Industrial microbiology
Bacteria Infectious diseases
Biochemistry Microbiomes
Biodiversity Molecular biology
Biofilms Omics
Biophysics Parasites
Biotechnology Pathogenesis
Cell biology Physiology
Clinical microbiology Protozoa
Computational biology Public health
Education Society
Environmental microbiology Symbiosis
Epidemiology Systems biology
Evolution Vaccines
Fungi Viruses