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Spotlight on Microorganisms

In celebration of the journal’s 10th anniversary, we’re shining our (tiny little) spotlight on Microorganisms. Let’s dig a little bit deeper into this amazing journal covering various areas of the field of microbiology.

Microorganisms: a brief history

Despite the size of the subject matter, this fascinating journal continues to grow in size and scope. With a growing Impact Factor of 4.926, the Inaugural issue of Microorganisms was founded and released in 2013 Prof. Dr. John Fuerst. Microorganisms was initially released quarterly.

In 2016, Prof. Dr. Martin von Bergen joined the journal as the Editor-in-Chief, taking over for Prof. Dr. Fuerst. Microorganisms was indexed in PubMed—National Library of Medicine that same year, and the next year, in 2017, it added two new sections to the journal Gut Microbiota and Environmental Microbiology.

In 2018, Microorganisms was indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)—Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) and also added five more sections to the journal: Food Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology, Systems Microbiology, and Molecular Microbiology. The next year was a truly standout year for the journal which saw it adopting a monthly publication schedule. This was only the first of many accomplishments though. Microorganisms received its first Impact Factor  of 4.167, ranking 34/133 (in Q2) under the Microbiology category.

These achievements were accompanied by continued growth in the journal. Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance, Public Health Microbiology, Parasitology, and Plant–Microbe Interactions joined the growing list of sections in Microorganisms. To top the year off, the journal was also indexed in Scopus—Elsevier.

In 2020, Microorganisms became an affiliated journal of the Spanish Society for Nitrogen Fixation (SEFIN). And was joined by the Hellenic Society Mikrobiokosmos (MBK) and the Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease (SOMED) in 2021 and 2022, respectively. In 2021, Virology joined the list of sections of the journal. And in 2022, the journal received it highest Impact Factor of 4.926.

We look forward to seeing all the different ways in which Microorganisms continues to grow.

A word on the 10th anniversary

“In the last years, there is a huge interest of research for microprocesses in the environment, microbial communities, and microbial interactions including –omics technologies, and cross-disciplinary studies dedicated to basic and applied research.

I had the pleasure of working with the great team and the rise and success of the journal Microorganisms over the past few years. I am very pleased that the 10th anniversary is now approaching. The team has done an incredible job to make the journal as a high-ranked journal in its field. It has been exciting to observe that Microorganisms is now well accepted in the scientific community.” – Dr. Nico Jehmlich, Section Editor-in-Chief

Want to learn more about Microorganisms?

Microorganisms is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes studies related to prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, viruses and prions. Our goal is to provide rigorous peer review and enable rapid publication of cutting-edge research on microbiology to educate and inspire the scientific community worldwide. We encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. And there is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental details must be provided. This is so that results can be reproduced. If you want to learn more about MDPI’s open access policies, please visit our site for details.

Thinking of submitting your manuscript to Microorganisms?

Manuscripts should be submitted online at susy.mdpi.com. The submitting author is generally the corresponding author and is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. To submit your manuscript, register and log in to the submission website. Once you have registered, click here to go to the submission form for Microorganisms. All co-authors can also see the manuscript details in the submission system. To do so, they must register and log in using the e-mail address provided during manuscript submission.

Successes and what’s next

Because it’s the journal’s tenth anniversary, it’s an exciting year. Stay tuned to watch the 10th Anniversary Journal Video. Also, we’ll have the 10th Anniversary Outstanding Reviewer Awards and the Best Paper Awards for Anniversary Special Issues. We look forward to many more years of growth for Microorganisms.

In order to foster growth, Microorganisms has partnered with Biomedicines to work on the upcoming 2nd International Electronic Conference on Biomedicines. Researchers currently working on biomedicines are encouraged to join this event and share their findings with colleagues from all over the world. Also, be sure to read more about the different things covered at this conference.

We congratulate Microorganisms on 10 successful years.