As of 1 January 2017, all researchers funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation must make their articles and all underlying data sets open access upon publication. The Foundation adopted an Open Access policy in 2015, to enable the unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research, but allowed a two-year transition period that let publishers apply a 12-month embargo period on the accessibility of articles and their data sets. However, from now on all Gates Foundation-funded articles must to be published under a license agreement that allows their unrestricted reuse.
We are pleased to say that the Microbiology Society’s journal Microbial Genomics is fully compliant with the Gates Foundation’s Open Access policies. All articles are published in the journal under a default CC-BY-NC 4.0 licence, with optional CC-BY 4.0 available, and are fully open access upon publication. As Microbial Genomics is a mandatory open data journal, authors are required to submit all underlying data sets, protocols, and/or bioinformatics programmes and software to relevant open access depositories.
Microbial Genomics publishes high-quality, original research on archaea, bacteria, microbial eukaryotes and viruses, and welcomes articles publishing novel insights gained from using genomic data, exciting new applications and innovative analysis approaches. To find out more about Microbial Genomics and how to publish in the journal, please visit the journal's homepage. For more information on the Microbiology Society’s open access policies, please visit our website.