Microbial Genomics is a fully open access, online-only and mandatory open data journal.

Microbial Genomics welcomes papers that use genomic approaches to understand microbial evolution, population genomics and phylogeography, outbreaks and epidemiological investigations, impact of climate or changing niche, metagenomic and whole transcriptome studies, and bioinformatic analysis. The journal's scope covers the breadth of microbiology, from clinically important pathogens to microbial life in diverse ecosystems.

Our aim is to publish articles communicating novel insights gained from using genomic data, exciting new applications and innovative analysis approaches. Read the full journal scope.

Microbial Genomics supports and encourages the use of pre-print servers such as BioRvix.


Professor Nicholas Thomson, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Professor Stephen Bentley, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK


  • Microbial Genomics Spotlight On: Systems Microbiology

    In July 2016 we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Microbiology Society’s newest journal Microbial Genomics. To mark the occasion we have been interviewing the journal’s Senior Editors to find out which topics they are on the look-out for in each of their subject categories. This month we talk to Dr Christos Ouzounis to discuss the hot topics in ‘Systems Microbiology’, to find out what papers he’d like to see more of in his category and discover who inspired him to go into scientific research.

  • Microbial Genomics have launched Outbreak Reports

    A new, short-format article type detailing the key role that genomics has played in investigating communicable disease outbreaks.

  • Compliance with the Gates Foundation Open Access policies

    We are pleased to say that the Microbiology Society’s journal Microbial Genomics is fully compliant with the Gates Foundation’s Open Access policies.

  • Microbiology Society Journals' Prize Winners

    Last year saw the Microbiology Society journals sponsor a number of poster presentation and oral communication prizes. Winners received a cash prize, one year’s complimentary membership to the Microbiology Society and a certificate for best poster or communication. We would also like to thank our Editors for taking part in presenting and awarding these prizes.

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