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About Microbial Informatics and Experimentation

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Microbial Informatics and Experimentation, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Microbial Informatics and Experimentation is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal, collegial in tone, which publishes high-quality research related to the application of computational methods to data from microbial organisms and systems.

The journal aims to be a resource for both computational and experimental scientists, in which computational methods inform experimentation, and vice versa.

Topics of interest, reflected in the Editorial Board, include, but are not limited to:

  • Microbial comparative genomics
  • Microbial protein structure and function
  • Metagenomics of microbes
  • Mathematical modeling of microbial systems
  • Synthetic and Systems Microbial Biology

Open access

All articles published by Microbial Informatics and Experimentation are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Microbial Informatics and Experimentation therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1960/€1410 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Microbial Informatics and Experimentation has an unofficial Impact Factor of 0.9. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Content overview

Original Research: reports of data from original research.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.

Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.

Viewpoints: short opinion pieces focusing on the latest high-impact research in the field.

Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope.

Database articles: describe a new microbial informatics database or a substantial improvement of an existing database.

Software articles: describe microbial informatics software applications, tools or algorithm implementations. Typically, an archive of the source code of the current version of the software should be included with the submitted manuscript as a supplementary file.

Methodology articles: presentations of a new experimental method, test or procedure.

Peer-review policies

All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by the Editors-in-Chief or experts from the Editorial Board and suitable manuscripts are then sent for peer review. The reports of at least two reviewers are considered when deciding on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript; a further reviewer is invited in cases where these reviewers disagree. Final decisions, however, rest with the Editors-in-Chief, who aim to provide an initial decision within six weeks.

Edited by Barry Wanner and Michael Wise, Microbial Informatics and Experimentation is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Microbial Informatics and Experimentation, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Microbial Informatics and Experimentation will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Microbial Informatics and Experimentation should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation

Articles in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Microb Inform Exp [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Microb Inform Exp 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation?

High visibility

Microbial Informatics and Experimentation's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Microbial Informatics and Experimentation offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Microbial Informatics and Experimentation and BioMed Central.

Flexibility

Online publication in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Microbial Informatics and Experimentation's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Microbial Informatics and Experimentation retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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