• A dedicated international forum for the presentation of high-quality scientific investigations of how microorganisms interact each other, with neighbors, with their surroundings
  • Offers articles of original research in full paper and note formats, as well as brief reviews, commentaries and topical position papers
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief Karen Nelson, elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

Microbial Ecology is a dedicated international forum for the presentation of high-quality scientific investigations of how microorganisms interact with their environment, with each other and with their hosts. It offers articles of original research in full paper and note formats, as well as brief reviews, commentaries and topical position papers. The journal was founded more than 50 years ago by Dr. Ralph Mitchell, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Biology at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It has evolved to become a premier location for the presentation of manuscripts that represent advances in the field of microbial ecology.

Coverage includes the ecology of microorganisms in natural and engineered environments; genomic, metagenomic and molecular advances in understanding of microbial interactions; microbial diversity and phylogeny; microbial drivers of biogeochemical processes; inter- and intraspecific microbial communication; ecological studies of human, animal, plant and insect microbiology and disease; microbial processes and interactions in extreme or unusual environments; microbial population, community ecology, technological developments and more.

Our dedicated Editorial Board ensures that only the highest quality manuscripts are rapidly published.

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  • Karen E. Nelson
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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3.611 (2018)
Impact factor
3.983 (2018)
Five year impact factor
25 days
Submission to first decision
144 days
Submission to acceptance
380,046 (2019)
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  • Special Issue on Fungal Ecology: Call for Papers

    New Content ItemThere will be a special issue of Microbial Ecology later this year that will be devoted to the field of fungal ecology. This topic was chosen since fungi play such an important role in many aspects of the world’s eco-systems and the very existence of mankind and other creatures on planet earth.

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