Biology and Fertility of Soils publishes in English original papers, reviews and short communications on all fundamental and applied aspects of biology – microflora and microfauna - and fertility of soils. It offers a forum for research aimed at broadening the understanding of biological functions, processes and interactions in soils, particularly concerning the increasing demands of agriculture, deforestation and industrialization. The journal includes articles on techniques and methods that evaluate processes, biogeochemical interactions and ecological stresses, and sometimes presents special issues on relevant topics.

The Founding Editor is Johannes C. G. Ottow; the Editor-in-Chief is Paolo Nannipieri, Dipartimento Scienza del Suolo
e Nutrizione della Pianta, Università di Firenze, Italy.

  • Focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of microflora and microfauna and fertility (productivity) of soils
  • Covers techniques and methods that evaluate processes, biogeochemical interactions and ecological stresses
  • Sometimes presents special issues based on meetings or relevant topics
  • 98% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Paolo Nannipieri
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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5.521 (2019)
Impact factor
4.790 (2019)
Five year impact factor
41 days
Submission to first decision
167 days
Submission to acceptance
282,541 (2019)
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    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Position and Opinion Papers: two new types of papers in the journal

    This editorial announces two new types of publications that can be submitted to Biology and Fertility of Soils: position paper and opinion paper. The intention is to promote: i) hypothesis-driven research by considering the state-of-the art of a target topic in a scientific age dominated by technology-driven research; ii) the revision of topics studied in soil science decades ago since decades; iii) the reconsideration of some neglected keystone concepts in soil biology and biochemistry. Indeed the ignorance of bibliography published before the arrival of the electronic age has led to the negligence of important concepts developed by soil biologists and biochemists...

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