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In January 2020, Annals of Microbiology became a fully Open Access journal. Articles published prior to this date can be accessed through link

Announcement: COVID-19 impact on peer review

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.

Call for submissions: Life at the extreme

© Yellowstone Park - Credit: "Jurvetson" via Flickr, under a CC-BY license.Living creatures can be found thriving in the harshest of environments - from the deepest parts of the ocean to dry arid deserts, and even in the vacuum of space. How life evolved and adapted to survive and thrive in extreme environments is just as fascinating as finding them there in the first place. This collection of articles examines life (whether microbial or macro) in all extreme environments and how these lifeforms adapted to their environment, providing us with the evolutionary insights that may be crucial in the face of a rapidly changing climate. 

Learn more here. Open for submissions until 31st December 2020.

Aims and scope

The aim of Annals of Microbiology is the advancement and dissemination of microbiological knowledge in the general, environmental, ecological (e.g. water, soil ecosystems, cultural heritage sites) and applied (e.g. food and industrial) fields. The methodology is usually derived from the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, biotechnology and taxonomy. Papers reporting work on bacteria, fungi, microalgae, and bacteriophages are welcome. The journal addresses researchers from both, academia and industry, working in microbiology, biotechnology or ecology. Annals of Microbiology publishes Original Articles, Reviews and Mini-Reviews, Short Communications, and Editorials. 

The journal’s scope does not include theoretical bioinformatics, medical microbiology or phytopathological microbiology.

Originally founded as Annali Di Microbiologia Ed Enzimologia in 1940, Annals of Microbiology, an official journal of the University of Milan, is a well-established microbiology journal and has a long tradition of publishing sound international research. 

Annals of Microbiology operates a single-blind peer-review system. Articles are reviewed by at least two external referees who are aware of the authors’ names and affiliations while the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. Single-blind peer review is the traditional model of peer review.