FEMS Affiliates Letter July 2020 - Page 6

TWO NEW JOURNALS In recognition of increased calls for openness and transparency in research, we are excited to announce the launch of two new fully Open Access journals to help meet the latest needs of researchers. With a range of innovative policies such a scoop protection and transparent peer review, microLife and FEMS Microbes will be supporting the microbiology community and reflecting the latest advances in scientific publishing.​ microLife As the journal of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM), microLife will be the platform for leading experts in microbiology, publishing outstanding papers of the highest standard, novelty, and significance. Submissions welcome. Read the inaugural editorial of microLife: EAM/FEMS launches microLife Editors-in-Chief: Axel Brakhage, Carmen Buchrieser, Matthias Horn, and Paula Traktman We are excited to announce the launch of microLife, the new open access journal of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM, http://europeanacademyofmicrobiology.org/). Microbiology has become one of the most influential sciences affecting health, the environment, the climate and also the economy. The latter is particularly evident in the recent coronavirus epidemic as well as the emergence of multi-resistant microorganisms, which not only affect our daily lives but also have severe consequences for the global economy. The recent recognition of microbiomes as key determinants of plant, animal, human and ecosystem health illustrates the importance of our discipline and calls for intensified collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts to address global challenges of the 21st century. We therefore anticipate that the number of top-tier papers based on microbial research with impact on a wide range of research areas will further increase. To accommodate the projected research output in this area, the EAM, supported by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), has decided to instate a new journal that provides a home for such top class research. Currently, FEMS provides a variety of microbiology journals, but a broad-scope journal with a remit to publish cross-disciplinary research of the highest quality is urgently needed. microLife is a gold open access journal in microbiology. Thus, all content will be available for free immediately on the journal’s website (https://academic.oup.com/microlife). We invite outstanding papers of the highest standard, novelty, and significance in all areas of microbiology as full-length research articles, short reviews or commentaries. microLife will cover all aspects of microbiology ranging from molecular and evolutionary biology, physiology and genetics, environmental microbiology, chemical biology of microorganisms, microbiome research, infection and host-responses to translational microbiology and microbial biotechnology. All microbes, bacteria, archaea, viruses, parasites, protists or fungi will be covered by microLife. continued in microLife ... Read the full editorial and find out about submissions > 6