10th Anniversary

The year 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of Microorganisms, an international, peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes studies related to prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, viruses and prions. Microorganisms has published more than 9000 papers from more than 45,000 authors. More than 12,600 reviewers have submitted at least one review report. We value the contributions made by authors and reviewers. To celebrate this 10th anniversary, we are arranging a series of special content and events. We hope you can join us in celebrating this milestone of our journal and enjoy the collection below.

10th Anniversary of Microorganisms

Journal History

View the 10-year timeline infographic here. Trace the development of Microorganisms from its origins with remarkable events.

The Inaugural issue was released. Microorganisms was published as a quarterly journal. Prof. Dr. John Fuerst was the founding Editor-in-Chief.

Microorganisms was indexed in PubMed—National Library of Medicine.

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Martin von Bergen

Prof. Dr. Martin Von Bergen was head of Department of Molecular Systems Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany. His research interests include microbial ecology; biodegradation of pollutants; metaproteomics; microbial physiology.

Microorganisms established the following sections: Gut Microbiota; Environmental Microbiology.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Nico Jehmlich for the section on Environmental Microbiology.

Dr. Nico Jehmlich is based at the Department of Molecular Systems Biology, UFZ-Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, 04318 Leipzig, Germany. His research interests include metaproteomics; protein-stable isotope probing; microbiome biology; environmental microbiology.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Pramod Gopal for the section on Gut Microbiota.

Dr. Pramod Gopal is based at the Riddet Research Institute, Massey University, New Zealand. His research interests include human gastrointestinal microbiota; food-microbiota; health and disease.

Microorganisms was indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)—Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics).

Microorganisms established the following sections: Food Microbiology; Microbial Biotechnology; Medical Microbiology; Systems Microbiology; Molecular Microbiology.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Peter Neubauer for the section on Microbial Biotechnology.

Prof. Dr. Peter Neubauer is based at the Department of Bioprocess Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin, Ackerstraβe 76, ACK24, D-13355 Berlin, Germany. His research interests include bioprocess development; Escherichia coli physiology; recombinant proteins; cocultivation; fed-batch; continuous culture.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Eiko Kuramae for the section on Systems Microbiology

Prof. Dr. Eiko Kuramae is based at Department of Microbial Ecology—Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) Wageningen; Ecology and Biodiversity Group, Utrecht University, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her research interests include environmental genomics; soil microbial community ecology; N and C cycle interactions; soil–plant–microbe interactions; greenhouse gas mitigation

Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Antonella d'Arminio Monforte for the section on Medical Microbiology.

Dr. Antonella d'Arminio is based at the Department of Health Sciences, Clinic of Infectious Diseases, University of Milan, ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo, 20142 Milan, Italy. Her research interests include liver diseases; HIV infection; HIV prevention; tuberculosis; clinical infectious diseases; infectious disease epidemiology; mycobacterium tuberculosis; viral infection; immunology of infectious diseases.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Comi for the section on Food Microbiology.

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Comi is based at the Department of Food Science, University of Udine, Via Sondrio, 2/a, 33100 Udine, Italy. His research interests include food microorganisms; spoilage; safety; hygiene; natural antimicrobial compounds; starters; food bioprotection and improvement; fermented foods and beverages; microbial ecology; toxin and mycotoxin; biomolecular methods.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Wegrzyn for the section on Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Wegrzyn is based at the Department of Molecular Biology, University of Gdansk, Poland. His research interests include microbial molecular biology; microbial physiology; pathogenic bacteria; bacteriophages; plasmids; gene expression regulation.


Microorganisms adopted a monthly publication schedule.

Microorganisms received its first Impact Factor (4.167). The journal ranked 34/133 (Q2) in the 'Microbiology' category.

Microorganisms was indexed in Scopus—Elsevier.

Microorganisms established the following sections: Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance; Public Health Microbiology; Parasitology; Plant Microbe Interactions.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Maurizio Ciani for the section on Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance.

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Ciani is based at the Department of Life and Environmental Science, Polytechnic University of Marche, Food, Industrial and Environmental Microbiology Lab. Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy. His research interests include yeast fermentation processes; wine and beer fermentation; yeast physiology; bioprocess; biomass recycling.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Paolo Calistri for the section on Public Health Microbiology.

Dr. Paolo Calistri is based at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise, Italy. His research interests include epidemiology of animal infectious diseases and zoonoses; risk assessment studies; molecular epidemiology studies on viruses and bacteria; designing surveillance systems for infectious diseases; field epidemiology training; food borne zoonotic diseases.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. James F. White for the section on Plant Microbe Interactions.

Prof. Dr. James F. White is based at the Department of Plant Biology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. His research interests include plant microbes; endophytes; rhizophagy cycle.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Aránzazu Portillo for the section on Parasitology.

Dr. Aránzazu Portillo is based at the Infectious Diseases Department, San Pedro University Hospital-Center of Biomedical Research From La Rioja (CIBIR), Spain. Her research interests include arthropod-borne diseases; tick-borne diseases; one health; zoonosis; emerging human pathogens; molecular biology diagnosis; Rickettsia spp.; rickettsiosis; Anaplasmataceae; Neoehrlichia mikurensis; Borrelia burgdorferi; Borrelia miyamotoi; Coxiella burnetii; Bartonella spp.; Francisella; ticks; fleas; trombiculid mites; arboviruses; arthropods' microbiome.

Microorganisms became an affiliated journal of the Spanish Society for Nitrogen Fixation (SEFIN).

Microorganisms established the following section: Biofilm.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Ute Römling for the section on Biofilm

Prof. Dr. Ute Römling is based at Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research interests include microbial biofilm formation; cyclic di-nucleotide signaling; pathogen-host interaction; protein quality control; Salmonella typhimurium; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Candida parapsilosis.

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Microbiology, sponsored by Microorganisms, was held.

Microorganisms became an affiliated journal of the Hellenic Society Mikrobiokosmos (MBK).

Microorganisms established the following sections: Virology; Veterinary Microbiology.

Section Molecular Microbiology was renamed as Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Paul Andrew Barrow for the section on Veterinary Microbiology.

Prof. Dr. Paul Andrew Barrow is based at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. His research interests include bacteria; enteropathogens; bacteriophages; antibiotic resistance; Mycobacteria; Salmonella; mastitis.


Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Andrea Marzi for the section on Virology.

Dr. Andrea Marzi is based at the Laboratory of Virology, DIR, NIAID, NIH, 903 South 4th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840, USA. Her research interests include emerging viruses; filoviruses; VSV; pathogenesis; animal models; vaccines; therapeutics; host–pathogen interactions.

Microorganisms became an affiliated journal of the Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease (SOMED).

Celebration Activities

The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Microbiology

The international conference ECM 2023 supported by the journal Microorganisms ( ISSN: 2076-2607, Impact Factor: 4.926 (2021)), will bring together scientists from different areas to discuss important recent developments related to microorganisms. This electronic conference enables attendances to present their newest research results and receives near-instantaneous feedback from microbiology researchers throughout the world through online question and answer sessions and discussion groups. In this way, ECM 2023 will serve as a platform for advancing the state-of-the-art in microbiology. The greatest part is that there is no cost to participate in ECM 2023!


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Microorganisms 2023 Travel Award

We are pleased to announce that Microorganisms will be granting the Travel Award to one junior scientist. The applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Microorganisms Editorial Board.

This award provides financial support for the winners to attend an international conference to be held in 2023 in the field of microbiology and to deliver a presentation, present a poster, or both.

Microorganisms 2023 Outstanding Reviewer Award

On behalf of the Section Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Wegrzyn, we wish to acknowledge our reviewers who so generously give their time to reviewing the papers submitted to Microorganisms by presenting an award to those reviewers who have demonstrated their dedication, professionalism, and timeliness in reviewing manuscripts for Microorganisms.

Microorganisms 2023 Young Investigator Award

We are pleased to announce that we are now inviting nominations for the Microorganisms 2023 Young Investigator Award. This prize will be given to three young investigators in recognition of their excellence in the field of microbiology research. All nominations will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Microorganisms Editorial Board.

Microorganisms 2022 Best Paper Award

We are pleased to announce the “Microorganisms 2022 Best Paper Award” for research and review articles published in Microorganisms from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022. Two reviews and two research articles will receive an award each. The papers will be selected after a thorough evaluation by the journal Award Committee led by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Microorganisms Editorial Board.

Anniversary Special Issues

10th Anniversary of Microorganisms: Past, Present and Future submission deadline 31 Dec 2023 | 79 articles | Viewed by 198694

Special Issue Collection

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