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Notice for AMI Members

Applied Microbiology International has sold its minority shares in our three joint-owned journals: Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology Reports and Microbial Biotechnology to Wiley.  As of January 2024, the journals continue to be published by Wiley and are no longer the official journals of AMI and associated member benefits have ceased.

At Applied Microbiology International, we publish three internationally acclaimed journals in partnership with Oxford University Press. Our journals cover all areas of applied microbiology and combine the highest levels of scientific rigour with global expertise to publish the latest cutting-edge research in our field from around the world.

We aim to provide a suitable home for the research of all authors working towards AMI’s goals, whatever your financial means or geographical location. Please read the journal information below to see which of our journals is the best fit for your research. Let us know if you cannot find a home for your research or if you have an idea for a new journal.

Our members benefit from free access to paywalled content and a 20% discount on open access publishing fees. Join today to ensure you have access to our range of publishing benefits. If you don’t have access yet, contact us today to set up your account.

New for 2024: free membership for all AMI journal authors

We are delighted to announce that, following last year’s pilot scheme, AMI will be offering a year’s free membership to all AMI journal authors on acceptance of their article for publication in our journals.

All you need to do is send a link to your accepted article online to [email protected] and claim your free membership.

New for 2024: free membership for dedicated reviewers

We are delighted to extend our free membership to our dedicated reviewers. AMI will be offering a year’s free membership to reviewers who complete 6 or more timely, high-quality reviews across our journal portfolio in the calendar year. If you would like to be added to our reviewer database, please send a CV to [email protected].

We aim to build a broader community within the field of applied microbiology globally and strengthen the links between our journals and our other activities. We hope to encourage more of our members to submit to and review for our journals and support us in achieving our vision to solve the world’s greatest challenges through microbiology.

See below for full details on our journals and links to submit.


Publishing with AMI and invest in the future of science

AMI and our publisher, Oxford University Press, are non-profit organisations, and we invest our surplus back into the research community. By publishing in our journals, you enable AMI to provide grants, run events, and carry out our policy and advocacy work and OUP to safeguard the future of hundreds of high-quality society-owned research journals.

AMI journals:

  • Offer free AMI membership to all our authors
  • Offer a 20% discount on open access fees for AMI members
  • Accept format-free submissions
  • Do not charge page or colour fees to our authors
  • Are supported by article-level-metrics so you can track the reach and influence of your work


Sustainable Microbiology, the latest addition to our journal portfolio, has now launched online. It is a fully open access journal, which aims to demonstrate the current and future role of microbes in improving global economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It is the first AMI Journal to publish policy papers alongside research and reviewsAuthors are required to demonstrate the application of microbiology in helping to achieve one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Visit the journal website to read the full aims and scope, submit your work and read the first published papers.



Journal of Applied Microbiology is the flagship journal of AMI and launched in 1938. Journal of Applied Microbiology aims to publish studies which represent a significant advance in the field. Led by an international Editorial Board of leading experts, the journal serves as a platform to promote all aspects of applied microbiology. Visit the Journal website to read the latest content and submit your work. 






Letters in Applied Microbiology aims to be the journal to support and develop the next generation of applied microbiologists. With a focus on the quality of science, we do not exclude papers based on subjective views of their potential impact. Globally inclusive, we have a new mentoring programme for young editors, which you can read about here. Visit the journal website to view the Editorial Board, read the latest content and submit your work.



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Open access publishing, fees, waivers and discounts

It is free for authors to publish in our hybrid journals. These journals have an open access option where authors can choose to pay an author publishing charge (APC) to make their article freely available under a creative commons licence. Our open access journal charges an APC. Many institutions worldwide have agreements with our publishing partner that allow authors at these institutions to publish in our journals without paying the open access fees, which are covered centrally. We also have a generous waiver programme for authors from developing countries. For members who cannot take advantage of these schemes we have a 20% member discount. Please see the tables and links below for full details.

Journals publishing fees for 2024
  Journal model Fee to publish APC APC for members
Sustainable Microbiology Open Access Yes £2200 £1760
Journal of Applied Microbiology Hybrid Optional for open access only £2728 £2182
Letters in Applied Microbiology Hybrid Optional for open access only £2340 £1872

Check here to see if your institution has a publishing agreement with OUP. 

OUP has a waiver policy for lower-income countries, check if your country qualifies here.

Members will need to enter their membership number on submission to claim the discount.

Using Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCID) 

Being cited and having one's work published plays an important role in researchers' careers. However, when a member undergoes a name change, such as for transition, marriage, or religious purposes, journals can often struggle to update all of a researcher's past records with the changed name.  

This has resulted in harmful consequences such as dead naming (referring to someone who is transgender by the name they used before they transitioned), discrimination, or not attributing all of an author's work to them. 

ORCID numbers provide international unique identifiers for researchers to link all their professional activities. Using an ORCID number not only ensures that researchers are connected to all their contributions and affiliations across journals, but also, ensures that their personal characteristics are protected as they solely rely on the unique identifier. You can find out more about ORCID numbers here.

AMI members are encouraged to use their ORCID numbers and that of fellow researchers in their citation practices.