Our journals

Advancing the global impact of applied microbiology

At Applied Microbiology International, we publish six internationally acclaimed journals in partnership with Wiley and 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 special discounts 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 2023: Free membership for AMI journal authors

We would like to give something back to our authors and ensure they can join our AMI community and benefit from all the support they enable us to offer our members.

Our authors are invaluable to Applied Microbiology International. Our journals are our life blood; they are our primary source of funding for all our charitable activities, funding our events, our policy work and grants for our members, all of which help us to nurture and engage our community to advance scientific impact. Without our authors’ contributions to our journals our organisation would not exist. 

We are therefore delighted to announce that, from April 1st 2023, AMI will be offering a year’s free membership to the corresponding author of each article accepted for publication in its journals. The corresponding author will also be entitled to nominate another author on the paper who is at an early stage in their career to benefit from this offer. This pilot will run initially for one year. 

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 that this will encourage more of our authors to submit to 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 is publishing for the community

AMI is a non-profit organisation, so by publishing in our journals you enable us to provide grants, run events, and carry out our policy and advocacy work - as well as enabling us to provide these publications for the future of applied microbiology research.

AMI journals:

  • Adhere to the highest standards of rigorous peer review and research ethics,
  • Accept format-free submissions,
  • Have no page or colour charges for authors,
  • Are supported by article-level-metrics so you can track the reach and influence of your work,
  • Are indexed widely by major services such as Crossref, Google Scholar, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science.


Sustainable Microbiology is the latest addition to our journal portfolio. Led by a distinguished Editorial Board, it opened for submission in January 2023. It is a broad-scope, 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 accept policy papers alongside research and reviews. Authors 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 and submit your work.



Journal of Applied Microbiology is the flagship journal of AMI, launched in 1939. One of the leading broad-scope journals in the field, led by an international Editorial Board of leading experts, it publishes cutting-edge research and high-quality reviews across all areas of applied microbiology. Visit the journal website to read the latest content and submit your work. 




Letters in Applied Microbiology provides rapid publication of short, high-quality papers in the broad field of applied microbiology and has a new vision to be the journal that supports and develops the next generation of applied microbiologists. The journal will be accessible to early career researchers, globally inclusive and will develop a mentoring programme for young editors over the coming months. Visit the journal website to view the Editorial Board, read the latest content and submit your work.




Environmental Microbiology is devoted to the advancement of our understanding of microbial interactions and microbial processes in the environment and publishes cutting-edge original research reporting significant advances in or relating to this subject. Visit the journal website to view the Editorial Board, read the latest content and submit your work.



Environmental Microbiology Reports, as of January 2023, is a fully open access journal dedicated to the presentation of high-quality research that advances our knowledge on microorganisms, their function and their interactions with the environment. Rather than making subjective evaluations of potential impact, the journal's publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported. Visit the journal website to view the Editorial Board, read the latest content and submit your work.



Microbial Biotechnology is a fully open access journal devoted to publishing advances on microbial processes, using wild-type or genetically engineered strains, or their components, to produce valuable compounds for multiple applications. 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 journals all charge an APC. Many institutions worldwide have agreements with our publishing partners that allow authors at these institutions to publish in our journals without paying the open access fees, which are covered centrally. We also have discounted APC rates for members. Please see the tables and links below for full details.

Journals published with OUP
  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 £2623 £2098
Letters in Applied Microbiology Hybrid Optional for open access only £2250 £1800

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.

Journals published with Wiley
  Journal model Fee to publish APC APC for members
Environmental Microbiology Hybrid Optional for open access only £3090 £3090
Environmental Microbiology Reports Open access Yes £2300 £2070
Microbioal Biotechnology Open access Yes £2200 £1800

Check here to see if your institution has a publishing agreement with Wiley. You will need to check which model your chosen journal operates on in the table above.

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

To claim the member discount, contact [email protected] for a code before submitting your work.

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.