Empowering a community publishing articles in all areas of Microbiology, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, protozoa, phage, archaea, anti-microbial research, symbiosis, environmental microbiology, microbiomes, and much more.
To date, PLOS has published over 18,035 articles in Microbiology, with more than 627,077 citations and with authors in 160 countries.
At PLOS, we put researchers and research first.
Our expert editorial boards collaborate with reviewers to provide accurate assessment that readers can trust. Authors have a choice of journals, publishing outputs, and tools to open their science to new audiences and get credit. We collaborate to make science, and the process of publishing science, fair, equitable, and accessible for the whole community.
PLOS publishes a suite of influential Open Access journals across all areas of science and medicine.
Rigorously reported, peer reviewed and immediately available without restrictions, promoting the widest readership and impact possible. We encourage you to consider the journal’s scope before submission, as they are all editorially independent and specialized in their publication criteria and breadth of content.
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Discover top cited Microbiology papers from recent years.
Visit our PLOS ONE Microbiome and Host Cells collection. Our guest editors have compiled a variety of research articles to contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms through which viruses, bacteriophage, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and microbial toxins interact with host cell and host-derived membranes.
Reproducibility is important for the future of science.
PLOS is Open so that everyone can read, share, and reuse the research we publish. Underlying our commitment to Open Science is our data availability policy which ensures every piece of your research is accessible and replicable. We also go beyond that, empowering authors to preregister their research, and publish protocols, negative and null results, and more.
How can we increase adoption of open research practices?
Researchers are satisfied with their ability to share their own research data but may struggle with accessing other researchers’ data. Therefore, to increase data sharing in a findable and accessible way, PLOS will focus on better integrating existing data repositories and promoting their benefits rather than creating new solutions.
Imagining a transformed scientific publication landscape
Open Science is not a finish line, but rather a means to an end. An underlying goal behind the movement towards Open Science is to conduct and publish more reliable and thoroughly reported research.
Here, PLOS ONE Staff Editors from the different subject teams reflect on the past year choosing some of their favorite research. From research on plastic pollution to improving prognosis predictions for patients with cancer, we hope that these selections will have something of interest for everyone.