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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Microbiology Society

Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

Further details about this agreement are available from the Microbiology Society.

This page was last updated on 3 May 2023.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Australian National University
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Massey University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • RMIT University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong

Authors who do not see their institution listed above should contact library staff to enquire further.

Included titles

  • Microbiology (fully OA)
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Microbial Genomics (fully OA)
  • Access Microbiology (fully OA)

Information for authors

Corresponding authors from institutions listed under 'Participating institutions' may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs. 

Author rights

  • Articles from authors at member institutions may be published under the authors' choice of either CC-BY or CC-BY-SA license. These licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors.
  • Third-party content included in a publication, for example images or graphics, should be clearly labelled and are not affected by these requirements.
  • The Creative Commons CC0 license will be assigned to the data accompanying the open access article.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

Submit your article via the publisher's submission platform, Editorial Manager.

You will be recognised as being eligible for open access publishing with no transactional APCs via your institutional email address.

Information on publishing workflows.

Information for libraries

Licensing information


The agreement provides unlimited access to all paywalled content in all Microbiology Society journals, including the entire archive back to 1947, for reading as well as text and data mining.

  • The agreement provides open access publishing in all six (6) journals by corresponding authors of institutions listed under 'Participating institutions'. 
  • There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published under the agreement.
  • There are no transactional APCs or other service charges for papers submitted by corresponding authors from participating institutions.
  • The Microbiology Society will notify eligible authors of the Publish and Read agreement during the manuscript submission process.

Publishing alerts

No publishing alerts are provided, however, Microbiology Society provides regular publishing reports with article level information. Libraries can also receive publisher-neutral reports via OA Switchboard and CCC Rightslink. 

Publishing for all CAUL member institutions in 2020 (including R&P activity) can be found in the 2020 Publishing Report.

Sharing via repositories

Green open access
  • Green open access is allowed with no embargo. 
  • There is no automated loading to institutional repositories.
Other repositories 
  • Articles are deposited directly to PubMed.
  • Article metadata is also sent to:
    • DOAJ
    • ScienceOpen