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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It has a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes, schools, and other organisations.

Microbiology Society's vision is a world in which the science of microbiology provides maximum benefit to society.

Microbiology Society's mission is advancing the understanding and impact of microbiology by connecting and empowering communities worldwide.

The CAUL Microbiology Society Publish and Read agreement grants access to all journal content and offers unlimited open access publishing in any journal for corresponding authors.

Further information on this agreement is available from the Microbiology Society.

Key facts

This page was last updated on 4 March 2024.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Australian National University
  • Commonwealth Scientific and 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 Otago
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Western Australia

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

Please note, all CAUL member institutions can access a limited pool of APC waivers for Access Microbiology. See 'Discount schemes' below for details.

Agreement details

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish in all of the Microbiology Society's hybrid and gold journals without the need for any transactional open access article processing charge (APC).

This is an uncapped agreement. There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published OA under this agreement.

Article eligibility

Articles submitted from 1/1/2024 are eligible to be published open access under this agreement.

Article types

The following article types are eligible for open access under this agreement:

  • Research article
  • Short Communication
  • Review
  • Insight Review
  • Method
  • Letter
  • Personal View
  • Editorial

Author eligibility

As defined by the publisher, the eligible author is:

The corresponding author

Responsible corresponding authors must include a participating institution as one of their affiliations to benefit from this agreement. 

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing by their:

  • institutional affiliation
  • email address

Responsible corresponding authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication

Responsible corresponding authors should not use personal email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail). Doing so may result in delayed approval of the article or the article may not be approved to be published open access under the terms of the agreement. 

Corresponding authors must submit using an institutional email domain to be recognised as eligible for unlimited OA publishing.

Discount schemes

Articles not covered by this agreement may benefit from a 100% discount on eligible APCs.

CAUL institutions have been provided with 100 APC waivers for Access Microbiology, the Microbiology Society's sound science, open research platform. These waivers are available to CAUL institutions that do not currently have agreements with the Microbiology Society on a first come first serve basis.

Title list

The agreement allows for publishing in all journals. The complete title list is available online. If you wish to publish open access, please check to ensure that your desired journal is included.

Hybrid journals that 'flip' to OA during the course of this agreement will remain available for OA publishing for the duration of the agreement.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the following Creative Commons licenses:

  • CC BY

Authors retain all rights as per the CC license.

Further information about licenses is available on the publisher's website.

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. 

Article approvals

Article approvals are managed by institutions via Rightslink.

Other charges

Microbiology Society does not charge additional fees for page and/or colour fees. Authors should always check each journal’s submission guidelines to ensure that they will not be subject to any other fees or charges.

Open access workflow

How to submit your article for open access publishing

The following instructions for authors have been provided by the publisher.

Corresponding authors from Publish and Read institutions will be identified using their email domains. Where a corresponding author’s email domain matches that provided for a Publish and Read institution, we will ask the author to sign our standard CC-BY Creative Commons licence and will publish their article OA without further charge, and without embargo. 

Author identification
Corresponding authors will be able to check their fee-free eligibility and then indicate the Publish and Read route for OA during the submission process. 

During submission Corresponding Authors are asked to confirm their eligibility for a Publish and Read deal whilst completing our submission form. They will see a screen requesting that they agree to publication which will include a notification that Editorial Manager has identified a funding agreement. To proceed the Corresponding author must view publication charges and select Yes.

We check corresponding author eligibility as part of the submission and publication process using email domain names. The corresponding author's affiliation must match the paying institution on the date of acceptance. These details should be reflected in the author's Editorial Manager account as well as in the manuscript file.

Providing correct affiliation information (including an institutional email address) is the responsibility of corresponding authors.  

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Contact details

Microbiology Society

Please email for questions regarding this agreement. Please include your full name, institution, article title, journal name and DOI (if available), and state the reason for your enquiry.


Please email for questions regarding this agreement. Please include your full name, institution, article title, journal name and DOI (if available), and state the reason for your enquiry.