Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education

The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) publishes original, previously unpublished, peer-reviewed articles that foster scholarly teaching, and provide readily adoptable resources in biology education.  JMBE welcomes thoughtful and supported submissions pertaining to scholarly teaching in undergraduate, graduate and professional (e.g., medical school) education, K-12 outreach, and informal education.

The scope of the journal is rooted in the biological sciences and its branches to other disciplines.  Examples of articles JMBE accepts include those addressing good pedagogy and design, student interest and motivation, recruitment and retention, citizen science, faculty development, and institutional transformation.

A unique feature of the JMBE editorial process is to provide extensive feedback, guidance, and support for authors from submission through publication.

JMBE is sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM;, the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world.  The JMBE Editorial Board is committed to providing open access content.

JMBE is referenced in Directory of Open Access Journals, CrossRef, and PubMed Central.

One JMBE volume is published each calendar year.  Each volume includes two issues, which are available electronically in May and December.  Submissions are accepted for review on a rolling basis. Upon acceptance for publication, manuscripts are assigned to a particular issue. To be included in a specific issue, manuscripts must be accepted in final form at least three months prior to the publication date.

In addition, JMBE publishes a printed JMBE Spotlight issue for distribution at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE; and other related educator meetings. The Spotlight issue is a compilation of articles from each section, hand-picked by JMBE Editors from the previous year’s volume, as well as the accepted abstracts for that year's ASMCUE meeting.

Review the Author Guidelines for the various JMBE sections. Reviews are typically completed within four weeks.  NOTE: Before you can submit a manuscript, you must check the "Author" box in your user profile.  Once this box is checked, you may select the "Submit a Manuscript" button to the right and follow the prompts for submission.



Tutorials for Authors and Reviewers


Want to submit an article to JMBE but not sure where to start? Want to learn more about a particular section? Announcing the JMBE How-To Series, which provides 10-15 minute video tutorials on the different JMBE sections, manuscript submission process, and reviewing for JMBE.

Visit the JMBE Author Guidelines tab for available tutorials and additional author resources, including a self-diagnosis tool and step-by-step author guidelines.


Already viewed the tutorials? Tell us what you think! We are always looking to improve our author experience, and your feedback is invaluable. Please take 5 minutes to complete a 6-question survey:
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Advertise with JMBE!


Looking for a way to reach over 10,000 educators? JMBE is excited to announce that advertising opportunities are now available. Download the 2014 JMBE Media Kit for advertising opportunities on the JMBE homepage, electronic Table of Contents (eTOC) emails, and the printed May issue. JMBE looks forward to promoting your education-based product to its membership!

For any questions, please contact or 202-942-9282.

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JMBE Selected for Inclusion in PubMed Central



Media Contact: Leslie Robinson

Journal Contact: Kari Wester

WASHINGTON, DC (25 September 2012) – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is delighted to announce that the open-access Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) – the premier journal for microbiology and biology education research – has been selected for indexing by PubMed Central.

Developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, PubMed Central is a full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. To be accepted in the archive, a journal must qualify on the merits of its scientific and editorial content and on the technical quality of its digital files.

“Sharing solid, peer-reviewed research extends the value of the research and produces cost-effective benefits to society,” says JMBE Editor-in-Chief Christopher J. Woolverton, who is professor of environmental health sciences at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. “PubMed Central indexing of the scholarly research published in JMBE will certainly provide great benefit to the students of microbiology and biology, and to the educators who prepare the next generation of scientists. We are excited that the scholarship of our authors will now be accessible through PubMed Central.”

Launched in 2000, JMBE is designed to foster scholarly teaching in the biological sciences. The scientific scope of the journal is rooted in microbiology while branching out to biology. The educational scope of the journal is primarily undergraduate education; however, the journal also publishes articles that feature good pedagogy and good design used in kindergarten through high school education or graduate and professional (e.g., medical school) education.

Each issue of JMBE features peer-reviewed, practical tips for teaching, education research and perspectives, innovative classroom and laboratory exercises, and reviews. To access current and past issues, view instructions for authors, or sign up for eTOC alerts, visit

ASM is the world's largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. The mission of the American Society for Microbiology is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

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