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The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) publishes original, previously unpublished, peer-reviewed articles that foster scholarly teaching, and provide readily adoptable resources in biology education.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, 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.

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.



New Issue and Special Section on Scientific Ethics Now Available!


The December Issue of JMBE is now available. Volume 15, Issue 2 includes a discussion of genomics placement in biology education, a laboratory module on hormones and antibiotics in nature, and 17 activities designed to engage STEM undergraduates in the classroom and the laboratory.

The Scientific Ethics Section has been published in tandem with the full issue outlined above. JMBE Editors and Guest Editors Dr. Beth A. Fischer, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Frederick Grinnell, University of Texas Southwestern; and Dr. Michael J. Zigmond, University of Pittsburgh are extremely pleased to announce that the inaugural special section of JMBE, entitled "Scientific Ethics" is now published. An impressive 45 articles from authors like Dr. Clyde F. Herreid, Dr. Janet D. Stemwedel, and Dr. Ivan Oransky provide a comprehensive look at ethics in science, including the responsible conduct of research, ethics in science education, scientific publishing and authorship, and ways to incorporate ethics into STEM education. The Editors invite you to read the Guest Editors' letter "Introductory Comments for the Scientific Ethics Theme" for background on the theme and a roadmap for navigating the section.

For the complete Table of Contents, click on the Current tab in the navigation bar above.

Don't forget to create a JMBE account today to automatically receive eTOC alerts and reminders about submission deadlines. See the Author Guidelines tab for submission requirements and author resources.

Posted: 2014-12-16 More...

New JMBE Profiles Episode Debuts: Writing for Science Education Journals

JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester is an interview series that highlights the volunteers that comprise the JMBE Editorial Board, the authors who contribute their work, and the education innovations that bring them together. In this second episode of the series, Kari sits down with three science educators - Marcy Kelly of Pace University, Cynthia Miller of University of Louisville, and John Geiser of Western Michigan University - to learn about their writing process, the challenges they face during that writing process, and the support they seek throughout their publishing journey.

Want more JMBE Profiles? Visit our YouTube playlist and stay tuned for more episodes! If you have an idea for a future episode topic, please email
Posted: 2014-10-13 More...
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