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The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) publishes original, previously unpublished, peer-reviewed articles that foster scholarly teaching, and provide readily adoptable resources in biology education.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

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.



Now Available! Volume 16, Number 1 and New JMBE Profiles Episode



The May 2015 issue of JMBE is now available! Click here to view the full Table of Contents, including an important Letter from Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Samantha Elliott, and all abstracts from the upcoming 22nd Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators. Articles are made available in PDF and HTML format.


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 the third episode of the series, Kari sits down with ASM's Publishing Ethics Manager, Erika Davies, to discuss the importance of scientific ethics, responsible conduct of research, trends in research misconduct, and resources to help educate ASM members and non-members alike about the importance of scientific integrity.

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


JMBE content is now available on ASMscience, allowing readers to browse and search for educational content alongside related ASM publications. Stay tuned for announcements as additional reader features and content becomes available over the course of the year.

Posted: 2015-05-07 More...

Now Accepting Manuscripts for Themed Scientific Citizenship Issue: Submit by Aug. 3


As a direct result of the success of the inaugural Scientific Ethics section published in December 2014, the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is pleased to announce a Call for Manuscripts for a second thematic issue centered around scientific citizenship.

The themed issue will be organized and peer-reviewed by a team of Guest Editors and Reviewers, led by Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory. The issue will be published as a standalone issue in March 2016. The JMBE Editorial Board is excited to promote scholarly work in this important area of science education. This call solicits submissions that pertain (but are not limited to) the following topics:

• Teaching citizen science to students at the K12, undergraduate, or graduate/professional level.
• Engaging, educating, and training citizens who have minimal science background.
• National and global citizen science initiatives.
• Policy issues stemming from citizen science.
• Service learning and outreach dedicated to citizen science.
• Citizen science research.
• Reviews of resources that promote discussion about citizen science.
• Submissions on scientific citizenship-related topics not identified above.

Research articles, perspective pieces, tips and tools for education activities, and reviews of resources related to scientific citizenship are welcome. Manuscripts must adhere to the format outlined in the JMBE Author Guidelines for Themed Manuscripts, and be submitted through the JMBE online system. Be sure to select "Theme: Scientific Citizenship" as the section to which you are submitting. However, the Guest Editors may also choose to accept submissions that do not strictly adhere to these guidelines, if the manuscript fulfills the scope of the thematic issue.

To be considered for the thematic issue, all manuscripts must be submitted by August 3, 2015.

Planning on Attending ASMCUE?

JMBE Editors will be on hand at this year's ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), held May 28-31, 2015 in Austin, Texas, to meet with potential authors. Come to scheduled "office hours" to discuss the suitability of your manuscript idea and the review process.

Posted: 2015-02-23 More...

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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