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The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) publishes original, previously unpublished, peer-reviewed articles that foster scholarly teaching, and provide readily adoptable resources in biology education.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

Attn Sponsors: Printed JMBE Spotlight Debuting at May Conference


The JMBE Editorial Board is pleased to announce that beginning in 2015, they will be offering a new printed issue entitled “JMBE Spotlight” for distribution at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE; and other related educator meetings. The Spotlight issue will be 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. 

If you are interested in advertising opportunities for this new issue, please visit the Advertise tab above and contact with any questions.
Posted: 2015-01-30

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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