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Microorganisms can be found across all environments on Earth; adapting to external changes, being central to Earth’s systems and cycles, an essential part of agricultural practices, and - through applied microbiology - providing solutions to our everyday needs. 
Environmental Microbiome acknowledges this universal presence and importance and is seeking submissions addressing the varied facets of environmental and applied microbiological research. These studies include (but are not limited to) aspects of:

  • air, soil and aquatic microbial ecology,
  • microbiome analyses
  • bioremediation
  • microbiome of the built environment
  • geomicrobiology
  • microbial interaction with plants and agricultural crops
  • extreme environment microbiology and astrobiology.

Genome sequences can be submitted if they are a fully integrated aspect of a research article which elucidates the function and role of the microorganisms in their environmental communities.



Adaptation of microbial communities to climate change
Edited by: Joy Watts

Cross-journal collection 
Food security and sustainability from a microbiology perspective
Edited by: Sharon Huws, Joy Watts, Charles Lee, Victor Carrion, Ian Lidbury, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Francesca Cappitelli, Alexander Idnurm, Vera Meyer, Juan A. Mondotte, Una Ryan, and Julia Walochnik

Cross-journal collection
Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies
Edited by: Vijai Kumar Gupta, Jack A. Gilbert, and Meisam Tabatabaei

Cross-journal collection
Life at the extreme


Cross-journal collection
Microbiomes of open water and coastal pelagic environments
Edited by Connie Lovejoy and Joy Watts

Cross-journal collection
Fruit and vegetable microbiomes and their important interactions for global food production

Cross-journal collection
JPL's Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group: Special Collection
Edited by: Lynn Schriml

Thematic series
Bioremediation and the microbiome
edited by Joy Watts

Cross-journal collection
Antimicrobial resistance and the microbiome

Cross-journal collection
Aeronautics and space microbiomes
Edited by: Lynn Schriml

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Open article collections

Adaptation of microbial communities to climate change

This collection aims to enhance our understanding of the intricate relationships between microbial communities and climate change.

Food security and sustainability from a microbiology perspective

New Content ItemThis collection will cover various aspects of maintaining or enhancing food production, sustainability and security from a microbiology perspective.

Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies

This collection will cover recent advancements in the evolution of microbiome consortia, the latest signature microbiome-based development, and biotechnological solutions for sustainable environmental management and bioproduction systems in the wake of emerging challenges, including climate change.

The In Review preprint service on Environmental Microbiome

Environmental Microbiome, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review a preprint service. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received

Archival content

A complete electronic archive of articles published in Standards in Genomic Sciences​​​​​​​ between 2009 and April 2014 can be found at


New Content Item Joy Watts is a Professor in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her research group is involved with the application of molecular tools to better understand microbial diversity and interactions in the environment. The areas studied include; antimicrobial resistance in the environment and its transfer and concentration in aquatic systems; the diversity and function of microbes associated with the GI tract of xylophagous organisms and their role in degradation of complex polymer with a specific focus on the detection of novel anaerobic degrading microbes.

Professor Watts received her PhD from the University of Warwick, UK and then performed her postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland. She obtained an Assistant Professor position at Towson University, USA and in 2010 moved back to the UK to take up her current position at the University of Portsmouth.

Please follow her on Twitter.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 6.2
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 7.1
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.377
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.713

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 12
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 118

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 486,860
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