In May, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) launched the inaugural issue of mBio(tm), a new open access online journal designed to make microbiology research broadly accessible. The focus of the journal is on rapid publication of cutting-edge research spanning the entire spectrum of microbiology and related fields.

ASM has adopted an “author pays” open access model to cover the costs of publishing mBio(tm). In lieu of traditional page and color charges, authors (or their funding agencies or institutions) will pay a flat publication fee for each article published. The 2010 mBio(tm) publication fee for Research Articles (maximum of 8 journal pages) will be $2,000 for ASM members ($3,000 for nonmembers) and will include immediate open access and unlimited color figures. The fee for publishing the short Observations and Opinions and Hypotheses will be $1,000 for ASM members ($1,500 for nonmembers). ASM will consider requests for waivers from authors of accepted manuscripts who lack funding for publication fees.

Copyright of all material published in mBio(tm) remains with the authors. The authors grant the American Society for Microbiology a non-exclusive license to publish their work if it is accepted. Upon publication, the work becomes available to the public to copy, distribute, or display under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Please contact the corresponding author to obtain permission for noncommercial reuse of mBio(tm) content.

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