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Announcement: COVID-19 impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.



Thematic series
Microbiome in human physiological function
Edited by Dr Santanu Banerjee, University of Miami, Florida, USA
Collection published: 5th February 2020


Thematic series
Constructing 'intelligent' microbial cell factories
Edited by Prof Long Liu, Jiangnan University, China
Collection published: 1st May 2019


Thematic series
Recombinant antibody technology: from phage display panning to complex combined approaches
Edited by Ario de Marco
Collection published: 22nd January 2018


Thematic series
Engineering cell factories for production of bulk and fine chemicals: from designing principles to industrial-scale production
Edited by Yin Li
Collection published: 24 June 2017


Thematic series
CRISPR/Cas9 and the microbial cell factory
Edited by George Guo-Qiang Chen
Collection published: 16 February 2017


Thematic series
Microbial food biotechnology
Edited by: Prof Maria Papagianni
Collection published: 3 May 2016


Thematic series
Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering
Edited by: Prof Sang Yup Lee
Collection published: 19 June 2014

Thematic series
Added value chemicals and biofuels
Edited by: Prof Akihiko Kondo
Collection published: 9 June 2014

Thematic series
Yeast biotechnology
Microbial Cell Factories
Edited by: Prof Diethard Mattanovich
Collection published: 6 May 2014

Thematic series
Recombinant protein quality: approaches for the quantitative evaluation of functional and structural features of purified proteins and antibodies
Edited by: Prof Ario de Marco
Collection published: 11 April 2014

Cross journal collection
Reviewer acknowledgements 2013
Collection published: 26 February 2014

Featured collection: Microbiome in human physiological function

Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA Read our special collection here.

Announcing the launch of In Review

Microbial Cell Factories, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. 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

Aims and scope

Microbial Cell Factories is an open access peer-reviewed journal that covers any topic related to the development, use and investigation of microbial cells as producers of recombinant proteins and natural products, or as catalyzers of biological transformations of industrial interest. Microbial Cell Factories is the world leading, primary research journal fully focusing on Applied Microbiology.

The journal is divided into the following editorial sections:

Metabolic engineering
Synthetic biology
Whole-cell biocatalysis
Microbial regulations
Recombinant protein production/bioprocessing
Production of natural compounds
Systems biology of cell factories
Microbial production processes
Cell-free systems

Microbial co-cultures (consortia) – call for papers

Microbial co-cultures (consortia) are two or more interacting microbial populations that can be found in many diverse environmental niches. Interest has recently emerged in engineering microbial consortia, because they exhibit appealing features, such as sophisticated metabolic capabilities and robustness, therefore, can perform complicated tasks that are more difficult or even impossible for individual populations.

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Applications of oleaginous fungi - call for papers

This collection focuses on oleaginous fungi, a species that naturally accumulate remarkably high concentrations of lipids: lipids comprise over 20% and potentially higher than 85% of their dry weight. These species have a wide suite of applications, including in biodiesel production, as supplements in food, and in medicine. 

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Microbial glycobiotechnology - call for papers

New Content ItemThe Editor-in-Chief of Microbial Cell Factories and the guest editors, Prof Vijai Kumar Gupta and Prof Ashok Pandey, invite the submission of articles for a special collection with a thematic scheme: "Microbial glycobiotechnology".  Read more.

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