Microbes and Infection publishes 10 peer-reviewed issues per year in all fields of infection and immunity, covering the different levels of host-microbe interactions, and in particular:
- the molecular biology and cell biology of the crosstalk between hosts (human and model organisms) and microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi), including molecular virulence and evasion mechanisms.
- the immune response to infection, including pathogenesis and host susceptibility.
- emerging human infectious diseases.
- systems immunology.
- molecular epidemiology/genetics of host pathogen interactions.
- microbiota and host "interactions".
- vaccine development, including novel strategies and adjuvants.
Clinical studies, accounts of clinical trials and biomarker studies in infectious diseases are within the scope of the journal.
Microbes and Infection publishes articles on human pathogens or pathogens of model systems. However, articles on other microbes can be published if they contribute to our understanding of basic mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions. Purely descriptive and preliminary studies are discouraged.
Special issues focus on the present knowledge of a virulent microbe and the disease it causes, the immune response in infectious disease, or on critical issues relevant to the scope of the journal.