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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Nicole Webster, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia

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Mission Statement

Microbial Symbioses is a specialty section of Frontiers in Marine Science and Frontiers in Microbiology.

Microbial Symbiosis is a specialty section of Frontiers in Microbiology devoted to communicating cutting-edge research on symbiotic microbial interactions. Here symbiosis is defined as any permanent or stable association between a microbe and at least one other organism. These symbiotic interactions may span any combination of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes and the relationships may fall within the bounds of mutualism (beneficial to both partners), commensalism (beneficial to one partner without effect on the other) or parasitism (beneficial to one and detrimental to the other). The study of symbiosis has dramatically accelerated over recent decades with genetic and genomic approaches revealing an astounding array of novel and diverse relationships that are fundamentally challenging our understanding of basic biology and ecology. Determining how these symbiotic associations evolved, how they are maintained and how they benefit the respective hosts is essential to predicting interactions with the broader environment. This specialty aims to accelerate the field of symbiosis research by providing a platform for outstanding publications related to understanding complex microbial interactions with other organisms. The specialty particularly welcomes submission of manuscripts related to the evolution of symbiotic partnerships and those that enhance our understanding of how symbiotic partnerships adapt to or fail in changing environments. Interdisciplinary studies and novel technological approaches that enhance our ability to decipher the nature of complex symbiotic relationships are also welcomed. Authors submitting work aimed at unraveling the mechanisms and outcomes of microbial pathogenesis might also consider the sections "Virology" and "Fungi and Their Interactions" within Frontiers in Microbiology, or Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

Microbial Symbioses welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles: Book Review, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Microbial Symbioses, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty section.

Articles published in the section Microbial Symbioses will be subject to the Frontiers evaluation system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review - a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Marine Science and Microbiology.

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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Nicole Webster, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia

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