is a specialty section of Frontiers in Marine Science and Frontiers in Microbiology.
Aquatic Microbiology is devoted to advancing the study of microbes in aqueous environments, with a focus on freshwater, estuarine and oceanic ecosystems. Aquatic microbiological studies are diverse and inherently interdisciplinary. Microorganisms play diverse roles in ecosystems, and are key to earth’s biogeochemical cycles and the habitability of the planet. Further, aquatic microbes are genetically, physiologically and ecologically diverse and exhibit many different patterns of evolution, adaptation and physiological responses. Frontiers hopes to accelerate the field by publishing high quality research findings relating to the roles that bacteria, archaea, microbial eukarya and viruses play in aquatic chemistry, food webs, and biogeochemical cycling. Laboratory experiments with cultures or mixed populations and environmental experiments are complementary and necessary for advancing our understanding of aquatic microorganisms and their interactions with the environment. Studies of physiological, genetic, genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic aspects of aquatic microorganisms and communities (e.g., metagenomics) are making important contributions to the advancement of aquatic microbiology. New techniques in visualization, isotopic tracers and molecular techniques are providing new knowledge on the nature of microbial communities in the environment. Aquatic Microbiology will accept manuscripts on these topics, as well as new method developments, reviews and perspectives.
welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles
: Book Review, 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 Aquatic Microbiology
, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Aquatic Microbiology
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.