The 5th most cited journal in Immunology
The section takes advantage of the novel Frontiers publishing concept to advance communication between microbiologists and immunologists and, as a result, knowledge at the interface of interactions between microbes and hosts. We have many common goals, but the often separate training of researchers has resulted in individuals with unifocal expertise, different ways of thinking, and different experimental approaches and skills. This can prevent interactions which, in the usual mode of review processes of "closed access" publications, can lead to problems in addressing the issues critical for advancing novel reports of discoveries at the interface. Frontiers’ mechanism for communication between authors and referees provides a unique opportunity to bridge the fields.
Recent discoveries have underscored the power of using microbes to explore the immune system, and the role for microorganisms in the development and function of the immune system. We expect studies examining responses to bacteria and parasites focusing on:
- Molecular interactions between microbial products and host sensors;
- Effects of microbiota on immune development;
- Innate responses to infections including cytokine and cellular responses and functions;
- Links between innate responses and downstream adaptive responses;
- Molecular signaling: from sensors or receptors for microbial products or infection-induced changes, and from cytokines induced during infections.
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Microbial Immunology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Case Report, Classification, Clinical Trial, Correction, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Microbial Immunology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Microbial Immunology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering 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 Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing 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 Immunology and Microbiology.