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Aquatic Microbial Ecology

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Companion Journal to Marine Ecology Progress Series and Aquatic Biology

AME and MEPS have received international recognition as the leaders in their respective fields of science


Aquatic Microbial Ecology (AME) was founded by Otto Kinne, Fereidoun Rassoulzadegan and John Dolan. It is the successor to 'Marine Microbial Food Webs', which was founded by P. Bougis and F. Rassoulzadegan and published by the 'Institut Océanographique, Fondation Albert 1er Prince de Monaco', Paris, from 1985 to 1994. The last issue of 'Marine Microbial Food Webs' was Volume 8, Number 2.

According to the Journal Citation Reports 2021 release, AME features an Impact Factor (IF) of 1.759 from 4446 total cites (5-year IF = 2.9702), Immediacy Index = 0.129, Eigenfactor = 0.00163.


AME serves as a worldwide forum for scientific communications on all aspects of aquatic microbial dynamics. In particular, the journal covers research on viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes - both planktonic and benthic, autotrophic and heterotrophic - in marine, limnetic and brackish habitats. AME strives for:

  • complete coverage of the ecology of microorganisms in aquatic environments
  • the highest possible quality of scientific contributions
  • quick publication (3 months from acceptance to publication)
  • an excellent technical standard of presentation


AME is international and interdisciplinary. It presents rigorously refereed and carefully selected Research Articles, Reviews and Notes, as well as Comments/Reply Comments (for details see AME 27:209), Opinion Pieces (previously called 'As I See It') and AME Specials. For details consult the Guidelines for Authors. Papers may be concerned with:

  • Tolerances and responses of microorganisms to variations in abiotic and biotic components of their environment; microbial life under extreme environmental conditions (climate, temperature, pressure, osmolarity, redox, etc.).
  • Role of aquatic microorganisms in the production, transformation and decomposition of organic matter; flow patterns of energy and matter as these pass through microorganisms; population dynamics; trophic interrelationships; modelling, both theoretical and via computer simulation, of individual microorganisms and microbial populations; biodiversity.
  • Absorption and transformation of inorganic material; synthesis and transformation of organic material (autotrophic and heterotrophic); non-genetic and genetic adaptation; behaviour; molecular microbial ecology; symbioses.
Conflicts of Interest

Authors, Reviewers and Editors must disclose relationships (e.g. financial, economic, institutional) that may affect the integrity of the scientific process. Please refer to our Conflict of Interest Policy for details.

Neutrality of editorial decisions

Inter-Research journals are following the Committee of Publication Ethics advice on neutrality for editorial decisions. In brief, editorial decisions in Inter-Research journals shall not be affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or religion of the authors. Decisions to review, edit and publish shall not be determined by the policies of governments or other agencies, but just by the journals themselves, and are purely based on scientific merit of the submitted work and the work’s fit within each journal’s scope.

Authors may choose either Subscriber Access (no Publication Fee) or Open Access (Article Processing Charges for authors apply) for their article at the time of manuscript acceptance. Open Access is issued under the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. Copyright remains with the original copyright owners, and re-use is unrestricted. Fuller information on Open Access and policies on author self-archiving (‘Green’ Open Access) of Subscriber Access articles are found on the main Open Access page.

Changes to the Article Processing Charge (APC) pricing structure for articles submitted on or after 1 June 2021

From 1 June 2021 the tiered pricing structure based on article typeset length will change to one based on article type. It enables us to provide the final APC price to authors for APC funding applications necessary prior to article submission which was not possible under the typeset article length system. The new prices are given below.

The Article Processing Charges (APCs) are:

Articles submitted on or after 1 April 2019 and before 1 June 2021

  • €1500 for articles of 1–8 published pages*
  • €1800 for 9–14 pages
  • €2000 for >14 pages.

Articles submitted on or after 1 June 2021

  • €2000 for Research or Review articles
  • €1000 for Notes
  • € 500 for Opinion Pieces or Comments

All articles will become freely accessible to all users 5 years after publication. In addition, Feature Articles are published with Open Access at no cost to the authors.

Only articles clearly marked with "CC BY" in the top right corner of the front page are published with the Creative Commons by Attribution Licence. The CC-BY option was not available for Inter-Research journals before 1 April 2013. Articles marked "Open Access" or "Free Access" but not marked "CC BY" are made freely accessible at the time of publication but are subject to standard copyright law regarding reproduction and distribution.

* As a rough guide, 1 printed page = 2 to 3 manuscript pages

Tax information

For purchases in the European Union, the VAT number of the paying institution must be provided, otherwise VAT will be added at the standard rate for the country of the purchaser. For Germany, VAT at 7% will always be added.

All AME articles are available online. Articles published >5 years ago may be accessed freely. Currently articles published in 2016 or earlier are freely available.

Annual Publication Program/ Subscription Information

Prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT)

2022: 1 volume, Vol 88

  • Annual rate for 2022 (online only): € 466
  • Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge
    • Germany: + € 52(print extra) + € 11 = € 529
    • other countries: + € 52 (print extra) + € 27 (air mail) = € 545

2022 Open Access 'double-dipping' adjustment calculation (rounded): AME: 464 + (15.6–15.25)% = 466 (i.e. +0.35%)

Back issues (print; Volumes 1 to 8) are available from the Institut Océanographique, 195, rue Saint-Jacques, F-75005 Paris, France. Volumes 9 onwards are available from Inter-Research for substantially reduced prices; for details write to Inter-Research.

Beginning with Volume 9, tables of contents and abstracts are available online free of charge for all articles.

Subscriptions are entered with annual prepayment only. They must be addressed directly to the publisher.