AME - About the Journal


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.


Continued success


According to the Journal Citation Reports 2018 Release, AME features an Impact Factor of 2.024. Thus, the journal remains a leader in its field.




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.



Publication costs


There are no page charges to publish in this journal. Authors may choose either Subscriber Access (no publication fee) or Open Access (fees for authors apply, see next section) for their article at the time of manuscript acceptance.


Open Access


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. The Open Access fees are:


Articles submitted before 1 April 2019:
€1300 for articles of 1–8 published pages*, €1600 for 9–14 pages, and €1800 for >14 pages.


Articles submitted on or after 1 April 2019:
€1500 for articles of 1–8 published pages, €1800 for 9–14 pages, and €2000 for >14 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 19% will always be added.


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


Subscription information


All AME articles are available online. Articles published >5 years ago may be accessed freely. Articles published in 2013 or earlier are currently available.


Prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT)


2018: 2 volumes, Vols 80 and 81

Annual rate for 2 volumes (online only): € 420

Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge

     • for Germany: + € 50 (print extra) + € 10 = € 480
     • for all other countries: + € 50 (print extra) + € 25 (air mail) = € 495


2019: 2 volumes, Vols 82 and 83

Annual rate for 2 volumes (online only): € 435

Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge

     • for Germany: + € 52 (print extra) + € 10 = € 497
     • for all other countries: + € 52 (print extra) + € 25 (air mail) = € 512


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.