What is mSystems®?
mSystems is a new, open-access (OA) journal for research that achieves insights into the metabolic and regulatory systems on the scale of both a single cell and entire microbial communities. mSystems is published by the American Society for Microbiology, the oldest life sciences membership organization in the United States.
Why was mSystems developed?
The ASM realized that the explosion in systems microbiology research called for a new venue that could capture the major new developments and significant advances in this field. Creating this new journal as an OA-only publication also caters to the changing dynamic of the research community.
What areas of research does mSystems publish?
mSystems considers cutting-edge, significant advances in research associated with metabolic and regulatory systems on the scale of both a single cell and entire microbial communities. This includes multi-omic analyses with large datasets, single-cell studies of regulatory function, and microbial community ecology studies that involve modeling of ecosystem processes. In short, we publish significant advances in systems microbiology.
The ASM already publishes mBio®. How is mSystems different?
mBio® deals with a broad microbiological disciplines, whereas mSystemsfits within the cadre of specialized journals.
Does mSystems charge a submission fee?
Does mSystems consider submissions of manuscripts that have previously appeared on preprint servers?
Yes. For more information, please review the ASM journals preprint policy.
What will it cost to publish in mSystems?
ASM has adopted an "author pays" open-access model to cover publishing costs. Authors (or their funding agencies or institutions) pay a flat publication fee for each article published. This fee includes immediate open access and unlimited color figures. If the corresponding author is an active member of ASM at the Contributing or Premium level, the Article Processing Charge (APC) is $2,250 for Research Articles, Resource Reports, and Methods and Protocols and $1,125 for the shorter Observation and Opinions and Hypotheses formats. If the corresponding author is a nonmember or a member at the Supporting level, the APC is $3,000 for Research Articles, Resource Reports, and Methods and Protocols and $1,690 for the shorter Observation and Opinions and Hypotheses formats. Nonmember corresponding authors or Supporting members may join ASM and renew or upgrade their membership online to obtain discounts on publication fees.
Will authors retain copyright of research published in mSystems?
Yes, authors retain copyright. To allow for maximum dissemination of research, articles in mSystems are published under the Creative Commons CC BY license, which allows unrestricted reuse of the material with proper attribution. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.
Are mSystems citations available in PubMed?
As a PMC participating journal, mSystems citations are included and searchable in PubMed. ASM has submitted an application to the National Library of Medicine for mSystems to be considered for indexing and inclusion in the MEDLINE database.