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About the journal: Journal of General Virology

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Benefits of publishing in Journal of General Virology
  3. Scope
  4. Article types
  5. Article types table
  6. Contact Editorial Office

For further information and submission criteria, please refer to our Information for authors and Editorial policies.

1. Overview

Journal of General Virology publishes high-quality research articles with high production standards, giving the journal a worldwide reputation for excellence and attracting an eminent audience.

The diverse scope of the journal, which reflects the evolving nature of virology today, includes topics on all aspects of animal, plant, insect, bacterial and fungal viruses, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, molecular biology and immunology, virus–host interactions and antiviral compounds.

2016 Impact Factor: 2.838

2016 5-year Impact Factor: 2.902

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Mark Harris, University of Leeds, UK

Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Paul Duprex, University of Boston, USA

Abstracted and indexed in: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Service, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, Current Contents – Life Sciences, Current Opinion series, EMBASE, Google Scholar, MEDLINE, Russian Academy of Science, Science Citation Index, SciSearch, SCOPUS.

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2. Benefits of publishing in Journal of General Virology

  • Fast and rigorous peer review: average time to first decision = four weeks.
  • Continuous publishing model from January 2017.
  • Free to publish – no submission, page or colour charges.
  • Immediate gold open access available with our OpenMicrobiology option.
  • Fully compliant with funding body mandates.
  • Expert international Editorial Board.
  • Global audience.
  • User-friendly online submission system.
  • Published on a new and interactive journal platform.
  • Included in the leading abstracting and indexing services, including AGRICOLA, BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, MEDLINE and Science Citation Index.
  • We encourage data archiving.
  • The Microbiology Society is a well-established, not-for-profit organisation.

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3. Scope

Journal of General Virology aims to publish articles that describe original research in virology and contribute significantly to their field. It is concerned particularly with fundamental studies.

Articles that describe new materials or methods without applying them to research are generally not acceptable. Preliminary or inconclusive data will not be published. Data that differ only in a minor way from previously published results are not acceptable; this applies, for instance, to comparisons of nucleotide sequences with closely similar published sequences. In the case of sequence comparisons used in studies of virus phylogeny and/or epidemiology, the results must provide novel insights leading to experimentally testable hypotheses related to the viruses under study. Articles dealing with clinical or epidemiological aspects of virology are welcome, provided that they contain new information on basic biological processes or virus–host interactions; authors of clinical or epidemiological articles outside this scope might consider submitting their paper instead to Journal of Medical Microbiology.

3.1 Subject categories

Research articles are published under the subject headings shown below.

1. Animal

  1. RNA Viruses
  2. DNA Viruses
  3. Retroviruses

2. Insect

  1. RNA Viruses
  2. DNA Viruses

3. Plant

  1. RNA Viruses
  2. DNA Viruses

4. Fungal

5. Prokaryotic Viruses

6. TSE Agents

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4. Article types

4.1 Reviews

These aim to give an overview of a particular subject suitable for a wide audience. Most Reviews are invited. Unsolicited Reviews will be considered, but intending authors must contact the Reviews Editor, Dr Colin Crump, in advance. All Reviews are made freely accessible upon publication.

4.2 Insight Reviews

Insight Reviews should discuss key findings, developments or advances in all areas of virology in short form. Articles should be discussed with the Reviews Editor, Dr Colin Crump, before submission, and only solicited articles will be considered. All Insight Reviews are made freely accessible upon publication.

4.3 Research Articles

Please see subject categories above.

4.4 Short Communications

Short Communications must report completed work, not preliminary findings: they are an alternative format for describing smaller pieces of work.

For further information and submission criteria, please refer to our Information for authors and Editorial policies.

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5. Article types table

Article Types Description Structure Freely available? Solicited by editors?
Review See above Title page
6000 words preferred but up to
11000 if agreed with Reviews Editors
Tables/figures
Max 150 references
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without charge Reviews are often solicited but we also welcome unsolicited reviews. For pre-submission enquiries, please contact the Reviews Editor, Dr Colin Crump
Insight Review See above Title page
100 word summary (abstract)
1000-2000 words
Max 30 references
Max 2 figures/tables combined
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without charge Reviews are often solicited but we also welcome unsolicited reviews. For pre-submission enquiries, please contact the Reviews Editor, Dr Colin Crump
Research Articles See subject categories Max 6500 words
Title page
250 word summary (abstract)
Methods section should be included after the Discussion. Combined Results and Discussion section is permitted.
Max 8 tables and figures combined
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Please view our Information for authors for more detail on formatting.
Immediate gold open access available with OpenMicrobiology No
Short Communication See above Title page
150 word abstract
Max 2500 words
Max 3 figures/tables
References
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
The main text is not divided into sections. Methods should be described briefly within the text, not within figure legends
Immediate gold open access available with OpenMicrobiology No
Microbiology Society Prize Lecture Summary paper of a Prize Lecture, presented at the Society's Annual Conference.  Title
250 word summary (abstract)
Max 5000 words
Tables/figures
References
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without charge Yes
Editorial Max 500 words
Author statements – funding information, acknowledgements, conflicts of interest, ethical statements
Yes, without charge Yes
Obituary   Max 1500 words
Max 1 image
Yes, without charge Yes

It is not a conflict of interest to be an Editor as well as an author, as long as the Editor is not involved in any component of the peer review process.

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6. Contact Editorial Office

Queries or comments about online submission should be sent via email from the submission site.

General enquiries should be sent to the Editorial Office:

Journal of General Virology, Editorial Office, Microbiology Society, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU

Tel: +44 (0)20 7685 2543 Email: jgv@microbiologysociety.org

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