For authors and advertisers

With a highly targeted circulation, Microbiologist is an ideal vehicle for authors and advertisers to reach a qualified global microbiological audience. If you are interested in writing or advertising in the magazine, please contact the editor using the link on the right of this page (the link will appear at the bottom of the page on mobile browsers).


Instructions to authors

Articles and graphics can be submitted to the editor by email with photographs and illustrations attached as separate files.

Please ensure images are as high res as possible. They are for print publication.

Articles and illustrations may be modified to meet editorial demands and may appear prior or subsequent to print, in full or edited form, on the SfAM website.

Suggested guidance for style and referencing

Style Guide

312 KB

Suggested guidance for formatting.

  • Microsoft Word document

  • No embedded tables, images, or diagrams – please supply these separately as graphics files

Suggested guidance for graphics and artwork

  • Please include a portrait of yourself.

  • If you wish to suggest an illustration but do not have access to an appropriate image, please let us know as we may be able to source or produce something.

  • Please supply images in the largest and highest resolution (largest file size) version you have available

  • Digital diagrams, graphs and tables should be supplied by email and not embedded in the document

  • All text, images, and illustrations are accepted on the understanding that they become copyright of the Society for Applied Microbiology unless alternative arrangements are made in advance of publication.

Instructions for advertisers

Launched over 15 years ago, Microbiologist is the official magazine of the Society for Applied Microbiology. Published four times per year, the magazine is issued free of charge to all society members.

We currently circulate about 10,000 copies of the magazine each year, with an additional 50,000 views online. As well as going to all our members, magazines are distributed to our partner organisations, online and at meetings throughout the year.


Our annual advertisers' package is priced at £450 (+ VAT) per year, and provides the following:

  • A quarter page advert in each issue of the Microbiologist (saving 62% off the full price)

  • Company news of up to 200 words in each issue of the Microbiologist magazine 

  • 50% off additional larger adverts in the Microbiologist magazine

The latest copy dates for the submission of advertisements for Microbiologist are:

  • Vol 22; No. 1 March 2021: 29 January 2021

  • Vol 22; No. 2 June 2021: 30 April 2021

  • Vol 22; No. 3 September 2021: 30 July 2021

  • Vol 22; No. 4 December 2021: 29 October 2021

Single issue advertising costs

  • Full page colour, £650    

  • Quarter page colour, £300

  • Half page colour, £500

  • Eighth page colour, £150

  • Full page colour special positions: Inside front cover, inside back cover, or outside back cover, £720.00

Corporate Members receive 50% off the above rates.

Advertisement sizes

Full page BLEED

  • 297mm x 210mm

  • (300 mm x 213mm with bleed)

  • 277mm x 180mm (type area) 

Full Page

  • 260mm x 180mm

  • 250mm x 170mm (type area) 

Half page landscape

  • 128mm x 180mm

  • 118mm x 170mm (type area) 

Quarter page

  • 128mm x 88mm

  • 118mm x 78mm (type area) 

Eighth page landscape

  • 62mm x 88mm

  • 56mm x 82mm (type area) 

Type area : no vital matter (text) should fall outside this area

Artwork guidlines

  • Magazine format : 4 colour offset-litho. 60pp, perfect bound.

  • Artwork MUST be supplied as PDF/x-1a files ONLY

  • You MUST ensure your artwork is the CORRECT SIZE for the advert you have booked (88mm wide x 128mm deep for quarter page adverts)

  • Colours should be in CMYK and not RGB or any other format

  • Images must be at high resolution of 300dpi or greater

Advertisements which do not meet these specifications may be rejected.