American Society for Microbiology Makes Research Publications on Enterohemorrhagic E. coli Freely Available


CONTACT:  Jim Sliwa


WASHINGTON, DC -- June 30, 2011 -- Because of the recent public health emergency and worldwide concern about the devastating E. coli outbreak in Europe, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has made recent articles on enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli published in the ASM’s 9 subscription research journals available free of charge online.  These articles may be accessed through a special ASM Journals webpage at


The Editors in Chief of these journals and the Chair of the ASM Publications Board took this action in support of ASM’s mission of disseminating important microbiology research.  The ASM hopes that making this material readily available will assist researchers and others seeking information in dealing with the current outbreak.  Under normal circumstances, ASM journal articles are made freely available 6 months after publication for research journals and 12 months after publication for the review journals. 


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The American Society for Microbiology, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the largest single life science association, with approximately 40,000 members worldwide. Its members work in educational, research, industrial, and government settings on issues such as the environment, the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, laboratory and diagnostic medicine, and food and water safety.  The ASM’s mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well being worldwide.