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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:53

mSphereDirect, ASM’s New Publishing Pathway is Now Open for Submissions

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Washington, DC – January 11, 2017 –This week, ASM launches mSphereDirect, a new pathway of manuscript review and submission for mSphere, ASM’s pan-microbial, open-access science journal. This new pathway allows authors to choose the most appropriate reviewers of their work and publication decisions will also be made within a faster time frame. ASM continues on the path towards innovation, while building on a solid history of high quality science with the launch of mSphereDirect.

“We have decided to embark on an experiment that gives authors more control over the peer review process and introduces significantly more transparency and speed into the system,” said Mike Imperiale, Editor-in-Chief, mSphere.

The key features of mSphereDirect include:

• Rapid decisions made on manuscripts with 5 business days with no requests for re-reviews

• bioRxiv preprints accepted for publication by mSphere will immediately be flagged as accepted by mSphere on bioRxiv. Final papers will be available within weeks and bioRxiv will direct everyone to the final manuscript

• Rapid publication of work in an open-access, pan-microbial science journal.

ASM launched mSphere as an open-access, online, pan-microbial sciences journal a little over a year ago. Since it’s launch, the ASM journals staff has worked to ensure that mSphere is a medium for publishing cutting-edge science and implementing policies and processes to make the publication process less burdensome for authors. ASM is leading the revolution in scientific publishing and paving the way for other scientific societies with the launch of mSphereDirect.

“Since I started at ASM, my goal has been for ASM to be a visionary society that is constantly innovating, especially as the physical and digital forum for the microbial sciences, said Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., CEO, ASM. “mSphereDirect is a proof point for ASM’s innovative spirit, as well as a cool new thing that has a business impact on new submissions,” he said. ASM is excited to be at the helm of innovation and allowing authors to publish faster, moving research forward.

An editorial authored by Mike Imperiale, Tom Shenk and Stefano Bertuzzi, and a blog post by Stefano Bertuzzi highlight the key points of mSphereDirect. 


The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 48,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.

ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:17
Joanna Urban

ASM Media Relations Assistant Joanna Urban received a B.S. in Biobehavioral Health, an interdisciplinary major that explores the many influences on human health and behavior, from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. She also writes fiction and has previously taught English as a second language at a high school outside of Paris, France.