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The content of The Bulletin of BISMiS is restricted to mini-review articles, opinion articles, reports, biographies, autobiographies (by invitation), educational articles, obituaries and letters to the editor that pertain to the subject of microbial systematics and items of interest to members of BISMiS. The Bulletin of BISMiS does not publish original research articles.
Editorial Board
  • Editor-in-Chief: Paul A. Lawson [paul.lawson@ou.edu]
  • Associate Editors: Amanda L. Jones and Jang-Cheon Cho
  • Editorial Board Members: William B. Whitman, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Jongsik Chun, Paul De Vos, Michael Goodfellow, Brian P. Hedlund, Peter Kämpfer, Wen-Jun Li, Wolfgang Ludwig, Bruce J. Paster, Fred A. Rainey, James T. Staley, Ken-ichiro Suzuki, Martha E. Tujillo, William G. Wade, Naomi L. Ward and William B. Whitman
  • Managing Editor: Nisha B. Patel
Instructions for Authors
The format of articles and style of references to be submitted to the The Bulletin of BISMiS is the same as that for Bergey's Manual publications - see the Instructions for Authors. All articles must include a list of key words or phrases. Specific information for each of the types of articles is provided below. Articles should be submitted by email to Editor-in-Chief Paul A. Lawson; paul.lawson at ou.edu or Associate Editors Amanda L. Jones and Jang-Cheon Cho.

Figures, which may be in color, and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for Bergey's Manual Instructions for Authors.

Mini-reviews. Mini-reviews may be submitted on any subject that pertains to microbial systematics. They are limited to 5000 words including references. Figures and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for Bergey's Manual Instructions for Authors.

Opinion articles. Opinion articles will be considered on any topic that is of relevance to microbial systematics. These are limited to 5000 words including references. Figures and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for Bergey's Manual Instructions for Authors.

Reports. Reports of microbial taxonomic committees and subcommittees can be published. These should be limited to no more than 5000 words plus references.

Resources for Microbial Systematics. This section provides information on culture collections, databases and other non-commercial resources that are of interest to the field. Before submitting an article for this section, please contact the Editor. Figures and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for the instructions for Bergey's Manual. Length should be less than 5,000 words.

Biographies Biographies may be submitted that describe the life of a scientist who has made significant contributions to the systematics of Bacteria and Archaea or to someone for whom a species or other taxon has been named. Biographies are limited to 3000 words or less and ideally should include at least one photograph of the individual.

Autobiographies (by invitation only). Autobiographies of noted microbial taxonomists or of scientists who have made major contributions in an allied field such as a curator of a culture collection or a contributor to microbial bioinformatics will be invited. These articles should include a summary of the scientist's personal background (birth date, location, nationality, etc), motivation for becoming a scientist, education, positions of employment and contributions to the field of microbial systematics. These articles should be accompanied by at least two photographs of the individual and are limited to 15,000 words plus references. One photograph may be an informal pose perhaps showing the subject while involved in a scientific activity. Another could be a more recent or more formal photograph of the individual. Other photographs showing colleagues, mentors, students or family members are also welcome.

Obituaries. Obituaries are welcome for those who have made significant contributions to microbial systematics or an allied field that has a direct impact on microbial systematics. At least one photograph of the scientist should be included. Articles are limited to 3000 words or less.

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Issues
Issues are typically published biannually. Full content will be freely available to non-members of BISMiS 6 months after publication. See below for the complete list of Issues and its content that have been published till date.

Volume 1, issue 1 - December 2010. Download here

Volume 2, issue 1 - July 2011 Download here

Volume 2, issue 2 - December 2011 Download here

Volume 3, issue 1 - July 2012 Download here

Volume 4, issue 1 - May 2013 Download here

Volume 5, issue 1 - November 2014 Download here

Volume 6, issue 1 - July 2016 Download here

Volume 7, issue 1 - January 2018 (Become a member here to access this content before July 2018)

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