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Viruses across borders

This collection aims to explore the global dynamics of viral infections, emphasizing their cross-border transmission, impact on public health, and implications for global security. 

Currently open for submissions - Submit Here

World Aids Day

For this cross-journal article collection, we welcome submissions from researchers, scientists, clinicians, and academics who are engaged in the scientific study of HIV/AIDS.  Currently open for submissions - Submit Here

Food security and sustainability from a microbiology perspective

A cross journal collection that will cover various aspects of maintaining or enhancing food production, sustainability and security from a microbiology perspective.

Currently open for submissions Submit Here

Coronaviruses: emerging and re-emerging pathogens in humans and animals

This thematic series emphasizes advances and key discoveries in the animal origin, viral evolution, epidemiology, diagnostics and pathogenesis of different emerging and re-emerging coronaviruses. Currently open for submissions - Submit Here

Edited by Susanna K. P. Lau, Hayes Luk, Siddharth Sridhar, and Linfa Wang

Top Reviewers of 2023

A peer-reviewed journal would not survive without the generous time and insightful comments of the reviewers, whose efforts often go unrecognized. Although final decisions are always editorial, they are greatly facilitated by the deeper technical knowledge, scientific insights, understanding of social consequences, and passion that reviewers bring to our deliberations. For these reasons, the Editors and staff of Virology Journal would like to publicly acknowledge our top peer reviewers of 2023.

Erna Geessien Kroon, PhD, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Tanushree Dangi, PhD, Northwestern University, USA
Vincent Wong, MD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ming-Lun Yeh, PhD, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Tatsuo Kanda, PhD, Nihon University, Japan
Pedro Augusto Alves, PhD, Instituto René Rachou, Brazil
Sobia Idrees, PhD, Centenary Institute and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Selvaraj Pavulraj, PhD, Louisiana State University, USA
Sara Ebrahimi, PhD, Deakin University, Australia
Yoon-Seok Chung, PhD, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), South Korea
Cigdem Alkan Yirci, PhD, The University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
Chen Guang, PhD, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Yao-Chun Hsu, PhD, I-Shou University, Taiwan

SDG3 & Me

Are you, or is someone you know, making a contribution to the UN's SDG3 by working to "ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"?  Read our blog post to learn how to raise awareness for your work through our blog series. Applications can be made via our Google Form.


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Aims and scope

Virology Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of virology, including research on the viruses of animals, plants and microbes. The journal welcomes basic research as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies of novel diagnostic tools, vaccines and anti-viral therapies.

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Journal Sections

Clinical Virology: Fred Kibenge, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Emerging viruses: Tom Geisbert, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
Hepatitis viruses: Wan-Long Chuang, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Herpes viruses: Tony Cunningham, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Australia
Influenza viruses: Hualan Chen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Negative-strand RNA viruses: John Barr, University of Leeds, UK
Other viruses: Erna Geessien Kroon, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Plant viruses: Supriya Chakraborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Positive-strand RNA viruses: Jaquelline Germano de Oliveira, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz, Brazil 
Public health:  Kin On Kwok, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Retroviruses: Aguinaldo Pinto, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Veterinary DNA viruses: Walid Azab, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Veterinary RNA viruses: James Weger-Lucarelli, Virginia Tech, USA
Viruses of microbes: Joana Azeredo, University of Minho, Portugal

Announcing the launch of In Review

Virology Journal, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

Alan McLachlan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Alan McLachlan is a molecular geneticist and hepadnavirologist. He currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois Chicago, USA. His interests are focused on hepatitis viruses, primarily on hepatitis B virus (HBV) and its relationships to liver physiology.  His research is currently directed toward understanding the relationships between HBV transcription and viral biosynthesis using both cell culture and animal models.  His long-term goals include the identification of cellular gene products as targets for the development of small molecular weight antiviral compounds which, in combination with current nuceot(s)ide analog therapeutics, will resolve chronic HBV infections.

Leo Poon, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Leo Poon is a molecular virologist. He currently serves as a Professor in the School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong and as a co-director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole. He has strong interests in emerging viruses, including coronavirus and influenza virus. He researches on different aspects of these viruses, ranging from basic virology to clinical diagnosis. His ultimate goal is to use scientific findings to inform public health policy. Over the years, he has published about 290 peer-reviewed articles. Thus far, his work has been cited over 41,000 times and he has an H-index of 95 (Web of Science).

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 3.8
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.971
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.016

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 8
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 109

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 2,323,860
    Altmetric mentions: 11,783